How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Manually

Learn how to update and delete your WordPress plugins manually in this step-by-step tutorial.

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins ManuallyThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins manually.

To learn how to update your plugins automatically using the WordPress built-in update feature, see the tutorial below:

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How To Update And Delete Your WordPress Plugins Manually

WordPress lets you know when your plugins need updating.

For example, you can see how many plugins need to be updated from your WordPress Dashboard by looking at the ‘Plugins’ menu (in the example screenshot below, 7 plugins need to be updated) …

Updating WordPress Plugins

The ‘Plugins’ section also lets you know which plugins need to be updated and provides links to their download pages, as well as the option to update plugins automatically …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Most of the time, you should experience no problems updating your plugins using the WordPress built-in automatic update feature.

In some cases, however, you may not be able to update your plugins automatically.

Some Premium plugin developers, for example, choose not to add their plugins to the official WordPress plugin repository (WordPress only lists plugins in its repository that are 100% open-source) or may not allow automatic updates for their plugins in order to have control over the downloads and distribution of their software.

In addition, sometimes automatic plugin installations and updates can fail. This can happen in certain hosting environments, or due to misconfigured server settings, software bugs, conflicts with other plugins, or just simply for any other unknown reason …

Updating WordPress Plugins

If you cannot update plugins automatically (or don’t want to update plugins automatically), then use the methods described in the step-by-step tutorial below to upgrade your WordPress plugins to their latest version manually.

How To Update WordPress Plugins Manually: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Download the latest WordPress plugin installation upgrade files. This can be done from your ‘Plugins’ screen by clicking on the View version X.X.X details link below the plugin description …

Updating WordPress Plugins

When the “Plugin Information” screen opens up, click on the WordPress.org Plugin Page link …

Updating WordPress Plugins

The ‘Plugin Page’ opens up in a new window. Click on the plugin Download button …

Updating WordPress Plugins

A download window opens up. Make sure that “Save File” is selected and click Ok to proceed …

Updating WordPress Plugins

We recommend keeping all of your WordPress files (versions, plugins, themes, etc…) organized in a “WordPress” folder in your hard drive.

To learn more about creating an organized system for performing WordPress maintenance, see the tutorial below:

Locate your plugin download folder (or create one) and create a new folder for the new plugin version (1). Once you have done this, double-click on your new folder (2) …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Click the Save button to save the compressed plugin file into the new plugin version folder you have just created …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Once your plugin has been downloaded to your new plugin version folder, unzip (extract) the file …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Once you have downloaded the plugin file to your hard drive, there are two methods you can use to upload the updated plugin files manually to your server:

  1. You can upload the uncompressed (unzipped) folder to your server’s WordPress plugins directory using FTP
  2. You can upload the compressed (zipped) folder to your server’s WordPress plugins directory via cPanel File Manager

Updating WordPress Plugins

Let’s go through both methods now …

Method 1 – Uploading Your Plugin Files Via FTP

Launch your FTP client and locate the folder on your hard drive containing your updated plugin files …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Make sure you have also selected the correct destination folder in your server to upload your files to. You want to upload your plugin update files to the wp-content > plugins > “name of plugin” folder directory inside your existing WordPress installation folder …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Also, make sure that you select the ‘Auto’ method of transfer or its equivalent in your FTP software before you begin transferring files …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Select all the files in your plugin update folder and click the ‘upload’ button to begin uploading files to your server …

Updating WordPress Plugins

A window will pop up asking you to confirm that you want to overwrite existing files in your destination folder. Click on Overwrite All to continue …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Your files will be uploaded from your hard drive to your server, replacing the existing files in your plugin folder …

Updating WordPress Plugins

After all of your files have uploaded, log out of your FTP application and log into your WordPress administration area …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Navigate to your ‘Plugins’ screen. If you were previously logged in, refresh the page to view the results of your installation. If you have performed your plugin upgrade successfully, you will see the latest version displayed in the plugin description area …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Your plugin upgrade installation has been successfully completed.

