Thank you for writing in, We understand that updating from outdated version to the latest version can be anxious sometimes. But don't worry it should work fine, you might need to adjust a few things after because of the changes happen over the course of development (Themes, Plugins, Wordpress) but those are just minor. You can check all the changes, added features, and bug fixes from your current version to the latest version on our Changelog page page.
Before you start updating please CLEAR and DEACTIVATE all your caching plugins (e.g. W3 Total Cache, SG Optimizer, etc) including the server-side caching and CND caching (e.g. CloudFlare, SuperCacher, etc..). This will help us avoid any potential caching related errors.
Keep a backup of the entire site just to play safe.
The first thing to update is WordPress itself. Latest Wordpress as of this writing is 5.1.1
Next is the theme, but since the automatic update might not work because your X is outdated, please follow the Manual X Update Via FTP guide method in the article below.
Updating Your Themes and Plugins
After you successfully updated the X, navigate to Plugins panel and deactivate and delete the X - Shortcode plugin, that is now replaced with Cornerstone, to install Cornerstone, on your admin dashboard navigate to X > Validation wait for a few seconds and X will automatically install a compatible version of Cornerstone (latest X, latest Cornerstone).
After you successfully update X and Cornerstone, then re-validate your X theme. This is to make sure that you can re-install the latest version of Extensions in the next step.
Then to update the Extensions to the latest versions, that are supported by the latest theme and Wordpress:
- Ensure your theme is validated so Extensions can be installed automatically
- Deactivate and delete the extensions, from the plugins panel.
- On the X > Validation > Extensions, locate and re-install the extensions that you need.
- Visit "Plugins" panel in your Dashboard to activate the newly installed version.
Because all of the plugin settings are stored in the database, and because version 2.x will migrate settings from older versions, it's safe to use this method of deleting the previous version.
After that, update all your 3rd party plugins.
How to Properly Update WordPress Plugins (Step by Step)
Then activate your plugins one by one and see if something is causing an error.
Again, clear all caches (plugin, server-side, CDN, and browser's cache) after updating so that the code from the latest release is always in use. This will help you to avoid any potential errors.
Follow this guide and your site should be fine, but always keep a backup of the entire site just to play safe.
Let us know how it goes,