Wordpress changed quite a bit from 3.1 to 3.2. I have played for an hour to find the plugin section but not success. Usually they would be on the left hand side in the menu. Now they are not there. Anyone knows where to find them and how to install them on xyz.wordpress site?

This image is from 3.1. Plugin option is second from top.

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Here is 3.2 menu. Can you find Plugins?

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  • The Plugins menu? – Blender Jul 10 '11 at 1:29
  • It appears an option in the menu. It is not there. – Dave Jul 10 '11 at 1:29
  • For me, it's right here: i.imgur.com/Hji5P.png. Also, are you able to write posts? For me, I had to enable the json module for PHP to be able to write posts and use the interface properly. – Blender Jul 10 '11 at 1:31
  • are you using .wordpress site? I have it in 3.1 on my domain but not on new .wordpress.com domain which is 3.1. You sure you are using 3.2? – Dave Jul 10 '11 at 1:35
  • Oh, no. I am running 3.2 on my own server from home. The answer below explains it extremely well. Plugins let you execute PHP code, which might be a security hole for the host. – Blender Jul 10 '11 at 2:16
$menu_perms = get_site_option( 'menu_items', array() );
if ( ! is_multisite() || is_super_admin() || ! empty( $menu_perms['plugins'] ) ) {
$count = '';
if ( ! is_multisite() && current_user_can( 'update_plugins' ) )
    $count = "<span class='update-plugins count-$plugin_update_count'><span class='plugin-count'>" . number_format_i18n($plugin_update_count) . "</span></span>";

$menu[65] = array( sprintf( __('Plugins %s'), $count ), 'activate_plugins', 'plugins.php', '', 'menu-top menu-icon-plugins', 'menu-plugins', 'div' );

$submenu['plugins.php'][5]  = array( __('Installed Plugins'), 'activate_plugins', 'plugins.php' );

if ( ! is_multisite() ) {
        /* translators: add new plugin */
        $submenu['plugins.php'][10] = array( _x('Add New', 'plugin'), 'install_plugins', 'plugin-install.php' );
        $submenu['plugins.php'][15] = array( _x('Editor', 'plugin editor'), 'edit_plugins', 'plugin-editor.php' );

Due to the code above (wp-admin/menu.php, line 177) you can see the 'Plugins' menu:

  1. If your Wordpress installation is not multi-site,
  2. If it is multi-site and you are the superadmin,
  3. If Wordpress option 'menu_items' array contains the 'plugins' in it.

Other additional requirement is that you have to have 'activate_plugins' capability. Check those conditions to understand why you don't see the 'Plugins' menu item in your Wordpress dashboard.

  • This is a great answer. – Blender Jul 10 '11 at 2:17
  • It is a multi-site. Man didn't expect such code :) – Dave Jul 10 '11 at 2:42
  • Actually I dont see the edit option in menu too, so I can't edit the code. Unless there is way to use ftp and I can download the file and edit. – Dave Jul 10 '11 at 2:53

According to Wordpress Customer Support, they don't allow plugins on .wordpress.com website for security reasons, which kind of sucks. The plugins should work on your own domain/site though.

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