How to Install WordPress Plugins From the Official Plugins Directory
The easiest way to install WordPress plugins is by going to the official plugins directory. Here’s how:
- Login to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins -> Add New
- Search for the plugin that you want to install by typing in the Keyword box. For instance, we searched for the WP Super Cache plugin:
- Click Install Now
- Wait for the process to finish and press the Activate button
- To check and configure your installed plugins, Head to plugin and go to installed plugins you will see setting under the plugin.
How to Install WordPress Plugins Manually:
The official WordPress directory is not the only place to find plugins. There are plenty of third-party directories offering a vast selection of free and paid premium plugins like CodeCanyon.
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However, with these plugins, you need to install them manually. Here’s how:
- Download the .zip file of the plugin
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins -> Add New
- Press the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page
- Click Choose File and select the plugin file from your computer
- Press Install Now
- Once the installation is finished, press Activate Plugin
Install a plugin via FTP upload
For a little bit more advanced users who know how to work with File Transfer Protocol, WordPress allow plugins to be installed via the third method. It requires you to upload files to the server manually, and then activate the plugin through the admin panel.
- Download and install free FileZilla or any other FTP client
- Open the application, and connect to your FTP server
- Navigate to WordPress folder (usually found in “www” or “public_html” folder)
- Open wp-content/plugins folder
- Unzip your new plugin there (you should end up having one new folder named after the plugin)
- Log in to the WordPress admin dashboard
- Go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins
- Find the new item on the list
- Click the “Activate” button
By finishing this tutorial, you’ve learned three different ways to install WordPress plugins to your blog or website. Knowing how to do so will undoubtedly be beneficial for your site as there’s no limit to what you can do with these tools.