How To Install A WordPress Plugin.

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What are Plugins? Plugins are one of the key things that gives WordPress a new look, and also allows you to add new features to your WordPress like gallery, Slideshow etc.

Plugin are of two types, the free and the paid plugin

Every beginner needs to know how to install a WordPress plugin

WordPress have about thousands of free and paid plugins. In this post, I will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

There are three method to Install A WordPress Plugin.

1. Install from your WordPress

2. Install using WordPress Admin Plugin Upload.

3. Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP

  1. Install From Your WordPress.

The First thing you need to do is go to your WordPress Admin area.

Then, click on Plugins, select Add New.

Type in the name of the Plugin you are looking for.

Plugin search results

In this example, I am searching search for Floating Social Bar plugin which occurs to be the first plugin, Then, click the ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will get a message like this.

Activating a plugin

Note:- A WordPress plugin can be installed on your site, but if you didn’t activate the plugin, it won’t work.

So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.

The next step is to configure the plugin settings. And the settings is vary for each plugin, so I will not treat that in this post.

2. Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

A Paid WordPress plugin cannot be listed in the WordPress plugin directory and cannot be installed using the first method.

That’s why WordPress has the Upload method to install such plugins. We will show you how to install WordPress plugins

The following are the steps you to Install plugin using the upload option in the admin area.

First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area, Navigate to Plugin and Add New.

After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.

Uploading a plugin from WordPress admin area

It will bring you to the plugin upload page. This is where you will choose the plugin file you downloaded earlier on your computer.

Plugin upload page

After you have selected the file, then click on the install now.

WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message after the installation.

Activate plugin

Once installed, you need activate your plugin by clicking on the Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

Like I said earlier that the plugin setting vary for each plugin so it is here.You would have to configure the settings to fit your favorite.

3. Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP (Manually)

In some cases, your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that could limit your ability to install a plugin from the admin area.

In this situation, the best thing is to install the plugin manually using FTP.

First you will need to  extract the already download plugin’s source file .zip to your computer

Extracting the plugin zip file will create a new folder with the same name. This is the folder that you need to manually upload to your website using a FTP client.

You would need to access your host through the FTP manager. If you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them.

Open the FTP client on your computer and connect to your website using the login credentials provided by your web host. Once connected, you need to access the path /wp-content/plugins/

then, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your web server.

Uploading a WordPress plugin files using FTP

After uploading the files, log in to your WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins link in the admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.

Installed plugins

So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site and configure your Plugin setting.

I hoped, by now, you be able to install your plugin.

Also check 5 Best Security WordPress Plugins.

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