For some plugins, I'm trying to activate only for subsites. Lets say the plugin is "Contact Form 7" and I need it activated only on subsites.

If activate on Network Admin, it will activated on main site as well.

I've came across many reference but it is old article (5 years ago) and only teaching how to make multisite compatible plugin and not subsites-only plugin.

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In fact, most of plugins work exactly the way you want:

  • You MUST upload them (i.e. install them) on network admin panel, but you can leave them deactivated.

  • Then, you go to an individual subsite plugin page and activate only for said subsite.

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