Plugin Central is a WordPress plugin to manage WordPress plugins.
It may sound silly to use a plugin to manage your plugins, but Plugin Central is one of the first plugins we recommend people install on their new WordPress sites. Why? Because it makes installing and managing ALL of your other plugins much, much easier.
- Install multiple plugins from WordPress’s official plugin directory with one click.
- Install plugins by typing the name of the plugin or the URL to the .zip file.
- Dashboard notifications with one-click updates for ALL outdated plugins.
- Easily move all of your installed plugins from one blog to another.
- Displays the latest change log information for each plugin.
You should be using Plugin Central if for no other reason than the multi-plugin install feature.
Next, navigate to Plugin Central.
Enter the complete name of the plugin – OR – the exact URL to the .zip file, for each plugin you want to install. To avoid typing errors, it is best to copy and paste them directly from the WordPress directory. For example, to install the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, enter EITHER: WordPress SEO – OR – http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wordpress-seo.188.8.131.52.zip.
You can also create a list in a text editor, like Notepad, then copy and paste the complete list into Plugin Central later, if you like.
Finally, click on the Install Plugins button and within seconds all of your plugins will be installed.
If you’ve only installed one or two plugins, you can just click on the Activate Plugin link for each one and your new plugin(s) will be ready to configure and use. However, if you’ve installed several plugins the fastest and easiest way to activate them all is to:
- Go to Plugins and select Inactive.
- Select all plugins by checking the Plugin box at the top of the page, or individually select only the ones you want to activate at this time.
- Select Activate from the drop down menu.
- Click Apply.
After installing Plugin Central, you will find a plugin management area within your WordPress Dashboard. This is where you will receive notifications when plugins have an update available. You will then have the options to download, update, ignore, delete, or read the change log for each plugin right from within the Dashboard. If there is more than one plugin that needs updating, you are given the option to update them all at once, with the click of a button.
I hope I’ve convinced you of its value and that you’ll give it a try. I think you’ll agree, it’s a winner!
What Do You Think?
How are you managing plugins on your site(s)? Are you going to try out Plugin Central on your blog? Let us know in the comments below.
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