File Already Exists – Work around in WordPress

Mar 18, 2020 | WordPress Plugins, WordPress Wednesday

It is not easy to update a premium WordPress theme or plugin unless the authors have allowed auto-updates. If you see an error message that says the file already exists – what’s the workaround to keep things updated? Kori Ashton shows you a simple and FREE plugin to fix the update issue.

Full Transcript

Hi, y’all, welcome to WordPress Wednesday, my name is Kori Ashton, and I’m gonna show you a quick solution today on how you can quickly and easily update those premium plugins, or that premium theme that you’ve purchased, especially if you’re receiving that failed to update notification that looks like this:


It’s probably giving you an alert, telling you that that folder already exists, and it’s not gonna let you re-upload that zipped file. Well, there’s a quick solution, I’m gonna show you right now, and it’s all in the budget of free.

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I’m gonna show you right now the plug-in Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades. This is it you guys, this is the plugin. And I always want you to be certain that it is compatible with your version of WordPress, right? We always talk about that. We always want to be certain any plugin that you’re using has really high ratings, and the more active installs the better, right? Cause that just shows more legitimacy. It shows that it’s working. This is a great free plugin by Chris Jean. Thank you for creating such a cool solution.

Plugin Tutorial

I’m gonna show you how to use it right now. Let’s go into your dashboard. We’re gonna go into plugins and say add new. We’re gonna be looking for that Easy Theme. All right, we’re gonna look for that Easy Theme and Plugin Upgrades, and we’re gonna go ahead and click install now and, of course, activate.

For this specific example, I actually have a premium plugin in here called WS Form Pro. So they have a free version, but this pro version is what I’m running on this particular install, and I need to update it.

Normally you would see a button right here that just clicks and updates, but automatic updates are not available for this plugin. So how would you do it? You would jump back over to where you purchased the plugin from, right? So you would go over to the creator of the plugin’s website, or wherever you purchased it, and you would download the most recent version that is a zipped file. Then, normally, you would just be able to update it, right? Well, sometimes you have to go into your FTP. You don’t want to do all that.

So, using the plugin that we just added, we should be able, now, to go over here and click add new. And we wanna upload plugin, right? And we’re gonna choose the file, as long as you have that most recent version of that plugin, you can come in here and you can grab it there, and now when you click install now the plugin that we just added should allow this whole thing to load perfectly.

Look at this, removing the old version of the plugin. It has now been updated successfully and we can activate the plugin. Just like that. There is no more error, no more issues, no more saying it can’t be overridden, it can’t be updated, we’re now running the most recent version of this plugin.

How cool is that, you guys? I love this solution. Again, thank you Chris Jean for creating such a cool and free solution for the WordPress community; because people like me, who don’t know how to hack code, or write PHP, or do anything like that, we get a little intimidated whenever we jump into FTP and have to start dealing with folders, and deleting things, and trying to upload things, that’s too difficult.

So thank you for creating a great solution like this. It helps me, and all those out there in the WordPress community solve this problem quickly and easily.

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