How to manage WordPress plugins in Plesk

WordPress Toolkit is a management interface that allows you to install, configure, and manage WordPress in Plesk easily. In this article, we’ll show you how to manage and install the WordPress plugins in Plesk. Start out by accessing your Plesk control panel through your HostPapa Dashboard

Please note that WordPress Toolkit can install, configure, and manage WordPress version 4.9 and later, and the extension is free with the Web Pro and Web Host Plesk editions. It’s available for a fee for the Web Admin edition. 

How to manage and install plugins 

A WordPress plugin is third-party software that adds various functionalities to WordPress. You can install and manage plugins with WordPress Toolkit on one or more WordPress installations. You can: 

  • Search for plugins and install them in the wordpress.org plugins repository
  • Install plugins uploaded by the Plesk administrator
  • Upload custom plugins (useful if you can’t find a suitable plugin in the repository or if you need to install your plugins) 

To install plugins on a particular WordPress installation, follow these steps: 

1. Go to WordPress.

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2. Go to the Plugins tab of the installation card. 

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3. Click Install.

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4. Search for plugins.

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5. Click Install next to the plugin you want to install. Installed plugins will be activated immediately.

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To install plugins in all WordPress installations of the subscription, follow these steps: 

1. Select the desired subscription.

2. Go to WordPress.

3. Select the Plugins tab. 

4. Click Install

5. Search for plugins.

6. Select the plugin you want to install.

7. Click Select websites. Note: Selecting one or more plugins and performing a new search without installing the selected plugins will reset the selection.

8. By default, newly installed plugins will be immediately activated. You can prevent this by clearing the Activate after installation checkbox.

9. Select the websites you want to install the plugins on.

10. Click Install.

To install plugins uploaded by the Plesk administrator, follow these steps:

1. Go to WordPress.

2. Select the Plugins tab. 

3. Click Install next to a plugin marked with a download icon. If you don’t see this icon, the administrator has not uploaded any plugins. 

5. Select the WordPress installations where you want to install the plugin. 

6. By default, installed plugins uploaded by the administrator are immediately activated. To prevent this, clear the Activate after installation checkbox. 

7. Click Install.

To upload a plugin, follow these steps: 

1. Select the desired subscription. 

2. Go to WordPress.

3. Select the Plugins tab. 

4. Click Upload plugin.

5. Click Browse…

6. Browse the location of the ZIP file with the plugin you want to upload.

7. Select the WordPress installations where you want to install the plugin. 

8. By default, newly uploaded plugins are not activated. You can activate the plugin by selecting the Activate after installation checkbox.

How to activate and deactivate plugins 

You can activate or deactivate plugins installations on a specific installation or all installations on a subscription at once. 

To activate or deactivate plugins for a particular installation, follow these steps: 

1. Go to WordPress.

2. Select the Plugins tab. 

3. Under State, turn on or turn off a plugin to activate or deactivate it.

To activate or deactivate plugins for all installations of the subscription, follow these steps: 

1. Select the desired subscription. 

2. Go to WordPress.

3. Select the Plugins tab. 

4. Select the plugin you want to activate or deactivate. 

5. Click Activate or Deactivate

How to update plugins 

If your plugin needs to be updated, you will see an Updates notice next to the plugin on the Plugins tab. You can update not only free plugins but also paid ones, as long as they can be updated the usual way in the WordPress admin dashboard. 

Note: WordPress Toolkit can update paid plugins that require a license if the license is present. WordPress Toolkit can’t update paid plugins that use non-standard update methods.

You can do the following:

  • Update plugins for one particular installation 
  • Update plugins installed on all installations of a subscription
  • Configure auto-updates for plugins 

To update plugins for all installations of the subscription, follow these steps: 

1. Select the desired subscription. 

2. Go to WordPress.

3. Select the Plugins tab. 

4. Click Update to version … next to the plugin you want to update. 

5. To learn more about the update, click Changelog to be taken to the plugin’s page on wordpress.org.

6. Click Yes.

How to remove plugins

You can remove plugins from a particular installation or all installations in a subscription at once.

To remove plugins from a particular installation, follow these steps:

1. Go to WordPress.

2. Select the Plugins tab. 

3. To remove one plugin, click the trash icon corresponding to the plugin you want to remove.

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4. To remove several plugins, select them and click Remove.

5. Click Yes.

To remove plugins from all installations of the subscription, follow these steps: 

1. Select the desired subscription. 

2. Go to WordPress.

3. Select the Plugins tab. 

4. Select the plugins you want to remove. 

5. Click Uninstall

6. Click Yes.

If you need help with Plesk, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

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