Step by Step Guide to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners

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Step by Step Guide to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners

We have a recommend plugins list for all WordPress blogs, but we never considered that something essential was missing from that tutorial. That something was a step by step guide to install a WordPress plugin. Few of our users requested this tutorial via email, so in this article we will show you three different ways you can use to install a WordPress plugin in WordPress.

Step by Step Guide to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners is a post from: WPBeginner which is not allowed to be copied on other sites.

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We have a recommend plugins list for all WordPress blogs, but we never considered that something essential was missing from that tutorial. That something was a step by step guide to install a WordPress plugin. Few of our users requested this tutorial via email, so in this article we will show you three different ways you can use to install a WordPress plugin in WordPress.

Install a Plugin using WordPress Admin Panel Search Option

This is by far the easiest way of installing a WordPress plugin. The only downside of this option is that a plugin must be in the WordPress plugin directory. Only free plugins that follow GPL and all WordPress guidelines are in this directory.

First go to your WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins » Add New

Search for the Plugin

You will see the screen like the one in above screenshot. Type in the plugin name or function, like we did. Then you will see a bunch of listing like the example below:

Search Results for the Plugin

You will pick the plugin that is best for you. Since in our search, we were looking for Google XML Sitemap which happens to be the first plugin, we will click the Install link. A lightbox will pop with the plugin information like the example below:

Install Plugin

Here you see the description, installation method, and other related information about the plugin. If this is the plugin that you want, then click on the red Install Now button. Once you click that button, the plugin will be installed, and you will see something like below:

Activate Plugin

Make sure that you click on Activate the plugin, now you have installed the WordPress plugin. You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we will not be covering that in this post.

Install a Plugin using Upload Method in WordPress Admin Panel

If the plugin you want is not in the WordPress Plugin directory for some reason either because it was a paid plugin, or a non-GPL plugin, then this option is the choice for beginners.

First you would need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file), then go to your WordPress admin panel. Click on Plugin » Add New. Then click on the Upload Tab.

Activate Plugin

You will see a screen like the one above. Browse the file and upload it (zip files only). You will be taken to the activate a plugin page just like this one:

Activate Plugin

Make sure that you click on Activate the plugin, now you have installed the WordPress plugin. You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we will not be covering that in this post.

Install a Plugin using FTP Manager

If you are very new to web and have no idea what an FTP Manager is, then this option is not for you. The FTP manager method is the least friendly for beginners out of the three method that we shared in this post. You would need to access your host through the FTP manager. Access the path (/wp-content/plugins/) And upload files there.

FTP Manager Screenshot

The above screenshot is of a FTP software known as Ipswitch WSFTP Pro. You can simply drag and drop plugin files. You must make sure that you upload the unzipped folder. Once you have uploaded, then you would need to click on the Plugins tag in your WordPress admin panel.

You will see the plugin you just uploaded. Click on the Activate button and you are done.

Plugin Page

We hope that this guide was helpful. This was created using the screenshots of version WordPress 2.9.2. Since WordPress is constantly evolving, we will try our best to keep this guide up to date. If you notice that there is something missing feel free to let us know.

Step by Step Guide to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners is a post from: WPBeginner which is not allowed to be copied on other sites.

Related posts:

  1. How to Install and Setup WP Super Cache for Beginners
  2. How to Install WordPress on Your Site
  3. Ultimate Guide to Upgrade WordPress for Beginners [Infograph]

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