Do you need to manually update a
WordPress plugin? Well keep watching I’ll show you how to get your site back
up and running quickly by updating a plugin using FTP. Normally WordPress
allows you to update or install plugins very easily from this area here but
sometimes something will happen and you can’t access that and you need to do it
manually. To be able to upload a plugin via FTP, first you need an FTP client
I’ll be using FileZilla for this video but there’s several that you can choose
from. The next thing you want to do is you need to get the login credentials
for your FTP and usually you can find that from your hosting provider either
email them or you should be able to find that in your information from your
cPanel. So the first thing we want to do is we need to remove that old plugin
that’s causing us problems. When you log into the backend of your WordPress
website go to wp-content, go to the plugins area and select the plugin
folder that’s causing the problems. Let’s go ahead and rename it, you can rename it
to anything I usually like to just say old so I know it’s the old plugin.
Once it’s renamed let’s go ahead and right-click and download it in case we
need it later. Depending on how large it is it might take a little bit of time to
download for you, great once that’s downloaded and you know you have the
copy let’s go ahead and delete that and that is removed from our website. Again
depending on how large it is it might take a little bit of time, once we say
it’s deleted let’s head back over to our WordPress dashboard we want to make sure
that it’s also deactivated. So I’m in my plugins area and when it’s deactivated
it’ll give you an indicator up here saying that it has been deactivated
because the file doesn’t exist. We’ve now removed it from our site if you are not
able to get into your admin area before because of the issue you should now be
able to get there. So now what we need to do is download the plugin and upload it
through our FTP if it’s in the WordPress repository simply go to
wordpress.org we’re looking for the plugins area and search for the plugin
that we need to upload. Once you find it, look on the page for
download and you want to download that locally to your computer see there’s my
old ones we’re going to download the new one. You need to open that file up and
you need to extract it, choose where you want to see it and click extract, when
you extract the files make sure that it doesn’t extract into a new folder in
other words I have WPForms lite and WPForms light I want it in the main folder
before uploading. So just make sure that that doesn’t happen. Alright now that it’s in a folder we
need to upload this folder to the backend of our website so let’s go back
to our FileZilla and this is the folder area you may have to right click refresh
to see the older ones. That’s our old one that we don’t want here is our new one
so what you can do is make sure you’re in the plugins folder on the right and
on the left simply right-click and upload and that will go through the
process of uploading the plug-in to your site. Great once that’s uploaded now you
can go back to the backend of your website
let’s click refresh and once you hit refresh you should see it here. The final
thing you need to do is it’s been uploaded but it hasn’t been activated
yet so let’s activate the plugin and now you see the plugin active on your site
again. So it’s a really quick and easy way to upload a file via FTP. Did you
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How to Manually Update WordPress Plugins via FTP

6 thoughts on “How to Manually Update WordPress Plugins via FTP

  • October 31, 2017 at 5:13 am
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    Then you using FTP you can down load the zip file without need to extract it! I have don that many times without any problems!

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  • June 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    niceee thanks!

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  • August 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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    OH MY GOD LADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU SAVED ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    A plugin was causing me HTTP 500 Error, i couldnt enter my wordpress admin area, i don't know about filezilla and never used it, but i got it done, thanks to you!

    you are the best!!!

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  • October 3, 2018 at 12:01 am
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    I cannot thank you enough for this!

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  • October 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm
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    If i want to update woo-commerce plugin then i can follow that video?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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    Thank you very much for helpful videos as always if I need help on how to with my wordpress website I search in your website as it is the best source for detailed information! I love you really

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