WordPress checks for new updates of the core application as well as all plugins you have activated on a 12 hour schedule. This is typically more than enough, however every now & then you learn about a new patch to a plugin and need the update NOW. Turns out there is a very easy way to get WordPress to “see” the update and give you the one-click update option from your admin panel.
Login to your admin panel of WordPress.
Go to “Dashboard/Updates” on the left sidebar.
Click on the “Check Again” button.
WordPress will re-poll the code repositories including WordPress core as well as the registered plugins in the Extension directory.
Premium Add-Ons and Non-Listed Plugins
If you are using a premium plugin or Charleston Software add-on pack that is NOT listed in the WordPress Plugin Directory, all is not lost. There is a method by which a plugin author can hook into this update check and serve up plugin version information and one-click installs from their own server. I’ve started doing that for all of the Charleston Software Assocaites add-ons, giving my premium plugins the same one-click convenience of “standard” WordPress Extensions Directory listed plugins.