Every WordPress user has their favorite plugins which they like to use on all their sites. We have our own set of must use WordPress plugins. In the past, you had to manually install each individual plugin for every site that you setup. In this article, we will show you how to bulk install your favorite WordPress plugins. This will come in handy if you manage multiple WordPress sites and need to setup new WordPress sites regularly.
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First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Install Profiles plugin. After activation, you need to go to Plugins » Bulk Install Profiles.
You will see a default list of plugins there at first. If you want to use a plugin from that list, then keep the ones you want to use and delete the rest. You can also add new plugins to this list as long as they’re available on WordPress.org.
To add a plugin, you need to add the name used in the plugin’s URL slug. For example, if you want to add floating social bar, then you will enter either floating-social-bar or floating social bar.
Once you have entered all the plugins that you want to install, you can give this list a profile name, e.g. MyFavoritePlugins. After that you can save the profile, or click on Download plugins and save profile.
This plugin will now install all the plugins from your list and show you a link to download your profile. Click on the download link to save your profile and to use it later in other WordPress installations.
To re-install these plugins on another WordPress installation, you need to install and activate the WP Install Profiles plugin on the other site. Upon activation go to Plugins » Bulk Install Profiles and click on the Import Profiles tab.
Now you need to upload the profile file that you downloaded earlier by clicking on the Choose File button and locating the file in your computer. Click on the upload button, and the plugin will import your profile. On the next screen you can select it by clicking on the drop down menu next to Choose your profile option.
As you choose your profile, you will see that all your plugins will appear in the list below. All you need to do now is to click on Download plugins and save profile button.
You can repeat this process on as many sites as you like. You can create different profiles with different plugins to suite your needs.
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