How To Install A WordPress Plugin?

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Part 1: How To Install A WordPress Plugin From WordPress Backend?

LOGIN TO WP BACKEND

The first step is to login to your WordPress wp-admin with your credentials.

HEAD OVER TO PLUGIN TAB

On the WordPress dashboard, look for the plugin tab on the left side of the screen.

SEARCH FOR WP PLUGIN

Click on Plugin » Add New. Search for the plugin by entering relevant keyword related to the plugin.

INSTALL THE PLUGIN

Click on "Install" and wait for the plugin to install. This is an automated system.

ACTIVATE AND CONFIGURE

Once installed, click on "Activate" and after the plugin is activated, you can start configuring the plugin.

Part 2: How To Upload A WordPress Plugin To Your Website?

DOWNLOAD THE PLUGIN

The first step is to download the plugin from the source. Make sure the source is a trusted one.

HEAD OVER TO PLUGIN TAB

On the WordPress dashboard, look for the plugin tab on the left side of the screen.

UPLOAD THE PLUGIN

Click on Plugin » Add New » Upload Plugin. Use this option to upload the plugin to your WP site.

INSTALL THE PLUGIN

Upon upload, the plugin will automatically be installed in your WordPress site.

CONFIGURE THE PLUGIN

The final step involves configuring the WordPress plugin. Some plugins will redirect you straight to the settings.

There are thousands of WordPress plugins found in the WordPress repository. With just a click of the mouse, you can import the plugin right into your website. 

While the process seems easy, do you know that there are actually two different methods of installing a WordPress plugin?

  • Method #1: Install a WordPress plugin directly from the WordPress repository (WordPress backend)
  • Method #2: Install a WordPress plugin by uploading the plugin file to the WordPress website

Without further delay, carry on reading to find out the steps (with screenshots) to install a WordPress plugin.

Part 1: How To Install A WordPress Plugin Manually?

This method is installing a WordPress plugin is the most simple and straightforward. Also, this method is the most common method to install a WordPress plugin without having to go through manual uploading.

We recommend you to try this method (first) when it comes to installing a WordPress plugin.

Login to wp-admin

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Head over to plugin tab

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Install and activate the WordPress plugin

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Part 2: How To Install WordPress Plugin By Uploading?

Another way to install a WordPress plugin is through uploading it manually to your WordPress website. While this sounds complicated, it is actually fairly simple. This method is often needed especially when you are:

  • ✅ Installing a premium WordPress plugin
  • ✅ Installing a custom WordPress plugin
  • ✅ Installing a WordPress plugin that is not found in the WordPress repository
  • ✅ When installing from WordPress repository doesn't work 

Without further delay, this is how you install a WordPress plugin by uploading it directly to your WordPress website.

Login to wp-admin

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Head over to plugin tab

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Upload WordPress plugin

This step is slightly different. You need click on "Upload Plugin" to upload the WordPress plugin directly to your WordPress website database. Don't forget that the plugin need to be in .zip format to be able to upload successfully. If you upload a plugin that is not complete, you will receive an error message, notifying you that the plugin installation has failed.

Activate the WordPress plugin

The last step involves activating the plugin. You will see a prompt/button for you to click on. Remember that WordPress plugins that had been installed is not active, until it is activated manually. We recommend you to ensure that you upload WordPress plugins that you are confident they are safe for use (to avoid compromising your WordPress security).

Summary: How To Install A WordPress Plugin (Complete Guide)

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