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Plugin Management

Jetpack’s plugin management tool allows you to update plugins automatically.

It’s always best to update plugins right away. Some are best updated manually while it’s easier and better to have others updated automatically. Jetpack allows you to do both from one central interface.

With Jetpack’s plugin management tool, you can update plugins manually, set some or all plugins to automatically update, and activate or deactivate plugins on a per-site basis or in bulk.

Plugin management is available by default on all Jetpack connected sites.

When working inside the WordPress.com dashboard, the yellow update icon indicates that the site has updates available. You can see all sites that need updates in the My Sites list.

Sites with updates in the My Sites list.

Jetpack will also alert you on the site’s Activity page when there are plugins that need to be updated.

You can click Update all to update all plugins listed directly from the notification on the Activity page. The button menu gives you the option to manage updates individually from the Plugins page in the WordPress.com dashboard or to disable the notification.

Per-Site Updates

To manage plugins on a single Jetpack-connected site, you can start at the WordPress.com sites list and then select the site you’d like to view.

Sites list on WordPress.com
Sites picker on WordPress.com

Select Plugins to open the Plugin Browser. Click Manage Plugins in the top right to open a list of all of the installed plugins on your selected Jetpack site.

You can use the menus at the top to filter active, inactive and plugins that need updates.

For plugins that don’t have automatic updates enabled but have a newer version available than the one you’ve installed, you’ll see the option to update with details about the latest version under the plugin title.

Under each plugin listed, there are two toggle options for the plugin: Active and Autoupdates.

When the Active toggle is blue, the plugin is activated. If the toggle is gray, the plugin is deactivated.

If Autoupdates is active and blue, Jetpack will automatically update that plugin when an update is released. If it’s gray, then automatic updates are not active. Most plugins can be automatically updated with the auto-updating features in WordPress. If the option is there but unavailable, that means that auto-update is not possible for that plugin.

For more settings, click the name of the plugin to view more details.

Here you will see the name of the plugin and the description of the plugin with links to the plugin author’s website and the plugin page on the WordPress.org plugin directory. You can also choose to enable automatic updates or to update the plugin directly on this screen.

Updating All Sites

To mass update plugins across all sites that are connected to Jetpack, you can start at the Plugins page for your WordPress.com account. You can also get there from an individual site in the WordPress.com dashboard:

  1. Click Switch Site at the top of the menu bar on the left.
  2. Select All My Sites at the top of the My Sites list.
  3. Click Plugins to open the Plugin Browser.
  4. Click Manage Plugins at the top right of the plugin list.

On the Manage Plugins page, you can see all plugins installed across all of your sites and for those plugins without automatic updates installed on certain sites, you can see which need to be updated.

Click the version link below the title to view the sites where that plugin is installed and to see which need to be updated.

Click Update all or you can choose to update each individually using the update icon on the far right of the site entry in the list.

Use the Back button on your browser to return to the Manage Plugins page.

Please note that Jetpack is compatible with WordPress-core auto-updates.

Troubleshooting information and FAQs.

I can’t install, update, remove, or auto-update plugins from WordPress.com.

In order to manage plugins on your Jetpack-connected site from WordPress.com, your site needs to be configured properly. Your site cannot be under version control, and you must be able to install plugins and update them without entering a FTP username and password.

The following constants also need to be set to false or not defined: DISALLOW_FILE_MODS and AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED. And any plugin that intentionally disables autoupdates must not be active.

Privacy Information

This feature is activated by default, although you need to explicitly set your plugins to automatically update. There is no way to deactivate this feature.

Data Used
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None.

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None.

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Which plugins are installed on the site, as well as their statuses (active or inactive).

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