Installing WordPress Plugin – step by step instructions for Beginners

Installing WordPress Plugin – step by step instructions for Beginners

Installing WordPress Plugin is not so difficult. yet, after installing WordPress, first of all that every newbie should know is – the installation procedure of WordPress plugin. The best WordPress plugins like slideshow, gallery and so on give you scopes to add updated and new features to WordPress. Countless free and paid plugins are available in online world for WordPress. In this article easy procedures of Installing WordPress Plugin are mentioned step by step for your convenience.

Then, why we are making late still? Let us go to see the procedures – how to Install a WordPress Plugin on your any WordPress site easily without any hassle which is always most essential for every blogger and the owner of each website.

If you use domain then you will not be able to install any plugins. Because, the users who use domain can’t see the plugin menu on their WordPress dashboard and also can’t install any plugin on unless they upgrade their domain to business plan. On the other hand, any plugin can be installed on self-hosted

It should be mentioned here that in order to take all the advantages of, you can migrate your to easily.

Installing WordPress Plugin

Three ways of Installing WordPress Plugin have been mentioned in this article such as-

1.Installing WordPress Plugin using WordPress Plugin Search

  1. Installing WordPress Plugin Uploading WordPress Admin Plugin
  2. Installing WordPress Plugin manually using FTP

Detailed discussion –

1.Installing WordPress Plugin using WordPress Plugin Search:

The popular and easy way of installing WordPress plugin is using the plugin search. The disadvantage of this option is that – the plugin that you want to install must be enlisted in the WordPress plugin directory. It means, you have to be happy with free plugins.

First of all, that you have to do is –  visit the WordPress admin area and then click Plugins » Add New.


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Now, you can see a screen like the screenshot above. And then, try to find the plugin typing the plugin name in the search box as we indicated above. And now, you can see a plugin list like the screenshot below.

Installing WordPress Plugin

You can choose any plugin from this list as per your need. After selecting a plugin from this list, you have to click on the button named ‘’Install Now’’. As a result, your desired plugin will be downloaded and installed and you will be shown a success message having a link. By this link you can activate the plugin or without activating you can return to plugin installer.
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You can install any plugin on your site but cannot run it unless it is activated. So, now you should go forward to click the “Activate Plugin” link so that the plugin can be activated on your site.

In this way you can easily install plugin on your site. And now, the plugin settings have to be configured but these settings vary for several plugins. That is why, we have not focused on settings in this article.


  1. Installing WordPress Plugin Uploading WordPress Admin Plugin:

You will not find any paid WordPress plugin in WordPress plugin directory. Because those paid plugins are not enlisted in this directory. And for this reason, you cannot install these plugins following the first method.

In order to install these paid WordPress plugins, we have to follow an Upload method. Now, we are going to show you – what to do to install paid WordPress plugins by using upload method or option of admin area.

First of all, the plugin to be downloaded from the source file as zip file. Next, you have to go to WordPress admin area to visit Plugins » Add New page. And then click the “Upload Plugin” button.
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This will take you to the plugin upload page. Here, you have to click the “Choose File” button and then you have to select the plugin file which was downloaded to your PC or laptop earlier.
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After selecting the file, you have to click the “Install Now” button. And then the plugin file will be uploaded and installed by WordPress from your PC or laptop. After installation of plugin file, you will find a success message like the screenshot below.
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Upon installing, you have to click the “Active Plugin” link to begin using the plugin. Now, you need to configure the plugin settings but these settings vary for different plugins. For this reason, we did not focus on settings in this post.


  1. Installing WordPress Plugin manually using FTP:

Because of file restriction of WordPress hosting provider, in some cases, you are unable to install plugin from the admin area.

In this situation, the best way of installing WordPress plugin is – to install plugins using FTP manually. To Install WordPress Plugin manually using FTP, first of all, you have to download the source file of plugin as zip file which has to be unzipped.

After unzipping the zip file, a new folder will be created in the same name. And this folder has to be uploaded to your site using FTP client manually.

It should be mentioned here that to complete installing WordPress plugin using FTP, you will need to access your own hosting with the FTP manager. Contact your WordPress hosting provider to get your FTP username and password if they did not give this username & password earlier.

Using the login credentials provided by your hosting provider open the FTP client on your PC or laptop. Once it is connected, then you have to access this path /wp-content/plugins/

And now, you have to upload the folder that was unzipped earlier from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.
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Upon uploading the files, you have to visit the WordPress admin area and have to click the Plugins link of the admin menu. Now, you can see that your plugin has been installed successfully on the plugins page.
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And finally, you have to click the Activate link just below the plugin. After activating, plugin settings may have to be configured. But, the WordPress plugin settings differ from one application or plugin to another. For this reason, we have not focused on the WordPress plugin settings in this post.

Installing WordPress Plugin   is not so difficult. I hope that – if you read this article carefully then you will be able to Install WordPress Plugin on your own site easily and promptly as well. If you have any question in this regard, then don’t hesitate to leave your question on the comment box. I will try to give you answer later on. Thanks a lot for reading this article.

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