How to Install a WordPress plugin Easily: Step by Step Guide
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How to Install a WordPress plugin Easily: Step by Step Guide

After installing WordPress, the first thing you have to do is install essential plugins to your site If you do not know how to install a WordPress plugin, then you came to the right place.

Today I am discussing the processes of Install a WordPress plugin step by step.

Plugins are utilities which give extra functionality to your WordPress website or blog such as a gallery, slideshow, social share button, block spam comment, etc. Thousands of paid and free plugins available for WordPress website. Some of them are free and some of them are paid.

Before Starting the Tutorial, One Issue You Have to Know

I get several complaints from newbie bloggers saying that they can not see the plugins option in their WordPress dashboard. It is as a result of they are using WordPress.com, that has its limitations.

If you are WordPress.com user, then you can not install plugins unless you upgrade to their business plan. On the other hand, you will be able to install any plugin you wish on your self hosted WordPress.org website.

Install a WordPress Plugin

There are three types of methods of installing a WordPress plugin

  1. Using search
  2. Uploading a WordPress plugin
  3. Manually installing a WordPress plugin using FTP

I will cover all three methods.

1. Using search

Using the plugin search, you can easily install the WordPress plugin. Here you will find all the free plugins which are available on the WordPress plugins directory.

First, you have to go to the WordPress admin area and click on Plugins, then click on Add New.

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Search-Plugins

Now you will see a screen just like the on top of the screenshot. Find out the plugin by typing the name of the plugin or the functionality you are searching for. After that, you will see listings just like the example below.

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Plugin-Search-Results

Now pick the plugin you want to install by clicking the Install Now button. WordPress will download and install that plugin automatically. After that, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.

A plugin will be installed on your website. However, it will not work unless you activate it. thus go ahead and click on on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin.

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Activate Plugin

Cheers, you have successfully installed your WordPress plugin. 🙂

2. Uploading a WordPress plugin

Paid WordPress plugins are not listed within the WordPress plugin directory thus you can not install those plugins using the first technique. That is why WordPress has the Upload method to install such plugins.

First, you have to download the plugin, which will be a zip file. Next, you need to go to the WordPress admin space and visit Plugins » Add New. Then, click on the Upload Plugin button.

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Upload Plugin Wp-Admin

After that, you will see the plugin upload area. Here you need to click on the select file button and choose the plugin zip file you downloaded earlier to your computer. Then you need to click on the Install now button.

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Plugin Upload Page

WordPress will now upload the file from your computer and install it. You will get a success message after the installation is completed.

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Activate Plugin

Once installed, click on the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

3. Manually installing a WordPress plugin using FTP

In some cases, your WordPress hosting provider might have file restrictions that may limit your ability to put in a plugin from the admin space. during this scenario, your best bet is to put in the plugin manually using FTP.

The FTP manager technique is the least friendly for beginners.

First, you need to download the plugin’s source file; it is going to be a zipped file. Next, you have to extract the zip file on your computer.

Extracting the plugin zip file can produce a replacement folder with constant name. This is often the folder that you need to transfer to your website using an FTP client manually.

You need to access your host through the FTP manager for doing these processes. If you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your hosting provider and ask them.

Open the FTP client on your computer and connect with your website using the login credentials provided by your web host. Once connected, you need to access the path /wp-content/plugins/.

Next, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.

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FTP Plugin Upload

After uploading the files, you need to go to the WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins link in the admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.

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Installed Plugins

You need to click on the Activate link below the plugin. Upon activating, you will need to set up the plugin settings. WordPress plugins associate with their own settings that differ from one plugin to another so we will not discuss them here.

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Conclusion

I hope this helped you learn how to install WordPress plugins.

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