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Activating WordPress Plugins Network Wide

Plugins can be ‘Network Activated’ or ‘Network Deactivated’ via the Plugins page on the Network Admin dashboard on a WordPress multisite install.

When a plugin is network activated that plugin is automatically activated network wide and is available for use on all sites across the network.

If a plugin is ‘network activated’ it no longer appears in the Site Admin dashboard at all.  Only a Super Admin user is able to deactivate a “network activated’ plugin via the Plugins page in the Network admin dashboard.

Plugins are network enabled as follows:

1. Click on Plugins > Installed Plugins in the Network Admin dashboard.

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2.  Select the plugins you want to make available to all sites.

This can be one two different ways:

  • Activating them individually by selecting “Network Activate” under each Plugin title you wish to activate.
  • Activating more them all at once using the check boxes and bulk actions drop down menu.

 1. Select plugins 2. Choose action. 3. Apply bulk action.
<br />1. Select plugins<br />2. Choose action.<br />3. Apply bulk action.


1. Select Plugins by clicking each check box for each theme you wish to activate.

  • This is useful if you have a lot of plugins available over the span of your network and want to save time.

2. Choose the Action by clicking on the drop down menu, and then selecting which action you would like to apply to the selected items.

  • Network Activate will make the item available across your whole multisite network.
  • Network Deactivate will make the item unavailable across your whole multisite network.
  • Update will automatically update the item to the newest version if an update is available.

3. After selecting your items and bulk action, you must then click the “Apply” button to ensure your selected changes are finalized.

Once enabled, the plugins will be made available for use by site admin users and be listed in Plugins> in the Site Admin dashboard.