I know, yet another post about WordPress plugins. But believe me, it’s worth while reading this one.
You see, I’ve had troubles with this site on several occasions because of WordPress plugins that were out of date.
Google XML Sitemaps used to be a notorious one. Not updating this plugin lead to some severe errors about not being able to find stuff in the database (like Table ‘wp_post2cat’ doesn’t exist).
It’s obvious that you have to update your plugins regularly, or problems may occur.
But ‘updating regularly’ is a tedious and boring task.
First, you have to go to your Plugin-tab in your WordPress admin section to discover what plugins are out of date.
Then you have to visit the source to download a new version. If you are like me, that’s in a separate directory on your hard disk. You have to ‘unzip’ the plugin and then…
Copy the plugin to your site and start up an FTP program to upload it to the server.
And repeat this for every plugin out of date!
Remember, it’s always wise to update WordPress too.
Now, since we found a great solution to update WordPress Automatically, I was looking for a similar solution to update the plugins.
Guess what? Found it!
It’s another great plugin called PlugInstaller.
It manages WordPress plugins.
Pluginstaller fully wipes out the need to download a plugin archive, unpack it manually, copy it to your local site directory and upload it to your FTP server.
Instead, it shows an overview of all your active (and inactive) plugins, warns you if a plugin needs to be updated and does just that with the click of a button. No manual intervention necessary!
In addition, you can ADD a plugin URL (e.g. directly from a plugin repository website like the WordPress.org plugin repository) and have it automatically installed.
On top of that, it also checks for broken plugins.
I just love this one, because it saves me tons of time and a lot of annoyance. Besides that, it does the plugin management very well. So why not make it easy for yourself?
Try it and let me know what you think about this one. Post your comments below.
By the way -talking about comments-, Caroline Middlebrook recently installed the CommentLuv to encourage comments and she has posted an outstanding review about this plugin.
As you can see from the picture, I also installed it, but I’m not sure it will stay. It seems like a lot of overhead to just create another – extra – link in the comment section, so it still has to prove its value for me. It’s very well possible that I delete it at some point.
And that’s very easy using Pluginstaller.
Install this plugin and let me know how you’re doing.
Post your comments below.
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