Yesterday, I was telling a friend how to install a WordPress plugin on his website, and I was surprised that he didn’t know how to do it. Then seconds later, I realized that I didn’t know either when I started my first site.
If you’re like me and my friend, here’s how you can simply install a WordPress plugin. I will show you 3 different methods.
What is a WordPress Plugin?
A WordPress plugin can help you add extra features to your WordPress site. If you can’t write code then simply search for a WordPress plugin which offers the functionality that you need and install it.
There are thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins that you can install to enhance your site functionality.
Install a plugin from WordPress Plugins Directory
The simple method to install a WordPress plugin is to go to Plugins > Add New > Search for your plugin > Install > Activate.
Let me show you how:
Step 1: Log in to your WordPress site. Bring your mouse over Plugins, and select Add New option from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Search for Your Plugin by the name.
Step 3: Click on the Install Now button and wait for a few seconds.
Step 4: Once your plugin is installed, click on the Activate button.
It is that simple. Now you can use your plugin as you like. Let me show you some other methods as well. So, you won’t face problem uploading any plugin in the future.
How to Install WordPress Premium Plugins Manually?
Let’s suppose if you bought a plugin from a third-party site. How to install that plugin to your WordPress site? Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: After buying the plugin, download the plugin on your computer.
Step 2: Log in to your WordPress site then go to plugins and select Add New from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: It will load a new page. Here you need to click on the button Upload Plugin. Then click on the Choose File button. Select your file from your computer and click on Open.
Step 4: And finally, click on the button Install Now.
Step 6: It will take a few seconds to get installed on your site. Once installed, don’t forget to click on the Activate button.
How to Install a plugin using FTP Client?
First of all, you should download your plugin on your computer. Extract the zip folder because you have to upload this folder. You can’t upload a zip file through FTP.
Access your site via any FTP client. Here are 2 of my favorite FTP clients that are easier to set up and use:
Note: If you don’t know your FTP username and password then ask your web hosting provider.
Once you have username and password for FTP, enter it into your FTP client.
As soon as you have access to your site through FTP client. Click on the Public_html > your site folder > WP Content > Plugins.
Usually, FTP clients show your site directories on one side and on another side they show your computer files.
Find the unzip plugin folder from your computer. Right-click on the plugin folder, and click on Upload. Make sure that you are on your site’s plugin directory.
It will take a few seconds and your plugin will be installed on your site.
When your plugin is installed, Go to your WordPress site and go to Installed plugins.
Find your uploaded plugin here then click on the Activate button.
Why Can’t I Install plugins on WordPress?
If you’re unable to install a plugin, here are some reasons:
- User role restrictions: Only administrators can install and activate plugins on a WordPress site.
- PHP memory limit: Your hosting provider might have limited the memory.
- Using WordPress.com: On WordPress.com you can’t install WordPress.org plugins.
On my WordPress site Add New Plugin option is missing?
There are 2 reasons mainly why this happen:
- You don’t have permissions (are you logged in as admin?)
- A theme or a plugin on your site has disabled the plugins menu.
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