How to Manage Plugins on WordPress

Hi! Welcome to Today’s tutorial is about how to manage your plugins, and what’s important about this is before you install and activate any plugins on your blog, you always want to know how to manage them first. This is what today’s video is going to be about.

To get to your managed plugins page, you want to come over to the navigation menu, and open up the plugins link. You’re going to scroll
down to the very first option that says installed plugins. This will bring you to your plugins page where you can view all your currently installed plugins whether they are activated or deactivated. You can manage them from here.

So, the first thing I want to explain is what you are looking at right now. Here on the left side is all of the plugins that are currently installed onto my blog. Next to it is a description of each specific plugin, what it’s all about. Some of them give you brief instructions on how to
activate it. Each plugin also shows you the version, who created that plugin, then an option to visit that site for more information or to see what other plugins that site has to offer.

Now, the next thing I to show you is whether you can see if it’s an active or an inactive plugin. So, if you come up here, you will notice that by clicking all, which is what we are on right now, it will give you all of your installed plugins whether they are activated or not. Next to it, by
clicking this link, it will give you all of your active plugins, which means they are installed and currently active on your blog. Then by clicking this link, it will show you all of the inactive pluging. They are installed, but are not active.

Another way to also tell whether a plugin is active or inactive is by the shaded background right here. For instance, if watch where my cursor is surrounding these two boxes, you will notice there is a gray color of the background. Whenever you see this, it means that that plugin is not
activated. You will notice that if I scroll with my cursor around these boxes, you will notice it’s a white background. That means it is activated. So, this is another way that you can tell the status of a plugin without having to click on the links to that actual page.

Now, next you may want to change the status of a plugin, and to do this, you would check the box of that plugin that you want to change. I
already have this one checked, and you can come up here and open up this bulk actions dropdown menu. You can choose whether you want to activate, deactivate, update, or delete that specific plugin. Once you’ve chosen that action, you click apply and those changes will be made.

Another way to do this is simply going under the links under each plugin. If you notice, this is deactivated, but underneath I have the
option to activate, edit, and delete it. When I scroll down here to my activated plugins, I have the option to deactivate and edit them as well. You will also notice that some plugins may have settings options. So, for here where it says OpenID, if I click this, it will take me to a settings page whereI can choose certain options for that plugin. Not all plugins have it, some do. This will actually be spoken about in a further video, so stay tuned for that.

The last thing I do want to show you is on this page, you do have the option to add new straight from here, which will bring you to the add
new plugins page. And if you have a long list of plugins, you can come over here to the search box, type in a specific plugin that you might be looking for, and click the search installed plugins button. This will bring you to a page of all your installed plugins, and it will give you the specific one that you searched for.

This is how you manage your plugins. Thank you for watching.

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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.