Keeping your plugins and themes up to date can ensure that your WordPress website is not compromised. It is a fairly simple process, but should be done on a frequent basis.
Start by logging in to your WordPress backend by navigating to your login. (Usually https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ “Yourdomain.com” being your website domain)
Once logged in, if there are any available updates, you will notice in the left column a number beside either “Updates” or “Plugins”.
Follow the below steps to complete the update process.
- Click on “Updates”,
- Then you can either click on the check box left of the “Select All” or click on the check box for only the specific plugins you would like to update.
- Complete the process by clicking on the “Update Plugins” button.
You will be directed to a status page and the updates will process until it notifies you of completion as seen in the image below. You may now return to editing your website, or simply log out when done.
This process can be repeated for themes as well as the WordPress system. Simply go back to the “Updates” section and select “Update WordPress” or “Update Themes”.