Repeat the above process for all plugins that require updating.

Method 2 – Using cPanel File Manager To Upload And Extract Zipped Files

To upload and extract a zipped plugin file to your server using cPanel’s File Manager, first, make sure that you have your zipped file ready for upload …

cPanel FileManager

Next, log into cPanel and open up the File Manager panel …

Data Transfer Methods

You can drill down folder hierarchies by double-clicking on the upper directory folders …

cPanel FileManager

Locate the folder in your server where you will be uploading your file into and click Upload. In the screenshot below, we will be uploading your zipped plugin file into the ‘plugins’ folder section of your WordPress installation …

cPanel FileManager

A new screen called Upload files will open on your browser. Click the Browse button as shown below to locate and select the zipped file you prepared earlier …

cPanel FileManager

Select the file and click Open to begin uploading the file to your server …

cPanel FileManager

Wait until your file has finished uploading, then close the Upload files screen to return to the main File Manager screen …

cPanel FileManager

Click on Reload to refresh the screen …

cPanel FileManager

Your zipped file has been uploaded (1). Click on Extract to decompress (unzip) your file (2) …

cPanel FileManager

A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm the location where your files will be extracted to. Click Extract File(s) to continue …

cPanel FileManager

The Extraction Results window appears when all of your files have finished being extracted. Click Close to return to the File Manager screen …

cPanel FileManager

Click Reload to refresh your screen …

cPanel FileManager

Your new plugin file is now uploaded to your server …

cPanel FileManager

Important

Note: If you are updating existing plugins, all files from previous plugin version will be overwritten after the new files have been extracted.

Delete the original zip file from your server to save space and keep your folder free of unnecessary clutter …

cPanel FileManager

Log out of your cPanel admin area if you have finished updating your plugins.

Log into your WordPress admin area …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Navigate to your ‘Plugins’ screen. If you were previously logged in, refresh the page to view the results of your installation. If you have performed your plugin upgrade successfully, you will see the latest version displayed in the plugin description area …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Your plugin upgrade installation has been successfully completed.

Repeat the above process for all plugins that require updating.

How To Delete WordPress Plugins Manually

Deleting a WordPress plugin manually from your site essentially involves deactivating the plugin and then deleting the plugin folder from your server.

To deactivate a plugin, navigate to the Plugins page by selecting Plugins > Installed Plugins in your WP admin menu …

WordPress Plugins

Click on the Deactivate link below the plugin’s name …

Deleting WordPress Plugins

Method 1: Deleting WordPress Plugins Manually Using FTP

After deactivating your plugin, open up your FTP program and locate the plugin folder in the wp-content > plugins directory on your server (1), select the folder of the plugin you want to delete (2), then right-click your mouse button and choose Delete from the menu options (3) …

Deleting WordPress Plugins

A message will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete the file. Click OK to proceed …

Deleting WordPress Plugins

After your plugin has been deleted, either refresh the Plugins page or log back into your WordPress admin area and navigate to the Plugins page to confirm that the plugin has been deleted.

Warning

Note: If you forget to deactivate your plugin before deleting the plugin folder from your server, you may get an error message like the one shown in the screenshot below. If this happens, just refresh the screen and the message should go away. If deleting a plugin causes a problem with your site, then try reinstalling the plugin or contact your web host …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Practical Tip

Tip: Always back up your WordPress site before performing installations or upgrades.

Method 2: Deleting WordPress Plugins Manually Using cPanel

After deactivating your plugin, open up cPanel > File Manager and locate the plugin folder in the wp-content > plugins directory on your server (1), select the folder of the plugin you want to delete (2), then click the Delete button in the File Manager menu (3) …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

After your plugin has been deleted, either refresh the Plugins page or log back into your WordPress admin area and navigate to the Plugins page to confirm that the plugin has been deleted.

Congratulations! Now you know how to update and delete your WordPress plugins manually.

