How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners Guide with Picture
After installing wordpress, at first you need to know that how to install wordpress plugin. Because, plugins allow to add many new features to your wordpress site. Such as contact form, gallery, slideshow, ect. There are more than thousands of free and paid plugin available for wordpress. In this article, we will show you how to install wordpress plugin with picture.
Before start to install plugin
Before you start, need to know some important thinks. If you are using wordprss.com so you can not install any kind of plugin. Often we get complaints from users of wordpress.com that they can not see plugins menu in their dashbord. Because you are using wordpress.com, which has limitations.
You can install plugin to wordpress.com if upgrade their business plan. On the other hand, you can install any plugin you want on your self hosted WordPress.org. You can see differences between self hosted wordpress.org vs wordpress.com.
And another thinks, if you want to switch your website from wordpress.com to self hosted wordpress.org so you can to read relevant tutorial how to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
How to install a plugin for wordpress – 3 Different methods
- Install a plugin using wordpress plugin search
- Install a plugin using wordpress admin plugin upload
- Manually, install a wordpress plugin using FTP
Install a plugin using wordpress plugin search
It is the easiest way to installing a plugin to uses the plugin search option. Paid plugin are not listed in this wordpress plugin directory. You will get only free plugins. First thing you need to go wordpress admin area and click on plugin -> Add new.
Find the plugin by typing the plugin name as like above screenshot that we did. After that you will see relevant plugin list that you wanted and then you can to pick the plugin that is best for you, follow the below screenshot.
We are looking for Floating Social Bar plugin which to be show first plugin there. Then We will click the “Install Now” button.
Now wordpress will download and install together for your website. After that you will see success message with two links. One is activate plugin and other is return to plugin intaller. Follow the below screenshot.
The plugin can be installed but will not work unless you will activate the plugin. So now click on activate plugin link to activate the plugin for your wordpress website.
Finally, you have successfully installed the first plugin for your website.
Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload
Paid and free both plugin can be installed using in this method. You need to download from source then need to go admin area and click to Plugins -> Add New.
After that, follow the top page and click upload plugin button.
This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you need to click on the choose file button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer.
After you have selected the file, you need to click on the install now button.
WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message like this after the installation is finished.
Once installed, you need to click on 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.
Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP
In some cases, your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that could limit your ability to install a plugin from the admin area.
In this situation, your best bet is to install the plugin manually using FTP.
The FTP manager method is the least friendly for beginners.
First you will need to download the plugin’s source file (it will be a zip file). Next, you need to extract the zip file on your computer.
Extracting the plugin zip file will create a new folder with the same name. This is the folder that you need to manually upload to your website using a FTP client.
You would need to access your host through the FTP manager. If you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them.
Open the FTP client on your computer and connect to your website
using the login credentials provided by your web host. Once connected,
you need to access the path
Next, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the
/wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.
After uploading the files, you need to visit the WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins link in the admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.
You need to click on the Activate link below the plugin. Upon activating, you may need to configure the plugin settings. WordPress plugins come with their own settings which differ from one plugin to another so we will not describe them here.