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Exclude Plugins


WordPress 3.0 multisite allows us only to show or hide all of the plugins from normal user,
nothing else. If we want to allow all users to use some simple plugins, while hiding the
super plugins only for Super Admins or VIP users, we have to activate the plugin for all
network in order to make it work. Or else, we have to make them visible by all.

This is why we need Exclude Plugins. Exclude Plugins will exclude plugins from appearing
in plugins menu for normal user in WordPress multisite. This way, some plugins (excluded
plugins) will be available only for Super Admins, while other plugins (included plugins)
will be available for normal user.

If you’re not using Network Mode/MultiSite in WordPress 3.0, you definitely not needing this plugin.
Here’s how to activate the multisite option.

For questions and bug report, please visit Exclude Plugins page.


  • Exclude Plugins admin interface.


You can use the built in installer and upgrader, or you can install the plugin manually:

  1. Download the plugin

  2. Upload and extract the contents of to wp-content/plugins/ folder. You should get a folder called exclude-plugins.

  3. Activate the Plugin in WP-Admin.

  4. Goto Super Admin > Options > Menu Settings then enable administration menus for plugins.

  5. Goto Plugins > Exclude Plugins to configure.


For questions and bug report, please visit Exclude Plugins page.


Does exactly what it says on the tin

One of the main problems when running a Network is to properly manage the plugins. Not only this works with the latest version (as of May 2016) but it works flawlessly.
I just hope that Automattic does not change whatever it is that makes this plugin works without providing us with an alternative first.

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1.1.3, 25 February 2011

  • Supports WordPress 3.1

1.1.2, 06 July 2010

  • Bugfix: “Table ‘xxxxxx.wp_0_exclude_plugins’ doesn’t exist” error

1.1.1, 03 July 2010

  • Bugfix: eliminating PHP warning “Warning: array_diff(): Argument #2 is not an array in …/wp-content/plugins/exclude-plugins/exclude-plugins.php on line 73”


  • First Public Release