After using WordPress for a long period of time, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of plugins. After all, there are a lot of good tools out there to help you build an amazing site. But what happens when the list of tools gets too long?
Wouldn’t it be nice to organize plugins in groups within WordPress? It could streamline management while making the list of tools seem less overwhelming.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up a WordPress plugin to manage those plugins.
Why Group Your Plugins?
One of the key features of WordPress is the incredible number of plugins you can add. It’s easy to come across new features and tools you want to add to the site to improve everything from SEO to the user experience.
Over time, this list of plugins can become quite extensive. It could take you a long time to scroll down to find certain add-ons in the event you want to remove or edit them.
By grouping the WordPress plugins together, you can easily cut down the time it takes to find them.
Using Plugin Groups
Today, I’m showing what the Plugin Groups plugin can do to keep your site cleaned up. It’s an easy WordPress plugin manager that’ll help you group up specific tools to make them easier to find.
Install and activate, «Plugin Groups.»
In the Plugins section, click «Groups.»
Adding a New Group
This screen will show you all of the groups you have available. Since this is the first time you’ve used the plugin, this list is empty. But for future reference, you’ll come here to make edits later on.
NOTE: You also have the ability to import and export groups you create. Which means you can use the same group lists in other sites you may manage.
Click the «Add Group» button.
Create a new name for the group. For this example, I am going to create a group for «Content Development.»
Click into the space next to Plugins. This will show you a drop-down list of all the tools you have installed.
Find the plugin you want to add to the list and click it.
To add another plugin, click the empty space next to the one you added.
Add your next plugin to the group.
Keep with this process until you’ve added all the plugins you want to this specific list.
Once you’re done, click the «Save Changes» button.
At any time in the future, if you want to add plugins to your groups, you just come back to the «Groups» feature and click the one you want to change.
Accessing the Plugin Groups
Now that you have your group, where do you go to access it?
Go to Installed Plugins from the admin panel.
Click the link for the group you created.
You’ll see a list of the plugins you added to the group.
How many groups can you make with this plugin?
You can set up as many groups as you’d like. Not only that, but you can add the same plugin to multiple groups if you need.
For instance, let’s say you have Yoast SEO installed. You could add it to a «Content Development» group as well as an «SEO» group if you want.
Keep the Site Organized
When you organize plugins by groups in WordPress, it helps streamline maintenance. Instead of scrolling through trying to find the right tool, you can simply click a link. For those who have a lot of tools installed, it will save time.
How many plugins do you have installed on your website? In what ways do you keep various things in WordPress organized?
Author: Michael Brockbank
Michael has been in the tech industry in some form or another since the late 1990s. He’s built a variety of websites using HTML, Joomla and WordPress. Starting his freelance writing career in 2012, he’s completed thousands of projects world-wide covering a wide scope of topics. Michael is currently the Content Marketing Team Lead. Today, he manages a team of writers to create tutorials, blog posts and support content for customers. Outside of GreenGeeks, he manages a YouTube channel that helps others learn how to become freelance writers, bloggers and overall professionals.