Managing Wordpress plugins in Plesk

A WordPress plugin is a type of third-party software that adds new functionality to WordPress. With WordPress Toolkit, you can install and manage plugins on one or more WordPress instances.

Installing Plugins:

In WordPress Toolkit, you can install plugins on one or all WordPress instances of the subscription. You can:

  • Search for and install plugins found in the wordpress.org plugins repository.
  • Install plugins uploaded by the Plesk administrator.
  • Upload custom plugins, which is useful if you cannot not find a suitable plugin in the wordpress.org repository or if you need to install your own plugin.

To install plugins on a particular WordPress instance:

  1. Go to WordPress, go to the “Plugins” tab of an instance card, and then click Install.image1.png
  2. Search for plugins, and then click Install next to the plugin you want to install. Installed plugins are activated immediately.

To install plugins on all WordPress instances of the subscription:

  1. Select the desired subscription.
  2. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins”tab, and then click Install.image2.png
  3. Search for plugins, and then select the plugins you want to install.

Note: Selecting one or more plugins and then performing a new search without installing the selected plugins resets the selection.

  1. By default, newly installed plugins are activated immediately. You can prevent this by clearing the “Activate after installation” checkbox.

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  1. Click Install on all ... instances.

To install plugins uploaded by the Plesk administrator:

  1. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins” tab.
  2. Click Install next to a plugin marked with the If you see no such icons, it means that the Plesk administrator has not uploaded any plugins.

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  1. Select the WordPress instances on which you want to install the plugin.

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  1. By default, a newly uploaded plugin is not activated. You can activate it by selecting the “Activate after installation” checkbox.

 

  1. Click Install.

 

To upload a plugin:

  1. Select the desired subscription.
  2. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins” tab, and then click Upload plugin.
  3. Click Choose File and browse to the location of the ZIP file containing the plugin you want to upload.image6.png
  4. Select the WordPress instances on which you want to install the plugin.
  5. By default, a newly uploaded plugin is not activated. You can activate it by selecting the “Activate after installation” checkbox.
  6. Click Upload.
 

 Removing Plugins:

You can remove plugins from a particular instance or from all instances belonging to a subscription at once.

To remove plugins from a particular instance:

  1. Go to WordPress, and then go to the “Plugins” tab of an instance card.
  2. To remove one plugin, click the icon next to it. To remove several plugins, select them and click Remove.
  3. Click Yes.

To remove plugins from all instances of the subscription:

  1. Select the desired subscription.
  2. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins” tab.
  3. Select the plugins you want to remove, click Uninstall, and then click Yes.
 

Activating and Deactivating Plugins:

You can activate or deactivate plugins installed on a particular instance or on all instances belonging to a subscription at once.

To activate or deactivate plugins for a particular instance:

  1. Go to WordPress, and then go to the “Plugins” tab of an instance card.
  2. Switch on or switch off a plugin to activate or deactivate it, respectively.

To activate or deactivate plugins for all instances of the subscription:

  1. Select the desired subscription.
  2. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins” tab.
  3. Select the plugin you want to activate or deactivate.
  4. Click Activate or Deactivate.

 

Updating Plugins:

If a plugin needs updating, you will see “Updates” next to the plugin on the “Plugins” tab of an instance card.

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You can do the following:

  • Update plugins for one particular instance. Read how to do so in the To update a WordPress instance manually” procedure.
  • Update plugins installed on all instances of the subscription.
  • Configure automatic updates for plugins. Read how to do so in the To configure automatic updates for a WordPress instance” procedure.

To update plugins on all instances of the subscription:

  1. Select the desired subscription.
  2. Go to WordPress > the “Plugins” tab.
  3. Click Update to version ... next to the plugin you want to update. To learn more about the update, click View Details. This will take you to the plugin's page on wordpress.org.

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Note: Before updating the plugin, WordPress Toolkit prompts you to back up your subscription. If you are concerned that the update may break your website, create a backup or use Smart Updates.

  1. Click Yes.