I have a site built using Drupal 7.34, and now I want the core to be upgraded to 7.41 and would like to know the safest way to do it.
Yes, Drupal Core is self-contained in that any forward version of Drupal contains all the updates of intermediary versions of Drupal you are missing. So, you don't have to install and update Drupal manually through every single version of Drupal that is released.
The recommended way is to simply overwrite your drupal site files as per the distributed documentation with Drupal. Put your site in Maintenance Mode and run the update script.
Alternatively, you can upgrade Drupal via Patches: https://fuerstnet.de/en/drupal-upgrade-easy-way
Can i upgrade from 7.34 to 7.41 directly? What is the safest way to do so?
Yes you can.
Backup your server's Database and your Drupal folder.
Follow this Video Tutorial Update Drupal Core to newer version which is the safest way to do it.
Quick Summary of the Video
- Download Drupal 7.41 zip file and extract its contents.
- Delete the
Sites folderand also
- Upload everything onto your server and overwrite the files.
Once you uploaded and overwritten everything on your server
- Put your website in
Maintenace Mode(Configuration > Maintenance Mode)
- Go to
www.yourwebsite.com/update.phpand update the database
- Take your website out of
Install.phpfrom your server. (not covered in the video, but its good to do it)