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How to Install WordPress Plugin on Your Website

August 10, 2017| By:-admin | Blogging, WordPress | Leave a comment

Install WordPress plugin to add more functionality to your blog. So a self-hosted WordPress blogger must know how to install it.

 

how to install wordpress plugin to your website

 

The next thing after installing WordPress on your hosting is to learn to install WordPress plugin. It provides you a facility to add various functionalities to your WordPress blog. You can add a gallery, slideshow, SEO features, security features etc. Thousands of free and paid plugins are available on the internet with different features. So you can install them as per your requirements.

How to Install WordPress Plugin on Blog or Website

There are three methods to install WordPress plugin on a blog:

  1. Search and Install
  2. Upload and Install
  3. Install Using FTP method

Various free and paid plugins are available on the internet. In this step by step guide, we will walk you through how to install WordPress plugin.

You can not install plugins on WordPress.com because it is free and has some limitations. You can only install on self-hosted WordPress.org sites.

1. Search and Install a Plugins from WordPress Dashboard

The simplest way to install WordPress plugin is to install it from the dashboard using the plugin search. The only limitation of this option is that you can install only the plugins which are available in WordPress plugin directory. And the best thing is that these are free.

To install these free plugins, go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New option.

Wordpress Pluggin search

 

You will see a screen similar to the screen above. You can find the plugin by typing the name of plugin or the functionality of the plugin you are looking for, like SEO. After that, you will see some plugins as per your search results as shown below:

 

Wordpress Pluggin types install

 

Select the one from the list and press “Install Now” button in front of the plugin you want to install. In above screen, we are going for “All in One SEO Pack”.

Selected plugin will be downloaded and installed on your site. After this, “activate” button will appear in front of the plugin.

 

Wordpress Pluggin activate

 

After installing WordPress plugin activation has to be done, it will not work unless you activate it. So go click on the “Activate” button to activate it on your website.

Congratulations, your “install WordPress plugin” process is successfully completed.

The next step is, you will need to configure the setting of the plugin you have installed. These settings are different for each plugin so we will not be discussing that in this post.

 

2. Download Plugins from Other Sites and Install

Another process of installing plugins is using upload method. The Paid plugins are not available in the WordPress plugin directory. Various other websites sell paid plugins. To install these plugins we will need to use the different method.

To install paid plugins WordPress provides the Upload method. We will guide you in this article how to install plugins using the upload method.

First, download the plugin you want to install from the source (zip file). Now, go to WordPress dashboard and visit Plugins » Add New page.

Now, click on the “Upload Plugin” button on top of the page as shown in below image.

 

Install wordpress plugin upload method

 

Next, plugin upload page will be displayed. On this page, you will need to click on the “choose file” button and select the file of your plugin you downloaded earlier.

 

WordPress Pluggin choose file install now

 

You will see the name of selected file next to “Choose File” button. Now click on the “install now” button. The plugin will be installed on your website. After completing the installation process, you will see a success message.

 

WordPress activate Plugin

 

After installing plugin successfully, click on “Activate Plugin” button to make it ready to use. Now configure the settings of the plugin and use it.

3. Install Plugins using FTP Method

The last process to install WordPress plugins is using FTP, it is useful when you are unable to install a WP plugin using the WordPress dashboard.

In some cases, WP may have file restrictions that don’t allow you to install a plugin from the dashboard. So in this condition, the best way is installing the plugin manually by using FTP method.

The FTP method is not simple as first two methods are.

To use this method first you download the source file of the plugin you want to install (it will be a zip file). After that, you extract the zip file on your PC or laptop.

Extracting the zip file of the plugin will create a folder with the same name of the file. From this folder, you will need to manually upload the plugin to your website using an FTP client like FileZilla.

You can access your host using the FTP manager. If you do not have your FTP username and password, ask your hosting provider and ask them.

Open the FTP client on your laptop or PC and connect to your site using the login and password provided by hosting provider. After getting connected, access the path /wp-content/plugins/

Now, upload the extracted folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.

Once you have uploaded the files successfully, go to WordPress dashboard and click on the Plugins link menu. Your plugin will get installed successfully.

Now, click on the Activate link below your plugin. After activation configures your plugin settings. All the WordPress plugins have their own settings which differ from another plugin so in this article we will not describe the settings of any plugin.

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