How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

Kariuki Maina
By Kariuki Maina 5 Min Read
Plugins are used to improve the functionality of your website, they allow you to add new features and there are numerous paid and unpaid plugins available. Generally for a plugin to be installed it has to be put into your ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory After a plugin has been installed it is easier to activate or deactivate it from your WordPress administration area.

How to install WordPress plugins

1. Installing Plugin using the search bar on WordPress

This is the easiest way to install a plugin is by searching for it from your admin area . The plugin however has to be in the WordPress plugin directory and the directory is limited to only free plugins. Go to your WP admin section and then select Plugins and after the tab reloads select add new. You will see a search screen, type in the name of the plug in or the name of the functionality, you will see different listings just below the search bar. You can then select the plugin that is best for you and you can now select the install option. WordPress will now download and install the plugin, a success will show after the download and a link for you to Activate the plugin, click on it because if is not activated it will not work on your site. You will then successfully installed your plugin


2. Installing a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

This is good for paid plugins as they are not available in  the WordPress plugin directory. When you are installing a plugin by uploading it, you have to make sure that the file that will have the plugin is in zip format. You can then go to your WordPress admin area and then select Plugins and  afterwards you can then select add new, now you can search for the upload plugin link and you can do hid from your admin area. Select the Upload Plugin link and you will be redirected  to the upload page. Select the choose file option and then select the file you downloaded earlier. After selecting the file you can now choose  Install Now option and WordPress will install it for you and when its done uploading WordPress will send you a message if it has been successful. Like in the first step it is important that you click on Activate so you can be able to use the plugin. The last method on how to install WordPress plugins is doing it manually.

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3. Manually Install a WordPress Plugin Using FTP

There are instances when your hosting site may have file restrictions and that may limit you from uploading your plugin from the admin area, the best way would then be to upload the plugin manually using FTP. Download the plugin of your choice and make sure the plugin you will have on your computer will be in zip format as instructed earlier, you now have to extract this folder and when you do this it will create a new folder on your computer and this is the folder you will have to work with. Now go to your host by making use of File Transfer Protocol manager, you can contact your WordPress hosting site so that they can give you your username and password. Now can open the file transfer protocol client and then connect to your website using the login credentials from your hosting site, when connected you then need to access the upload plugin feature on your computer, you can now upload the folder that you duplicated earlier. You will pretty much be done and you can locate the plugin from your admin area and remember for it to start working it has to be activated.

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