Updated on Oct 10, 2022
Sometimes your automatic in-dashboard plugin update may fail, or for some reason, you might not have access to your admin dashboard. In such cases, you will need to perform a manual plugin update. For most people, the best way to run these manual updates is via SFTP/FTP. The FTP method is quick, simple, and won’t affect any of your plugin’s settings. This post is to explain how you can do that quickly and safely, step by step.
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Usually, all that needs to be done when updating a theme, a plugin, or the content management system core itself, is to click once, and the system does its job.
To get started with this method, you’ll need a couple of tools and pieces of information:
Make sure that you also configure your FTP client in Passive mode. We provide a number of tutorials on how to configure some of the most popular FTP clients.
The process is straightforward, and if you follow the steps below, you should be all set:
While you can always just delete the old plugin right away – renaming it ensures that you still have the files readily available in case something goes wrong. Once you verify everything works, you will need to delete the old version, though.
The FTP client will transfer the plugin folder to your website. When that’s done, go to your admin dashboard and activate your plugin. Here’s a WordPress example:
That should be all you need. Now you can check if the plugin is working properly and if your site is intact.
Then, as long as you don’t see any bugs, you can delete the old folder from your server using your FTP application.
You may see the plugin listed twice on your Plugins tab until you delete the old folder. This is normal and will go away once the old folder is deleted.
Your plugins should now be completely up to date! And, because nothing you did affected the WordPress database, all of your plugin's settings should be preserved following the upgrade.
If something stops working after you've updated a plugin, you can always roll it back by removing the -old suffix from the folder you downloaded to your machine and re-uploading it to your site.
It's critical to keep everything up to date on your website in order to keep it secure. This comprises the core of your CMS or application, as well as plugins and themes.
Of course, if something goes wrong and you are not aware of how to manage it on your own, or if you need any hosting-related help, you can turn to FastComet’s team of technical support experts. Just open a new support ticket and explain what you need to be done, so they can further investigate the issue for you.
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