Installing Admin Tools

Installing Admin Tools for WordPress is simple. The first thing you need to do is to download the plugin from our site. It's a ZIP file. You now have two different ways of installing it on your WordPress site.

Using WordPress' plugin installer

Go to your site's wp-admin section and click on Plugins, Add New. Select Upload from the top of the page. Click on the file selection area and select the ZIP file you downloaded from us. Then click on the Install Now button.


This may not work if your server has an relatively low upload size limit or if it's too slow. In this case please follow the manual installation procedure below.

Manual installation

Extract the ZIP archive you downloaded from us. Connect to your site by FTP and go into the directory wp-content/plugins. Upload the extracted directory admintoolswp inside it. This means that you will now have a directory wp-content/plugins/admintoolswp on your site with Admin Tools' files.

Finally, log in to your site's administrator panel (wp-admin). Go to Plugins and activate the Admin Tools for WordPress plugin.

Updating to the latest version

Live update

The best way to determine whether there are updates available and installing them is the Live Update feature, if your server supports it. Whenever you visit the Admin Tools main page, it will automatically check for the existence of an updated version and it will notify you. Clicking on the notification icon allows you to perform a direct update without further interaction. Do note that if your server is protected by a firewall you'll have to enable port 80 and 443 TCP traffic to and for this feature to work properly.

Manual update method

You can easily check for the latest published version of the Admin Tools application by visiting The page lists the latest versions of our software and lets you download them as well. You can check the version number against the information which appears on the right-hand pane of your Admin Tools Control Panel. If your release is out of date, simply download the ZIP package of the latest release to your computer.

You can update Admin Tools for WordPress manually doing the following:

  1. Download the latest version of Admin Tools' installation ZIP file.

  2. Extract the contents of the ZIP file on your computer. You will see an extracted folder named admintoolswp.

  3. Upload the files from the extracted akeebabackupwp folder into your site's wp-content/plugins/admintoolswp folder, using FTP or SFTP, overwriting your existing files. Please note that the name of the folder on your site may be different than admintoolswp, e.g. admintoolswpcore, admintoolswp (1) or something similar. It depends on how you installed the plugin.

  4. Log in to WordPress' wp-admin and access Admin Tools for WordPress to automatically complete the update process. There is no message when the process completes. You just see the main page of Admin Tools for WordPress (this means the update succeeded).


Attention Mac OS X users! By default, most Mac OS X FTP/SFTP applications will delete and overwrite entire directories. This means that you may lose data stored inside the plugin's directory. We recommend using FileZilla (free, not very secure), CyberDuck (free, much more secure) or Transmit (paid), as they will never perform directory deletion without your knowledge.