Additional WordPress Plugin Management Tutorials

In addition to the above, see all the following tutorials:

To learn how to use and install WordPress plugins from your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to install WordPress plugins manually, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins automatically from your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:

Important

We recommend completing all of the above tutorials before continuing to the next section.

Next Step:

After learning how to update and maintain your WordPress plugins, the next step is to learn how to manage your WordPress themes.

To learn how to set up an offsite data backup storage system, see the tutorial below:

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Manually

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How To Manage Your WordPress Plugins

Learn how to install, update, and delete WordPress plugins with our WordPress Plugin Management tutorials.

WordPress Plugin ManagementThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial overview, we provide links to our step-by-step tutorials on installing, updating, and deleting WordPress plugins.

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WordPress Plugin Management

As explained in previous tutorials, WordPress frequently gets updated to protect the software from vulnerabilities, fix bugs, and to improve its features and functionality.

Whenever a new WordPress version is released, some of your WordPress plugins may become outdated and may need to be upgraded to prevent errors and conflicts with the newer version. When this happens, you will receive an alert inside your WordPress dashboard that your plugins need to be upgraded …

WordPress plugins need updating

(WordPress plugins need updating)

The tutorials in this section show you how to manage your WordPress plugins. You will learn how to install, upgrade, and delete WordPress plugins using both automatic and manual methods.

WordPress Plugin Management Tutorials

This section includes the following tutorials:

To learn how to use and install WordPress plugins from your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to install WordPress plugins manually, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins automatically from your WordPress dashboard, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins manually, see the tutorial below:

Useful Information

We recommend completing all of the above tutorials before continuing to the next section.

Next Step:

After learning how to upgrade and maintain your WordPress plugins, the next step is to learn how to manage your WordPress themes.

To learn how to set up an offsite data backup storage system, see the tutorial below:

How To Manage Your WordPress Plugins

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How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins inside your WordPress dashboard …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins In Your WordPress DashboardIn another post, we provide an overview of what WP plugins are about and how you can use plugins to easily add new features to your blog without touching code.

To view the article, go here:

In this tutorial you will learn the importance of keeping your plugins up-to-date, how to automatically update and delete plugins, and discover useful plugin management tips if you currently manage multiple WordPress sites.

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Why Your Plugins Need To Be Frequently Upgraded

The WordPress software is constantly updated (about every three to four months) to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities discovered in earlier software releases, as well as to improve existing features or introduce new ones.

Depending on how many plugins you use on your site, there will typically be new updates for WordPress plugins each time a new WordPress version is released.

The reason for this, is because most WordPress plugins are created by external developers, so sometimes the code in the newly-released WordPress version conflicts with plugins that were developed for a previous version. Whenever this happens, there is a potential for issues to sometimes develop.

Fortunately, most WordPress plugin developers (and the WordPress developer community itself) are very proactive when it comes to making sure that plugins get updated when a new version of WordPress is released (if this is needed). All you need to do on your end, is keep your plugins up-to-date, which, as you will soon learn, is very easy and simple to do.

Important Info

Keeping your plugins regularly updated and deleting old plugins you no longer use is an essential aspect of good WordPress site management and helps to avoid potential errors and problems.

The WordPress step-by-step tutorial below explains how to automatically upgrade and delete plugins safely without touching web code.

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely From The Dashboard – Tutorial

WordPress provides several methods to inform users when plugins need to be updated.

For example, you can see how many plugins need to be updated inside your Admin area by looking at the “Plugins” menu.

For example, in the screenshot below, nine plugins need updating …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In WordPress

You can also view how many plugins need updating from your WordPress Admin Toolbar (as shown below, a number of plugins should be updated) …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

The Plugins section (Plugins > Installed Plugins) also lets you know which plugins need updating …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely Inside Your Dashboard

In addition to providing information about which plugins have available updates, the Plugins screen provides links to the plugin download sites and gives you the option to update the plugin instantly …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely From The WordPress Admin Dashboard

Let’s start by learning how to upgrade individual WordPress plugins.

