Manually Updating WordPress Plugins via FTP

Manually Updating WordPress Plugins via FTP

Adam Morgan

Using WordPress for your site can be a great way of keeping your site running without having to do much maintenance. WordPress has special features that let you update things like your themes or plugins with only one click, meaning that you can keep your site running easily. Unfortunately, updating your plugins does not always run this smoothly and your site can break due to an issue with the update. To solve this problem, you might need to manually update WordPress plugins in order to keep your security levels up. If you’d like to know more, you can find out how to do this here.

Getting Started

If you want to get started on updating your WordPress plugins, then you first need to download the plugin’s latest version. You should be able to find the latest version located wherever you downloaded it in the first place so have a look before you get started.

To continue, you’ll need to use an FTP client to connect to your website. To do this, you need to type your website name into the hostname alongside your username and password (FTP). You’ll find this information in your original email that you got from WordPress when you signed up, so you might need to do a little searching.

Updating WordPress Plugins

Manually updating WordPress plugins isn’t too difficult if you follow our steps. Locate your /wp-content/plugins/ folder and from there you should be able to right-click on the specific plugin that needs to be updated. This should give you the option to rename your plugin which you should do so by adding ‘-old’ to end of the name. You should then backup this folder to your computer by downloading it in case anything goes wrong. You can then safely delete the folder from your site.

As well as renaming the plugin, you need to make sure that it is deactivated. This is easy to do, you just need to visit the admin area and then check for an error. Once you have checked this, you should install the new version of the plugin. At this point, move back to your FTP client and find the new plugin under the local section. You’ll then need to select ‘upload’ by right-clicking on the FTP menu. This should then start the process of adding the plugin to your website and you should find it in your plugins page.

Once you’ve found the new plugin, you need to activate it and check that it is working correctly. If this is working, then you will know that you have succeeded in updating WordPress plugins on your site.

If you don’t keep your plugins updated, you run the risk of your site security being compromised. This is why you should always manually update your plugins if you come across a fault in the automatic update.