WordPress offers thousands of free plugins to help optimize your site’s look, performance, and manageability, but individually installing them can be extremely time-consuming.
In this short guide, you will learn how to simplify this process and bulk installs your favorite plugins in WordPress, giving you time to focus on what matters — content.
A Bulk Upload and Install Guide for WordPress Plugins
To get started, you’re going to need to individually install one plugin, WPCore — yes, you were promised a bulk install option, but this one plugin is going to make it possible.
How it works
WPCore is a plugin manager that allows users to build plugin “collections.” These collections can then be accessed in bulk from any WordPress site simply by installing WPCore and entering the “collection key.”
If you regularly set up new WordPress sites, this one step will save you a lot of time and stress.
Step 1. Install WPCore
WPCore is available for free on the WordPress Plugin Repository. All you need to do is select plugins from the admin sidebar > Add New > Search WPCore > Install Now.
After installing and activating your new plugin, it will appear as an additional option in your site’s admin sidebar.
Free members can create 2 collections with up to 18 plugins per collection. If you want more, you will need to upgrade to a paid membership that allows users to create up to 200 collections with 100 plugins in each.
Pro membership costs $7/month or $4.17/month when billed annually and can be initiated through your account dashboard.
Step 2. Create Your Plugin Collection
To bulk upload and install WordPress plugins, you need to first create your plugin “collection.” To do this, you’ll need to create a free WPCore account here.
Once your account is set up, you can start creating plugin collections.
- Select “New Collection” from the main menu
- Enter a title and description of your collection (if you plan on creating multiple collections or variations for different site types, then make sure to be specific here for easy identification later on)
- Decide whether the collection is only available to you (private) or searchable by other users (public)
- Add WordPress plugins by clicking the add button and searching by name or browsing by type (to add your own custom plugins, you must upgrade to a paid membership)
The plugins you have selected will be displayed within your collection screen, where you will also find the collection key in the top right corner.
WPCore has multiple additional features that users may find useful. Within your collection, there is an option to turn notifications on/off, change the privacy status, edit plugins and clone the collection.
You can also browse collections made by other users and add entire collections or specific plugins from their lists to your account area.
Step 3. Bulk Upload and Install to WordPress
Once you’re happy with your collection, copy the key and head back over to your WordPress site. Go to WPCore in your admin sidebar and select “Add a collection key,” paste in your key, and hit “save collections.”
It’s as easy as that.
You should now see a list of the plugins you’ve just uploaded via your collection. If you want to add another collection, then repeat the above process. If not, then select “Install Plugins” to load them to your site.
Step 4. Activate WordPress Plugins
Installing plugins via WPCore does not automatically activate them. To do this, you’ll need to select “Activate” from the drop-down menu and tick which ones want either individually or via “select all.” Then simply hit “Apply” and sit back as your WordPress site becomes fully operational.
Is there an alternative solution?
Yes, there is! The solution we are referring to is WP Reset, more specifically, its Plugins & Themes Collections feature. This feature allows you to create (you guessed it) a collection of your favorite plugins & themes. This collection can then be installed with one click after you reset your site with WP Reset while creating a new site from scratch, or in any other situation to make bulk plugin/theme installation faster. A collection can have an unlimited number of plugins & themes; plus, you can create as many collections as you want. To a collection, you can add plugins and themes from the WP repository and ZIP files. What’s more, your license keys will be saved in the collections, and the collections themselves can be used on any site since they are saved in the cloud!
Bulk Upload Benefits
Uploading and installing WordPress plugins in bulk avoids wasting time manually searching, selecting, and installing every time you create a new site. For developers, this one step can lead to a more efficient process and better allocation of resources.
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