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Table of contents
1.
Introduction
2.
WordPress Plugin
3.
How to install?
3.1.
Installing using Search Bar
3.2.
Installing Manually
3.3.
Installing using an FTP Client
4.
FAQs
4.1.
Do I need WordPress business for plugins?
4.2.
Do you have to pay for WordPress to use plugins?
4.3.
Can I create my own website for free?
5.
Conclusion
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024
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Installing a plugin in WordPress

Author Sagar Mishra
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Introduction

If you want to create your own website using WordPress and you are confused about how to install plugins then you are in the right place. Come let’s understand one by one about different techniques of WordPress installation processes in detail.

In this article, we will understand how to install the plugin in different ways. There are three methods to install plugins. Let’s look at them one by one.

WordPress Plugin

First, let's understand what a WordPress plugin actually is. So WordPress plugins are small software program apps that combine and run on top of WordPress. This permits you to create nearly any type of website with WordPress. As an example, you can even start a web page of Online Store for your business with WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin.

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How to install?

Installing using Search Bar

Initially, log in to your WordPress dashboard and then go to Plugins -> Add. Click on Search Bar to search the name of your plugin.

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Select your desired plugin, which will come on top after your search. After that, click on Install Now button to start your plugin installation. After completion of installation, click on Activate button to start in the WordPress plugin. Once Activation is done, check and configure the plugin setting by going to Plugins -> Installed Plugins. 

All done, you have successfully installed your WordPress plugin.

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You can also refer to the recommended or popular plugins by clicking on the provided tabs on the left side of your screen. 

This is the simplest way to install a plugin on your WordPress.

Installing Manually

Another method to install the plugin using WordPress is by manually uploading the plugin files through WordPress files.

Before you begin your installation process, you have to first download the plugin ZIP file from your chosen source. Then go to the admin area of your WordPress and click on Plugins -> Add New. After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on the upper left corner.

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Select the plugin ZIP file from your desktop that you are willing to upload, and then click on Install Now.

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Wait until the plugin installation is finished, and later click on Activate Plugin. Once Activation is done, check and configure the plugin setting by going to Plugins -> Installed Plugins. 

All done, you have successfully installed your WordPress plugin.

Installing using an FTP Client

This method is the least friendly for beginners. In some rare cases, your WordPress hosting supplier could have file restrictions that might limit your ability to put in a plugin from the admin area. So in this situation, the best way to install the plugin is by using FTP Client. As a beginner, it might be a tough task for you to do as you will learn about the configuration of the FTP client later. But No worries, just follow these easy steps and start using your plugins.

In the first step, you have to extract the ZIP file of the plugin and save it in your desktop. Remember, you need to upload only the extracted ZIP file of the plugin through the FTP client. 

The next step for you is to get access to your host through the FTP manager. And, if you don’t have the username and password, contact your WordPress hosting provider; otherwise, connect your website to an FTP server.

Once connected to the server, you’ve to go to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your website.

After that, upload the folder that you extracted from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your server.

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When the process is done, you want to go to the WordPress admin location and click on the Plugins hyperlink in the admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.

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Click on the Activate button as shown in the image and start using it.

FAQs

Do I need WordPress business for plugins?

Yes, a business plan is needed for WordPress.com.

Do you have to pay for WordPress to use plugins?

There are more than thousands of plugins, some of them are free, and for some, you’ve to pay.

Can I create my own website for free?

Yes, you can create your website on WordPress.com without any restrictions.

Conclusion

In this article, we have extensively discussed the Installation of the plugin in WordPress in detail and its implementation. We hope that this blog has helped you enhance your knowledge regarding the Installation of plugins in WordPress and if you would like to learn more, check out our articles on Web Applications. Do upvote our blog to help other ninjas grow. 

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