How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

Hi all,
Today I share how to install wordpress plugin using different method. For install wordpress plugin first install wordpress in a directory. After install wordpress, the first thing every beginner needs to learn is how to install a WordPress theme.

We can install wordpress theme through wordpress dashboard or cpanel directory( wp_content/ theme directory).

Next, we focus how to install wordpress plugin. Every beginners needs to know how to install a wordpress plugin.
Plugin helps to add more features in our applications easily. It provide more functionality like add gallery, facebook plugins, Crayon Syntax Highlighter,slideshow plugins etc.
There are thousands of free and paid plugins are available in wordpress directory.
In here step by step guide, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

We can install wordpress plugin using three method. They are:

  1. Search and Install Plugin from WordPress Dashboard
  2. Uploading a WordPress plugin

  3. manually installing a WordPress plugin using FTP.

Method 1: Search and Install Plugin from WordPress Dashboard

The easy way of installing a WordPress plugin by using the plugin search. The only downside of this option is that a plugin must be in the WordPress plugin directory which is limited to only free plugins.
First thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New.


Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you are looking for, like we did. After that, you will see a bunch of listings like the example below:


WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.


The next step is to configure the plugin settings. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we will not be covering that in this post.

Method 2 :Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

First, you need to download the plugin from the source. Next, you need to go to WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New page. After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.


This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you need to click on the choose file button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer.

Method 3:Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP

WordPress plugins are the tools which provide additional functionality to your application. To install wordpress plugin first plugin put into ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory. Once the plugin is installed, you may activate it or deactivate it from the Plugins menu in your WP administration login(worpress dashboard).


The Plugins are put into wp-content/plugins directory, activate it from the administrator backend (wordpress dashboard).


In WordPress 2.7 and above you can install plugins directly from the admin area. Download the plugin to your computer, log in to your WP admin area and go to Plugins and Add New. Browse to the plugin archive and select it. Then click Install now and the plugin will be installed shortly.


For remove wordpress plugin, simply remove the directory for the plugin you would like to uninstall and it will be automatically deactivated.

If anyone has doubts on this topic then please do let me know by leaving comments or send me an email.

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