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 Info

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

Useful 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 upgrade and manage 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.

How To Manage Your WordPress PluginsThis 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 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:

WordPress Plugin Management

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How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

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

How To Automatically Update And Delete PluginsIn another blog post, we provide an overview of what plugins are about and how you can use these to enhance your blog’s functionality.

To read the article, go here:

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn why plugins need to be kept up-to-date, how to safely upgrade and uninstall plugins from your site, and discover useful tools to help you better manage your plugins if you currently run multiple WordPress sites or blogs.

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Why Many Plugins Need Upgrading

WordPress frequently updates its software (about every 3-4 months) to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities found in older versions, and to improve existing features or introduce new ones.

Depending on how many plugins you use on your site, you can expect to see at least some new new update notifications for WordPress plugins when new versions of WordPress are announced.

The reason for this, is because most WordPress plugins are created by external developers, so sometimes 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 problems to sometimes develop.

Fortunately, most WordPress plugin developers (and the WordPress developer community itself) are fairly proactive when it comes to ensuring 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 maintain your plugins up-to-date, which, as you will soon learn, is very quick, simple and easy to do.

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

The tutorial below explains how to update and delete plugins safely without coding knowledge or skills required.

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins – Tutorial

WordPress employs a few methods to alert users when plugins need to be updated.

For example, you can immediately see how many plugins need to be updated as soon as you log into your Administration area just by looking at the “Plugins” menu.

For example, in the screenshot below, you can see that nine plugins need updating …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins In WordPress

You can also see how many plugins need updating from your WP Toolbar (as shown below, 9 plugins should be updated) …

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely

The Plugins screen (Plugins > Installed Plugins) also tells you which plugins need to be updated …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely From Your WP Admin Dashboard

As well as providing information about plugins that have available updates, the Plugins section provides links to the plugin download sites and gives you the option to update your plugins with one-click …

Updating And Deleting Plugins

Let’s start by learning how to upgrade plugins individually.

How To Upgrade Single A Plugin

Warning

We strongly recommend performing a complete backup of your website before upgrading your website or blog.

In your WP admin menu, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins

The “Plugins” page will display in your browser. This page can be quite lengthy depending on how many plugins you have installed in your site …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Inside Your Dashboard

(The WordPress Plugins Section)

Practical Tip

Useful Info:

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

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins Safely

Your Plugins page will now be made more manageable with a page scrolling feature added. You can find an installed plugin by scrolling through the pages or using the “Search” field …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely Inside The Dashboard

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

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely From The WordPress Dashboard

Plugins that need updating show the following notification message: “There is a new version of [Insert Plugin Name] available”

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely Inside The Dashboard

Find the plugin that needs updating and click on the update now link …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely From Your Dashboard

WordPress has done away with the loading screen when updating plugins and streamlined the plugin update process, so that updating your plugins takes place with just “one click” without leaving your Plugins area …

How To Automatically Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Safely

Repeat the above process for any other plugins on your site that need to be updated, or refer to the section below if you have several plugins that are out-of-date and would like to update all plugins in one simple operation.

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Now that you know how to upgrade WordPress plugins one at a time, it’s time to learn how to update multiple plugins simultaneously.

Bulk-Upgrading WP Plugins

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

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins

Tick the checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins at once, or select each plugin you want to update by checking their individual boxes …

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely From Your WordPress Admin Dashboard

In the Bulk Actions drop-down menu above your plugin list, choose Update

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely

Click Apply

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely Inside Your WP Dashboard

Your selected plugins will begin the update process …

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely In Your Dashboard

Once your plugins have been updated, you can click on the Return to Plugins page link to go back to the Plugins area, or choose a different section of your dashboard …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

Once all plugins are up-to-date, any plugin alerts will disappear (i.e. the “at-a-glance” indicators and “There is a new version of XYZ plugin available” notices no longer display) …

How To Automatically Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

All plugins are now up-to-date!

