How to Reinstall WordPress Plugins Wisely

Reinstalling WordPress itself is very easy, just go to Update Center and hit the reinstall button.

reinstall WordPress is easy

How about reinstalling plugins? You might answer :

I firstly remove the old plugin then install it again.  OR I firstly remove it then go to FTP and upload a fresh new copy.

Come on, that’s so silly, and slow. Here’s a quick handy way of reinstalling WordPress plugins and themes (from

  1. Click the Edit link under the target plugin nameHow to Reinstall WordPress Plugins Wisely 1
  2. Locate the line declaring version “Version: ****” and make the number smaller. Then click Update button. How to Reinstall WordPress Plugins Wisely 2
  3. Go to Update Center, you can see plugin update notice, update it ! That’s it!How to Reinstall WordPress Plugins Wisely 3
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9 Responses to How to Reinstall WordPress Plugins Wisely

  1. Bruce says:

    Thanks. Just did this on my 3.1.1 version of Woocommerce. Changed it to 3.1.0…Updated the file then Updated the plugin. Not sure this will solve my checkout problems but definitely updated my Woocommerce.

  2. Alex says:

    Thanks for this tip, used this to clean a malware infection off my site, thank you! You can do a similar trick with themes, just edit the main .css file in the theme folder.

  3. Meron Bareket says:

    This is a bad solution for breached sites. If a plugin was hacked and new files were added to its folder, WordPress will NOT remove those files when running the update process. It only replaces the old files that exist in the new version. So you’ll be left with a fresh installation of the plugin… together with the files you wanted to get rid of! In other words… you’d still be hacked 🙁

  4. Phids says:

    Thanks for this tip. I recently had my sites hacked across all files and was looking for a way to reinstall plugins and themes with fresh files easily, and this is a nice way to do it.

  5. Rob says:

    The Update Centre does not appear on my WordPress dashboard. I’m desperately trying to fix something (broken Twitter widget) by making sure I have the latest update, but I can’t. Please help.

  6. Zaf says:

    Hi thanks,

    That was a smart tricks 🙂

  7. John says:

    What about selecting the plugin with the checkbox and then selecting “Update” from the drop down list?

  8. Amanuensis says:

    I haven’t tried this technique as yet and will soon. If it works it will be great addition to my WP armoury – many thanks for making this public.

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