Updating a web site
Word Press determines what method it will use to connect to the filesystem of your server based on the file ownership of your Word Press files.
If the files are owned by the owner of the current process (i.e., the user under which the web server is running), and new files created by Word Press will also be owned by that user, Word Press will directly modify the files all by itself, without asking you for credentials.
If you experience problems with the Three Step Update, you may want to review the more detailed upgrade instructions For these instructions, it is assumed that your blog's URL is directories and sub-directories, and in the root directory (such as index.php, and so on). Be careful when you come to copying the wp-content directory.
You should make sure that you only copy the files from inside this directory, rather than replacing your entire wp-content directory.
Most sites are now able to automatically apply these updates in the background.
If your site is capable of one-click updates without entering FTP credentials, then your site should be able to update from 3.7 to 3.7.1, 3.7.2, etc.
Whether your files are owned by the web server user, or not, will depend on how you installed Word Press and how your server is configured.
Or, even better: Could we agree to switch to plain SVN, or Git as the Web site repository?WARNING: The upgrade process will affect all files and folders included in the main Word Press installation.This includes all the core files used to run Word Press.(Though you might want to compare them for new features or fixes..) Lastly you should take a look at the file, to see if any new settings have been introduced that you might want to add to your own
Visit your main Word Press admin page at /wp-admin. If a database upgrade is necessary at this point, Word Press will detect it and give you a link to a URL like . This will update your database to be compatible with the latest code.
If you have made any modifications to those files, your changes will be lost.