How to Update Drupal Version

Updates are essential to accommodate the advancements in technology. To avoid issues and losing website contents after updating, you need to take note of the following precautions before you proceed with the instructions below on how to update Drupal version: 

  • Secure a backup of Drupal website files 
  • Secure a backup of Drupal database SQL file 
  • Check the system requirements of the new version by reading its release notes and make sure that it is compatible with the current features of your hosting account 
  • Put your Drupal in Maintenance mode 

Updating might sometimes be confused with upgrading a website’s version. Follow this link to see the difference between updating and upgrading CMS version. 

There are two ways to update your Drupal version:  

Note: The website name and directory name in the images below are only examples.

Via Drupal Admin Page 

This process is convenient if you are not logged in to cPanel. Follow the steps below on how to update Drupal’s version inside the admin page.  

Step 1. Log in to your Drupal dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/user/login (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or via Softaculous Apps Installer in cPanel. If you can’t remember the logins, you can follow this link on how to reset your Drupal logins.  

Drupal Log In Page

Step 2. Click the Manage drop-down.  

Drupal Admin Page Manage Button

Step 3. Click the Configuration button.

Drupal Admin Page Configuration Tab

Step 4. An available updates link will show if the Drupal version needs updating. Click the available updates link.

Drupal Admin Page Available Updates Link

Step 5. Click the List button after you have read the new version’s release notes. 

Drupal Admin Page Updates List

Step 6. Know what to expect after updating by accessing the Release Notes 

Drupal New Versio Release Notes Link

Step 7. Click Download to download the installation folder of the recommended Drupal version 

Download Link of New Drupal Version

Step 8. Upload the zip file via FTP or upload it via File Manager.  

Step 9. Right-click on the uploaded file in your File Manager through cPanel and click Extract.  

Extract File in File Manager

Step 10. Extract it to the website’s directory. Enter the file path of the website files inside the box.  

Enter Where to Extract Files

Step 11. Click Extract File(s) button to start the extraction.  

Extract File Button in File Manager

Step 12. The extracted folder should have the same folder name as the zip file. Double click on the extracted file to see its contents.  

New Drupal Version Extracted File

Step 13. Highlight all files and folders except modules, profiles, sites, and themesIf you have made modifications to your dot files before the update (.htaccess, robots.txt, composer.json), exclude them as well. These are the folders and files that we don’t want to overwrite because they consist your original website contents.  

Step 14. Right-click on one of the files highlighted and click the Move option. 

Move Files in File Manager

The new version should now be indicated in the Drupal Admin page under Configuration > List page. 

Drupal Admin Page Showing Version is Up to Date

Step 15Disable the maintenance mode to make your website live again.  

Via Softaculous in cPanel

This is only applicable if your Drupal site is installed via Softaculous 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel.  

Step 2. Click the Softaculous Apps Installer icon found under Software menu. 

cPanel Softaculous Installer Button

Step 3. Make sure PHP is chosen at the top, then click the Installations button. 

Installations Button on Softaculous

Step 4. If an update is available, an update icon beside the current version number will show just like in the screenshot below. Click the update icon to set up the upgrade. 

Drupal Update Icon in Softaculous

Step 5. Tick the box next to Create Backup if you want a backup to be generated by cPanel. As shown below the box, this generates a full backup as the default. A full backup consists of both the website files and the database used by the website. 

Create Backup Tickbox in Softaculous for Drupal Update

Step 6. Click the Upgrade button to start the update. 

Drupal Upgrade Button in Softaculous

Step 7. Wait for the upgrade to complete.  

Update Progress of Drupal via Softaculous

Step 8. Click the first link to complete the upgrade process.  

Drupal Update Link in Softaculous

Step 9. Read all the requirements. Once everything on the list is satisfied, click the Continue button.  

Drupal Update Page Continue Button

Step 10. All add on updates needed will show under Review updates. The Drupal update ends in this section if there are no pending updates. Click on the links Front page and Administration pages respectively to check both pages if they’ve been updated fine 

Step 11. Click the Apply pending updates button if pending updates are showing under the Review updates tab. If there are pending updates listed, it will be running under Run updates menu 

Apply Pending Updates Button in Drupal Update Page

Step 12. Test the Front page and Administration page links under Review Log tab. 

Review Log Tab in Drupal Update Page

Step 13Disable the maintenance mode to make your website live again. 

Do not hesitate to contact our Singapore or Australia Support Team if you have further questions. 

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