Are you looking for an easy way to bulk install your favorite plugins in WordPress?
If you frequently create new WordPress sites, then you likely have a list of must-have plugins which you install on every website that you create.
In this article, we will show you how to easily bulk install your favorite plugins in WordPress step by step.
Why Bulk Install WordPress Plugins?
There are more than 59,000+ plugins available in the free WordPress.org directory alone. However, most users stick to a set of must have WordPress plugins that they install on each new website.
By default, WordPress allows you to install one plugin at a time. Manually installing multiple plugins, one by one, can take a few extra minutes. This can become annoying if you do it quite often.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quickly install all your favorite WordPress plugins at once?
With the right WordPress plugin, you can easily bulk install a set of plugins on any WordPress blog with ease. It helps save time, and you won’t have to perform the tediously repetitive task of installing and activating each plugin one by one.
That said, let’s see how you can bulk install all your favorite plugins in one go.
Creating a Bulk WordPress Plugin Collection
Before you bulk install WordPress plugins, you’ll first need to create a collection of plugins on a website. Basically, you’ll be taking a ‘snapshot’ of all the plugins installed on this site, so you can recreate the same exact setup on any other website.
The best way to do that is by using the WP Reset plugin. It allows you to install multiple plugins and themes with 1 click. Plus, you can use the plugin for quickly recovering and resetting your WordPress site in case anything breaks.
For this tutorial, we’ll use the WP Reset Pro version because it includes the bulk install feature. There is also a free version of WP Reset you use to try the plugin.
First, you’ll need to install and activate the plugin. If you need help, then please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you can go to Tools » WP Reset PRO from your WordPress dashboard.
Next, enter the license key and then click the ‘Save & Activate License’ button. You can easily find the license key in the WP Reset account area.
After that, an onboarding popup window will appear. In the onboarding, the plugin will create a test snapshot of your site and set up emergency scripts to recover everything in case something goes wrong.
Go ahead and click the ‘Start onboarding’ button and follow the onscreen instructions.
After that, the onboarding wizard will ask whether to automatically create snapshots of your site before running the WP Reset tools and manipulating plugins and themes.
You can click on the toggles to switch them to ‘ON’ and then click the ‘Next – configure Emergency Recovery Script’ button.
In the next step, the onboarding wizard will require you to install an emergency recovery script.
This helps recover and restore your website from a previous date in case something break and you can’t login to your website.
Go ahead and click the ‘Yes, install the script now’ button.
We recommend noting down the password and the URL in a note file or password manager. This way, you can access your website when you can’t access the admin login.
Simply click the ‘Finish’ button to close the wizard.
Next, you can head to the ‘Collections’ tab in the WP Reset plugin.
From here, simply click the ‘Create Your First Collection’ button.
After that, you’ll need to enter a name for your plugin collection.
Once you’ve entered a name, click the ‘Add new collection’ button.
On the next screen, you can upload plugins to your collection.
Go ahead and click the ‘Add a plugin from the WP repository or a ZIP archive’ link.
Now, WP Reset will give you 2 options to upload plugins to your collection. Let’s take a look at both methods.
Add WordPress Plugins from WP Repository
First, you can set the Type to ‘Plugin’ and search for a plugin in the WordPress.org repository.
Simply enter the plugin URL in the ‘Slug’ field and select the plugin from the dropdown menu.
After that, click the ‘Add new item’ button.
Add WordPress Plugins ZIP Files from Your Computer
Second, you can upload the plugin ZIP files from your computer.
Go ahead and click the ‘Source’ toggle to switch to ‘ZIP file.’ Then click the ‘Choose File’ button and upload the ZIP file.
When you’re done, click the ‘Add new item’ button.
Do note that if you select the ‘ZIP File’ method to upload plugins, you’ll need to first enable cloud service in WP Reset.
To do that, simply go to the ‘Settings’ tab and click the ‘Cloud service’ dropdown menu to select a storage option. The plugin supports WP Reset Cloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and pCloud.
After you’ve added plugins, you can view them in the Collections tab.
To add more plugins to your list, simply click the ‘Add new plugin or theme’ button and repeat the steps.
Installing Bulk WordPress Plugins on Your Site
The next step is to bulk install your WordPress plugins on another website.
To start, you’ll first need to install and activate the WP Reset Pro plugin on the website you want to bulk install WordPress plugins. For more details, please see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you can head to Tools » WP Reset PRO from your WordPress dashboard and enter your license key. Don’t forget to click the ‘Save & Activate License’ button.
Next, you will see the onboarding wizard popup. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to set up an emergency recovery script and enable other options.
After that, you can go to the ‘Collections’ tab in the WP Reset plugin.
You should now see the collection you created earlier.
To bulk install and activate the plugins in your collection, simply click the ‘Install collection’ dropdown menu and select the ‘Install & activate collection’ option.
There are other options as well, like simply installing the plugins or deleting installed plugins and themes then installing and activating the collection.
Once you install and activate a collection, a popup will appear showing you the progress.
You can click the ‘OK’ button when all the plugins have been installed and activated.
After that, you can see your installed plugins by going to the Plugins » Installed Plugins page from your dashboard.
Now you can start configuring your plugin settings and other configurations on your website.