A New Way to Install Plugins

July 28th, 2010
WordPress, WordPress News, WordPress Plugins

There are two ways to install plugins in WordPress 3.0. You can either search for and install plugins via Plugins/Add New in your admin panel, or search for and download plugins from the plugin directory, then upload them to /wp-content/plugins/. Now, thanks to Mark Jaquith, there’s a new way to install plugins.

The new plugin installer tool allows users to easily install plugins via a web-based interface outside of WordPress, with no FTP knowledge or tedious admin panel searching required. The new tool will be officially rolled into the plugin directory during WordPress’ impending site-wide redesign. For now, plugin developers can create a link directing users to the plugin installer tool and their plugin, and the rest of us can use the bookmarklet to install plugins from the directory.




  1. Clement Kelly (1 comments.) says:

    This would be very handy. I know currently we have to download the update seperately, then FTP it in due to server settings at our host. Being able to do it via web based tools would make things so much easier.

  2. Curtis Mormon (2 comments.) says:

    yeah, can’t wait to use this new process. Should speed things up a little.

  3. tom g (2 comments.) says:

    Sounds great but is there a way to upload more than 1 at a time ( plugins or themes ) because In the admin pnl you have to do each seperate. If I want to try 2-3 themes/plugins I have to wait for each one. I use Filezilla to do multiples but wish I could do from in WordPress.

    • James Huff (62 comments.) says:

      Unfortunately, you can only upload plugins and themes individually from the admin panel. You’ll have to use an FTP client, like Filezilla, if you want to upload more than one simultaneously.

  4. Andrew @ Blogging Guide (86 comments.) says:

    Great, no more techy stuff when it comes to uploading plug-ins..

  5. Kreditt Kort (1 comments.) says:

    Really nice, even though I don`t use a lot of plugins, but does this work with the last version of WP? I had some trouble updating to 3.0, so I think I`ll just wait until the next update.

    • James Huff (62 comments.) says:

      It was designed to work with WP 3.0 or higher. As for WP 3.0.1, it’s out now, but deactivate your plugins before upgrading (just in case).

  6. Khaled riyadh (4 comments.) says:

    Just use the old All in one Updater, Simple and works like a charm..!

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