[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/1kWms5AZFKA” align=”center”][vc_column_text]This short video describes how to update your WordPress plugins.

First of all, ensure that you have a recent backup before running any updates! As of April 2017, if you are on GoDaddy WordPress Hosting or Media Temple WordPress Hosting, you will have a backup done every day. Login to your CPanel to double check.

You can update most WordPress plugins from the plugin section of your WordPress dashboard. I don’t recommend updating plugins that came with your theme using this interface. For example, many themes come packaged with Visual Composer. Two issues – you will not be able to update Visual Composer without making a purchase (which you don’t need to do) and your theme may have been tested with the latest version. When you purchase your theme, make a list of plugins that it comes packaged with, and update those when you update your theme. See my other video.

Other than that, use the plugins screen to update your plugins. At the top, filter by “updates available” and update your plugins one at a time. Update one plugin, then test your site. Then update the next, then test. The reason why we do this is that if something breaks, you know which plugin broke your site. I hope that doesn’t happen.

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