Installing plugins on your WordPress site is a simple process.


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Download & Upload Method


Note: If you’re using premium plugins from a third party source, they will usually come as a  zip file. You’ll need to use the download & upload method to install the plugin zip file on your site.


  1. To install a plugin on your WordPress site, locate the Plugins menu after  logging in to your site’s WordPress dashboard. Expand this menu.
  2. To upload a new plugin, click the Add New link.
  3. Click the Upload Plugin button, locate your plugin zip file and then click  Install Now. Then, click Activate


Search & Install Method

You also have the option to search for plugins to install from the WordPress.org  Plugin Directory, directly from the Add New Plugin. Click the tabs on this page to see featured, popular, newest and plugins you’ve marked as favourites.

  1. Use the search bar to search for the plugin of your choice.
  2. Click the Install Now button.
  3. Once the plugin is installed, just click Activate .


Manual Installation Method

You can also add plugins manually by uploading them with FTP software. This is  more complicated and not for the novice user. You’ll need to download the plugin file to your computer and unzip it. 

This will give you a folder on your computer with all the plugin files. Then, using an  FTP program, upload the plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder on your site. 

Then go to the Plugins screen and you can find your new plugin in the list. Click  Activate to get started.


More Plugins Menu Options

On the Installed Plugins page, you’ll also see a list of all the plugins currently  installed on your WordPress site. 

Some plugins come bundled with your WordPress installation, like Akismet, a plugin  that protects your blog from comment and trackback spam. 

The last menu item beneath Plugins in the WordPress dashboard is the Editor. The builtin WordPress plugin editor can be used to make changes to any of your plugins’ individual PHP files. Just be aware that if you make changes, plugin updates  will overwrite your customisation. So, unless you know PHP, you probably won’t want to edit any of your plugin’s PHP code.