If you own a website of your own, it is important that you follow and check that it is updated. When it comes to WordPress, the site gives you the option to regularly update to the latest version when they come out with one. They also come up with new upgrades and revisions to their every edition improving the functionalities and efficiency with each one.
So if you are a WordPress user, how do you know that you are up-to-date and enjoying the latest utilities that they have provided for us. We have often come across users who do not know which version of WordPress they are using. Another problem is that they find it confusing how to find out which edition of WordPress they are on. So to solve the dilemma and answer your questions, today we are introducing the ways you can find the answer out!
How to Find out What Version of WordPress do I have?
To solve the question, let’s give you a brief introduction to the WordPress versions that have been and is the latest one.
The first of WordPress was the version 0.70 released on May 27, 2003. It was then updated to 0.71 on the June of 2003. As time passed and the popularity of the blogging increased so were the need for updates. So the developers came up with more and more advanced and latest upgrades to their system for users satisfaction.
While there are over 50 versions of WordPress, the latest ones are probably 4.8, 4.8.1, 4.8.2, 4.8.3 and the newest one released on November 16, 2017, is the 4.9 named as ‘Tipton‘. So if you want to see if your website or blog is up-to-date, you might want to check if you own the latest version of WordPress for higher and effective functionality!
Find Out Which Version of WordPress you are using!
Method 1: From the Admin Area
To answer the question of which WordPress version do I have, you can always find out by using the information on the Admin Area of your WordPress website. The easiest and fastest method to find out the WordPress version you are using.
The first step to this method is to log in to the WordPress using your credentials.
Go to your Dashboard and then scroll down. On the bottom of the page, you will see the words- Thank You For Creating with WordPress. On the right-hand side, you will see the WordPress version that you are using.
Easy isn’t it? If you are using any of the older versions, you can then go ahead and upgrade to the latest one! But in some cases, the versions may not appear in the admin area. The reasons might be as follows.
- The developer might have disabled the version information.
- You were denied the access to the admin area.
- You are not the owner of the website you are trying to find the version.
But don’t worry, if this method does not work, you can use other methods to find out the WordPress version you are using.
Method 2: Looking for Generator Tag in Source Code
This second method to find out the WordPress version you are using is by using the generator tag in the source code. You can use this if the first method does not work. Using this, you can even find out the version of WordPress on any websites whether you own it or not.
First, open the site you want to verify the WordPress version of through the browser of your choice! Right Click on the page and select ‘View Page Source’.
Once you are on the Page Source, go ahead and find (CTRL+f) the code for Generator. You will then see the WordPress version that you are using!
You can use this method to verify the WordPress version of any website that you want. If you are using an older version, you can then go ahead and update it to the latest version.
How to Find the WordPress Plugin version you are using?
While you now know how to find out the WordPress version you are using, you also need to upgrade other elements on your site to update your website. One of them is the plugins that you are using. The developers dedicated to bringing you the best of their services tend to provide upgrades for your plugins. To know the version of the plugins you are using, you can use the methods below!
Method 1: Using the Admin Area
The easiest way for you to get the details of your plugins is by using the admin area of your WordPress website! Just follow the steps below and you will get the information you need in no time.
Login to your Admin Account and go to Dashboard.
You can then go ahead and click on the option for Plugins and then on Installed Plugins.
You will be redirected to the plugin page that displays all of your installed plugins. There on the details of the plugins, you will find the Plugin version. If there are any new updates, you will also see the message to upgrade to the latest version.
Wrapping it Up!
So this sums up our article for the day! We hope you can now keep your WordPress updated and upgraded to the latest version for maximum functionality! If you have any questions, feel free to let us know in the comments down below! We hope this article helped!
If you are looking for more useful and handy step-by-step WordPress tutorials, here are the links to some of our other articles. Be sure to check them out as well!
- How to Add Google Analytics to your WordPress: Step-by-step tutorial
- Beginner’s guide to Featured Images: How to Add, Change and Remove
- How to display WordPress Popular Posts: Beginner’s Guide