WordPress Bulk Update is one fantastic feature through which you can update all your plugins to their latest versions in just one click. But, there is a small aspect you have to be careful before you bulk update your WordPress plugins and this post is about that.
Bulk Update your WordPress Plugins
Whenever I encounter a WordPress update or plugin update then I tend to impulsively go ahead and update those updates using bulk update feature of WordPress (if you aren’t aware of the bulk update, I will walk you through it in a moment). Bulk update is very useful but it might cause some unnecessary problems if we aren’t careful.
What is bulk update feature?
Using this feature with just a single click you can update all the plugins which have to be updated. If you can notice in the below screenshot, we have more than one plugin to update and if we just select the checkbox in the top and then all the other checkboxes next to each plugin gets selected.
If you click on Update now then all the plugins get updated in a single click. As I said before it is useful as it reduces our effort to install each plugin one by one, but there is a negative aspect to this as well and that is. Every time a plugin is updated then the author of the plugin confirms whether the plugin update is 100% compatible with your current WordPress’s version or not.
If we go through bulk update then there is a possibility that we might not go through the confirmation from author. If author is confirming 100% compatibility with the current version of your WordPress (mostly it would) then no issues at all but if he isn’t confirming about its compatibility then you can take the following steps.
Steps to take in case of no confirmation
- Ask about the update in forums and groups, so that if any person has faced any issue or not will be known based on that we can take actions.
- Search in google regarding the update functioning with your verWordPressordpress, you would get positive results mostly to decide whether you can proceed with the plugin update or not.
- If you don’t get any response with the above then you can wait for some time until you receive any response or you can take an attempt to try the update yourself so that you can guide others. (mostly no plugin update would break your site, but why should we dirty our hands if we can take the help of people who have already experienced the same)
- If you are going with the above step then you can de-select the plugin which has no author confirmation from your bulk update checklist and then go for bulk update with all the plugins which have author confirmation.
This post is just to make sure we don’t end up in any temporary unpleasant situation in an attempt to upgrade our wordpress site properly because ‘Prevention is better than cure’ in any scenario.safe tips, version change, wordpress plugins