So, you finally want to know the most reliable way to update WordPress plugins. The very primary method of updating plugins is to visit WordPress dashboard and then simply update plugins using a 1-click update. This procedure might seem very easy, but sometimes things got stuck in between and can create problems.

Here, I have a solution to this problem. We will be sharing a method through which you can upload or update plugins easily and efficiently. I will be updating the WordPress using FTP method.

What is FTP?

Before beginning with the method, you should make yourself comfortable with the term FTP. FTP is a File Transfer Protocol which allows you to upload (delete, edit, preview) file from your PC to your Website. If you want to use FTP, then it’s a must for you to have an FTP Client (generally termed as “Software”) through which you can append your WordPress Website data. These FTP Clients can be either Free or Paid.

For the explanation of the method, we will use FileZilla as an FTP Client. You can pick any; hundreds are available on the internet.

So, let’s begin with the process.

Step 1

It is most basic as well as an essential step of the FTP Method. Here, you have to download (zip file) the latest version of the Plugin. If it’s paid then you need to visit the Plugin’s Official website to download the plugin otherwise you can easily Download the newest version Free Plugin from the official WordPress website.

How to Manually Update WordPress Plugins via FTP

Once you have downloaded the Latest Version Plugin then, you need to extract that zip file afterward you can proceed with next Step.

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Step 2

Make sure; you have connected your FTP Client with your website. If you haven’t then, follow the below-mentioned step.

  1. Run the FTP Client
  2. Fill the details correctly. Use your Website name in “Host,” your FTP username and Password that you have received just after buying a hosting plan from a provider.

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We hope you have connected your FTP with your WordPress website.

Step 3

Navigate to “wp-content/plugins” folder in FTP client. Under this directory, all your folders will be displayed with their respective Plugin Name.

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Step 4

Right, Click on the Plugin’s Folder that you want to update and rename the folder with any name. You can write “old” in front of the existing name.

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Note: Download the renamed folders as a backup. If something went wrong, then we can upload the renamed folder.

Once done with this, proceed to the next Step.

Step 5

After taking backup of the older version of the plugin, then you need to delete older version from the server.

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Step 6

Now from the FTP client, under the Local site section, locate the plugin folder file that you have extracted earlier from the Zip file. After doing this, right click on the folder and select the option “Upload”.

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Now, you FTP client will be transferring the folder to your Website. Once the folder is moved, then you just need to log in your Website’s WordPress and you will see that your plugin is updated.

How to update plugin manually through FTP

Once checked, you can activate the Plugin, and you have successfully updated your plugin without any issue. But if you will face any problem with the latest version of the plugin which you have uploaded then you should delete the latest version of the plugin and upload that older version of the plugin again.

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