When you are using Joomla, you will see a note saying “Joomla [version] is available. Update Now!” which allows you to update your CMS to its most recent version. However, you need to take note of the following precautions before you proceed with the instructions below on how to update Joomla version:
- Secure a backup of Joomla website files
- Secure a backup of Joomla database SQL file
- Check the system requirements of the new version and make sure that it is compatible to the current extensions of your Joomla website
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:
Via Joomla Administration Page
This process is convenient if you are not logged in to cPanel. Follow the steps below on how to update the Joomla version inside the administration page.
Step 1. Access the Joomla administration page. The default link is http://yourdomain.com/administrator unless configured differently (replace the yourdomain.com with your website’s domain).
Step 2. Log in to your Joomla administration page. If you can’t remember the password, you can follow this link on how to reset your Joomla logins.
Step 3. Click the Update Now button.
Step 4. Review the details and click the Install the Update button.
Step 5. Wait for the progress to finish.
A confirmation for the completion of the Joomla update will show on the page like shown in the screenshot below.
Step 6. Check your Joomla’s extensions if there is a need in updating by going to Extensions > Manage > Discover. If everything is set, it should say No Matching Results.
If there are extensions shown on the list, select the extension that is needed for your website and click the Install button that corresponds to the extension chosen.
Via Softaculous Apps Installer in cPanel
This is only applicable if your Joomla site is installed via Softaculous.
Step 1. Log in to cPanel.
Step 2. Click the Softaculous Apps Installer icon found under Software menu.
Step 3. Make sure PHP is chosen at the top, then click the Installations button.
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 update.
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.
Step 6. Click the Upgrade button to start the update.
Step 7. Wait for the upgrade to complete.
The same page will show the message in the screenshot below once the upgrade is completed.