WordPress plugins can be updated within your WordPress dashboard and this is the quickest and easiest way to do it.
Here’s the step-by-step procedure:
- After you’ve logged into the WordPress dashboard, locate the ‘Dashboard‘ section on the left-hand side (usually the first section in the left-hand column)
- Click on ‘Updates‘. This menu item will have a circled number next to it if there are updates that need to be made
- Under the ‘Plugins‘ section, tick the ‘Select All‘ checkbox so that all the plugins that require updates will be updated
- Click on the ‘Update Plugins‘ button to begin the update installation
That’s all you need to do!
Some plugins may require you to save their settings again after they’ve been updated. If this is required, you’ll see a message on the dashboard.
Warning: If you have a high-traffic blog and are concerned that an update may cause your site to crash, it’s best to test the update somewhere else.
One way to do this is to have an identical blog set up somewhere else (it can be on the same domain but in a different directory). Use the same theme, plugins and WordPress version.
Another precaution you can take is to make a backup of your WordPress site. A free plugin that I use to make automated, regular backups is WordPress Database Backup.
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