To manually update WordPress themes and plugins via FTP, follow these steps:
- Back up your website: Before making any changes to your website, it's important to create a backup in case something goes wrong. You can use a plugin like UpdraftPlus to create a backup of your website.
- Deactivate the theme or plugin: Before updating a theme or plugin, deactivate it to prevent any conflicts during the update process.
- Download the updated version: Go to the theme or plugin's developer website (or to the GPLDL repository ;-)) and download the latest version.
- Extract the downloaded file: Extract the downloaded file to a location on your computer.
- Access your website's files using FTP: Use an FTP client like FileZilla to access your website's files.
- Navigate to the theme or plugin folder: In the FTP client, navigate to the "wp-content/themes" folder for themes or the "wp-content/plugins" folder for plugins.
- Delete the old version: Delete the old version of the theme or plugin from the website's files.
- Upload the new version: Using the FTP client, upload the new version of the theme or plugin to the website's files.
- Activate the theme or plugin: Once the new version has been uploaded, go back to the WordPress dashboard and activate the theme or plugin.
By following these steps, you can manually update WordPress themes and plugins. It's important to regularly update these components to ensure that the website is secure and functioning properly.