How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

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

Updating And Deleting PluginsIn another post, we provide an overview of what WP plugins are all about and how you can use these to easily enhance your web site’s capabilities.

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In this tutorial you will learn why plugins need to be kept up-to-date, how to safely upgrade and remove plugins, and some tips to help you better manage your plugins.

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Why Many Plugins Need Upgrading

New versions of WordPress are frequently being released (about every 3-4 months) to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities discovered in earlier versions, as well as to improve existing features.

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

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

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 required). All you need to do as a WordPress user, is simply maintain your plugins up-to-date, which, as you will soon discover, is very easy and simple to do.

Important

Keeping your plugins up-to-date and deleting old plugins you no longer use is an essential aspect of good WordPress management and helps to avoid any potential errors or problems.

The tutorial below explains how to upgrade and delete WordPress plugins safely from the dashboard without web coding skills or knowledge required.

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress utilizes a few ways to let users know when plugins need updating.

For example, you can immediately see how many plugins need updating inside your Admin area by looking at the main “Plugins” menu.

In the example below, 9 WP plugins have older versions that need to be updated …

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins From Your WordPress Dashboard

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

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely From The WordPress Admin Dashboard

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

Updating And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely From The Dashboard

In addition to providing information about plugins that have available updates, the Plugins section provides links to the plugin developer sites and gives you the option to update the plugins individually or in bulk …

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Let’s start by showing you how to upgrade one WP plugin at a time.

How To Update Individual A Plugin

Warning

We recommend performing a full backup of your website before making any changes to your blog or website.

From your WP admin menu, select Plugins > Installed Plugins

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins In WordPress

The “Plugins” section will display in your browser. The list of plugins can run down your page for some length, depending on how many plugins you have added to your blog …

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins From Your WP Dashboard

(The WordPress Plugins Page)

Useful Tip

Notes:

If you have too many plugins installed and would like to make this section more manageable, then click on the Screen Options tab at the top of your Plugins screen and enter a smaller number of items per page (by default, all plugins display on the screen), then click Apply …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely In Your WP Dashboard

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

How To Upgrade And Delete WordPress Plugins Safely From Your WP Dashboard

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

How To Update And Delete Plugins Inside Your Dashboard

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

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Find the plugin that you want to update and click on the update now link …

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins

WordPress provides faster plugin updating, so that updating your plugins takes place “behind the scenes” without leaving your Plugins screen …

Updating And Deleting Plugins In The Dashboard

Repeat the above process for all plugins on your site that need updating, or see the section below if you have many 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 update WordPress plugins one at a time, the next step is to learn how to update several plugins simultaneously.

How To Update Several Plugins Simultaneously

To update multiple WP plugins at the same time using the automatic upgrading feature, go to the “Plugins” section and click on the Update Available link on the menu at the top of the page …

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Click on the check box in the Plugin column header to select all plugins at once, or select only the plugins you want to update by checking its box …

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins Safely In WordPress

In the Bulk Actions pull-down menu above the list of plugins, select Update

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely Inside The WordPress Admin Dashboard

And then click Apply

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely From The WP Dashboard

The plugins you have selected will begin to update automatically …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins In WordPress

Once all upgrades are completed, you can click on the Return to Plugins page link to go back to your Plugins screen, or select another option from the main menu …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely In WordPress

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

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins

All plugins are now up-to-date!

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In Your Dashboard

(When your site or blog uses the latest version of all plugins, notification icons no longer show)

Now that you know how to automatically update in your admin dashboard, let’s show you how to safely uninstall plugins safely from your WordPress site or blog.

Deleting Plugins

It’s a good idea to uninstall plugins that you no longer need. This helps to reduce server resources and help to reduce 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 reinstall your site.

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

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

Hint: Inactive plugins have a different colored background than active plugins and display an “Activate” link below the plugin name …

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

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Click Delete

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If you would like to have a look at all the files that will be deleted before proceeding any further, then click on the “Click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” link in the “Delete Plugin” screen …

How To Automatically Update And Delete Plugins In WordPress

The entire list of files belonging to the plugin selected for removalwill be listed on your screen …

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If you are certain that you want to proceed and delete the selected plugin files, then click on the Yes, Delete these files button …

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The selected plugins and related files will be removed from your server …

How To Automatically Upgrade And Delete Plugins From Your WP Admin Dashboard

Bulk-Deleting WP Plugins

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

Useful Information

Note: To delete any plugins that are currently 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 checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins (warning: this will deactivate all plugins) …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins

Next, choose Deactivate from the Bulk Actions pull-down menu …

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Click Apply

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Your selected plugins will be deactivated …

Upgrading And Deleting Plugins Safely In WordPress

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

Upgrading And Deleting WordPress Plugins Safely Inside The Dashboard

Tick the check box in the Plugin column header to select all plugins at once, or select each plugin you want to remove by checking its box …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely

Once you have ticked all the checkboxes next to the plugins that you want to delete, select Delete from the Bulk Actions pull-down menu …

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In WordPress

Click the Apply button …

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Safely From Your WordPress Admin Dashboard

A list of all selected plugins will show up in the Delete Plugins area. 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 sure that you want to proceed to the next step and remove all of the plugins listed …

How To Update And Delete Plugins Safely In WordPress

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

Updating And Deleting Plugins

Practical Management Tools For Plugins

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

PLUGIN CENTRAL

Plugin Central

Plugin Central is a Free plugin that helps you manage your plugins with features that let you install plugins directly, displays the status of plugins in need of update in the Admin area and also allows you to update multiple plugins in one click …

Management Plugin For WordPress

For more details about using this plugin, visit the plugin site:

Managing WordPress Plugins On Multiple Sites

When plugin developers release a new plugin update, the best practice is to update the plugin right away.

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

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

Below are just a few great WordPress management tools you may want to look at:

Jetpack Manage

Jetpack  - Plugin For WordPress

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

Jetpack Manage

(The Jetpack Plugin gives you access to range of powerful WordPress features)

One of these features is “Jetpack Manage”.

Jetpack Manage allows you to manage your WordPress sites and plugins from a central dashboard.

With Manage, you can update 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 laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

To download and use the plugin, go here:

ManageWP.com

ManageWP

(ManageWP is a widely used WordPress management tool for multiple WordPress sites)

ManageWP helps you easily manage all of your WordPress sites from one central location, including upgrades, backups, security and more. The tool features easy and intuitive one-click management and instant login to your sites.

To download the plugin, go here:

WP Pipeline

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control Plugin

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

WP Pipeline works in a similar way to ManageWP, but you only have to pay once to access the software. It lets you manage your entire portfolio of WordPress sites and perform multiple updates from one single WP installation.

Visit this site to download the plugin:

Congratulations! Now you know how to upgrade and safely remove your plugins.

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