How to Install a WordPress Plugin: Step by Step Guide for Beginners

Hope you already install WordPress. If you don’t know how to install WordPress then read our step by step WordPress Install guide. Today we will show you how to add WordPress plugin.

After installing WordPress, the first thing every beginner needs to learn is how to install a WordPress plugin. Believe me, It is very simple. Read this article till end to know how to install plugins in WordPress.

There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress website. In this step by step guide, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

What is WordPress Plugins? WordPress Plugins are WordPress add-ones which provide additional functionality to your application or add new features to your WordPress websites.

To install a WordPress plugin you just need to put the plugin files into the “wp-content/plugins” directory. Once a plugin is installed, you may activate it or deactivate it from your WordPress Dashboard.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Note: If you are using WordPress.com, then you’ll not avail to install any plugins because its limitations. Upgrade your basic plan to business plan if you want to install plugin in WordPress.com

On the other side, you can install any plugin you want on your self hosted WordPress site.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin (3 Ways)

There are three ways to install WordPress plugins on your blog:

  1. Search and install (Simple)
  2. Upload and install (Drug & Drop)
  3. Install using FTP (Manually)

We have covered all above three methods in details

1. Search & Install WordPress Plugins

It is the simplest way to install a plugin. If you know the name of the plugin which you want to install then you can directly search from the dashboard and install it.

The only downside of this method is that a plugin (which you want to install) must be in the WordPress plugin directory.

Step 1: First, Login to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New. Then type your plugin name into the search box.

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You’ll see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Make sure you check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.

Step 2: Simply click on “Install Now” and then “activate” the plugin.

Without active the plugin it will not work. So, Make sure you active the plugin.

That’s all, you have successfully installed a WordPress plugin.

Finally, configure the plugin as per your need from plugin setting page. Much of the time, we make the mistake of installing plugins without properly configuring them. So, must configure the plugin after install.

2. Upload and install (Drug & Drop)

If you have downloaded a WordPress plugin from somewhere (3rd Party or WordPress Plugin Page), Just upload the .zip file and install it directly from the WordPress dashboard.

Paid WordPress plugins are not listed in the WordPress plugin directory. So, you cannot installed those plugins using the first method.

Follow this method. We will show you how to install WordPress plugins using the upload option in the WordPress admin area.

Step 1: First, you need to download the plugin from the source which will be a .zip file.

Step 2: Login to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin.

Upload and install wordpress plugins

Just Drug & Drop .zip file or choose the file from downloaded file location and click on Install Now. Once installed, you need to click on the Activate Plugin.

Finally, Configure the plugin and start using.

3. Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP

It is the best and safe way to install a WordPress plugin. We recommend this FTP method. It is very useful when you can’t install a WP plugin using the WordPress dashboard.

Simply download the plugin from the WordPress plugin library or 3rd party plugin site, It’ll be a .zip file. You need to extract the zip file on your computer. Next upload it to your WordPress plugin directory (path /wp-content/plugins/) using your FTP software.

Once you are successfully upload the file, Goto WordPress plugins option (Plugins > Installed Plugins) in the WordPress dashboard and activate the plugin.

Upon activating, you may need to configure the plugin settings from plugin setting page.

This is a very useful method for those users who don’t have access to installing plugins from the WordPress dashboard due to server restriction.

Conclusion: How to add plugin in WordPress page

We hope this helped you learn how to install a WordPress plugin. For beginner, Search & install method is best but only one limitation is plugin must be in the WordPress plugin directory which you want to install.

We recommend FTP method. It is safe and secure.

If you have any question regarding this article then you can comment below. We’ll happy to solve them.

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