You may need to know which version of WordPress you’re running for many reasons. Maybe you’re not sure if you already have the latest version. Or maybe your current version is incompatible with your theme or plugin, and you need to downgrade or upgrade, but want to check first.
Whatever the reason, there are a number of options available.
This tutorial covers two of those options.
The first option works well if you have access to your WordPress dashboard and possibly have the latest version of WordPress (or a beta version) installed. The second option works well if you have access to your hosting account’s control panel or can use FTP to access the files on your website.
Option 1: Finding the WordPress Version from the Dashboard
- Log into WordPress if you aren’t already. You’ll be directed to the Dashboard.
- Your current version will display in the first panel of the Dashboard (unless you reorganized the panels), under “Right Now” in older versions and under “At a Glance” in newer versions.
- You can also check the installed version by scrolling to the bottom of the Dashboard or whichever page you are on. The installed version will display in the bottom, right-hand corner of the page if you have the most current version installed. Otherwise, you’ll see a message asking you to install the latest version instead.
Option 2: Finding the WordPress Version from Your Hosting Account
You’ll need to have the following handy:
- The address to your control panel’s hosting account
- The username associated with that account
- The password for that account
- Log into your control panel.
- Click the File Manager icon.
- Select the root folder for your domain (if prompted) and click Go. You will be directed to the website files on your server.
- Navigate to the location of your WordPress files. This is usually the main folder, but may differ if you installed WordPress in a separate folder, such as: yourwebsite.com/wordpress/
- Find and double-click the wp-includes folder.
- Find and select the version.php file.
- Click Edit to open and review the contents of the file.
- The version number will display towards to the top of your page, beside $wp_version as shown below. In this case, the version is 3.6.
* The WordPress version string
* @global string $wp_version
$wp_version = ‘3.6’;