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How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

In a separate article, we explain what plugins are and how you can use these to easily add new features to your site without editing code.

To read the article, go here:

In this tutorial you will learn why WordPress plugins need to be kept up-to-date, how to easily update and uninstall plugins, and discover practical plugin management tools if you need to manage multiple WordPress sites or blogs.

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins

Why Some Of Your Plugins Need To Be Regularly Updated

New WordPress versions are regularly released (about every three to four months) to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities found in earlier software versions, and to improve existing features or introduce new functionality to users.

Depending on how many plugins you have installed on your site, there will typically be new new update notifications for WordPress plugins when new versions of WordPress are announced.

This is because most WordPress plugins are created by third-party developers, so sometimes code in the new WordPress version conflicts with plugins that were developed and tested with a previous version. When this happens, there is a potential for conflicts to sometimes occur.

Fortunately, most WordPress plugin developers (and the WordPress developer community itself) are quite 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 just keep your plugins up-to-date, which, as you will soon discover, is really easy and simple to do.

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

The WordPress step-by-step tutorial below explains how to automatically upgrade and delete plugins in your dashboard without requiring web coding skills.

Updating And Deleting Plugins Safely In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress has a few ways to let users know when plugins need to be updated.

For example, you can immediately see how many plugins are out-of-date from your Administration area by looking at the “Plugins” menu.

In the example below, nine WordPress plugins have older versions that need updating …

You can also check how many plugins need to be updated from your WP Toolbar (the screenshot below shows that 9 plugins need updating) …

The Plugins screen (Plugins > Installed Plugins) also notifies you about plugins that need updating …

As well as providing information about plugins that have available updates, the Plugins screen provides links to the plugin download sites and gives you the option to update the plugin instantly …

Let’s start by showing you how to update individual WP plugins.

How To Update Plugins One At A Time

We strongly recommend performing a backup of your data and files before upgrading your website.

In your dashboard menu, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins

The “Plugins” page will display in your browser. The table of plugins can flow down your page for some length, depending on how many plugins you have installed in your site …

(The WordPress Plugins Page)

Additional Info:

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

Your Plugins page 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” function …

You will see information about plugins in different color backgrounds depending on the status of the plugins (inactive vs. active and up-to-date vs. outdated) …

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

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

WordPress provides fast plugin updates, so that the process of updating your plugins happens with just “one click” without leaving your Plugins area …

Repeat the above process for all 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 upgrade them all in one simple operation.

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Now that you know how to update individual WP plugins, the next step is to learn how to update multiple plugins simultaneously.

Bulk-Upgrading WP Plugins

To update multiple plugins simultaneously directly inside your dashboard, go to the “Plugins” section and click on the Update Available link on the menu at the top of the page …

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

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

Click Apply

Your selected plugins will begin updating …

After all plugin upgrades are completed, you can click on the Return to Plugins page link to return to your Plugins screen, or select another option from the sidebar menu …

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) …

You have updated all plugins on your site!

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

Now that you know how to automatically update WordPress in the dashboard, it’s time to learn how to safely uninstall plugins safely from your blog or website.

Deleting WordPress Plugins

As part of smart WordPress management, it’s a good idea to delete inactive plugins. This can help to decrease resources on your server and also help to eliminate problems.

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

We strongly recommend creating a full back up of your WordPress 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 WP admin menu and choose Plugins > Installed Plugins

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

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

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

Next, click on Delete

If you need to review a list of 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” section …

A complete list of files belonging to the plugin selected for removalwill display on your screen …

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

The selected plugin(s) will be deleted …

How To Delete Multiple WP Plugins Simultaneously

You can bulk-delete all inactive plugins on your site, or select a combination of active and inactive plugins to be removed.

Note: To delete any plugins that are currently active, you 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) …

Once you have done this, choose Deactivate from the Bulk Actions pull-down menu …

Click the Apply button …

The selected plugins will be deactivated …

To delete all or some of the inactive plugins on your site, go to the “Plugins” screen and click on the Inactive link on the main menu …

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

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

Click Apply

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 certain that you would like to go ahead and remove all of the selected plugins …

All plugins will be deleted …

Tools For Managing Plugins

In addition to the methods shown above, you can install a range of third-party tools that let you manage your WordPress plugins.

PLUGIN CENTRAL

Plugin Central improves the management of your plugins with features that let you install plugins directly, displays the status of plugins in need of update on the WordPress Admin and lets you update many plugins at once with one click …

To learn more about using this plugin, visit the plugin site:

Managing WordPress Plugins On Multiple Sites

Whenever plugin updates get released, the best practice is to upgrde that plugin right away.

What if you run multiple sites with the same plugin installed? One option, is to login to every site and then go through the plugin update process from that site’s own WP dashboard. With multiple sites, this process can take quite some time to complete!

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

Here are just some WordPress management tools you may want to look at:

Jetpack

The Jetpack plugin is a versatile plugin for WordPress that offers users 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 host of other features.

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

One of these features is “Jetpack Manage”.

Jetpack Manage allows you to manage multiple self-hosted WordPress sites and WordPress.com sites from one simple 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 in bulk, whether you’re on your PC, tablet, or smart phone.

Go here to download and use the plugin:

ManageWP.com

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

ManageWP helps you manage all of your sites from one central location, including updates, backups, security and more. This tool features easy one-click management and instant login access to all of your sites.

Visit this site to download the plugin:

WP Pipeline

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

WP Pipeline works in a similar way to ManageWP, but you only have to pay once to access the software. It lets you control and organize your entire portfolio of WordPress sites and perform multiple upgrades from one central dashboard.

Go here to download the plugin:

Congratulations! Now you know how to update and delete plugins safely with no web coding skills necessary.

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