If you’re pretty new to WordPress, you might think that installing a WordPress plugin entails being a badass programmer. Nah, it is easy peasy. When I started blogging newly and was told by a veteran blogger to install WordPress, I thought I was about to dabble into rocket science. Little did I know that installing a WordPress plugin requires just a few clicks of a button.
It is possible to own a WordPress blog without having a single plugin activated. That would be pretty boring if you ask me. Why not enhance the functionality of your blog with a few plugins? As a new webmaster, installing a plugin shouldn’t frighten you. It is much easier than you think. Today, I am going to guide you on a beginner journey, on how you can easily install a plugin without hiring someone to do the job for you. Are you ready?
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Install A WordPress Plugin Using Search
To install a WordPress plugin, you don’t need to wander too far off. The developers of WordPress made it very easy by including easy access to WordPress plugin directories. With the search box, you can browse through thousands of plugins without hurdles. When you find the plugin you’re looking for, you can easily install by just clicking a button. Here is how to go about this:
On the left side of your admin dashboard, go to Plugins, then to Add New
A similar page, like the one below, would appear on your screen.
Look carefully on the pages; you will discover some pages like featured, most popular, recommended, favorite plugin, and finally, the search box. The featured plugin page includes only plugins that WordPress recommends, while the most popular is sort based on install counts. To find the WordPress plugin, you’re looking for, you can either use the search box or perhaps the tags.
Install A Plugin
For the sake of this tutorial, we are going to install the “Under Construction” plugin. You can only use this plugin if you don’t want users to access your blog, especially if it’s still in development. To install this unique plugin, follow the steps below:
- Go to Plugins >> Add New
- Use the search box and type “Under Construction.”
- Click on the “Install” button
- Wait for some seconds for the installation to complete,
- 5 Click on the “Activate” button.
After you have successfully installed the WordPress plugin, you might need to take some other actions to activate the plugin fully. Most often, there will be a “Settings” link on the plugin. If you don’t see it, look through your admin panel by the left. There might be a new icon, which could be the newly installed plugin.
Upload A Plugin Through WordPress Admin
Apart from searching for plugins using the search bar on WordPress, you can manually upload a plugin directly from your computer or device into your blog. However, it would help if you made sure that it is a ZIP file, or it won’t work.
Follow the steps below to install a WordPress plugin directly from your device, without having to use the WordPress directory.
- Go to Plugins >> Add New
- On top of the new page, you should see a button that says “Choose File.”
- Since you have the ZIP file on your system, select or drag the file from your computer to the button
- Click on “Install Now” button
- Wait a few seconds for WordPress to complete the installation.
Install A WordPress Plugin Through FTP Upload
This method is to advance WordPress users, or perhaps people who love a challenge. There are often situations where you need to uninstall or install a WordPress plugin. But because you couldn’t log into your dashboard, the FTP becomes your only solution. In that case, follow the steps below to install a WordPress plugin via FTP upload.
- Download and install FileZilla, or perhaps any other FTP client
- Open the application and connect to your FTP portal or server
- Head over to the “public_html” or “www”
- Open wp-content/plugins folder
- Unzip your new plugins there. Once done, you should see a new folder with the plugins name
After you have successfully unzipped the file, go back to your WordPress admin dashboard >> Plugins >> Installed Plugins.
Look for the new plugin and click the “Activate” button.
You see, that’s easy, peasy!
To install a WordPress plugin, you don’t need to be an expert WordPress user. All you need is the ability to read, and you’re good to go. The process is the same when it comes to installing a new WordPress theme. But that would be a topic for another day. What is your favorite WordPress plugin?