When you finishing WordPress install, A beginner needs to learn is How to install a plugin on WordPress. Plugins permit you to add new features to WordPress such as add a gallery, slideshow etc. There are lots of free and paid plugins available for WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin step by step.
How to install a plugin on WordPress
Now we show you how to install a WordPress plugin step by step. We have discussed all three methods. There are: installing a WordPress plugin using search, uploading a WordPress plugin, manually installing a WordPress plugin.
Install a WordPress plugin by Search
The very simple and easy way of installing a WordPress plugin is to use the plugin search. Only there are plugins available on WordPress plugin directory which is limited to the only free plugin, these will get on search area. At first, you have to go to your WordPress admin area/dashboard and click on Plugins >> Add New
You will see a screen as like this above. Find the plugin by searing on search box that you are looking for like we did. After the search, you will see a listing the like example below.
Now, you can pick the plugin that is needed for you. For example, you look at the screen, we were looking for the All in One SEO Pack which showing the first plugin, we will click the “Install Now” button.
WordPress will now download and ready to activate for you. After this, you will get the success message with a activate link or return to plugin installer.
When you installed the plugin on your site, but it will not work unless you activate it. After the install when you see “Activate” then click on it or come back installer plugins and click on “Activate” option.
That’s all. You could be successfully installed and activated your first WordPress plugin.
Install a plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload
You can not get paid Plugin on the WordPress plugin directory. Paid plugins can’t be installed using the first method.
That’s why WordPress has another an Upload method to install these plugins. Now we will show how to install WordPress plugin by upload option on the admin area.
At first, you need to download the plugin from the source which will be a zip file. ( You can also download free plugins from wordpress.org)
Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area and click Plugins >> Add New page. After that, you can see Upload Plugin option on the screen as like below and click on it.
This will bring you to a page where you get the plugin upload option. Then you need to click on the choose file button and select to the plugin file where you had downloaded to your computer.
After you have selected the file, you have to click on the Install Now button.
WordPress will upload the plugin file from your computer and install your plugin. You will get a success message when has finished.
After installed, you have to click on the Activate Plugin link for start using the plugin.
That’s it. Now you can use the plugin.
Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP
Sometimes, your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that could limit your permission to install a plugin from the admin area.
In these cases, your best way is to install the plugin manually using FTP. The FTP manager method is well friendly for beginners.
First, you have to download the plugin’s source file(it is a zip file Then, you have to extract the zip file on your computer.
Extracting the plugin zip file will make a new folder with the same name. This is the folder that you have to manually upload to your website using an FTP client.
Now, you have to access your host through the FTP manager. If you don’t have your FTP access(user and password), then contact your hosting provider and ask them.
Now, you have to open the FTP client on your computer and connect to your website using the login credentials provided through your web host. You need to access the path/wp-content/plugins/
Then, you have to upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.
After uploading the files, you have to go to the WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins link in the admin area. You will see the plugin already installed successfully on the plugins page.
As like before, You have to click on the Activate link below to activate the plugin.
That’s ok. The plugin is active. Now if you want you can change the plugins’ setting as you need to click on the setting of the plugins.
Conclusion: We hope that This article helped you learn How to Install a Plugin on WordPress. If you’re a beginner, then you should follow the first or Second method, it is the easiest way of installing a plugin.