How to manage plugins using the cPanel WordPress Toolkit

This article describes how to quickly and easily manage your WordPress plugins using the WordPress Toolkit in cPanel. The WordPress Toolkit provides a convenient, easy-to-use interface directly within cPanel that you can use to install, configure, and manage your WordPress plugins.

This article assumes that you have already installed a WordPress site using the WordPress Toolkit. If you have not installed WordPress yet, please see this article for information about how to do so.

Installing WordPress plugins

To install plugins for your WordPress site using the WordPress Toolkit, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the DOMAINS section of the cPanel home screen, click WordPress Toolkit:

    cPanel - Applications - WordPress Toolkit icon

  3. The WordPress Toolkit page appears with a list of installed WordPress sites. In a site list entry, click the Plugins tab:

    WordPress Toolkit - Site entry - Plugins tab

  4. A list of installed plugins for the site appears:

    WordPress Toolkit - Plugins - Options

  5. To install a new plugin on the site, click Install. A list of plugins appears:

    WordPress Toolkit - Install plugins

  6. Select a plugin, and then click Install.

    You can use the search box and Filter sidebar options to refine the list and search for a specific plugin.
  7. At the top right corner of the Plugins and Themes dialog box, click the X icon. To manage your installed plugins, see the following procedure.

Managing WordPress plugins

To manage plugins that you have installed using the WordPress Toolkit, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the DOMAINS section of the cPanel home screen, click WordPress Toolkit:

    cPanel - Applications - WordPress Toolkit icon

  3. The WordPress Toolkit page appears with a list of installed WordPress sites. In a site list entry, click the Plugins tab:

    WordPress Toolkit - Site entry - Plugins tab

  4. A list of installed plugins for the site appears with several options:

    WordPress Toolkit - Plugins - Options

    • To manage installed plugins from the WordPress dashboard, click Manage in WordPress.
    • To enable or disable a plugin, click the slider in the State column.
    • If there are updates available for a plugin, click Updates, select the plugin, and then click Update to update it.
    • To remove (uninstall) a plugin, click the trash can icon. Alternatively, you can remove multiple plugins at once by selecting the check boxes, and then clicking Remove.

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