How to update plugins?

1. Why need to update plugins

There are few reasons for updating plugin

First, it is about security. When any expert talks about WordPress security, one of the first things they mention is to install updates. Hackers and other malicious parties watch the release notes. As soon as they learn of a vulnerability, they start exploiting it. So, you need to update as soon as possible to reduce the time that your site is vulnerable.

Second, fix bugs – updates to  plugins often fix bugs that were discovered in previous versions.

Third, updates to plugins often add new features and functionality.

2. How to update plugins

Method 1 : Update via administration panel 

You will see a message at the top of almost every page of your administration panel.

Step  1 : Go to Plugins tab in your dashboard

Step 2 : Deactive old version

Step 3 : Delete old version by clicking on “Yes, delete this files”

Step 4 : After navigating to Plugins pages, find   newest version of plugin.

Step 4 : Click on “Install ”

Step 5 : Then “Active ” plugin after plugin has installed successfully.

Step 6 : Check if version  plugin is newest.

Method 2 : Update via sFTP.

Step 1 : First back-up your WordPress site if you haven’t already.

Step 2 : Download a ZIP file of the plugin you need to upgrade. You can usually find most plugins on the plugin repository along with a link to download the newest ZIP file.

Step 3 : Unzip the plugin onto your local machine. It will create a directory called ‘plugin-name’ with all the files under it.

Step 4 : Use sFTP to delete the existing plugin directory from the wp-content/plugins/ directory on your site.

Step 5 : Replace the deleted directory by uploading the unzipped plugin to the wp-content/plugins/ directory leaving it in a directory that looks like (for example) wp-content/plugins/plugin-name

Step 6 : Sign in to your WordPress site. Go to the ‘Plugins’ menu and verify that the plugin you upgraded is the newest version.

You can watch video guiding to do it at below link.

How to update plugins

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5 Comments

  1. It’s telling me to activate visual composer, but it says no license found. I was under the impression it came with my product (Filmmaker Theme for WordPress)

  2. Carola Perez carolina perez

    Good afternoon, I would like to update the bebo store plugin, but I can not update it. If you can send me the updated version correctly. Thank you

  3. Carola Perez carola

    Good afternoon, when download the theme did not come with the new plugin, you can not send it apart