The WordPress Add New button under Plugin is not showing

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I want to install SEO for Wordpress and the Add New button is not showing under Plugin
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Arnel C
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Hello Jane Vin,

Sorry for the problem with the WordPress Add New button not showing for your plugins.  If you're logged in as an admin and this is happening, then I would recommend going to the WordPress Updates page in the Administrator Dashboard and clicking on the Re-install Now button for the latest version of WordPress.  If that doesn't help, then you may want to check for JavaScript conflicts.

This is from a moderator on the WordPress support page regarding this issue:

If that does not help, try – MANUALLY updating. Download WordPress again and unzip it. Access your server via SFTP or FTP, or a file manager in your hosting account’s control panel (consult your hosting provider’s documentation for specifics on these), and delete then replace your copies of everything on the server except the wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory with fresh copies from the download. This will effectively replace all of your core files without damaging your content and settings. Please read the Manual Update directions first.

Backup: If you haven’t already done, always backup everything (including your database) before doing any actions, just in case something really goes wrong. You can never have enough backups!

I hope this helps to resolve your problem. If you need further assistance, please let us know!

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.

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Arnel C

Apologies to Raymond and Jane,


If you follow the steps in my recent reply you may able to resolve the issue of no Add New button under Plugin.  The answers come directly from the WordPress codex.  Additionally, it is not clear if you are accessing the Administrator dashboard as an Administrator user or not.  Make sure that your user has the appropriate access and the button should appear when you login.

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Arnel C
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Hello Jane Vin,

Sorry for the problem with the WordPress Add New button not showing for your plugins.  If you're logged in as an admin and this is happening, then I would recommend going to the WordPress Updates page in the Administrator Dashboard and clicking on the Re-install Now button for the latest version of WordPress.  If that doesn't help, then you may want to check for JavaScript conflicts.

This is from a moderator on the WordPress support page regarding this issue:

If that does not help, try – MANUALLY updating. Download WordPress again and unzip it. Access your server via SFTP or FTP, or a file manager in your hosting account’s control panel (consult your hosting provider’s documentation for specifics on these), and delete then replace your copies of everything on the server except the wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory with fresh copies from the download. This will effectively replace all of your core files without damaging your content and settings. Please read the Manual Update directions first.

Backup: If you haven’t already done, always backup everything (including your database) before doing any actions, just in case something really goes wrong. You can never have enough backups!

I hope this helps to resolve your problem. If you need further assistance, please let us know!

Kindest regards,
Arnel C.

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Alyssa K

Hello raymondemionwele, 

Thank you for your question regarding adding new plugins. It is possible that the WordPress account you are logged into does not have administrator privileges, which are required to install plugins. 

Best Regards,

Alyssa K. 

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raymondemionwele

hello, i just instaled wordpress.com, but the place of plugin does not show options to Add new.  please help me out.


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Scott
Hello, Thank you for your question. The Add New button should display under the menu options as well as on the main plugin page. If you are not seeing that, you may have an issue with other plugins or the theme affecting the core of WP. To check the theme, simply set your theme to the default one and check to see if the Add New button reappears. If so, then you will need to either change themes altogether or switch to the default them when you want to add a new plugin. If the button still does not appear, you will want to check your plugins. To test this, turn off all plugins and see if the button appears. If so, then turn them on one by one to determine which one is affecting the WP. If the button still does not appear after turning off all the plugins, you may want to reinstall WordPress. If this is a brand new installation, simply delete the old one and then reinstall. If you have a lot of content, you will simply want to reinstall the core files on your account so you do not lose any data. Kindest Regards, Scott M