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Day 2: Design Your Website

How To Update Your WordPress Plugins and Theme

Action Plan

Step 1: Update Your WordPress Plugins And Theme

Complete The Following Tasks

In your WordPress admin, go to Dashboard > Updates and click the Check Again button to view all the latest available updates.
On the Updates page, select the Plugin(s) you want to update and click Update Plugins.
I usually wait one week from the release date before updating any plugins. To find the release date, click the View version details link next to the plugin you want to update.

If you want to update the Elementor Pro add-on plugin, you may need to update the Elementor plugin first.
On the Updates page, select the Theme(s) you want to update and click Update Themes.
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Why This Step Is Important

WordPress plugins (such as Elementor) and WordPress themes (such as Astra) will regularly release updates with new features, bug fixes, and important security updates. It’s important that you keep everything up-to-date so that you don’t run into any issues with your website.


How often should I update my plugins?

In general, I would recommend updating your plugins once per month. If one of your plugins (such as Elementor) releases an update with a new feature you really want to use right away, then feel free to update immediately.

Some people like to wait a week or so until after an update is released before updating the plugin just in case there are any bugs with the update.

For example, let’s say Elementor releases an update on May 28, and Elementor users start to report some bugs with the update. Elementor will then fix those bugs and release another update a few days later.

Why don't I see any updates for Elementor Pro?

Elementor and the Elementor Pro add-on are two different plugins that need to be updated separately.

Updates for the Elementor Pro add-on usually won’t appear in your WordPress dashboard until you have updated to the latest version of Elementor. Once you finish updating Elementor, any available updates for the Elementor Pro add-on should appear in your dashboard.

You can manually check for any new updates by going to Dashboard > Updates in your WordPress admin and clicking the “Check Again” button.

Do I need to update WordPress themes that are not active?

The most important theme to keep updated is the one you are currently using (the Astra WordPress theme).

However, it doesn’t hurt to also update the default WordPress themes (Twenty Nineteen theme, Twenty Eighteen them, etc.) even if they are not currently being used.

When should I update WordPress?

If you are using our recommended SiteGround hosting, WordPress will update automatically when a new version is released. There is nothing you have to do.

If you are not using SiteGround hosting, you can update WordPress in your WordPress admin by going to Dashboard > Updates. This page will tell you if there are any WordPress updates available or if you are already using the latest version of WordPress.

Will any of my settings change when I update Astra or Elementor?

No, none of your Astra settings or Elementor settings will change when you update. All of your settings will stay the same after updating any WordPress plugins or themes.

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