How to Update WordPress Plugins Manually via FTP

This WordPress Guide teaches you how to manually update WordPress Plugin via FTP – FileZilla. Sometimes, when you update your WordPress plugin via the dashboard, it breaks your site due to incorrect version or file permission or any interruption while updating the plugin.

Why should WordPress users consider manually updating plugins?

If the newer version of Plugin brings some unexpected changes to your Website, and you think they are just breaking the functionality of your WordPress site. In those cases, you would want to revert back to the previous version. But that’s not easy to do since you don’t have the backup file of the old plugin.

The safe way to update WordPress plugin is by manually uploading the plugin to your website server using any FTP software like FileZilla Client. This way, you can also create a back-up of your old plugin before performing the update. 

So, in future, if anything goes wrong after upgrading the plugin, you would always have the option to revert back.
Therefore, every WordPress user should update the plugins manually via FTP without breaking the site. Learn how to upload files using FTP to your WordPress site.

In this guide, you will learn how to upload a WordPress Plugin via FTP. For the sake of this tutorial, we are using FileZilla client software.

Read Also: 3 ways to install plugins in WordPress

Manually Update WordPress Plugin via FTP (Step by Step)

Follow the step-by-step instructions mentioned below:

Step #1: First step is to download an FTP software like FileZilla. You’ll need FTP username and password in Step 4 to get access to your FTP account. You can find this information in the email sent to you by your hosting provider when you purchased the hosting. You can also find your FTP account information in the cPanel dashboard.

Still confused how to get your FTP account information? contact your hosting provider.

Step #2: Download the latest version of the plugin you are going to update. All free plugins can be downloaded from WordPress.org Plugin page. Search the name of the plugin here, and hit the download button on the Plugin page.
If it’s a premium plugin, then you can download it from the Plugin’s creator website and save it on your computer.

manually update WordPress plugin

Steps #3: Your downloaded plugin will be a zip file. Extract the zip file.

Step #4: Now open FileZilla, Connect your website using the FTP username and password. Enter your website URL in the host field. Click Quickconnect.

ftp account filezilla

Step #5: On the right side, navigate to wp-content > plugins. Here, you’ll see all your installed plugin folders. Right-Click on the plugin, you want to update and click Rename. Rename the plugin by adding “-old” to the folder name. Ex- contact-form-old.

rename wordpress plugin

Step #6: Now download the old plugin folder to your computer, this will create a backup of your old plugin. Now, delete the old plugin folder directory from your website by right-clicking the plugin and hit ‘delete’.

delete outdated plugin

Step #7: Upload the latest version of the plugin that you downloaded in Step 2 in the wp-content/plugin folder. This will install the latest version of the plugin.

Step #8: The last steps require you to activate the plugin from the WordPress Plugin Dashboard. Go to your wp-admin page, navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins. Here you will find your installed plugin and click the activate button to activate it.

activate updated wordpress plugin

That’s it. You have safely upgraded the WordPress plugin via FTP. It is highly recommended to use the updated plugins in order to keep your website secure.

If you encounter any problem or error while updating the plugin, contact us. We’ll help you in any possible way.

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