How to Force WordPress to Check for Plugin Updates

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In… Read More »

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Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to easily force WordPress to check for plugin updates.

Force WordPress plugin updates

Method 1. Using The Built-in WordPress Updates

If you just want WordPress to check if a plugin update is available, then this is the easiest way to do that.

Simply head over to Dashboard » Updates page and then click on the check again button.

Check for WordPress updates

WordPress will now reload the page and check all your WordPress plugins, themes, and core WordPress software for updates.

If there is an update available, then it will show you on the page and as the notification in the admin bar.

WordPress plugin update available

You can now go head and install the update. For more information, take a look at our article on how to properly update WordPress plugins.

Method 2. Managing WordPress Updates Using a Plugin

If you manage multiple WordPress websites, then keeping all your WordPress plugins up to date can be difficult. You will notice that there are updates available whenever you log in to one of your websites. You will also notice that some plugins are more frequently updated than others.

You can set some of these plugins to be automatically updated whenever there is a new version available.

First, you need to install and activate the Easy Updates Manager plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Updates Options page to set up the plugin. This will bring up a popup where Easy Updates Manager will ask ‘What you would like to do?’. You need to click on the ‘Configure manually’ button to continue.

Configure manually

Next, you need to click on the General tab under the Manage Updates page and scroll down to ‘Automatic plugins updates’ option.

Auto plugin updates

Click on ‘Select individually’ option and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Next, you need to switch to plugins tab and click on ‘Enable Automatic Updates’ below the plugins that you trust and want to be automatically updated.

Autoupdate select plugins

To force automatic updates, you need to switch to Advanced tab under Update Options page and click on the ‘Force updates’ button.

forceupdates

For more detailed instructions on updating WordPress plugins, please see our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.

We hope this article helped you learn how to force WordPress plugin updates. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.

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How to Force WordPress to Check for Plugin Updates

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In… Read More »

The post How to Force WordPress to Check for Plugin Updates appeared first on WPBeginner.

Recently, one of our readers asked us how to force WordPress to check for plugin updates? WordPress automatically shows plugin updates when they are available. However if you immediately need to update a plugin, then there are other ways to force updates in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to easily force WordPress to check for plugin updates.

Force WordPress plugin updates

Method 1. Using The Built-in WordPress Updates

If you just want WordPress to check if a plugin update is available, then this is the easiest way to do that.

Simply head over to Dashboard » Updates page and then click on the check again button.

Check for WordPress updates

WordPress will now reload the page and check all your WordPress plugins, themes, and core WordPress software for updates.

If there is an update available, then it will show you on the page and as the notification in the admin bar.

WordPress plugin update available

You can now go head and install the update. For more information, take a look at our article on how to properly update WordPress plugins.

Method 2. Managing WordPress Updates Using a Plugin

If you manage multiple WordPress websites, then keeping all your WordPress plugins up to date can be difficult. You will notice that there are updates available whenever you log in to one of your websites. You will also notice that some plugins are more frequently updated than others.

You can set some of these plugins to be automatically updated whenever there is a new version available.

First, you need to install and activate the Easy Updates Manager plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Dashboard » Updates Options page to set up the plugin. This will bring up a popup where Easy Updates Manager will ask ‘What you would like to do?’. You need to click on the ‘Configure manually’ button to continue.

Configure manually

Next, you need to click on the General tab under the Manage Updates page and scroll down to ‘Automatic plugins updates’ option.

Auto plugin updates

Click on ‘Select individually’ option and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Next, you need to switch to plugins tab and click on ‘Enable Automatic Updates’ below the plugins that you trust and want to be automatically updated.

Autoupdate select plugins

To force automatic updates, you need to switch to Advanced tab under Update Options page and click on the ‘Force updates’ button.

forceupdates

For more detailed instructions on updating WordPress plugins, please see our guide on how to better manage automatic WordPress updates.

We hope this article helped you learn how to force WordPress plugin updates. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step WordPress security guide for beginners.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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How to Setup Email Notifications for WordPress Updates

Keeping your WordPress site up to date is crucial for security. Recently one of our readers asked if it was possible to get email notifications for WordPress updates. By default, WordPress only shows you update notifications when you login to the admin area. In this… Read More »

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Keeping your WordPress site up to date is crucial for security. Recently one of our readers asked if it was possible to get email notifications for WordPress updates. By default, WordPress only shows you update notifications when you login to the admin area. In this article, we will show you how to setup email notifications for WordPress updates.

Email notifications for WordPress updates

Why and When You Need Email Notifications for WordPress Updates?

WordPress only shows you update notifications when you log into your WordPress admin area. Updates are highlighted for plugin and core updates. Theme updates are only visible on the Themes page or on the Updates page.

If you have a WordPress site, and you don’t login regularly, then you wouldn’t know when there is an update available to be installed.

WordPress Updates

One way to deal with this is by setting up automatic updates for WordPress core, plugins, and themes. It will allow your WordPress site to manage updates automatically.

Another way to manage updates is by setting up an email notification system for updates. Each time there is an update to WordPress core, plugin, or themes, you will get an email alert. You can then login to your website and install the update.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily setup email notifications for WordPress updates.

Setting up Email Notifications for WordPress Updates

First thing you need to do is install and activate WP Updates Notifier plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Updates Notifier page to configure plugin settings.

Updates Notifier settings

First you need to select cron method. By default, it is set to WordPress, and you don’t need to change that unless you know what you are doing.

Next, you need to select how often you want to check for updates. The default is set for once every hour, but you can change that to once or twice a day.

After that enter the email addresses you want to be notified. By default, the plugin will show the email address used in your WordPress settings. You can change it to a different address or add multiple email addresses separated by a comma.

WP Updates Notifier can also notify you about plugin and theme updates. Simply check Yes next to the plugin and theme update notifications.

Once you are done, click on the ‘Save settings with test email’ button to store your changes. The plugin will store your settings and send you a test email.

If you are having trouble receiving the email, then checkout our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

That’s all.

We hope this article helped you setup email notifications for WordPress updates. You may also want to check out our guide on keeping your WordPress content safe with BackupBuddy.

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