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Updating Drupal Core

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    [Using Drupal - Installing and Upgrading Drupal - Updating Drupal Core, with Addison Berry]
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    So you've been working on your site. Things are running just fine.
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    And now a new update to Drupal 7 core has come out,
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    and it's time to actually update your site.
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    So in this lesson, we're going to actually walk through the steps,
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    starting off with doing backups and making sure that we have
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    all the correct things backed up before we do anything.
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    Then we're going to go ahead and get the code, put our site
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    into maintenance mode, and then run the update script.

Updating Drupal Core

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Updating your site often sounds much scarier than the actual experience is. The most important step to remember is creating and testing backups of your site. In this lesson, we will create our backups, download a new version of Drupal core, and go through the process of updating our files and running the update.php script.

Note: Not mentioned in the video is the fact that in addition to the user 1 account, you can also log in with any account that has the "administer software updates" permission enabled to run the update.php script.