How to keep your WordPress plugins and themes updated

This page shows how to manually update a plugin or theme once it has been download from our site.

Keeping your WordPress plugins and themes updated is as easy as 1, 2, 3 even when you download them from us. This tutorial will show you how it’s done.

1. Install Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades Plugin

The Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades Plugin by Chris Jean (the developer behind iThemes) provides a function that some would argue should be a default setting in WordPress because it fixes a limitation that won’t allow you to upload a plugin or a theme if it already exists.

easy theme plugin upgrades

  1. Go to Plugins → Add New page
  2. Type the name of the plugin in the search field: “easy theme and plugin upgrades
  3. Click on the Install Now button
  4. Click on the blue Activate button

2. Download the New Version of Your Plugin or Theme

Login to your account area and now you’re ready to download the latest version of your plugin or theme.
You can check the changelog to see what files have been updated.

3. Install the New Version

The process is the same for plugins and themes. Just upload them to the site as you would normally, the Easy Update plugin will handle the rest for you.

Your plugin or theme is now updated. Just press activate to enable it.

Note that any settings you have made to the plugin or theme will be saved and the plugin also saves your old version just in case you need to restore it.