How To Do A Drupal 7 Core Update

  1. Make sure you have the Backup and Migrate module installed and enabled
  2. Check for module updates, update if applicable
    (Reports > Available Updates > Update)
  3. Download a backup of your database
    (Configuration > System > Backup and Migrate)
  4. Put your site into maintenance mode
    (Configuration > Development > Maintenance Mode)
  5. Log in to your FTP and delete everything in your Drupal website folder except for the following:
    • .robots.txt
    • .htaccess
    • “sites” folder (contains all your contributed modules, themes, libraries, etc)
  6. Download the latest version of Drupal
  7. Replace all the files you deleted with the new ones from the copy of Drupal you just downloaded (everything except .robots.txt, .htaccess, sites folder)
  8. Go to <your site’s URL>/update.php
  9. Follow the instructions given (there will probably be no additional updates if you follow these steps correctly)
  10. Go out of maintenance mode
  11. View the status reports (Reports > Status Report)
  12. Optional, but recommended: Create another backup of your site