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[Resolved] Upgrade Plugins manually (via ftp)

  • Hello,
    I have a pretty simple question, although since wp2.5 has included that automatic upgrade function I can’t find information anymore on how to upgrade plugins manually via ftp (automatic upgrade is not possible because of server restrictions)
    I host my own blog on a fpt-server. When a new release of a plugin is published, to upgrade manually, are these the right steps?

    – deactivate plugin/widget
    (- backup possible ‘hacked’ config-files etc.)
    – upload the new files to the corresponding folder in my wp-content/plugins folder
    – reactivate the plugin

    Are these steps everything I have to do? Is it recommended to make a db backup before upgrading any plugin?

    I’m asking that because I can’t find information about this topic in the web and I’m afraid to loose important information, pictures etc. which have been added to my blog using some plugins etc.
    If there is some kind of tutorial concerning that in the web, it will be fine as well. I just barely can’t find that info!

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Those are the correct steps to manually upgrading plugins.

    Doing backups (see WordPress Backups) is never a BAD thing.

    Also, the second video in the following post shows the steps to manually install a plugin.

    How to Install a WordPress Theme or Plugin Using FTP or Cpanel

    Also, the second video in the following post shows the steps to manually install a plugin.

    my question was about UPgrading a plugin, not installing, installing is pretty simple as I know (because there doesn’t exist any data which could get lost when installing a plugin for the first time). Thanks anyway.

    Doing backups (see WordPress Backups is never a BAD thing 😉

    But I’d like to know if its nearly neccessary to backup or ‘not a bad thing’… as you can imagine, when using 20 plugins, every of them releasing a new upgrade every few weeks/months, it would eat up a lot of time if I had to make a full backup each time… (downloading all files via ftp took me almost half an hour some weeks ago…)

    my question was about UPgrading a plugin, not installing,

    When you do it manually it’s virtually the same thing…deactivate your plugin, delete it from the plugins directory, upload the new plugin code, reactivate the plugin…the only difference is you first remove the old before uploading the new.

    But I’d like to know if its nearly neccessary to backup…

    You answered your own question when you wrote about “data that could get lost”. So, no, it’s not necessary to do backups IF you are willing to chance losing data. It’s not that hard to do a db dump…you may do it a hundred times without needing it, but the one time you do need it will make the other hundred worth it.

    Ok, thanks for your posts. I think safety has to come first… So I will follow your advices…

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