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Multisite Plugin Manager


Plugin management for WordPress Multisite that supports the native plugins page and the WPMU DEV Pro Sites plugin! Used on thousands of multisite installs across the web.
Previously known as WPMU Plugin Manager, it uses a backend options page to adjust plugin permissions for all the sites in your network.

  • Select what plugins sites have access to
  • Choose plugins to Auto-Activate for all new blogs
  • Mass activate/deactivate a plugin on all sites in your network (Very Handy!)
  • Assign special plugin access permissions for specific sites in your network
  • And as Super Admin, you can override all these to activate specific plugins on the sites you choose!
  • Removes the plugin meta row links (Version, Author, Plugin) and any update messages for blog admins

Also, if you use the excellent Pro Sites plugin from WPMU DEV you will be able to charge for access to certain plugins!

A free plugin by Aaron Edwards of UglyRobot Web Development.

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  • The plugin management admin page
  • Overriding allowed plugins per site


To Install:

  1. Download the plugin file
  2. Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive
  3. Upload the /plugin-manager/ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your site
  4. Visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate it there.

To Configure Network Wide Options

  1. Visit Network Admin -> Plugins -> Plugin Management
  2. Select what kind of access each plugin should have. You can choose:
    • No access (default)
    • All Users
    • All Users (Auto-Activate) – activates the plugin for all new blogs
  3. You may also mass activate/deactivate a plugin on all sites in your network (Very Handy!)

To Override Plugin Access Per Site

  1. Visit the Network Admin -> Sites list
  2. Click the “Edit” link for the site you wish to modify
  3. Look at the bottom of the “Settings” tab screen for the per blog options


Can I use this plugin for non-multisite WP installs?

No, this plugin is only compatible (and useful) with Multisite installs.

Do I need the Pro Sites plugin installed?

Not at all, but if you install the Pro Sites plugin from WPMU DEV the options to charge for access to certain plugins will appear in the dropdowns.

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March 13, 2019
This plugin helped me a lot when I had to reactivate one plugin on over 100 sites because accidentally I have activated it for the whole Network previously. Good job! Air.
May 4, 2018
Does what it say and works wonders. i couldn’t imagine using Multisite without this plugin.
December 6, 2017
Apart from a tidy-up of the user interface, this is a perfect little plugin. Indispensable for managing a multisite. Could only be improved by moving the site-specific settings into their own tab, alongside themes, when editing a single site in Network Admin. But, you know, y’all have a key combination for “skip to the bottom of the page”, which gets you there under Settings, so… 🙂
October 16, 2017
I haven’t had any issues with the functionality of the plugin, but the interface for granting plugin access to individual sites really needs improvement. Right now it’s shoved under the “Settings” tab when editing an individual site, but when a site has a lot of options, this can make the page HUGE. The list of plugins should really be in its own “Plugins” tab, much like “Themes”.
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Contributors & Developers

“Multisite Plugin Manager” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fix: Add WP CLI plugin list compatibility @props Ryan Williams


  • Fix: PHP warning in some cases when it auto activates on new blog signups
  • Fix: Missing header errors on some installs when activating


  • Fix: Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_get_current_user() while activating plugins


  • Fix: PHP warnings for some auto-activate plugins on new blog creation
  • New: Prevent running mass activate/deactivate routines in large networks


  • Important reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability fix! Props Matthew Fuller @Mozilla


  • Readme updates
  • Pro Sites support


  • Fix auto-activate for new blogs


  • Complete rewrite for WP 3.1