Just like your WordPress website version, it’s also important to make sure that your WordPress plugin is up to date. This ensures security, compatibility and full functionality to your whole WordPress site. There are four ways on how to update your WordPress plugin:
- Update now Link
- Upload via WordPress Dashboard
- Manual upload of updated plugin
|Important Note: Make sure this process is done overnight when there are least expected visitors on the website. Do the preparations listed below before applying changes to your website:
Update now Link
The easiest way to update a plugin is to click a link in WordPress dashboard. Follow the steps below.
Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.
Step 2. Click Plugins on the menu bar at the left side of the page.
Step 3. The next page displays the list of installed plugins. Click the Update Available link to filter the plugins that need updating.
Step 4. Click the new version details to know more about the updates and changes made.
Step 5. Click the update now link to update the plugin.
An updated message will display so as the updated version of the plugin.
Upload via WordPress Dashboard
Step 1. Download updated plugin file from WordPress.org or from your plugin provider.
Step 2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.
Step 3. Click Plugins on the menu bar at the left side of the page.
Step 4. Click the Add New button.
Step 5. Click the Upload Plugin button.
Step 6. Click the Choose File button to open your computer’s files.
Step 7. Click on the updated plugin file.
Step 8. Click the Open button.
Step 9. Click the Install Now button.
Step 10. WordPress detects that same plugin exists. Since the plugin needs updating, click the Replace current with uploaded button.
Step 11. Click the Activate Plugin button to activate the new version of the plugin.
Manually uploading or updating the latest plugin version comes handy when the WordPress dashboard is inaccessible.
- Download the plugin from WordPress.org.
- Manually upload the plugin file to your WordPress website files by following either of the ways demonstrated on the link.
- Once the updated plugin file is uploaded, it rewrites the older version of the plugin automatically. Check the Installed plugins section in your WordPress dashboard and check the version number if it has the latest one.