Upgrading WordPress Plugins One At A Time

Warning

We strongly recommend making a backup of your data and files before updating your website.

From your dashboard menu, select Plugins > Installed Plugins

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely From The Dashboard

You will be taken to the “Plugins” screen. The list of plugins can flow down your screen for some length, depending on the number of plugins you have added to your blog …

How To Update And Delete Plugins In Your Dashboard

(WordPress Plugins Section)

Tip

Additional Info:

If you have too many plugins and would like to reduce the number of plugins displayed on your page, then click on the Screen Options tab at the top of your Plugins page and type in a smaller number of items per page (by default, all plugins display on the screen), then click Apply …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely

Your Plugins section will now be reduced in size with a pagination feature added. You can find an installed plugin by scrolling through the pages or using the “Search” feature …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely

WordPress displays plugin information in different backgrounds depending on the status of the plugins (inactive vs. active and out-of-date vs up-to-date) …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely

Plugins in need of upgrading have a distinctive notification message: “There is a new version of [Plugin] available”

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely

Find the plugin that needs to be updated and click on the update now link …

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Safely

WordPress provides smooth & fast plugin updates, so that the process of updating your plugins takes place “behind the scenes” without leaving your Plugins area …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins In The WP Admin Dashboard

Repeat this process for all plugins on your site that need to be updated, or refer to the section below if you have a number of plugins that are out-of-date and would like to update them all in bulk.

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Now that you know how to upgrade individual WordPress plugins, the next step is to learn how to upgrade several WordPress plugins simultaneously.

How To Bulk-Upgrade Plugins

To bulk-update WordPress plugins directly inside your dashboard, go to the “Plugins” area and click on the Update Available link on the menu at the top of the page …

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins Safely In WordPress

Click the check box next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins at once, or select each plugin you want to upgrade by checking their individual boxes …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Inside Your Dashboard

In the Bulk Actions drop-down menu at the top of the page, select Update

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins In WordPress

And then click Apply

How To Update And Delete Plugins In The WordPress Admin Dashboard

The plugins you have selected will begin to update automatically …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins

After all updates have completed, you can click on the Return to Plugins page link to return to your Plugins area, or select another option from the dashboard menu …

How To Update And Delete Plugins

Once all plugins are up-to-date, the plugin notifications disappear (i.e. the “at-a-glance” indicators and “There is a new version of XYZ plugin available” messages no longer display on your screen, toolbar and menus) …

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins In Your WP Admin Dashboard

All plugins have now been upgraded to their latest versions!

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

(When your site or blog uses the latest version of all plugins, the notification icons disappear)

Now that you know how to automatically upgrade WordPress inside the dashboard, let’s show you how to remove plugins from your WordPress site or blog.

How To Safely Delete Plugins

Occasionally, you may choose to delete plugins that are no longer needed or being used on your site. This helps to decrease resources on your server and help you avoid problems.

In this section, we show you how to uninstall unused plugins from your WordPress site.

Warning

Always create a full back up of your site before installing, upgrading or deleting plugins, in case something goes wrong and you need to recover data or restore your site.

To delete a plugin, go to your admin menu and choose Plugins > Installed Plugins

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

In the Plugins area, locate the plugin you want to remove and make sure it is inactive.

Hint: Inactive plugins use a different background color than active plugins and show an “Activate” link below the plugin name …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In WordPress

If the plugin is active, then click on Deactivate before proceeding …

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Click Delete

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely Inside Your Dashboard

If you want to review a list of all the files that will be deleted before going ahead, then click on the “Click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” link in the “Delete Plugin” page …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely

All files associated with the plugin that you are about to delete will be listed on your screen …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins

If you are absolutely sure about going ahead and deleting the plugin, then click on the Yes, Delete these files button …

Updating And Deleting Plugins

The selected plugin(s) will be removed from your WordPress installation …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins

How To Delete Several WordPress Plugins Simultaneously

You can delete all inactive plugins at once, or select a combination of active and inactive plugins to be deleted.

