Update Theme and Plugins from Zip File

Description

WordPress will let you install a NEW plugin or theme from a zip file, but it does NOT allow you to upgrade them from a zip file. If you try to upgrade from a zip file, you will get an error message that says “destination already exists” and the upgrade will fail. WordPress will not allow you to upgrade from a zip file.

Update Theme and Plugins from Zip File will allow you to easily upgrade from a zip file, avoiding the “destination already exists” error message.

There is also an option to create a backup copy of the old plugin or theme, in case there is a problem with the new version.

Screenshots

  • Settings page

FAQ

How do I upgrade a theme from a Zip file?
  1. Make sure this plugin is installed and activated.
  2. Download zip file of your theme’s most recent version.
  3. Log in to WordPress as and Admin and go to Appearance > Themes.
  4. Click on the ADD NEW button.
  5. Click on the UPLOAD THEME button.
  6. Click BROWSE and choose your zip file you downloaded.
  7. Click the INSTALL NOW button.
How do I upgrade a plugin from a Zip file?
  1. Make sure this plugin is installed and activated.
  2. Download zip file of your plugin’s most recent version.
  3. Log in to WordPress as and Admin and go to Plugins page.
  4. Click on the ADD NEW button.
  5. Click on the UPLOAD PLUGIN button.
  6. Click BROWSE and choose your zip file you downloaded.
  7. Click the INSTALL NOW button.

Reviews

August 9, 2020
This plugin unobtrusively performed a task that should have been part of core WordPress a long time back. A very well-made plugin that "just works" and has made life so much easier. The upcoming WordPress 5.5 release will be adding this functionality natively, and so it is likely this plugin will see fewer installs or use going forward. Many thanks to the author for their efforts!
May 4, 2020
Really, "lifesaver" plugin, working fine, I recommend it to be base-part of WordPress, great work, thank you very much!
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Contributors & Developers

“Update Theme and Plugins from Zip File” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.1.1

  • Minor code cleanup

1.1.0

  • Code improvements

1.0.1

  • Minor code cleanup

1.0.0

  • Initial release