How to Install a WordPress Plugin (3 Easy Ways)

Install a WordPress Plugin

One of the amazing things about WordPress is you can do almost everything you want by using WordPress Plugins. A Plugin helps you to add a specific feature to your blog according to your needs. WordPress has thousands of plugins on its directory and third-party sites. Plugins will make your blogging life easier.

You don’t need to be a coder to extend your WordPress blog functionality. All you need to do is selecting the proper plugin and install it to your WordPress site. You will find free plugins on WordPress Plugin Directory. Besides you can download premium plugins from third-party sites like CodeCanyon.

Installing a WordPress plugin is extremely easy. In this post, I will show you how to install WordPress Plugins in 3 easy ways. You can use any of the ways that suits you.

Install a WordPress Plugin Using Search Method

This is the easiest way of installing a WordPress plugin. But the plugin you are going to install must be in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Only free plugins that follow GPL and WordPress guidelines are in the directory.

Now go to your WordPress Dashboard, Click on Plugins > Add New. Type the name of the plugin on Search Box and click  ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.

Most of the time your desired plugin will be in the first place of the list. For example, I search for the plugin ‘Ulitmate Nofollow’. It’s in the first place. Then click on “Install Now” button.

Search for WordPress Plugin

WordPress will download and install the plugin automatically. Now you need to activate the plugin. Just click on “Activate Plugin” link.

Activate WordPress Plugin

After installing the plugin, you have to configure the setting according to your needs. You may get plugin’s setting option under Setting or Tools tab in the admin panel. Some plugins like Yoast SEO () will add a new tab in the admin panel.

Plugin Setting

So find the plugin’s setting and configure it properly to get the full benefits of the plugin.

Install a WordPress Plugin Using Upload Method

If your desired plugin is not in the WordPress Directory because it’s a Premium Plugin or a non-GPL plugin then you have to use upload method.

At first, you need to download the plugin from the source. The plugin will be in a .zip format. Now go to WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin.

Upload Plugin

Then you will be asked to choose a file. Choose the plugin file from your computer and click on “Install Now”.

Install Downloaded Plugin

Now you will be taken to the plugin activation page. Just click on “Activate Plugin” link.

Activate Plugin

Once you’ve activated the plugin, configure the setting according to your needs. The setting options vary plugin to plugin. Normally you will get the plugin setting option under Appearance, Tools or Settings tab on your admin panel. Some plugins add a new tab on your panel from where you can configure settings.

Install a WordPress Plugin Using FTP Manager

This is something that I don’t recommend to a newbie. If you can install the plugin from WordPress dashboard, then don’t use this method. In case if you can’t install WordPress plugin from the dashboard, then using FTP Manager is the best way.

At first, you have to set up FTP client to upload files. Once you’ve connected with FTP server, you will find your Computer files on the left side and server files on the right side. Plugin file will be located on /wp-content/plugins/.

Now download the plugin, unzip it and upload unzipped file to the server. Just drag the file and drop it into the plugin folder. To get  plugin folder go to  public_html > yourdomain.com > wp-content > plugins.

It will take some time to upload the file. After uploading the file, go to Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins and active the plugin.

Hope this post helped you to install WordPress plugin. I’ve updated all the screenshots for 2016. If you find that screenshots are not up to date, feel free let me know via comment. If you found this post useful, please help me by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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Istiak Rayhan
 

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers' journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here's more about him.

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