Useful Information

Note: To delete any plugins that are presently active, your will first need to deactivate them.

Go to the “Plugins” section and select all of the active plugins that you want to delete by either placing a tick next to their checkbox, or selecting the check box next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins (warning: this will deactivate all plugins) …

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

Next, specify Deactivate from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu …

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins In The Dashboard

Click the Apply button …

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The selected plugins will be deactivated …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely

Once you have deactivated these plugins, click on the Inactive link on the menu at the top of the page …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely Inside The WordPress Dashboard

Select all of the plugins you want to delete by either placing a tick next to their check box, or click on the checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select and delete all inactive plugins …

How To Update And Delete Plugins In The Dashboard

Once you have ticked all the check boxes next to the plugins that you want to delete, specify Delete from the Bulk Actions drop down menu …

Updating And Deleting Plugins

Click Apply

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely Inside The WP Admin Dashboard

A list of all selected plugins will be displayed in the Delete Plugins screen. Click on “click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” to review all the plugin files that you are about to delete, or click on the Yes, Delete these files button if you are absolutely sure that you would like to proceed to the next step and delete all of the selected plugins …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely

All plugins will be deleted and their associated files will be removed from your server …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins From Your WP Dashboard

Management Tools For WordPress Plugins

In addition to the methods shown above, you can use Free and Premium WordPress plugins to manage your plugins.

PLUGIN CENTRAL

Plugin Central - WP Plugin

Plugin Central is a Free WordPress plugin that helps you manage your plugins by allowing you to install plugins directly, displays the status of plugins in need of update on your WordPress Admin and lets you update multiple plugins with a single click of the mouse …

Plugin Central

To learn more about this plugin, go here:

Managing WordPress Plugins On Multiple Sites

As discussed earlier, when plugin developers release a new plugin update, the best practice is to update that plugin as soon as possible.

What if you run multiple sites using the same plugin? One option, is to login to every site and then update the plugin from that site’s own WP dashboard. If you plan to manage multiple sites, updating the same plugin(s) can take quite some time!

WordPress Power User Tip: If you own or manage a number of WordPress sites, you can install, upgrade or deactivate plugins on multiple sites automatically and simultaneously using various WordPress management tools.

Here are a couple of WordPress management tools that are worth knowing about:

Jetpack

Jetpack By WordPress.com  - Plugin For WordPress

The Jetpack plugin is a versatile plugin for WordPress that provides users with a powerful range of added functionality, allowing self-hosted WordPress site owners to benefit from WordPress.com’s infrastructure and take advantage of stats reporting, automated social sharing, and a whole lot more.

Jetpack By WordPress.com - WordPress Plugin

(The Jetpack Plugin lets you access a range of powerful WordPress.com features)

One of these features is “Manage”.

Jetpack Manage lets you manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard on WordPress.com.

With Manage, you can update plugins, set plugins to update automatically, and activate or deactivate plugins on a site-by-site basis or all at once, whether you’re on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

Go here to download and use this plugin:

ManageWP.com

ManageWP.com

(ManageWP is a leading management tool for multiple WordPress sites)

ManageWP helps you easily manage all your sites and blogs from one dashboard, including upgrades, backups, security and more. This tool features easy and intuitive one-click upgrades and instant login access to your sites.

To download the plugin, visit this site:

WP Pipeline – Upgrade All Your WP Sites From A Single Dashboard

WP Pipeline - Manage All Your WP Blogs From From One Central Installation

(With WP Pipeline, you can update all of your WordPress sites, plugins and themes from a central location)

WP Pipeline works in a similar way to ManageWP, but sells for a one-time license fee instead of monthly payments. It lets you control and organize your entire online WordPress presence and perform multiple upgrades from a single WP installation.

Go here to download and use the plugin:

Congratulations! Now you know how to update and remove your plugins in WordPress.

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