New to WordPress & want to know how to install WordPress plugins effortlessly to supercharge your new site powered by WordPress ?
Then I must say you will get your answers after reading this post. In this article I will discuss about 3 very easy ways regarding how you can install WordPress plugins. *
So ? You are new to WordPress and want to enhance the capability of your new WordPress site to a new level by installing some cool plugins. Right?
Before discussing that let’s have a little (very little) know how regarding plugins, why they are used and from where you can get it ? Then I am coming to the real point.
Hope you will not be bored, because before using a new thing (how to install WordPress plugins) it’s always better to know a little bit details of it. If you already know then obviously you can skip this section and can go to the main section. **
Plugins are the true powers of WordPress, using the proper one you can achieve limitless possibilities and enhance your site’s functionality.
When a site is built on WordPress, it’s become very easy to manage, maintain & enhance that site. That’s the main reason why WordPress is so popular among the Webmasters, Designers, Developers & Publishers.
And Plugins play a vital role behind the popularity of WordPress. Using a proper plugin your site’s can achieve a get height.
** Now I am coming to the main point of how to install WordPress plugins ?
Through FTP Client:
Download the required plugin from WordPress Official Plugins Directory into your hard drive. You will get a zip file, unzip it. Then follow the steps mentioned here:
Open FTP Client (FileZilla or anything else) -> Connect to the server -> Now you are in the home directory -> if you have not installed WordPress in the home directory then go to the directory where you have installed it (because sometimes we need to install it in a sub directory as per requirement) -> go to wp-content -> inside that find plugins. Inside plugins directory upload the unzipped plugin folder. That’s it.
Then go to Plugins section from wp-admin dashboard, there you will find a list of all installed plugins (activated or deactivated). Find your newly installed plugin in that list and click activate link to activate your installed plugin.
Through WP-admin Dashboard’s Plugins section:
This approach is more simple for the newbies. Just log in to your wp-admin dashboard, on the left pane you will find a section called Plugins.
Go to that section, on the top of that page you will find a button called “Add New”. This button is to add new plugin in your site. Click on that button, it will take you to “Add Plugins page”, there you will find another button called “Upload Plugin”, click on that.
Now you are in a page from where you will be able to upload the plugin zip file which you have downloaded already and install it. just click the “Choose File” button and after selecting the required file from your hard drive click the “Install Now”.
After installation is complete in the final page you will get two link “Activate Plugin” & “Return to Plugin Installer”. Click on “Activate Plugin”, which will activate the plugin & redirect to the main “Plugins” page.
Browse & Install directly from Plugins section of WP-admin dashboard:
It’s a bit straight forward approach here you don’t need to download the plugin file or there is no need to unzip any file.
Just go to the “Plugins” section after logging in the dashboard -> click “Add New”. In the “Add Plugins” page, you will find a search box called “Search Plugins”, just give the appropriate name of your required plugin and press enter.
If the name is correct and the plugin exists inside the Plugins Directory then in the search result page you will get your required plugin with all other related plugins. Choose from there and click “Install Now” button.
Installation process will start and the plugin will install automatically and after installation, from the final page click on the “Activate Plugin” link just like previous point, after activation of the plugin it will automatically get you to main “Plugins” page.
Isn’t it simple and easy.
So these are the three most prominent way to install WordPress plugins. So you can try all of the above mentioned ways to install WordPress plugins in your site.
If you have some doubt or question you can ask me in the comment section.
So now try it and let me know.
* Readers Note: This article is only for those who are new to WordPress.