In this tutorial, today we will explain the different ways to install a WordPress plugin.
WordPress is a full-fledged content management system, which comes with lots of useful features. One can also add other new features by installing third-party plugins. Yes, Plugins are utilities which provide additional functionality to a WordPress website such as add a gallery, slideshow, etc. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for the WordPress framework.
How to Install a WordPress plugin
We assume that you are a beginner to WordPress, and would like to know how to install a WordPress Plugin on your own. Great, installing a plugin is a simple and straightforward task. There are three methods to install a WordPress plugin, they are –
- Installing a WordPress Plugin from the Plugins Page
- Installing a WordPress Plugin via Dashboard
- Installing a WordPress Plugin via FTP and
In this tutorial, today we will discuss those 3 different ways to install a WordPress plugin, one by one. Let’s start with the first one.
Method 1: Installing a WordPress Plugin from the Plugins Page
This is one of the easiest and convenient ways to install a WordPress Plugin. Using this method, you will be able to install most of the plugins available from the plugin page.
To add a new plugin, you need to go to Plugins -> Add New. Alternatively, you can go to the Plugins -> Installed Plugins and click the ‘Add New’ button. Now, you can see the page similar to the following –
By default, the page will display the featured WordPress plugins. You can also browse the Popular and Recommended plugins by clicking their respective links. But, if you know the name of your desired plugin, then type the name in the search box and press Enter on your keyboard.
Each plugin will be accompanied by some pertinent information like average user rating, number of ratings, number of active installs, last update and compatibility with your WordPress version. This information will help you to find out the most appropriate plugin.
Once you have found the desired plugin, click the ‘Install Now‘ button from the top-right corner of the plugin box. This will auto download and install the plugin on your WordPress site.
Once the installation is done, you can activate the plugin or get back to the plugins page.
Method 2: Installing a WordPress Plugin via Dashboard
This is the second easiest method to upload and install a WordPress plugin from the WordPress dashboard. To install a plugin in this method, you will need to download the zipped archive of the plugin which you like to install on your website. You can download the free plugin from the WordPress plugin directory or from any third party website.
Next, go to the Plugins -> Add New section and click the ‘Upload Plugin‘ page.
Click the ‘Choose File‘ button, select the zipped plugin archive and click ‘Install Now’.
If the plugin doesn’t contain any error then the plugin will be uploaded and installed on your WordPress site. At this stage, you should see a screen like the following –
Like the previous method, you will have two options from this page – activate the plugin or return to the plugins page.
Method 3: Installing a WordPress Plugin via FTP
This method is usually helpful when you are installing a premium WordPress plugin. But, this process requires two things – the plugin folder and FTP access to your website server.
First of all, you should have the unzipped version of the plugin, which you want to install on your WordPress website. If you have a zipped version of plugin then unzip on your desktop using any of the unzip folder tools.
Now, setup your favorite FTP client like FileZilla and connect to your FTP server using login credentials. Find out the ‘wp-content’ folder in your WordPress files directory; open the ‘plugins’ folder. Copy the plugin folder from your desktop to the ‘plugins’ folder. Make sure that you have copied all the plugin files properly.
That’s all. Go to your website dashboard and check out the Installed Plugins page, you can see the plugin that you just uploaded via FTP. You just need to activate it.
We believe this in-depth tutorial has helped you to know about installing new plugins on your WordPress site. Nonetheless, if you have any queries, please let us know in the comments section below. We will do our best to solve your queries. If you would like to go to our next article see also: The Ultimate Guide to W3 Total Cache Settings for 2018.