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By default, inside of WordPress Multisite, it's rather difficult for individual site administrators to access certain portions of their site that they may need access to. As a network administrator, you have the ability to give them access to this portion of their site. In this movie, we'll be talking about how to enable features for site administrators. And in this case, we're talking specifically about the plug-ins feature inside of WordPress Multisite. As you can see here, I'm working inside of the Network Administration Dashboard. Since I'm logged in as the Super Admin, or the Network Administrator, any time I go to one of my sites here and view their dashboard, you'll notice that I have access to the plug-ins over on the left-hand side.
If I click that, I have the ability to enable individual plug-ins inside that site, unless the plug-in has already been network enabled. That way it won't show here in my list. However, let say I'm logged in as a regular administrator, as is the case in this blog. I am logged into John's blog as John and if I look over on the left I don't see a link to the plug-ins area. Therefore I cannot add any plug-ins to this site, even though John is an administrator, which theoretically is supposed to have full control over this site. So how do I give John access to the plug-ins? Well, let's go back into the regular network admin dashboard.
Let's go to the Settings section and check out Network Settings. If I go down to the bottom of Network Settings, you'll notice that there is a Menu Settings section. This is where I can Enable administration menus. Unfortunately, it only gives me control for plug-ins, so if I want more granular control over individual features inside of a WordPress Multisite environment, I'll have to find a plug-in to do that, but for now I'm just going to worry about plug-ins. Let's go ahead and check that box and then move down and click Save Changes. Once I've clicked Save Changes, I can then go back into John's Blog environment.
Once I'm back inside John's Blog environment, I can refresh the page. Watch the left-hand side of your screen. Once I refresh, you'll notice that I have the Plugins option on the left-hand side. From the Plugins section, I have the ability to then activate plug-ins inside of this site environment without being logged in as a super admin. That's a huge advantage and is going to save a ton of time because otherwise, John would just be sending me emails all they saying, "Hey, can you go ahead and activate this plug-in for me?" And I really don't want to spend my day activating plug-ins for all of my site administrators.
So, I recommend turning this on. That way they have access to it and they can control the plug-ins. Let's go over to the Plugins menu now and click on it. You'll notice that only the plug-ins that have not been network enabled are listed here. That's the same for all of the admin screens. If the plug-in has been network enabled, it won't show up here, but if hasn't been, it'll be listed like the Simply Sociable plug-in. Let's go ahead and activate that. Now I've activated that for this one particular site. If I happen to go to John's blog and visit the site, you'll notice that when I click on the first post, it includes the social networking links at the bottom. Very cool.
Now we'll close that up and we'll go back into my WordPress Multisite Dashboard. So again, all you have to do is find the network settings of your multisite environment, scroll to the bottom, and turn on the plug-in menu management. Once you have that enabled, all of your site administrator should be able to access that feature inside of their particular site giving them control over the plug-ins and alleviating your headaches in the future.
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