WordPress plugins extend functionality of wordpress by adding more features like contact forms, social media share buttons, links redirection, sliders and many more. In this article I will show you various ways on which you can install wordpress plugins.
Installing Plugins from WordPress plugin directory.
This involves logging into your wordpress backend as an admin user.
From your dashboard go to Plugins > Add New as shown below.
Search the name of the plugin you would like to install using the search bar example “All in one wp migration” enter as shown below.
Click on Install Now and then click on “Activate” to activate.
You will then be redirected to the installed plugin list, where you can start configuring plugin settings to your needs.
Install WordPress Plugins From zip plugin file
First you will have downloaded the plugin you would like to install from the free WordPress repository or download the zip file from the developer site in case you are trying to install a pro plugin. Pro or paid plugins are normally hosted on the authors or developers site.
This process is the same with the above, however instead of searching from the wordpress plugin directory, you will need to use the Upload option as shown below. Click on Upload, click on Choose File to select the plugin file you would like to install.
Please note, you have to remember the location where you saved the file e.g Download folder etc..
After selecting the file, click on install button, you will then be redirected to a page where you will be asked to activate the plugin, please click on Activate to activate. Finally you will be taken to the plugin list where you can proceed with plugin configuration and use.
That’s it, I hope the above options will help you install plugins on your WordPress site, incase of any issues or questions kindly let me know via the comments below. Thanks.
PS: I will show you how to install WordPress plugins via SFTP/FTP or by using WordPress command line known as WP CLI in future.