Which wordpress version

Guys I am using WordPress since 2.2 version. But since then it has changed a lot. Now it’s very much developed, new functionalites have been added, existing functionalities have been extended. More the stability have been increased.

I used to upgrade my wordpress installations to the latest, of course after checking the compatibility issues. WordPress also suggests to always upgrade to latest versions. As of today wordpress is in 3.5.1 version. Upgrading to latest version provides a lot of benefits, such as:

  • Stability
  • Security
  • New features
  • New Functionalities
  • More responsive
  • etc

WordPress has inbuilt feature of notifying if new version is released to public. If you remember your version of WP then it’s good but in case you have forgotten your WP version then you should find it out before upgrading. Though knowing the existing version is not compulsory but if any issues happen or your website/blog got broken after upgrading then you should be in a condition of getting some support from your friends / online community. The first thing anyone will ask you is the old version.

Note: Though WP team test numerous aspects numerous times before releasing a new version to public, still the experts recommend to backup your site before upgrading the version.

WordPress used to display the current version at the right-bottom of the admin dashboard. But recently WP discontinued to display the existing version, instead it’s displaying the latest version available to upgrade.

Now the question is how to identify the existing version of wordpress.

There are many ways to identify the existing version. I’d suggest the best and simplest method of knowing the current version of WordPress. This method holds good for any wordpress sites.

If you come across a wordpress website/blog then simple right click on the web page and goto ‘view source‘ option. Then  try to search the word ‘wordpress’, without quotes. You will come across a code such as below-

wordpress version

Here you found the existing version of wordpress installation.

Note: By default WordPress displays the version info publicly. This might cause a security threat. If you want to hide this info for your WP installation then you can follow below steps

  1. Navigate to root directory of WordPress installation
  2. Goto wp-includes folder
  3. Open the ‘default-filters.php’ file in edit mode.
  4. Search for ‘wp_head’ keyword.
  5. Here you can see few lines containing the word wp_head. But you can see a line which would be similar to below

add_action( ‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’ );

You need to delete/comment out this line. So that the wordpress version number will not be available to public.

Now you can proceed with upgrading your wordpress installation.

If you think this post has helped you or you have any valuable suggestions then please request you to please don’t forget to mention them in the comment section.

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