This guide will be helpful to all the learners’ of WordPress to install a WordPress plugin. All the steps are described below to install plugins manually or from the WordPress admin area.
A plugin is a software, based on PHP and installed in WordPress to add more features on a website.
Many plugins are found online to add a specific function to a WordPress website. Basic websites in WordPress.com does not have provision to install any plugins. You must have self-hosted WordPress to install plugins.
If you are new to WordPress, learn more about it.
Why do install a plugin?
It would be hard to design a website without knowledge of coding. But thanks to WordPress that you do not need to know to code to design a website.
WordPress has a feature to add any external plugins made for WordPress to install. The functionality of a website can be increased like social media share buttons, forms, different widgets, Mailchimp, etc. by adding a plugin.
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Installing a plugin in WordPress
From WordPress, you can install a plugin by searching it. If you want to add social media share buttons in your posts, search it in the plugin search option available in WordPress. You’ll get many plugins that could add social media share buttons in posts and pages.
‘Add New’ plugin option is in the ‘plugin’ menu on the left of your WordPress admin area.
When you click on ‘add new’ search option for the plugin will appear with some suggested plugins.
Type your desired feature, contact form, for example. Many plugins appear in the search results. Check the description of the plugin to know more about it.
You should check the reviews of a plugin to choose a better one.
Click on install and then click activate to activate the plugin.
You can now see the plugin installed by clicking the ‘plugins’ menu from the WordPress admin area.
Below the plugin, there is a setting where you can change different available settings for the plugin.
This is how you can install a plugin from the WordPress admin area.
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Installing a plugin by uploading it to WordPress
If you were unable to install a plugin from WordPress, don’t worry, there is another way to install it.
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Download any plugin you want by searching online in search engines. You will get many free and paid plugins online. The plugins will be downloaded in zip files.
Go to WordPress admin area and upload zip from add new menu.
After uploading the plugin, you’ll be able to see it in the installed plugins’ list and change its settings.
Installing a plugin manually from FTP client
If you still have a problem installing a plugin from WordPress, you can manually install it from the FTP manager of your web host. Use the file manager in the dashboard of the web host to install the plugin.
Download the plugin in the zip file online. Search in Google for a particular plugin like a social media share plugin.
Extract the plugin and upload it to public_html/wp-content/plugins using FTP. Continue reading below to learn how to upload files on a website using FTP.
Now, go to the WordPress admin area and check the installed plugin. You’ll be able to see the plugin that you just uploaded in the server using FTP. Activate the plugin and your plugin is ready to use.
How to upload file in a website using FTP
Every web host has a different dashboard design. You have to open the root directory of your website at the first step. Check your web host FAQ page of the support page if you don’t know how to open the root directory of a website.
In the root directory, you can find the folder public_html, open it, then open wp-contents, and look for plugins folder. Look for the upload files option and upload the extracted files of the plugin.
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I’m from Baitadi, Nepal. Usually, I write about WordPress, Blogging, SEO, and Digital Marketing. This blog provides me an opportunity to help new bloggers through my knowledge and experience. I’ve worked on more than 30 websites as an SEO and content writer for a period of 2 years.