Isn’t it annoying to update plugins on a daily basis, manually? I’m sure it really is! Here’s all you can do to tackle it. In this article you will read about:
- Why to update WordPress plugins regularly?
- How to schedule automatic updates for WordPress plugins?
- How to Rollback WordPress plugins to previous versions?
Why To Update WordPress Plugins Regularly?
With each update, all the WordPress plugins introduce new bug fixes, add new features, improve performance, and enhance existing features to stay up to date with the competitive plugins. Keeping all your plugins updated is essential for the security of your WordPress site. By not keeping your plugins up to date, you won’t get access to the new features, and your site can become vulnerable to attacks.
The reasons you need to keep your plugins up to date:
WordPress is a popular and easy target for hackers, code distributors, data thieves. Since, WordPress is an open source for reading and finding sources of improvement, hackers too have the access to this. This means that if you are not using the latest version of WordPress, then you are using software that is prone to threats.
Variety of New Features
If you do not keep your WordPress plugins up to date, you might miss out the new features it offers every now and then. Also, you will face trouble finding the WordPress help forum, if you are not updated, for the folks at the forum assume that you are updated.
Updating your WordPress plugins will help improve the speed of your website. Every now and then, the developers come with several performance improvements that makes your WordPress website run faster and more efficient.
When you visit the WordPress help forum to seek help regarding non-functioning of the site, the first thing they will ask you to do is to update your WordPress plugins, and if you insist not to do so, they will be unable to help you. Sometimes the issues are fixed just by updating the plugins. As the version updates, WordPress comes up with more bug fixes.
Even though several plugin and theme developers release their updates with sync to WordPress updates, there still might be some errors such as those in coding, which can break your existing WordPress plugins.
So, to sum up, it’s better to be updated, than to face such problems!
Now you know why it is essential to update your WordPress plugins, let’s see how you can do that!
How to Schedule Automatic Updates for WordPress Plugins
When there are a few plugins that need a regular update, you might need a plugin to do this job, automatically!
Another situation is when you do not want to update certain plugins on a regular basis. What if a single plugin does both the tasks for you? Great, isn’t it?
WordPress offers plenty of plugins for this job, here is one you can try – Automatic Plugin Updates
The first thing you need to do is Install and Activate Automatic Plugin Updates
After Activation is done, navigate to Settings > Automatic Plugin Updates, to configure plugin settings.
Here you can choose the plugins you do not want to be updated automatically. Also, if you do not choose any of the plugin, all of them will be updated as soon as they receive an update, You can also enable Send Email for Automatic Updates, so that you can receive notifications regarding updates.
After you’re done choosing, do not forget to click on Save Changes. And there you go, set it and forget it!
How to Rollback WordPress Plugins to Previous Versions
Sometimes updates can cause a breakdown of your site, that is why it is recommended to take WordPress Backups before you update the plugins.
Restoring the site is really time consuming, but when you know which plugin is creating problem, you can easily do it. There are ways in which you can manually get back the previous versions of the plugins. But, having a plugin to do it makes it all the more easy.
To the rescue, we have WP Rollback, let us see how it works!
Install and Activate WP Rollback.
Now, navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins and you will see a Rollback link alongside every plugin, clicking on which will allow you to rollback the plugin to any version you want.
When you click on Rollback on any of the plugins, the page that opens will offer you choices of versions to choose from.
Click on Rollback after you have selected the version you want, a Warning Box will open asking if you really want to rollback to the selected version and create a backup before you do so. If you have taken precautionary backups, you can select Rollback.
And you have updated your plugin to the version you wished. This is simply how it works!