The Easy Guide To Install A WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins add to the functionality of WordPress by enabling you to do things that were not possible with the core WordPress installation. There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress ecosystem, both free and premium, that can bring real value to your WordPress website. In this tutorial, we are going to explain how to install a WordPress plugin.

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Before we go further, you need to know that we are not discussing WordPress.com. WordPress.com does not allow you to install plugins if you are using their free plan. We are discussing the open source, self-hosted WordPress. (You might as well check out: What is the Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org).

So you have got a fresh WordPress installed. You are now ready to install the plugins that you want. You just need to know how. Sit back, relax and let this tutorial help you install the plugins.

There are three ways to install a WordPress Plugin. For example’s sake, we are installing WooCommerce, a popular WordPress plugin. You can install any plugin you want. The steps remain the same and can be applied to any plugin.

A) Through the WordPress Dashboard


You can install a WordPress plugin right from the WordPress Dashboard. It’s super easy.

Step 1: Click on the “Plugins” option in the Dashboard menu.

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Step 2 : The Plugins screen will appear. See the “Add New” button? Click on it to add a new plugin to your WordPress.

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Step 3: On the next screen, you will see a couple of plugins and a search box. You can search for a specific plugin in the search box. Type in the plugin name and hit Enter. In this example, we have searched for Woocommerce.

Step 4: You will see the results for your search term. Identify the plugin from the search results. In our case, Woocommerce is the plugin we are searching for. It appears first in the search results.

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Step 5: Click on the “Install Now” button for your plugin. This will begin the installation process.

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The install is very fast and will typically finish within a few seconds.

Step 6: Once the plugin is installed, you just to click on the “Activate” button to start using the plugin.

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Congratulations! You now know how to successfully install a WordPress Plugin through the WordPress Dashboard.

B) Through Plugin Upload

Sometimes the plugin you want to install may not be available in the WordPress Plugin Repository. This especially true for premium or paid plugins. In this case, you can choose to upload the plugin before installing it. This is how you can do it.

Step 1: Download the Plugin from source (this will be a zip file)

Step 2: Go to the WordPress Dashboard>>Plugins>>Add New

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Step 3: You will the “Upload Plugin” button right beside “Add Plugins”. Click on it.

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Step 4: You will now see an upload screen. Select your file and upload it.

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Step 5: After upload, Click on “Install Now”. Your plugin will now be installed.

Congratulations! You now know how to upload plugins through the WordPress dashboard. This way, you can install paid plugins easily.

C) Through FTP

There is another way to upload the plugin file to WordPress; through an FTP connection. You can use an FTP/SFTP client like FileZilla to connect to your site if you have the login credentials. You can get it from your site admin panel or you directly ask your web host.

Here is how to add a plugin through FTP:

Step 1: Download the zip file of your plugin from source. Extract the plugin folder. You will need this folder to upload via FTP

Step 2: Connect to your site from the FTP client on your computer

Step 3:  Access the path wp-content/plugins

Step 4: Upload your Plugin folder here.

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Step 5: Now visit the WordPress Admin Dashboard. Go to Plugins. You will see the plugin listed there. Click on “Activate” to activate the plugin.

Congratulations! Now you know how to upload the plugin using FTP.

Installing a plugin to your WordPress is easy and does not involve complex setup. Each plugin, however, has its own settings. For example, WooCommerce, the ecommerce plugin, has its own exhaustive settings. Check out our beginner’s guide to using WooCommerce. Still, you can install any WordPress plugin using one of these three methods. We hope this tutorial made it a really simple task for you. Still facing difficulties? Drop us a comment and we will reach out to you.

Originally posted on May 23, 2019 @ 6:15 am

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