Magic Moment: Updating plugins

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WordPress is very good at reminding you whenever any of your plugins are ready for upgrading.

It is very easy to do this, especially if you have set up your WordPress blogsite using the application Fantastico. This will enable you to instantly upgrade anything on your website with just one click, without having to use any FTP usernames and passwords.

4 plugins need updatingHow many plugin upgrades that are needed are shown on your left sidebar when you’re inside WordPress.

(Plugins are applications that are only available for WordPress.org blogs that help improve your blogsite’s performance and allow it to accomplish certain things. These are generally free, and very easy to install.)

As you can see, I have four plugins that require updating.

If you click on the Plugins link it will take you to the plugins page which lists all the plugins you have installed:

Plugin page listings

As you can see, my Akismet plugin requires updating. If your host uses Fantastico, all you need is to click on the ‘update automatically’ link and it will automatically update it for you:

Plugin automatically updated

Once the ‘Plugin reactivated successfully’ sentence has appeared, click on the ‘Return to Plugins Page’ link:

Plugin reinstalled

There you are, the plugin has been successfully updated, and the tally on your sidebar will have been reduced by one:

Only three plugins to updateNow search for the next plugin on the list that requires updating, and do the same procedure again.

It’s always a good idea to keep your plugins up to date, so you can take advantage of any new procedures the authors have created and your blogsite’s performance will be enhanced.

Happy blogging!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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