3. Installing WPMU DEV Plugins
Downloading and installing WPMU DEV plugins couldn’t be simpler. Using our Dashboard plugin is the easiest way to add our products to your site, but we also give you the opportunity to download plugin files (even older versions!) from our site directly, so you can install via the Upload New Plugin option in WordPress, or by FTP.
3.1 Install WPMU DEV PluginsLink to chapter 1
To browse all of our plugins, simply click the “Plugins” link at the top-left of your screen.
Once you’ve found a plugin that interests you, click the screenshot to go straight to its dedicated page.
Each plugin has its own project page. Click the link to see the project page for Hustle, our newest plugin.
On the project page, you’ll see the “Install” button on the right side, and the download link beneath it (should you wish to download the product manually).
If you have not yet installed the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin on your site (and we highly recommend that you do so), you’ll see the following prompt upon clicking the “Install” button:
You have the option of either:
- Installing the WPMU DEV Dashboard before continuing with your selected plugin. Simply click the “Download Now” option to be redirected to the Dashboard plugin page to get that done first.
- Or, If you do not wish to download and install the Dashboard at this time, click the “No thanks, just download directly” option, and the download will start right away.
If you are a trial member, and try to download a plugin from the project page, you’ll be prompted to download the dashboard plugin. At this time, we don’t allow direct downloads until you are a full (non-trial) member. You can bypass this by skipping the free trial, from your hub account tab, which charges your payment method and unlocks the full, magical WPMU DEV experience.
If you do have the WPMU DEV Dashboard installed on one or more of your sites though, that same “Install” button will behave quite differently:
Clicking that button when the Dashboard is installed on a site will pop open a modal where you can select the site where you want to install the product.
Click the link to “Install” or “Update” the plugin you have selected and a new window will open in your browser to reveal the WPMU DEV Dashboard install page on your selected site, with your selected product already highlighted and ready for you to install. How cool is that?!
3.2 Download Previous Versions of WPMU DEV PluginsLink to chapter 2
Although we highly recommend always using the most current version of our plugins, there might be times you want to download an old version. Simply navigate to the plugin project page.
Below the project page description and features, click the Changelog link.
In the popup that appears, you can then see all of the previous versions we’ve released, just click on the “Download” button for the relevant version number and the download will start.
Please note: You do need to hold an active membership to download current and past versions.
3.3 Retired PluginsLink to chapter 3
From time to time we may retire a product which has become outdated or unfeasible to continue supporting. To see an updated list of which of our products have been retired, please read Retiring our Legacy Plugins.
3.4 Installing Mu-pluginsLink to chapter 4
This guide covers how to create an mu-plugin directory in which to install ‘must-use’ plugins.
Mu-plugins, or ‘must use’ plugins, add features to WordPress much like other plugins, but because they are stored in a different location than conventional plugins, they have some unique characteristics.
Both conventional plugins and mu-plugins are located in the wp-content folder, but mu-plugins are located in their own directory called, (surprise!) mu-plugins. As a result, mu-plugins:
- Are not activated or deactivated like other plugins. Once added to the mu-plugins folder, an mu-plugin is “always on” until it is removed from that folder.
- Are loaded before normal plugins.
- Do not work with activation, deactivation or uninstall hooks.
- Do not update automatically, and WordPress doesn’t notify you about new versions. This means that you have to keep them up-to-date manually.
- While mu-plugins work on both single and multisite WordPress installations, it is important to note that on multisite networks, mu-plugins apply to every site in the network.
Setting up your mu-plugins folder
Before you can install mu-plugins you need to create a mu-plugins folder in wp-content using an FTP client. If you are new to FTP, our Introduction to FTP and using FTP clients may be helpful.
Access your site via FTP and locate the wp-content folder. Right-click the folder and click Create Directory.
Add the directory name mu-plugins and click OK.
Right click on your new mu-plugins directory and select File Permissions.
Set the file permission to 755 and click OK.
Access your site via FTP client and open the mu-plugins directory within the wp-contents folder.
Select the PHP file(s) from the mu-plugin folder on your computer and drag it into your wp-content/mu-plugin folder in your FTP client.
Once the copied files have finished transferring to the server, the mu-plugin should be activated on your site. Mu-plugins appear under the Must-use tab on the plugin page, Admin>Plugins>Must-use.