Lesson 1: Installing and managing Moodle plugins

Plugins are packages of code that extend the functionality of Moodle. They can add new features, change the appearance of Moodle, or integrate with external systems. As an administrator, you’ll often need to install and manage plugins to meet the needs of your users.

Installing a Plugin:

To install a plugin in Moodle:

Download the plugin package from the Moodle plugins directory or another trusted source. The package will be a .zip file.
In your Moodle site, go to ‘Site administration’ > ‘Plugins’ > ‘Install plugins’.
Upload the plugin package and click ‘Install plugin from the ZIP file’.
Follow the installation process, which includes checking the plugin requirements and setting up the plugin.

Managing Plugins:

Once a plugin is installed, you can manage it through the ‘Plugins’ section of the site administration settings. Here, you can:

Enable or Disable Plugins: You can enable or disable plugins as needed. Disabling a plugin prevents it from being used but does not remove its settings or data.
Update Plugins: When updates are available for a plugin, you can update it to get the latest features and bug fixes.
Uninstall Plugins: If you no longer need a plugin, you can uninstall it. This removes the plugin’s code, settings, and data from your Moodle site.
In the next lesson, we will delve deeper into exploring popular plugins for enhancing functionality. Stay tuned!