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Plugins like any other piece of software need to be updated from time to time. When a new version of the plugin is released you may need to update the plugin. Most plugins are updated to patch a security risk, or to add more features to the plugin. It is important to keep your plugins up to date for security purposes.


How do I know if a plugin needs to be updated?

First, log into your WordPress Dashboard and select the plugins menu option. If you have a Plugin that needs to be updated, the plugins menu will have a number next to it.


On the Plugins page, you will see a message letting you know there is a new version available. In the following screenshot you will see that the Facebook plugin we previously installed needs to be updated.


Click on the "update automatically" link, and it will lead you to a page to automatically install the update for that plugin. 

Please check the next article on Finding and Installing Widgets in WordPress. If you missed our previous article, please see the Searching for & Installing Plugins tutorial. For more information on this course please visit Introduction to Plugins & Widgets.

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2014-10-12 12:04 pm
i have a site with some plugins 6 months behind in version. somehow WP is not recognizing these plugins need updating. there is no red highlight on the plugin page there is no "# Plugin Updates" in the admin header bar. i see nothing searching - a way to force WP to update a plugin. except 2 plugins called "Force Plugin Update" but these only have 200 to 500 downloads so i don't trust them. do you have any ideas what i could do for this site? i don't see this problem on my other WP sites.

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2014-10-13 11:27 am
Plugin updates will only occur if they were downloaded directly from If they were obtained from, then any available updates would be shown when clicking on Plugins on the left side navigation menu.

You may also download the newest versions of these plugins and simply install them as you would any other plugin package.
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2014-10-13 12:31 pm
jeff, is there another area in Support Center where i can post this question with a screenshot? i've created 35 wp sites and maintain them all, updating plugins are simple! you get Arrow Circles on the top left of Admin Bar and when you click on the Plugins menu link you go to the plugins Admin area where there is a pink/red highlight on any plugins that need to be updated. nothing could be simpler! the problem is one site's has some plugins 6 months old yet there has never been a detection, thus no Circle Arrow or pink/red highlight to click on. i need force wp to go update these. could i attach a screen shot is this in the area of submitting a ticket?
as always, thank you for the help!
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2014-10-13 12:58 pm

No, there is not a place in the support center that allows images to be uploaded. You may, however, send an email to docs@inmotionhosting,.com and attach the screenshot. If you choose to do that, please comment back here with the subject of the email so we know what to watch for in that email address.

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Scott M
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2014-10-17 3:40 pm
just wanted to update you guys in case anyone else has this problem. the only way i could update the WP plugins that are old and not being recognized old by the Admin WP site is to download the new verison plugin to my pc, unpack, then FTP upload to my IMH space, the wp site that is not updating plugins.
public_html/ (my example is for an addon domain. here is the path for primary domain public_html/wp-content/plugins )
and replace the plugin that is old.
obviously the problem is i have to continuously go to this site and look to see if a new version of the plugins have been released then again download and ftp update each plugin again.

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