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How do you update WordPress Plugins?

Most WordPress plugins are updateable from the admin or backend area of the WordPress website.  Some paid plugins, and plugins that have not originated from the WordPress plugin directory will need to be updated manually.

To update from the WordPress dashboard

  • –Verify the compatibility between the plugin and your version of WordPress
  • –Login to the admin area of the website
  • –Navigate to Dashboard->Plugins
  • –Perform the updates


To update WordPress plugins manually

  • –Verify the compatibility between the plugin and your version of WordPress
  • –Download the latest version of the plugin from the developer
  • –Follow any special update instructions provided by the developer
  • –FTP into your site or log into the File Manager in cPanel
  • –Navigate to /wp-content/plugins (You can download this folder as a backup if you like)
  • –Locate the directory of the plugin you wish to update and remove/delete it
  • –Upload the latest version you downloaded above from the developer into the same location
  • –Go back to the WordPress dashboard and select Plugins
  • –Locate the plugin you just uploaded/updated from the plugin list and click Activate.


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How do you update WordPress?

When updates are available, you will be notified in the WordPress->Dashboard->Updates menu.

You should always apply updates as soon as possible.  You’re able to set WordPress to update itself automatically.  If you’re doing it manually, ensure you have made a backup of the site and database.  If you utilise automatic updates, ensure you have regular backups being taken.

Automatic WordPress Update

To set automatic WordPress updates without the use of a plugin:

  • -FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
  • -Look for and edit the config.php file – This is normally located in the public_html folder
  • -Add
  • -And save


Manual update

-Download updates from the official repository.
-FTP into your server or log into the File Manager via cPanel
-Remove the wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-From the WordPress repository WordPress download in step 1, replace the files from the root directory, wp-admin and wp-includes directories
-Log in as admin
-If prompted update the Database
-Navigate to the plugin update screen and apply updates if needed
-Navigate to website to ensure it is operational


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How do I choose secure WordPress plugins?

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How Do I Choose Secure WordPress Plugins?

Trawling through the WordPress plugin library, you will see thousands and thousands of plugins.  The WordPress plugin database comes with no guarantees that each plugin is secure, efficient or that it is not already compromised or contains malware.

So how do you choose which ones you should use?

A number of plugin traits to look for are

  • How many times has the plugin been installed? If the plugin you looking for is not a niche plugin, then you should expect it have been installed in the thousands if not tens of thousands.


  • Do the plugin reviews average a high rating?


  • Was the last update recent? I would call recent the last six months. Plugins are vulnerable just like any other pieces of code – if the developers are updating the plugin constantly, the it is more likely to be more secure than not


  • Does the developer list terms of service or a privacy policy?


  • Check to see if the plugin is compatible with the latest version of WordPress


  • Browse through the plugin’s support forum to see if there are potentially any issue that you might face by installing it.



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What is Spam?

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What is Hacking and how to best avoid being hacked?

Hackers are basically crooks that want to steal information from you, or manipulate your website to their advantage. They crack or hack the credentials of your site to obtain access to the backend where they are not supposed to be. Once there, depending on their motivation – anything is possible.

· Insert unwanted links to other sites onto your webpage
· Use your system to spread a political message
· Use your site as a host for all types of malware and to spread infection
· Gain knowledge of other sites or email login credentials
· Simply annoy and be an expensive nuisance

The best things that you can do to help avoid being hacked is to have a strong password. There are many applications out there that can create good strong random passwords. Another thing that really is a must do, is keep your WordPress up to date. Log into the back end of your site and ensure that all the updates are done.

Another great tool is to install a WordPress firewall plugin. Look in the WordPress plugin directory or google ‘WordPress firewall plugins.

Also, remove unused or unwanted plugins. Allowing unwanted plugins enabled or disabled to sit in your WordPress installation increases the chance of the site being compromised.

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