What Version of WordPress Do I Have?

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what version of WordPress Am I On

Many of you need to new what version of WordPress you have and I am going to tell you how to find out.

For the uninitiated, WordPress is the amazing platform that allows anyone to quickly create a great looking website. But, there is one big problem: They upgrade WordPress all the time and they tell you that bad things will happen if you do not update. And, in fact, bad things have happened to several sites, with users and passwords being hacked.

Thus, these many upgrades are patches and fixes to WordPress and often times we need them. So, when they put out a new version of WordPress, they will always say, “You need to implement this upgrade if you are on version X.XX.” And, so then you must find out if you are on version X.XX and susceptible to all of this trouble.

The problem? They make it impossible to find out what version of WordPress that you are on!

Ok, well, not impossible but not as easy as it should be. The different iterations of WordPress show you the version number in different places. However, I have several blogs and need to be able to quickly determine what version of WordPress that I am on. So, here is the easiest way.

How To Quickly Determine Your Version of WordPress

In whatever browser you are using, visit the homepage of your WordPress site and go to “View Source”. (Firefox users, see Where is View Source in the the New Firefox?) Somewhere near the top of the file, you see a line that looks like this: content=”WordPress 3.3.1“. This tells you the version of WordPress that you are using and is universal to most implementations of WordPress. And, if you still can’t find the version of WordPress that you on…

Wouldn’t you know it? This works on almost all WordPress blogs except this one. I went to view source here at Well, Since You Asked and it does not have that line. I have many blogs and it worked nearly everywhere but here. The Thesis theme, which I love, must somehow remove that line or perhaps it is the version of WordPress that I am using.

Well, if this is the case for you, click on the “Dashboard” choice in your Admin Panel. There, it will tell you what version of WordPress that you are running.

Ooooppps, I am running an old version here. It says…”You are using WordPress 2.7.” Looks like someone is due for an upgrade :)

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer.

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