In this video I’m in a show you how to easily
update any plug-in or scheme without having to delete the existing installed version 1st
I know that’s a mouthful hi my name is Adam from WPCrafter.com where I make WordPress
videos for non-techies if you find the content in this video valuable to you I like to encourage
you to click on that subscribe button and if you want notifications click on the bell
just off to the right of the subscribe button you know this is something that really should
be in the core of WordPress in my opinion and I’ve always he did this so there’s a lot
of situations where you have a plug-in or theme on your WordPress website but you don’t
have a way of automatically updating it so a perfect example is anything you might get
from our purchase from code Canyon or theme for us you have to go through a bunch of extra
hoops in order to have automatic updates which you actually should do anyway but there’s
also other scenarios to work you might have a plug in that you want to downgrade but in
order to do that you have to deactivate and delete it first because if you try to do that
update WordPress will say the folder already exists let me show you what I am talking about
so here is the name of the plug-in nominations shall wax I’ve already installed it go to
plug-ins add new and then do a search for it here it is easy theme and plug-in upgrades
and what this plug-ins going to do is it’s going to allow you to install a new theme
or plug in like you normally would and if it’s an update it will just overwrite what’s
already there so here is actually a perfect perfect example is one of my favorite page
builders it’s called Elementor and if you’re not familiar I have a ton of content on Elementor
in fact I even made a video where I compared Elementor to Beaver Builder and my biggest
criticism of Elementor was sometimes a push out updates that are problematic and they
can cause these problems and you will regret having updated well let me show you everything
I’m talking about so I want to go to my plug-ins you can see I have Elementor installed right
here and I have version 1.4.7 so say I just upgraded and it’s causing problems and I need
to go back a version well if you have a local copy you can do that or you could go to WordPress.org
their page right here and right now you can click on advanced view they keep tweaking
this layout in my change but if you go to advance view and then you scroll down here’s
an option that says previous versions so I’m going to go ahead and download the previous
version this 1.4.6 to go ahead and click on download okay now that that’s downloaded this
is what you would normally do actually here let me go ahead and deactivate my easy being
plug-in and upgrades so in order to downgrade Elementor I would have to deactivated and
then deleted now that is a scary thing because you’re not I cannot be 100% sure every plug-in
or theme author has coded their plug-in or theme properly and you’re not gonna lose some
your settings good a plug-in or theme authors going to give you the option of having it
be your info still be there when you reinstall the updated or in our the prior version an
even better plug-in authors and theme for the authors will give you an option to have
it delete the data if you wanted anyways so this is what would normally happen you would
go to add new and then you would click upload plug-in and then you would drag and drop your
plug-in right there from your local computer you click on install now it’s going to upload
it to the side in it’s going to give you this plug-in install failed and it’s good to say
because the destination folder already exists now let’s go ahead and activate that plug-in
the easy theme and plug-in upgrades to my click on activate or penetrate over again
so I’m on Elementor 1.4.7 on a click add new and then a minute click on upload plug-in
and do the same thing but this time I’m in a click on install now and let’s see what
happens so look at the difference it says right here that it’s upgrading the plug-in
so he realized with this new plug-in that I added to realize that I’m trying to upgrade
or just have a different version doesn’t know if I’m downgrading or upgrading it just knows
it’s already installed and I want to put a different version of the same plug-in in my
website and then look what it does it backs up the old version and it actually puts it
in the media library so you can easily download it if you wanted to and it says right here
it even gives you a link to download the version that you just replaced and then it updated
the plug-in successfully him to go ahead and click on activate plug-in in the ring to go
to plug-ins and see what version it is you can see now I’m on 1.4.6 what I just wanted
to add now this I think is huge and it should be in the core of WordPress I do not know
why it isn’t but this is going to make things a lot easier for a lot of people now obviously
if you’re a developer or someone that’s more technical you can FTP in and then just copy
and overwrite files and that’s actually what I usually do and the reason I do that is because
I can’t do it this way but now with this plug-in I can do it this way and I think for the people
that have a website because they need one in there trying to manage it themselves this
will make things so much easier especially when it comes to themes you will say only
have one theme on your website you don’t have a temporary one to switch to while you delete
this one and then you up the upload and update it’s very wonky the way that WordPress does
it in my opinion it should do it this way by default but it’s nice that with this plug-in
that is completely free and if you go to their WordPress.org page you’ll see it’s installed
on well over 100,000 websites and it has fantastic reviews so it’s going to be a reliable plug-in
for you and I just I just think this is just a fantastic solution let me just jump into
the media library map there it is here it is the Elementor that it was there it actually
put both in here which is actually really nice because then now I actually have a copy
locally on my WordPress website that I can download and revert to very easy would be
really nice if I could click on this and then click a button to switch to it but you know
I’m happy with this functionality as it is so anyways guys this is a super easy way for
you to update your plug-ins and themes and I totally recommend staying on top of your
plugs and themes or even downgrading to a prior version if you’ve upgraded and you’re
having problems

The Easiest Way To Manually Update WordPress Themes And Plugins Without Deleting Them First

43 thoughts on “The Easiest Way To Manually Update WordPress Themes And Plugins Without Deleting Them First

  • May 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm
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    Adam any reason you recommend this plugin vs "Easy Updates Manager" which seems to have better reviews and more of them?

