How Do I Know What Version of WordPress I Have?

One of the several important things you need to remember when installing and maintaining a WordPress.org account is to remember which version you are using. This way, you can easily find out how to maximize its features and to keep track on recent updates. However, oblivion happens to anyone, especially when you start on something in disorganized manner. The dumbest question you can probably hear from WordPress users is “How do I know what version of WordPress I have?” I mean, this may sound cliché. After all, how can you not know what version you have, unless you let somebody work on your site from the start? But, whatever the reason may be, whether out of innocent stupor or laziness, this happens to several people.

Normally, if you have the latest version of WordPress, you can easily identify which version you are using through the footer information of your dashboard or the WordPress administration panel, on the right side. It is opposite the “Thank you for creating with WordPress” statement on the footer. You can also see a statement like “You are using (the WordPress version)” on the dashboard. But for those who cannot view the WordPress version through this manner, you are probably using versions 2.5 and below. The newer versions of WordPress, 2.8 and above give WordPress users an option to upgrade his or her account when a newer version has been released. So, you get to see on the footer section the current WordPress version you are using while the newest version available for download is broadcasted on the header section.

If you really cannot determine which version you are using, go to your WordPress document files—those you have extracted during installation process. Then, look into the wp-includes folder. Select and open the wp-includes/version.php file using a text editor. You should see something like this: $wp_version = ‘x.x.x’ The X.X.X denotes the currently used version of WordPress.

Another way to identify the WordPress version is to look into your website source code. You will then see on the upper portion of the code the meta tag generator which contains the WordPress version. It is similar to this: . However, due to security risks, the WordPress support community has encouraged all its users to hide this code content because the WordPress version is an accessory to assist hackers to take over the website. Hackers can easily identify and work on the weakness of a certain version to penetrate and alter its system.