How to Update WordPress Plugins via FTP

WordPress comes with an integrated system to manage plugin upgrades. All you will need to do is click on the update link, and it’ll update your plugins however sometimes these updates can fail due to incorrect host configuration variables which can break your website. The only way to resolve those errors and continue using the most recent version of the plugin is by manually updating the plugin via FPT. Let’s take a look at how to manually update WordPress plugins via FTP.

Manually Updating WordPress Plugins via FTP

  • Firstly, you need to download the latest version of the plugin you are attempting to update. If it is a free plugin, then you may download it from the plugin page.
  • If it is a premium plugin, then you can download the most recent version from the website of the specific plugin. You will need to login into your account and download the plugin.

For example, here we use Grid Plus – Unlimitted grid layout plugin that downloaded from All plugins come in . zip files so you need to extract them.


Note: In this example we’ll be using FileZilla, but you can use any FTP client you like.

You’ll have to enter your site name from the hostname with your FTP username and password, to connect to your website using FTP (Your FTP username or password are often contained in the email your WordPress hosting company sent you when you signed up)


Once you are connected to your site via FTP, then you need to visit  /wp-content/plugins/ folder.

From list of the plugins you have installed on your WordPress site you can see folder of the plugin you need to update and you can download this folder to revert back into the old version in case you need.

After downloading the old plugin to your computer, you can delete it from your website. If you want to make sure that the plugin is deactivated in WordPress database, you simply login to your WordPress admin area and visit the plugins page. You will see an error that the plugin has been deactivated due to an error.


Now that we have removed the old version, it is time to install the latest version of the plugin.

Switch to your FTP client and under the ‘Local site’ section, locate the new plugin folder on your computer. Right click and select ‘Upload’ from FTP menu.


You need to waiting for transferring process the plugin folder from your computer to your website.

Once finished, you can login to your WordPress admin area and go to the Plugins page. You need to find the newly installed plugin and activate it. You can now check the updated version of the plugin to make sure that everything is working correctly.

That’s all, you have successfully updated a WordPress plugin via FTP.

Hopefully this article helped you understand how to manually update WordPress plugins via FTP. If you have any further questions for us, don’t hesitate to put it up in the comments.
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