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Updating WordPress Plugins and Themes

Updating core WordPress is important, but it is also important to update the themes and plugins you use, as a bug in one of these can affect your whole installation.

If there are available updates for either theme or plugin these easy noticeable orange circles will appear in the administration panel:

wordpress update plugins themes

Click on Updates to enter WordPress Updates screen for detailed information:

wordpress update plugins themes

wordpress update plugins themes

These notifications though are only for plugins and themes hosted on the official wordpress.org repositories.

WordPress will not inform you about any updates that are hosted some place else for example on the developer's server.

If you use such themes or plugins make sure you are provided with way to get notified when updates are available – notifications are usually emailed by the developers.

Updating in One Click

Like WordPress itself, plugins and themes can be updated with a single click.

Go to Administration > Updates.

On WordPress Updates screen all available updates are listed. Select the plugin or the theme and click the corresponding Update Plugins or Update Themes button.

When you update plugins and themes from WordPress Updates screen new screen will open with information about the update:

wordpress update plugins themes

wordpress update plugins themes

You can also update plugins from Administration > Plugins by clicking the update now link or by selecting the plugin, from Bulk Action dropdown menu select Activate and click Apply buton:

wordpress update plugins themes

wordpress update plugins themes

You can update themes from Appearance > Themes by clicking Update now link:

wordpress update plugins themes

wordpress update plugins themes

Manually Updating Plugins and Themes

Like WordPress, updating plugins and themes with one click should be the preferred method.

Actually we do not update plugins and themes manually but replace the outdated plugins and themes in wp-content/plugins and wp-content/themes directories with the updated ones.

For our example we downloaded WordPress 4.3 and extracted one of the themes (twentythirteen) and akismet plugin in a directory wordpress-4.3.

wordpress update plugins themes

We also deleted all plugins from wp-content/plugins directory on the server.

Using FTP we uploaded akismet plugin from the local directory wordpress-4.3 to wp-content/plugins directory on the server:

wordpress update plugins themes

We also uploaded twentythirteen theme from the local directory wordpress-4.3 to wp-content/themes on the server.

wordpress update plugins themes

Now let's open Administration > Upates:

wordpress update plugins themes

Our updated theme and plugin are ready for activation.

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