How to Install WordPress Plugin: The Informative Guide For Beginners

Are you looking for a way to Install WordPress Plugin to your website? You have definitely come to the right place because we will provide you with detail guide on how to Install WordPress Plugin in this post.

Plugins actually add great functionality to a website. There are tone of WordPress plugins out there which are free and those that are premium.

We use WordPress Plugins for various reasons – to protect our website, to manage our site and also add more functionality to the website. But before you can actually enjoy the benefit that WordPress plugin offers. You definitely need to have it installed.

We provide you with in depth guide on how to install WordPress Plugin using WordPress plugin search, via uploading, using FTP network and also through cPanel’s File Manager.

You can use this quick navigation to move to the appropriate sections:

With out much saying let’s get into it:

How to Install WordPress Plugin

This method of WordPress Plugin Installation is only capped to the free one’s that are in the WordPress Plugin Directory and not the premium plugins that you have purchased from any other source.

We also provide guide for the premium one’s down below.

After WordPress Installation you should have access to your WordPress dashboard which you can find by going to “yoursitename.com/wp-admin/”.

Quickly go to the WordPress “Plugin” Section from your dashboard sidebar.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

You should now see “Add New” from the top of your WordPress Plugin Section.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Click on it and you will be brought to a page where you can find a list of featured plugins from WordPress.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Continue by searching for the name of the plugin you wish to install to your website.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

In our case we will like to install “Elementor Addon”. The cool thing about WordPress default search bar is that you can search plugin name or it’s function.

Now put in the name of plugin you want to install and click “Install Now”.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

It’s should start the installation process. After that proceed by clicking “Activate”. The plugin should take less than a minute to activate.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

You are done installing and activating WordPress Plugin.

Let’s move in to the next method.

How to Install WordPress Plugin Via Uploading

If you want to install premium Plugins that you have purchased from site like Evanto or any other site. Then you will definitely upload the plugin to your WordPress Directory that we will show you now.

Once you have login to your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to the plugin section.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Click “Add New” from the top of the WordPress Plugin Section.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

You can now click on “Upload Plugin” that is visible after clicking on “Add New”.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Now choose the WordPress plugin you want to installed from the directory you store them in the computer.

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Afterwards, click on “Install Now” to begin the installation.

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Then activate the plugin:

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You should now see a notification from the top of the WordPress Plugin Section.

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That’s it!!! You have successfully uploaded and installed WordPress Plugin…

Let’s move in to the next method.

How To Install WordPress Plugin Using FTP Network

Is also possible to install premium and free plugins using FTP Network. This is least friendly for WordPress beginners but you can.

To do so, learn how to setup FTP Network. Download the plugin you wish to install to your computer.

Afterwards, unizp the plugin which should contain folders you need to upload to your FTP account.

Then proceed by connecting to your FTP account using FileZilla or any other FTP Network you are using and upload the plugin folder from your computer to public_html/wp-content/plugins/ destination.

You should now see the plugin file by going to your WordPress dashboard under the plugin section.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

You can now activate the plugin as illustrate by the image above.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

That’s how to install WordPress Plugin using FTP Network.

Let’s proceed to the next method.

How to Install WordPress Plugin From cPanel File Manager

What I really like about WordPress is that there are various methods of setting things up. Yeah!!! You can install WordPress plugin from your cPanel’s file manager.

First you will need to login to your cpanel account or any other control panel your web host provides.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Search for “File Manager” from your control panel and click on it.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

You should then see all your WordPress files and folders from there. Continue by going to public_html/wp-content/plugins folder to find all your plugins file and folder.

From there, click on “Upload” button to select the WordPress Plugin you wish to install.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Note: you should have your WordPress plugin in zip format in your computer system.

Now select the plugin from your computer by using the “Select File” and wait for it to be fully uploaded. You can now go back to default plugins folder.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Extract the plugin files and folders once you have selected it from the plugins folder. You can find the “Extract” button from the top of your cPanel File Manager.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

A pop up should now appear. Proceed by clicking on “Extract Files” and the plugins files should start extracting in the background. Close the pop up when the files have extracted.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Select the plugin zip file you have uploaded and click on the “Delete” button.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

Delete the plugin zip file permanently because you don’t need it anymore. You have the plugin folder which should serve.

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You are done with cPanel. Go back to your WordPress dashboard – yoursitename.com/wp-admin. Navigate to the plugin section and activate it.

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You are done installing your WordPress Plugin.

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That’s it!!! You have successfully install WordPress Plugin to your website.

Checkout our recommended plugins to install to your WordPress website:

Recommended Plugins To Install

Elementor

Elementor is a drag and drop page builder which is user friendly and has tone of futures that can be used to create anything imaginable.

ConvertPro

ConverPro is a WordPress plugin to convert your website visitors into leads, subscribers and customers.

Yoast

Yoast is a WordPress plugin that let’s you rank higher in search engines that have serve more than millions of users worldwide.

Ultimate Membership Pro

MemberPro is the leading WordPress membership plugin which has a tone of features that cannot be explained. You can try them out today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I Install WordPress Plugins

The first reason why you cannot installed a WordPress plugin is that you are not using WordPress.com bussiness plan.
The second reason is that your storage is limited. You can either upgrade your web host account or delete unused files.
The third reason is that the site administrator as limit your editor account not to install or activate any plugin. You can talk directly to him to solve the problem.

Can I Installed WordPress Plugin Manually?

Yes you can install WordPress plugin manually using FTP Network or your web host cPanel’s File Manager. Detail guide above…

Should I Delete Inactive Plugins in WordPress?

I recommend you should if you don’t really need it anymore or you don’t want to use it in the future in other to speed up your WordPress site and also make it clean for your visitor’s.

Where can I get WordPress Plugins?

Well, it’s depends. You can have access to WordPress free plugins by going to the WordPress Plugin Directory or purchasing the premium one’s from online.

Conclusion

That’s how to Install WordPress Plugin!!!

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SAEEDU MUHAMMAD

I am really happy to help you with this post. I am by name Saeedu Muhammad and I really love to give a detail tutorial, guide, tip and much more!!! All about WordPress.


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