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How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Brand new tutorial for Beginners

One of the reasons why WordPress has become so powerful and famous is due to its amazing plugins.Plugins play a main role in WordPress.Using plugins users can add different features to their website.They don’t need to have any coding knowledge.

After installing the WordPress first thing that every beginner needs to know is about uploading a plugin for their website.Plugins allow you to add many features to your WordPress site.such as slideshows, galleries, buttons.There are thousands of free and paid plugins avaiWordPress.

In this step by step guide, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

Before You start it

We often get many emails telling that they can’t see the plugins menu in their WordPress dashboard.Its is because you are using wordpress.com. WordPress.com has its own limitations.To add WordPress plugins you should have a self-hosted WordPress site in wordpress.org. We have written a full guide on how to start your own WordPress website in here

How to Install a WordPress Plugin using plugin search

This is the easiest way to install a WordPress plugin.The only downside of this method is you can only add free plugins which are in the WordPress plugin Directory.

First thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin panel and Click on Plugins>> Add new

Install a WordPress Plugin

You will get a screen like this one.From here you can access every plugin which is in the WordPress plugin Directory.You can use the search bar to search a name or a functionality of the WordPress plugin that you need.After that, you will see a bunch of suggestions like the example below.

Install a WordPress Plugin

You can pick the plugin that matches your choice.And click “install now” button.

WordPress will now download your plugin and install it for you.After completing the installation you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin and a link to return to plugin installer page.

Install a WordPress Plugin

The installed WordPress plugin won’t work unless you activate the plugin after installation.So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.

That’s all now you have successfully installed your first WordPress plugin.

Depending on the plugin you may have to do some configurations of the activated plugin settings.These settings will vary for each plugin, therefore, we will not be covering that in this post.

Check this video tutorial

Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

If you are going to add a paid WordPress plugin it cannot be installed using the first method.

That why WordPress has another upload method to install such plugins.We will show you how to install WordPress plugin using the upload option in the admin area.

First, you need to download the WordPress plugin from the source.It is a zip file.Next, you should go to the WordPress admin area dashboard.

Visit Plugins>> Add New 

After that click on the upload plugin button on top of the page

Install a WordPress Plugin

This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you need to click on the choose file button and select the plugin Zip file you downloaded earlier to your computer.

Install a WordPress Plugin

After Selecting the downloaded Zip file You need to click on the install now button.

WordPress will now unzip it and install the plugin for you.You will get a success message with links to activate the plugin and return to the plugin page after installation is finished.

Install a WordPress Plugin

Once installed you need to click the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore, we will not be covering that in this post.

Check this video tutorial to summing up

 

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I am a freelancer blogger who is interested in Computer programming and web technology.Currently Studying information System Engineering at the University of Colombo.
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