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  • May 31, 2017 at 12:43 am
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    good job! thanks Adam for next valuable info!

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  • May 31, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    Have you tried WP Rollback Adam? I have it installed (however neved had the need to do a rollback). It solves the downgrade problem

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  • May 31, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Difference from WP Rollback that you already mentioned in one of the videos?

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  • May 31, 2017 at 8:05 am
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    Being enlightened about stuff like this is invaluable. Thank you for sharing and taking the time to post this video.

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  • July 31, 2017 at 1:18 am
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    Nice video Adam. In this video you downgrade elementor ver 1.4.7 to ver 1.4.6, so what to do to delete ver 1.4.7 that is not in use ? Thanks

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  • August 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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    Thank you for this tutorial, you better add plugin link in video description.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 2:07 am
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    Thank You, Sir….!
    It's a best solution …

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  • September 6, 2017 at 7:09 am
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    Thats to downgrade. But how long will you be downgrading? Not for ever i am sure. What is the option then in case of having to upgrade. Look for another theme? What about the data that was stored during the live span of the current theme. All comments and user data? Does that disappear?

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  • November 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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    You are so very helpful thank you

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  • December 4, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    This was so helpful. When using this plugin does the file automatically save in FTP? I'm assuming so but since I don't know anything about websites I wanted to ask. Thx

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  • February 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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    Gosh, You ARE AMAZING ! Thank you for all your videos, advices and professionalism !

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  • February 16, 2018 at 10:28 pm
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    Awesome……!!!

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  • February 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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    its very help full for me ,thanks a lot sirrrrrrrrr, thankyouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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  • March 5, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    Adam do you have a new recommendation being this plugin has not been updated in a year?

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  • March 8, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    Hi Adam, Your loyal viewer here, I want to edit my page but I've got 502 bad gateway error..After viewing this, I believed that the error was caused by my elementor updates..How can I solve this problem, I want to stick with elementor!

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  • April 17, 2018 at 2:29 am
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    Thank you so much Adam! I was able to update my theme successfully. Your tutorials are the most easiest to follow! 🙂

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  • May 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    I was literally struggling with this issue for a whole year! I can't thank you and that plugin too much!

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  • June 17, 2018 at 5:51 am
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    Thanks, man!

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  • June 26, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    you are the best…..

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  • September 20, 2018 at 3:53 am
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    You are the best man. Thank you for saving my time

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  • October 22, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    Thank you so much for this video! You saved my day 🙂 It worked beautifully

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:11 am
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    Hi Adam, I would like to ask you If there is a way (without child theme) to update my theme without loosing any changes (menus-photos-texts and settings) .Does this plugin helps me ???(I have a big problem with my themewhich I bought it 1 and a half month earlier.)

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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    WPCrafter
    I want to thank you very much for recommending this plugin . It help allot specially if you don't know WordPress very well & need to update your plugin , the plugin works beautiful . Matter fact want to thank you for all the videos on WordPress . I do not know it very well and I have been watching all your videos . that I need .Matter fact subscribe to your channel and I come her first before looking else where . But I have one suggestion please for future videos please list the name and & it's links in the description area for us to find it better .. thank you have a good day.

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  • January 17, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    Many, many thanks!

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  • January 20, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    yeah but this method failed me for updating the theme

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  • January 30, 2019 at 12:46 am
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    You just put a secret out there. We can't be more grateful.❤

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  • March 12, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    You are Awesome Adam.. You saved me i am looking this kind of thing for past 2 years..
    thanks.. God Bless You

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  • March 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Unfortunately, you don't cover updating the THEMES in this vid

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  • March 21, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    Hey Adam! Thanks for the info! Definitely seems easier to do then FTP overwriting which I’m used to doing.

    I was wondering could I use this plugin in in conjunction with staging environment plugin you recommended?

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  • April 1, 2019 at 8:09 am
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    Thanks Adam!

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  • May 1, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    can you make a video of about custom theme update for the new version of WordPress

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  • June 4, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    thanks a lot

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    This was awesome! Thanks so much for a simple way to do it. its always been a PITA!

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  • June 25, 2019 at 9:55 am
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    Thank you SO much. This is exactly what I needed. 🙂

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  • July 10, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    Great vidoe!!

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  • July 15, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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    An update this is wp rollback plugin… Awesome and way less time consuming

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  • July 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    It did not work

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    Thank you for this. Great plugin.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    I have yet to try it but the possibility of doing it this way is mind-blowing. Thank you, thank you and thank you

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    But you only mentioned about Plugins, How to upgrade theme version? After upgrade theme like this,all the theme setting will remain same?

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    Thanks a lot. It was really helpful. Having a client who doesn't wanna share FTP access, and a plugin who doesn't wanna go to a newer version was driving me nuts. That plugin solved the issue <3

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  • November 21, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    The plugin works like magic!. Thanks mate

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