WordPress – Install Plugins

In this lesson, we discuss how to Install Plugins in WordPress. After you install WordPress, the first thing you look for the plugins. Plugins are basically PHP scripts which are most important tools used in WordPress. A plugin provides an extra feature on your website like a slideshow, gallery etc. These are an awesome feature of WordPress. It saves lot’s of time and we just need to install the plugin into your theme. There are a number of WordPress plugin available some are free and some are paid. Plugins indeed are one of the key things that make WordPress awesome, and you should definitely familiar with the new plugins.

You can install a plugin in three ways:

1. Using your dashboard Search option.
2. Using upload option on the dashboard.
3. Using FTP or manually.
 

1. Using your dashboard Search option.

Find below-mentioned points to Install Plugins in WordPress.

Step (1) − Navigate to Plugins > Add New section from your wp-admin panel.

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Step (2) − You will see a new window. Here you can see a number of plugins showing & you can select the desired plugin or search any plugin by its name by using search field given in the top right corner.

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Step (3) – Click on the Install Now button given on each plugin. It will take some time to install your plugin.

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Step (4) – After installing click on Activate button appear after installing a plugin.

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2. Using upload option on the dashboard.

You can also install a plugin you downloaded from other sources by using dashboard. Follow the steps:

Step (1) – Click on the Add New option given under Plugin tab given in the left Navigation Menu as shown above.

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Step (2) – Now click on Upload Plugin option given in the top.

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Step (3) – Click on Browse option and select the plugin you downloaded from external resources and then click on Install Now button given on the right.

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Step (4) – A new window will appear. Just click on Activate plugin option & your plugin will be activated.

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3. Using FTP or Cpanel or Manually

Step (1) – Download your plugin zip file & extract it. Then go to your Plugin folder Using FTP. Just upload your extracted Plugin inside the Plugin folder. Congratulations !! Your plugin is installed.

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Step (2) – Now you can activate it. To activate it go to Installed Plugin link in the Wp-admin dashboard.

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Step (3) – Click on the Activate button given to the plugin you installed.

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