How to upgrade WordPress Plugin Correct Way

One of the useful feature of WordPress is we get notification inside wordpress dashboard when we see an update, and when it comes to WordPress, we should install the latest version of WordPress to endure the security and bug fix of current WordPress version.

Upgrade WordPress Plugin

But when it comes to WordPress plugins, it has a complete different story, WordPress plugin gets an update for following reasons

  • For latest WordPress version compatibility
  • For Fixing any current bug
  • For Adding more feature

Though some time updating WordPress plugin breaks our WordPress blog and my advice would be make sure you take the backup before updating or installing any new plugin.

Another suggestion would be while updating any plugin to the latest version, check the change log in the latest version, and make sure if you really need that update.

Check this simple screenshot which will guide you on how to check the change log and if required update the plugin and make sure you take the backup of wordpress database.

In this screenshot, I will be taking care of Wp-thumbie plugin, which shows related posts along with a thumbnail.

Click on View-Version *.* details and click on change log to see the update in the latest version.

As you can see the latest update fixed a big which is specific for a particular hosting and I don’t need it. So instead of making a update, I will keep it as it is, and in the next update or after WordPress update I might make an update.

Do let me know your opinion on this part, do you update your WordPress blog plugin at the same time when you see a notification or you wait for some time? 

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  2. Walter says

    Once I was having trouble upgrading my WordPress. And I’m afraid to do it manually. Whenever I try to upgrade automatically it does not work. Then I discovered that you have to disable all the plugin in order for the upgrade to work. :-)

  3. Joseph says

    I prefer to first remove the plugin off and then upload the new version. Wassup is one example – it fails to work when upgraded using the automated upgrade link (a link that could be found in WP 2.7+)

  4. Surender Sharma says

    Hi Harsh,
    Thanks for sharing most important task.It is really more important to check the changelog before installing or upgrading any wordpress plugin.

  5. IndianCashMaker says

    while upgrading, first thing i check is the changelog….if i don’t need, then it is not necessary to upgrade

  6. Vivek says

    thanks for sharing this information with us, when i see the notification of plugin to upgrade without any consideration i will update it.

  7. George Serradinho says

    Yes, what you explained is very true and one should always make sure that you update only if required. I must admit that if you don’t update, then you will always see the warning about a plugin update. This sometimes irritates me and I just update to get rid of the warning.

    • NpXp says

      Of course it is very irritating.

      The best thing is to update the plugin and save yourself from unwanted irritation :p

      It is no harm when you do it as well. It wont take much time either, can be under 15 second ;)

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