Plugin Central

Plugin Central is a WordPress plugin management add-on to automatically install and update WordPress plugins.

Plugin Central Dashboard

Plugin Central Dashboard View. Active Plugins are in Bold


  • Install plugins directly by typing the Name of plugin or URL to the plugin zip file!
  • Multiple-plugin install feature allows you to move your plugins from one blog to another
  • Displays status of out-dated plugins on the Dashboard
  • Option to update all out-dated plugins with a single click!


Installation & Usage

  1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
  3. You will see the new item on your Dashboard

Options panel allows you to install multiple plugins by name, directly from WordPress repository! Type the plugin names and click "Install Plugins".

You can also list all of your plugins (or only active). By pasting this list into the install window on another blog you can basically move all of your plugins from one blog to another. More precisely the latest versions of selected plugins will be installed on the target blog.

Dashboard will list status of plugin in need to update and offer installation of all of them at once with a single click.

The plugin will not work together with WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin at this time, I am working on fixing this issue.


Plugin Central Options

Plugin Central Options Panel



  • NEW: Completely rewritten the plugin
  • NEW: Using core function to update multiple files


  • Support for WP2.8


  • Added plugin delete and ignore updates


  • Added a new function for handling files
  • Moved the options page to plugin administration

Apr 07th, 2008 v1.1

  • Added support to install plugins directly from URL

Apr 03rd, 2008 v1.0

  • Initial release

You can also visit my other WordPress Plugins.

I also offer professional WordPress services, feel free to contact me.


  1. Nov 10th, 2015 (3 weeks ago) 8:39 AM

    Just sharing the situation with you.

    Plugin Central and Theme Test Drive had a potential minor vulnerability and I was informed about it by the repository and they took them off.

    Because this is not serious and I am unable to find time to fix it they just hang out there.

    So is someone from the community willing to take a look and patch these? I'd be more than willing to work with them.


  2. Nov 9th, 2015 (3 weeks ago) 8:47 PM

    Hi Vladimir,

    Please, please, please, send us a copy of the Plugin Central plugin for future use.

    You made the most amazing plugin I've ever used and now it's gone.

    I emailed you about this almost a month ago and have not heard back.

    Please, help us!

    Can I pay you for it? Just let me know!



  3. Sebastian
    Sep 3rd, 2015 8:00 PM

    Hi, I used Plugin Central in almost ALL of my project. I loved it so much.

    Why did you take it down? :O can you please send us a zip of the latest version?


    • Kelli S
      Oct 20th, 2015 4:46 AM

      I loved your Plugin Central plugin also and used it on many sites. It was very handy and saved me time. I was sad to not see it in the plugin directory any longer. Will it be coming back? Thanks

  4. Jul 11th, 2012 6:28 PM

    The only improvement I can think of is if there was a way to have a specifically named .txt file within the plugin directory that this plugin would look for on install, so that I could repackage the plugin in a zip and upload it directly to the site without having to copy/paste or upload.

    It's a pittance to save me an extra 30 seconds, but would be a killer feature!

  5. Apr 10th, 2012 2:21 PM

    Thanks for this plugin :)

    I have downloaded it now and will be testing it soon. I need something like this as I have many clients that require some plugins. It also helps me as I can get my new sites up faster.

  6. Jan 4th, 2012 3:20 AM

    Unfortunately, at present, with a multisite setup, network activated plugins are shown as inactive in the plugins list for every site.

  7. Aug 18th, 2011 3:03 PM

    Plugin Central is a great plugin that I've used since learning about/discovering it. But today, for some odd reason, after I just updated it from 2.2.1 plus some other stuff it stopped working.

    The dashboard link at the top no longer appears, nor the page which listed everything that needed to be updated. i.e., after I used it last night, it went away.

    What should I check/do? Can you advise please?

    Thank you!

    • Aug 29th, 2011 2:44 AM

      I just activated Plugin Central with WordPress 3.2.1 and I can find Plugin Central under Plugins and when you click it, you will find the one you are looking for.

      Hope that helps.

  8. May 13th, 2011 5:56 PM


    Is there a chance that you can add Ignore option for plugins that are gone commercial and there is no way to update them (unless you pay and upload manually). Here is one example:

    I have altered the code on line 290 in the class file to:

    printf(__('%1$s %3$s download (automatic update unavailable). Ignore'), $p['Name'], $r->url, $r->new_version, urlencode("index.php?action=pc_ignore&file=" . $file . "&name=" . $p["Name"]));

    and it's working fine.


  9. Mar 18th, 2011 7:18 AM

    Can you show me how to move all my plugins to another WP blog? I have listed all my active plugins but am not sure how to actually transfer them to another blog. What is the steps for doing that? Thanks :)

    • Nov 13th, 2015 (2 weeks ago) 1:36 PM

      Can you show me how to move all my plugins to another WP blog? I have listed all my active plugins but am not sure how to actually transfer them to another blog. What is the steps for doing that? Thanks :)

      1.Please backup full of your website first
      2. upload your source files to other blog
      3. Create new database in PHPmyAdmin
      4. import database
      5. Go to database table (wp_option) , change your new blog address.
      6. Go to your new blog and login to activate all plugin.

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