How to Manually Update WordPress Plugin Through FTP

Have you ever wanted to update a plugin but couldn’t use the WordPress dashboard due to some issues?

Since you’re here I assume you did, sometimes the built-in system one-click WordPress plugin update doesn’t work, which can be frustrating and may cause other issues such as breaking the website.

But don’t worry, you can update plugins or add new plugins through FTP, we will go over the steps to do this in this article.


To Do So

1- Download the latest version of the WordPress plugin and make sure to extract its zip file on your device.

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Download WordPress Plugin on Your Computer

If you are running Mac OS on your device:

Select the plugin file -> right-click and choose Archive Utility.

UnZip The Plugin File on Your Mac
Extract The Plugin’s Zip File on Your Mac

If you are running Windows on your device:

Select the plugin file -> right-click and choose Extract here OR double-click and choose Extract to then select the location to extract to.

UnZip The Plugin File on Your Windows
Extract The Plugin’s Zip File on Your Windows

2- If you don’t already have one, download and install any FTP client such as FileZilla any FTP client you like.

Downloading FileZilla The FTP Client
Download And Install FileZilla Client on your Device

3- Using your FTP program, connect to your website by entering your website name in the hostname and your FTP username and password.

Use The FTP Client Program To Connect To Your Website
Connect Server Using FileZilla Client

Then navigate to the wp-content folder -> plugins directory.

Navigate To The wp-content folder then plugins directory
Go To The Plugins Folder Inside Wp-content

4- Upload the extracted plugin folder from your device to the plugin’s directory.

Upload Your Plugin Folder To The Directory
Upload The Extracted Plugin Folder To Your Directory

When you navigate to your WP dashboard you will find the plugin, you just need to activate it.


Good Work!

You have successfully updated a WordPress plugin via FTP.

If you still need any further assistance, feel free to contact the Premium Addons support team. We would be more than glad to help 😁

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