Did you know that 40.2% of all websites on the internet are built using WordPress? (Web Technology Surveys). From blogging sites to complex websites, a majority of the websites today are powered by WordPress.
WordPress offers basic features so that any user may quickly launch a website. Right out of the box, you can upload and insert photos and other material, manage and schedule content, give user roles, create posts and pages, and monitor comments.
Depending on your requirements to improve your websites, there are more than 50,000 plugins in WordPress’s directory that you can deploy along with those offered by third-party sites. This gives you ample options to pick and choose the most relevant plugins for your websites.
Wait, you don’t know what plug-ins are? Let’s first get that clarified before we show you the ways you can manually or automatically update them on your website.
Explaining WordPress Plugins Along With Examples
Plugins let you increase or expand the functionality of your WordPress website without modifying the core WordPress files. The WordPress Plugin API offers access points that allow plugins to “hook into” the source code of the website. The functions of the plugin will modify WordPress’s default behaviour in the process.
To make it simple, let’s look at the example of Yoast SEO, one of WordPress’s most popular plugins.
If you are trying to rank high on Google search engine result pages and have no clue about how your published content will perform on Google, you can purchase the Yoast SEO plugin for your website.
Without any additional codes or filters, Yoast SEO will give you actionable suggestions to improve the content of your webpage to help you optimise your content to rank higher. With it, you can specify your primary keyword, the meta description, slug, SEO title, and the alt attributes of your photos, and it also offers advice on improving your readability score.
Other relevant examples of a plugin could be online forms, capturing user data and using it for email marketing, analysing website traffic, enabling live-chats, and adding polls to your webpage. With more than 50,000 plugin options, you can pretty much do anything to attract, engage and retain your website visitors.
I Installed A PlugIn But When Do I Update It?
Adding plugins to your website is similar to using applications on your smartphone; to maintain top performance and fend against security risks, you must update them often.
Just like you get a prompt on your mobile phone for a software or application update, you will receive an automated notification from your WordPress dashboard when a plugin needs to be updated. The number of plugin updates is shown by an indicator next to the Updates tab and another icon adjacent to the Plugins tab.
The following are some reasons why you need to update a plugin:
- Updated or added features for the plugin.
- Security concerns that must be resolved.
- CMS speed and compatibility management bugs or problems.
- Fixing bugs or glitches.
You may face challenges while working with WordPress which usually arise because a plugin needs to be updated. Regardless of why WordPress may be asking you to update a particular plugin, you may decide whether to manually install plugin updates or to have them updated automatically under the WordPress Settings tab.
Let’s see how you can do this on your own.
Should I Update My WordPress PlugIns Manually Or Automatically
While manual updates are perfect if you want to check the most recent version of a plugin before putting it on your site, automatic plugin updates are wonderful if you routinely update plugins manually.
- If you see a WordPress notification for a plugin update, click on it and go to Installed Plugins on your dashboard. This is the WordPress page which shows every plugin that has been installed on your site, whether it is active or not.
- Look out for the yellow box that states, “There is a new version of [plugin name] available,” under each plugin that has an update available. It is advised that you review the update’s changes before upgrading the plugin.
- Click “Update Now” when you’re ready to update the plugin. It can take some time to update the plugin. Wait until the current plugin update is complete before upgrading the following one if you’re updating numerous plugins.
You can skip the three steps and update manually all plugins in one go, here’s how:
- You may update plugins in bulk rather than individually. Select each plugin by selecting the box on the Installed Plugins page. Click Apply after selecting Update from the Bulk Actions menu.
That’s it. You’re good to go.
Sounds complicated? You can choose to update all your plugins automatically and skip the headache of keeping up with WordPress’s requirements. Alternatively, you can also take the help of a website development agency to help you in all aspects of upgrading your website for better performance.
Returning to the Installed Plugins tab in your dashboard is the simplest approach to set automatic updates for a plugin. There is an option to Enable auto-updates next to each plugin.
By selecting the desired plugins, selecting “Enable Auto-Updates” or “Stop Auto-Updates” from the Bulk actions menu, and then clicking “Apply”, you may easily enable or disable auto-updates in bulk.
Installing and updating plugins are pretty straightforward. However, WordPress is a complex ecosystem and you will need professional help in learning the ropes to this elaborate content management and website development system. But once you have mastered the basics, nothing is stopping you from creating a high-performance website via WordPress.
All the best!