How to Install WordPress Plugins?

You can install plugins within a minute but configuring the plugins will take a while. As beginners you might be wondering, what plugins do? Plugins is simple software but powerful that add additional features to your blog. In this guide you will learn how to install WordPress plugins in your blog.

Being blogger, You might want to add contact form, image gallery, integrate video players, speed up blog performance, protect blog against attack, track visitor, boost blog SEO, blog backup and restoration etc to your blog. These additional features are added using plugins.

Some important plugins you may like install in your blog.

Shortcodes Ultimate

If you want to create buttons, boxes, sliders, responsive videos and tabs in your post “shortcodes” provide simple way of integrating these features in your blog.

Ultimate Shortcodes

Jetpack

Wonderful plugin develop by WordPress that protects your blog from Brute force attack, filter spam, monitor downtime as well optimize the blog performance.

Jetpack Dashboard

Contact form

This plugins create contact form to receive message from your visitors.

Contact Form

Yoast SEO

This plugin optimize your blog and post to boost ranking in search engine like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Yoast SEO

Let’s start installing plugins…

  Method-1: How to Install WordPress plugin from “admin panel”?

  Method-2: How to Install WordPress plugin using “Upload” button?

  Method-3: How to Install WordPress plugin manually using “FTP”?

Method-1: How to Install WordPress plugin from admin panel?

Login to WordPress Dashboard, www.youwebsite.com/wp-admin. Hover mouse point on “Plugins” and click on “Add new”.

Add New plugins

Type e.g.Yoast  SEO” in the search box at the right. You will see plugin at the beginning. Click on “Install Now” button. After completion of installation click on “Activate” button.

Search plugins

Method-2: How to Install WordPress plugin using “Upload” button?

Premium plugins are not listed in WordPress directory. Premium plugins need to download and install using “Upload” option in WordPress. In this tutorial, we will download free plugin from wordpress.org as an example and install using “Upload” button.

Download preferable plugin e.g.Jetpack” from wordpress.org and save it on the “Desktop” for easy access.

Download Jetpack

From WordPress admin panel, hover mouse pointer on “Plugins” and click on “Add New” button.

Add New plugins

Again, click on “Upload plugin” then “Choose File” button.

Choose plugins

From Open dialog box, “Select” downloaded plugin from the desktop and click on “Open” button.

Open plugin

Now, click on “Install Now” button.

Install plugins

Installation process will take a while to complete. Click on “Activate Plugin” button after completion.

Activate plugins

Method-3: How to Install WordPress plugin manually using “FTP”?

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client transfer the files from computer to web server. You can use FTP clients like FileZilla, Coreftp and CyberDuck (MAC) to upload files to the web server.

WordPress is installed in “Public_html” folder of the web server. All the plugins are installed inside “public_html>>wp-content>>plugins” folder.

Let’s get start:

Step-1: Download and Install FTP client FileZilla.

Step-2: Download WordPress plugins and extract.

Step-3: Transfer using FileZilla.

Step-1: Download and Install FTP client FileZilla.

Download Filezilla and installed in your computer.

Download File Zilla

Step-2: Download WordPress plugin and extract.

Download any of the plugin e.g.Jetpack” from wordpress.org and save it on your desktop for easy access.

Download Jetpack

Right-click on plugins.zip files and click on “Extract Here”.

Extract file

Another “plugin folder” will create after extracting that need to transfer to the web server.

Extracted Folder

Step-3: Transfer using FileZilla.

Open FTP client “FileZilla” and connect using “FTP credentials”. If you do not know your FTP account details check steps below.

FTP login

How to find FTP Accounts login credentials?

Your hosting provider send you account details in registered mail after purchasing hosting plan. You can also find FTP details in cPanel.

Login to the cPanel using www.yourdomain.com/cpanel. Click on “FTP Account” under “Files”. Click on “Configure FTP Client” at the right side to expand. You will see FTP Username, FTP server (Host), FTP port (21) and password is cPanel default password.

FTP login details

Their are two section in FileZillaPC section” at the left and “Server section” at the right.

Open Public html

Double click on “public_html>>wp-content>>plugins” folder from “server section”. Now, Drag “plugins folder” that you have extracted from “PC section” and drop the folder to “server section”.

FTP Drag and drop

File Transfer will take few minutes. Login to WordPress Dashboard after completion. Hover on “Plugins” and click on “Installed plugins”. You will see recently transferred plugin e.g. Jetpack is installed. Now, click on “Activate” button.

Installed Plugins

You have successfully install WordPress plugin in your blog.

We hope this guide on how to install WordPress plugins is helpful. You may also see essential WordPress plugins for your blog. If you find this guide helpful, do not hesitate to share and follow on facebook and twitter.

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