How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Automatically

How To Update And Delete WordPress Plugins Automatically

How To Update WordPress PluginsIn this tutorial you will learn why WordPress plugins need to be kept up-to-date, and how to update and delete your WordPress plugins automatically.

Note: If you experience any problems upgrading WordPress plugins automatically, then see this tutorial: How To Update WordPress Plugins Manually.

Why WordPress Plugins Need Upgrading

Depending on how many plugins you use on your site, there will typically be new updates for WordPress plugins every time a new WordPress version is released.

WordPress regularly updates its software to fix bugs and address security issues and vulnerabilities found in previous versions, as well as to improve existing features.

Because most WordPress plugins are created by third-party developers, sometimes the code in the new WordPress version conflicts with plugins that were built for a previous version. When this happens problems can sometimes occur.

Keeping your WordPress plugins up-to-date and deleting old plugins you no longer need is part of good WordPress management and helps to avoid problems and errors.

Watch the video below and complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to update and delete WordPress plugins automatically.

How To Upgrade And Delete Plugins Automatically

How To Update WordPress Plugins Automatically – Step-By-Step Tutorial

WordPress has a number of different ways to let you know when your plugins need to be updated.

For example, you can see how many plugins need to be updated from your WordPress Dashboard by looking at the “Plugins” menu (in the example screenshot below, 7 plugins need to be updated) …

Updating WordPress Plugins

You can also see how many plugins need to be updated from your WordPress Notification Toolbar (in the example below, 19 plugins need updating) …

How To Update WordPress Plugins

The “Plugins” section also lets you know which plugins need updating, provides links to the plugin download pages, and gives you the option to update the plugin automatically …

Updating WordPress Plugins

You can also install WordPress plugins that help you manage other WordPress plugins.

For example, Plugin Central improves the management of your plugins by allowing you to install plugins directly, displays the status of plugins in need of update on the WordPress Dashboard and also allows you to update many plugins at once with a single click …

Updating WordPress Plugins

For more details about this plugin, go here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-central/

WordPress Power User Tip: If you manage a number of WordPress sites, you can install, update and delete plugins on multiple sites automatically and simultaneously using a powerful WordPress plugin called WP Pipeline

WPPipeline

Learn more about WP Pipeline

Updating WordPress Plugins Automatically

In your WP Admin menu, select Plugins > Installed Plugins

How To Update WordPress Plugins Automatically

In the “Plugins” section, find the plugin that you want to update and click on the update automatically link for that plugin …

Updating WordPress Plugins

If you are upgrading your WordPress plugins for the first time, you may need to enter your FTP details in the “Connection Information” screen.

Enter your “Hostname”, “Username” and “Password” and click “Proceed” to start the upgrade process …

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If your plugin upgrade installation is successful, you will receive a “Plugin upgraded successfully” notification …

Updating WordPress Plugins

Once your plugins are all up-to-date, the update reminders disappear (i.e. the “at-a-glance” indicators and “There is a new version of XYZ plugin available” messages.)

Note: If your plugin upgrade installation is unsuccessful, you will see a message displaying the words “Plugin upgrade Failed” …

Updating WordPress Plugins

If you experience any problems upgrading WordPress plugins automatically, then see this tutorial: How To Update WordPress Plugins Manually.

Tip: Upgrading Multiple WordPress Plugins Simultaneously

To upgrade multiple WordPress plugins simultaneously using the automatic upgrade feature go to the “Plugins” section and click on the Update Available link on the menu at the top of the page …

How To Update Multiple WordPress Plugins

Click on the checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins at once, or select each plugin you want to upgrade individually by checking their box …

How To Update Multiple WordPress Plugins

In the Bulk Actions drop-down menu at the top of the page, select Update (1) and then click Apply (2) …

How To Update Multiple WordPress Plugins

Your selected plugins will all be updated at once …

How To Update WordPress Plugins

Click on the Return to plugins page link to go back to the Plugins section, or select another option from the WP admin sidebar menu.

How To Delete WordPress Plugins Automatically

Occasionally, you may want to delete plugins that you no longer need or are no longer using.

Warning

Always create a full back up of your WordPress site before installing, upgrading or deleting plugins, in case something goes wrong and you need to recover data or reinstall your site.

To delete a plugin, go to your WP Admin menu and select Plugins > Installed Plugins

How To Update WordPress Plugins Automatically

In the Plugins section, find the plugin you want to delete and make sure it is deactivated.

Hint: Inactive plugins have a different background color than active plugins and display an “Activate” link below the plugin name …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

If your plugin is active, then click on Deactivate before proceeding with your plugin deletion …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Click on Delete

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

If you want to review a list of all the files that will be deleted before proceeding any further, then click on the “Click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” link in the “Delete Plugin” section …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

All files associated with the plugin that you are about to delete will be listed …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

If you are sure you want to go ahead and delete the plugin, then click on the Yes, Delete these files button …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Your plugin(s) will be deleted …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Tip: Deleting Multiple WordPress Plugins Simultaneously

To delete multiple WordPress plugins simultaneously, go to the “Plugins” section and select all of the active plugins you want to delete by either placing a tick next to their checkbox, or selecting the checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select all plugins (warning: this will deactive all plugins) …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Next, select Deactivate (1) from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu and click Apply (2) …

How To Update WordPress Plugins

Once you have deactivated your plugins, click on the Inactive link on the menu at the top of the page …

How To Update Multiple WordPress Plugins

Select all of the plugins you want to delete by either placing a tick next to their checkbox, or click on the checkbox next to the Plugin column header to select and delete all inactive plugins …

How To Update WordPress Plugins

Once you have selected all the plugins that you want to delete, select Delete (1) from the Bulk Actions drop down menu and click Apply (2) …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

A list of all plugins will be displayed in the Delete Plugins area. Click on “click to view entire list of files which will be deleted” to review all plugin files you are about to delete, or, click on the Yes, Delete these files button if you are sure you want to go ahead all of the plugins listed …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

Your selected plugin(s) will all be deleted at once …

How To Delete WordPress Plugins

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