How to Install a WordPress plugin

How to Install a WordPress plugin

You may just found out that using plugins leverages your WordPress Site. Because plugins make it easier for users to add features to their website without hiring a developer to code it from scratch. We will cover the 2 different methods of installing a WordPress plugin to apply the added features and functionalities that a WordPress plugin can offer.

First Method: Installing a WordPress plugin using WordPress Plugin Search

This is in my opinion the most straightforward way of installing a WordPress plugin. This contains the plugins in the WordPress repository so you will only see free plugins with this option.

First, you need of course access to the admin area of the site. Once you are on the WordPress dashboard, hover your mouse to the “Plugins” menu on the left sidebar menu and 3 options will appear including “Add New”:

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You will see the WordPress Plugin Search at the top right corner of the page like what you see on the screenshot below. Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you are looking for. After that, you will see a bunch of plugin listings that are related to the keyword you entered:

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When you found the plugin you’re looking for, you can click the “Install Now” button. In the screenshot below, we searched for the Pegasaas Accelerator WP plugin.

WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. This is not the final process of this method though as WordPress lets you install the plugin without activating it. So go ahead and activate it by clicking the “Activate” button, the same button as the “Install Now” button earlier that was replaced by the “Activate” button.

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There may be some configuration or installation wizard you need to go through depending on the plugin that you install. And that’s it, you just installed your first WordPress plugin.

Now let’s go to the other method of installing a WordPress plugin.

 

Second Method: Installing a WordPress plugin using Manual Upload

As I mentioned earlier, the first method lets you install free plugins. Basically, paid plugins cannot be found in the WordPress repository. So if your plugin of choice is a paid one, you will be manually uploading it to your WordPress site.

First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area and just like the first method, hover your mouse to the “Plugins” menu on the left sidebar menu and click “Add New”. The “Upload Plugin” button is at the top left like what you see on the screenshot below.

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Now the plugin upload form will appear and you can click the “Choose File” button and upload the zip file you downloaded earlier from your source. Once the file is selected, the disabled “Install Now” button will be enabled and you can click it to start installing.

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WordPress will not activate the plugin automatically. Click the “Activate Plugin” and the same as the first method, you need to go through some configuration or installation wizard that may vary for each plugin that you install.

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Now, you can start using the plugin and enjoy it.

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