After installing WordPress, the first thing every beginner needs to learn is how to install a WordPress plugin. Plugins allow you to add new features to WordPress such as add a gallery, slideshow, etc.
There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress.WP Plugin Installation can be done in two ways, but here we will talk about the most common and easy way. How can you install a WordPress plugin?
1.Install a Plugin using WordPress Plugin Search
WordPress dashboard is one of the easiest ways to search, find and install WordPress plugins. If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from the dashboard and install it.
The first thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New
You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you are looking for in Search Box, After that, you will see a bunch of listings in the example below:
You can pick the plugin that is best for you. , then click the ‘Install Now’ button.It will now download and install WordPress plugin for you. After this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.Like Image Below.
But the Plugin will not work unless you activate it. So go ahead and click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.
That’s all; you have successfully installed your first WordPress plugin.
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2.Install a Plugin using the Admin Plugin Upload
Some paid or own developed WordPress plugins not listed in the WordPress plugin directory. These plugins cannot be installed using the first method. So how to install WordPress plugins manually, That’s why WordPress has the Upload method to install such plugins. Here will learn how to upload plugin in WordPress.
First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Next, you need to go to the WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New page.
After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page. This brings 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.
After you have selected the file, you need to click on the install now button.
It will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message same as above in the first Step. Where You Can click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site and start using the it
You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin.