I am a bit confused on the concept of an Active Plugin and a Network Activated Plugin
I am running WP 4.0 in a multisite setting. At this time I have 6 different domains in my "network".
In reading about plugins -- Active vs. Network Activated -- I was thinking that once I (a) installed a plugin, (b) went to my base site & then went to the Network Admin level for that base site, and (c) "Network Activated" a certain plugin, that the plugin would be activate on all 6 sites in my "network".
So I tried it according to my understanding of the Network Activated Plugin concept.
But what I found when I went to, say the 3rd site in my "network" and looked at the plugins, I discovered the plugin was not active. I had the option to "Activate" it but it was not already activated based on my expectation from the prior action I took as described above.
If I go to the Network Admin level for this 3rd site in my "network" I do have the option to "Network Activate" it.
So I am confused.
- What does "Network Activate" mean and what does it do?
- If you have to activate the plugin for each and every site anyway, why is there a "Network Activate" option?
- And what's the difference between "Activating" the plugin at the site level or "Network Activating" it and the Network Admin level?
Thanks for helping clear this up for me (and probably many others out there as well).