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In this article I'll show you how you can update a WordPress plugin to its latest version. When you upgrade WordPress plugins to the newest release from the plugin developer, this ensures your plugins are fully compatiable with the most recent version of WordPress, which increases speed and security.

Another benefit you get when you update WordPress plugins is that updates can bring new features or functionality to your WordPress website. If you're not familiar with WordPress plugins, they are small PHP scripts that extend the things you can accomplish in WordPress. You can take a look our our current recommended WordPress plugins for a quick idea of some of the function a plugin can bring to your website.

Usually you're going to want to update WordPress plugins right after you update WordPress itself to the newest version out. In some cases after you've updated WordPress some of your plugins might not fully function any longer, and updating your WordPress plugins can solve this typically

Before your update your WordPress plugin I'd recommended that you backup your database, and also backup your website files. That way if something stops working with the new version of the plugin, you can easily restore your WordPress site to the previously working configuration.

Update WordPress plugins

Using the steps below you'll be able to quickly update all of your WordPress plugins that are currently out of date up to their latest version.

  1. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. wordpress admin click on updates or plugins pageYou can click on either the update icon towards the top-left of the screen, or the Updates link from the left-hand menu to get to the WordPress updates page.

    Alternatively you can also click on the Plugins link from the left-hand menu to end up on the plugins page where you can also update plugins from.

  3. wordpress admin updates click select all plugins then updateIf you went to the WordPress updates page, you can simply check the box beside Select All underneath the Plugins section, then just click on the Update Pluginsbutton.

    You can click on the View version 2.5.7 details for a pop-up window showing the latest changes to the plugin.

    wordpress admin updates plugin update successfulThis will update all of your WordPress plugins at once to their newest releases, you should see a success page after the updates have completed.


  4. wordpress admin plugins click update nowIf you went to the WordPress plugins page instead, you can simply click on the update nowlink beside any outdated plugins to begin the upgrade process.

    wordpress admin updates plugin updated successfulThis will update the selected WordPress plugin to the latest version, and you should now see the update plugin page showing the plugin was updated successfully.

You should now know how to update your WordPress plugins either all at once, or one at a time. This will help keep your website running quickly and provide better security for your WordPress installation.

I'd also recommend you update Wordpress themes that you might be using as well, to fully esnure your WordPress site is as efficient and secure as possible.

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2013-10-15 6:19 pm
Hello TheBoatPeople, and thanks for your comment,

It looks like you also asked this question about WordPress plugins getting tmp directory or permissions errors in our support center.

I answered the question there, it seems to be related to you needing to set your PHP temporary upload directory.

- Jacob
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2013-10-15 6:19 pm
Edward P found a solution, but it works for only one site. i hope there is a way to FIX it so that this line of code doesn't have to be inserted to each WP site directory. i have only current WP installs. i think Ed found the solution here:



i can give you my sites but i'm not sure if i should post my primary account user id here?
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2013-10-15 3:34 pm
i got this error on a diff plugin yesterday, which then i directly uploaded the plugin to the wp-content plugin directory and then activated it fine via the WP site back end. i thought it was only one time thing. now today a new plugin gets the same type of error. can you help me? (but to the same site i just tried to add new plugin Yoast Seo and it download into my site fine, what is going on?) thank you!

Installing Plugin: NextGEN Gallery 2.0.31
Downloading install package from…
Warning: touch() [function.touch]: Unable to create file /tmp/nextgen-gallery.tmp because No such file or directory in /home/xxxxxxx/public_html/ on line 179
Warning: unlink(/tmp/nextgen-gallery.tmp) [function.unlink]: Operation not permitted in /home/xxxxxxx/public_html/ on line 503

Download failed. Could not open handle for fopen() to /tmp/nextgen-gallery.tmp

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