How to update WordPress plugins manually

Do you want to learn how to manually update WordPress plugins via FTP? Sometimes the 1-click WordPress plugin update fails which can break your website. The only way to fix that is by manually updating the plugin. In this article, we will show you how to manually update WordPress plugins via FTP without breaking your website.

First thing first. Create a backup of your entire website before updating the core, themes or plugins so that you could revert the changes if anything odd occurs.

Step 1: Get the Latest Plugin

At first download the latest version of your target plugin from the author’s official source. It should be a .zip file. Extract the zipped archive. You will get a new folder containing the plugin files and folders.

Before starting the manual update process, deactivate the target plugin.

Step 2: Access the Plugins Directory

So you have the latest version of the target plugin in your computer. Now you need to install (upload) it to the server of your target site. Use an FTP client or visit the cPanel and follow this directory path public_html/wp-contents/plugins. It will show all of the currently installed plugin folders.

Step 3: Apply the Update

Once you are in the plugins subdirectory, open the target plugin folder. Delete all of the files and folders inside it, and paste/upload everything from the folder (in your computer) containing the latest version of the plugin. You can also simply replace the older version’s folder with the newer one you’ve just downloaded. That’s it.

After successfully following these steps, visit Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins and activate the newly updated plugin. Hope you will find this procedure easy. Also you may like my previous post on how to update WordPress themes manually. Please let us know your thoughts too. Thanks for reading.