How To Update And Delete Plugins Inside Your Dashboard

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

Now that you know how to update your inside the admin dashboard, let’s take a look at how to remove plugins safely from your WordPress site.

How To Remove WordPress Plugins

Occasionally, you may want to delete plugins that you no longer need or are no longer using on your site. This can conserve resource usage and help to reduce problems.

In this section, you will learn how to delete unused plugins from your site.

Warning

We strongly recommend creating 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 remove a plugin, go to your dashboard menu and click on Plugins > Installed Plugins

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins

In the Plugins section, find the plugin you want to delete and make sure it is inactive.

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

How To Automatically Update And Delete WordPress Plugins In Your WP Dashboard

If the plugin is active, then click on Deactivate before continuing with your plugin deletion …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely

Click on Delete

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Inside Your WordPress Dashboard

If you want to browse all the files that will be deleted before proceeding, then click on the “Click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” link in the “Delete Plugin” screen …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Inside The WordPress Admin Dashboard

All files belonging to the plugin that you are about to delete will display on your screen …

Updating And Deleting Plugins

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

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In The Dashboard

Your plugins and related files will be deleted …

Updating And Deleting Plugins From The WordPress Admin Dashboard

Deleting Several Plugins At Once

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

Important

Note: To delete any plugins that are presently active, you must first 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 check box, or selecting the check box next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins (warning: this will deactivate all plugins) …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely Inside The Dashboard

Next, specify Deactivate from the Bulk Actions drop down menu …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely

Click the Apply button …

Updating And Deleting Plugins

The selected plugins will be deactivated …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins

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

How To Upgrade And Delete WordPress Plugins

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

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely From The WordPress Admin Dashboard

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

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely

Click Apply

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely

A list of all selected plugins will display 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 certain that you would like to proceed to the next step and remove all of the plugins listed …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete WordPress Plugins In Your Dashboard

All plugins will be deleted …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins

Useful WordPress Tools For Managing WP Plugins

In addition to the methods shown above, you can install other WordPress plugins that let you manage your plugins.

PLUGIN CENTRAL

Plugin Central - WordPress Plugin

Plugin Central improves the management of your plugins by allowing you to install plugins directly, displays the status of plugins in need of update in the Dashboard and also allows you to update multiple plugins with one click …

Plugin Central - WordPress Plugin

To learn more about this plugin, go here:

Managing WordPress Plugins On Multiple Sites

Whenever a plugin update gets released, the best practice is to update the plugin right away.

What if you run multiple sites using the same plugin? Typically, you would need to login to each site individually and then update the plugin from that site’s own WP dashboard. If you have to update plugins on multiple sites, updating the same plugin(s) can take quite a while!

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

Below are just some WordPress management tools that are worth knowing about:

Jetpack By WordPress.com Plugin

Jetpack

The Jetpack plugin is a single WordPress plugin that provides users with a powerful range of features, allowing self-hosted WordPress site owners to access WordPress.com’s infrastructure and take advantage of stats reporting, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.

Jetpack Manage

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

One of these features is “Jetpack Manage”.

Jetpack Manage lets you manage your self-hosted WordPress sites and WordPress.com sites from a central interface.

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

To download this plugin, go here:

ManageWP.com

ManageWP

(ManageWP is a very popular WordPress management tool for multiple WordPress sites)

ManageWP lets you manage all your sites and blogs from one place, including upgrades, backups, security and more. The tool features easy and intuitive one-click upgrades and instant login to all of your WordPress sites.

Visit this site for more information about using the plugin:

WP Pipeline.com

WP Pipeline.com

(WP Pipeline lets you update all of your WordPress sites, plugins and themes from a central dashboard)

WP Pipeline is very similar to ManageWP, but sells for a one-time purchase fee instead of monthly payments. It lets you control and organize your entire portfolio of WordPress sites and perform multiple upgrades from one central location.

Go here to learn more about the plugin:

Congratulations! Now you know how to upgrade and delete plugins safely with no web coding skills or knowledge needed.

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