I Can’t Add Plugins In WordPress

There is nothing more frustrating than struggling to get something done, but you don’t know the cause or how to fix it. One of the first problems I encountered when I started out blogging, was to add plugins in WordPress. I knew where to go, but for some reason, I couldn’t add any.

Below, I will discuss some of the most common causes of not being able to add any plugins to your WordPress site and how to solve them.

You are using a free WordPress plan

When you start out on WordPress, you have the option of using a free plan or a paid plan, each with its own benefits. Most newbies prefer using the free option while they are still figuring everything out. I too decided on the free option at first, just to get my site going.

The problem with the free option is that it is very limited to what you can do. You will not be able to register a custom domain name, basic design customization and less storage than the paid plans. You can check out the different plans here. One of the drawbacks is that you cannot install plugins. They supply you with some basic plugins, but that’s it. This is fine if you are only starting out, but sooner or later you will want to do more with your website and it is then advised to upgrade to a paid plan.

You are not authorized to add plugins

In the WordPress admin area, under users, you will find that there are different roles which can be assigned to different people if there is more than one user on your site. The roles include contributor, author, editor and administrator. Each role has it’s own capabilities and limitations. If you are not the administrator of the blog, you will not be able to add plugins. The best thing to do will be to ask the administrator to assign you to a different role or to add the plugin on your behalf.

Trying to install an outdated plugin

This is something that a lot of people forget. Plugins are created and then possibly not updated for a long time, while WordPress continues to grow and update. This means that the plugin is still using older technology, causing it not to work properly with the new, updated WordPress.

It is always important to check that the plugin you want to download is up to date or try to find the latest version of the certain plugin that you want.

Multi Site Network

The last common problem why you wouldn’t be able to add plugins in WordPress could be that you are using a Multi Site Network and that the administrator has disabled the plugins function for the network. If this is the case, I will suggest that you contact the network admin and ask that install the plugins for you.


In conclusion, this is the most common causes why some people can’t add plugins in WordPress. I know if you are new to blogging it can be a bit frightening and you don’t always know how to solve your problem, so I hope that I could assist you today, at least with one of your problems.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any further questions.

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