Must Read: How to install & update GPL products on your WordPress website in 3 simple steps

Keeping your WordPress plugins and themes updated is as easy as 1, 2, 3 even when you manually download them from us. This tutorial will show you how it’s done to common errors.

1. Install Easy theme and plugin upgrades plugin

The Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades Plugin by Chris Jean (the developer behind iThemes) provides a function that some would argue should be a default setting in WordPress because it fixes a limitation that won’t allow you to upload a plugin or a theme if it already exists.

  • Go to Plugins
  • Type the name of the plugin ”easy theme and plugin upgrades” press enter
  • Click on the Install Now button
  • Click on the blue Activate button

2. Download the Theme or Plugin you want to Install or Update

  • Go to My downloads area
  • Download the theme or plugin you want to install

Note: If your downloaded file contains any additional .zip file you have to follow some additional steps mentioned below  (to avoid common “missing style.css file” error) 

  • Right click on the downloaded file
  • Click on Extract all
  • Open the extracted file
  • Upload the file in the sequence mentioned
  • Upload and install additional addon(s) if you want (Optional)  

3. Install on Your Website

The process is going to be same for both plugin and theme. Just upload them to the site as you would normally, the Easy Update plugin will handle the rest for you.

  • Go to Plugins add new section
  • Click on the Upload Plugin button
  • Drag & Drop the plugin you just downloaded
  • Click Install now button
  • Go to Appearance add new theme section
  • Click on the Upload theme button
  • Drag & Drop the theme you just downloaded
  • Click Install now button

Your plugin or theme is now installed / updated. Just press activate to enable it.

Note When you’re uploading a existing theme/plugin’s updated version then any old settings you have set in the previous version of plugin or theme will kept unchanged so you don’t have to worry about loosing previous settings, this plugin also saves your old version in media library just in case you need to restore it.