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Managing and Activating Plugins in a WordPress Multisite Network

    At McNair Media, a lot of our clients have multiple websites and it can be frustrating to have to manage multiple logins across sites. WordPress has a solution for this and that is WordPress multisite installations. One thing we see is that there’s a little confusion about how that functions, particularly with plugins. In a WordPress Multisite network, you have the ability to install plugins and themes that can be activated across multiple sites within the network.

    1. Plugin Installation:
    • Network Admin: Go to the Network Admin dashboard, then to ‘Plugins’ > ‘Add New’.
    • Install: Search for the plugin you want, then click ‘Install Now’.
    • Network Activate: If you want the plugin to be active on all sites, click ‘Network Activate’. This makes the plugin available to all sites within the network.
    1. Activation on Individual Sites:
    • Site Admin: If you want to activate the plugin on specific sites, go to the individual site’s dashboard.
    • Plugins: Navigate to ‘Plugins’ > ‘Installed Plugins’.
    • Activate: Locate the desired plugin, then click ‘Activate’.

    Note: Only the network admin has the ability to install plugins, but individual site admins can choose to activate or deactivate network-installed plugins on their sites, depending on network settings.


    Erik McNair

    Erik McNair is a digital marketing professional living in Arlington, OH. As co-owner of McNair Media, he has focused on developing and executing SEO and marketing strategies in a manner that supports the client’s consistent business growth and enhances brand equity and awareness. He attended and graduated from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville GA with a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Telecommunications. He’s a certified Google Adwords, Google Analytics, and Bing Ads marketing professional. Outside of marketing, Mr. McNair is an avid technologist. He’s always running the latest software betas and testing out new and exciting products. He occasionally writes about thoughts on technology, but his main focus has been on growing and establishing McNair Media.