On the Plugins screen I have options to activate and deactivate plugins, but I no longer have the "Delete" option. I'm relatively sure the option appeared earlier.

Also, when I hover over "Plugins" on the admin menu I don't get the usual popup submenu showing "Install New / Add / Editor". And when I click the Plugins menu I don't see those submenu options either.

What's gone wrong?

FWIW, the client I'm working for is hosted at GoDaddy.

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  • Are you running a single WordPress site, or a WordPress network? What is the user role for your current user? May 10, 2013 at 19:32
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    Excellent deletion candidate. :D And thanks for sharing your aha moment. We need more of this.
    – fuxia
    May 10, 2013 at 20:25
  • @chip-bennett This is a single, self-hosted WordPress site on GoDaddy, and the user is an Admin. May 11, 2013 at 0:27

4 Answers 4



I fixed it, but I'll leave this question in case others have similar problems.

When copy/pasting various options into wp-config.php I accidentally included this setting, which I don't normally use:

// Overkill but FYI: disallows installation/updating of any theme or plugin

That produces the described problem, albeit by design.


This help me a lot, actually I had 2 options active on my wp-config (never added them)

define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);
define('DISALLOW_FILE_MODS', true);

just set the mode to false and problem solve itself...


5 years after but I guess I´ll add my 2 cents. Don´t choose the plugin option on the left bar menu. instead, go to the top left on your screen and hover on my sites and on that sub-menu then hover on network admin and choose plugins there. Once that is done you will get the missing sub menu option to add new and the delete option will also become available once again on the activate, deactivate sub menu as well. cheers

  • Thanks for the answer Iliana, but that sounds like you're either hosted on Wordpress.com, or it's perhaps a multi-site installation? The OP is just asking about a standard GoDaddy WP installation.
    – clayRay
    Dec 26, 2021 at 21:47

This helped me. Somehow it was there and i have never put it myself.

Change define('DISALLOW_FILE_MODS',true); to define('DISALLOW_FILE_MODS',false );

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