How to Install a WordPress Plugin guide for beginners


I already share how to install wordpress easily in my previous post so today I will share how to install wordpress plugin easily.

There are three different ways to install the wordpress plugins.

  • Search and install
  • Upload and install
  • FTP


1. Search and install

This is the first way in which you can search a plugin and install the plugin. If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from the dashboard and install it. Login to your blog dashboard and click on Plugins >Add new. You will see a screen like this.

installing wordpress plugins
How to Install a WordPress Plugin

2. Upload and install

If you want to install a plugin manually then you need to use upload and install. If you have downloaded WordPress plugin you can upload the .zip file and install it from WordPress dashboard. Click on Add new plugin, there is an option to upload. Click on that and upload the plugin folder. Do remember, at this moment WordPress only accept .zip format for WordPress plugins and themes upload.

3. FTP

FTP is the another way to install the wordpress plugins. First you will need to download the plugin’s source file (it will be a zip file). Next, you need to extract the zip file on your computer.
Extracting the plugin zip file will create a new folder with the same name. This is the folder that you need to manually upload to your website using a FTP client.
You would need to access your host through the FTP manager. If you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them.
Open the FTP client on your computer and connect to 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.

After uploading the files, you need to visit 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.

You need to click on the Activate link below the plugin. Upon activating, you may need to configure the plugin settings.

so friends use these ways to install the plugins. If you have any problem then ask me.

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