Just installing WordPress and a theme won’t be enough. You’ll need to start installing plugins as well, especially must-have plugins, which will make your website more optimized, secure, fast, and so on.

In this article, I’ll show you how to install them using 3 different methods.

Installing a plugin using WordPress’ plugin search feature

What you need to do:

  • Go to Plugins -> Add New;
  • In the Search plugins… field, type a keyword (e.g. “gallery” to get all the gallery related plugins) or the name of the plugin you want to install;
    Add new plugins in WordPress
  • Press the Install Now button on the plugin that you want to install;
    Install plugins WordPress using plugins search
  • Wait for the plugin to get installed and then press the Activate button – upon activation, you’ll be automatically sent to the Plugins area;
    Activate plugin in plugin search

Now you can go and configure its settings, if it has any.

If you can’t find a specific plugin, it means that it’s not in the WordPress plugin repository, so you’ll have to download it from another source and upload it yourself, like you’ll see below.

Installing a plugin using WordPress’ upload feature

What you need to do:

  • Download your plugin from the source – the file should be a .zip, and make sure you upload the installable .zip, which only contains the plugin files;
  • Go to Plugins -> Add New;
  • Press Upload Plugin;
  • Press the Browse button and select the plugin;
  • Press Install Now;
    upload plugin wordpress
  • Wait for the plugin to get installed and then press Activate Plugin.
    Activate uploaded plugin

Installing a plugin via FTP

This part is a bit more tricky, especially for beginners.

First of all, you need to access your FTP (skip method nr. 1). That’s usually the hardest part for most beginners.

I’ll use cPanel as an example, because it’s easier, at least for me, but the process is similar with 3rd party software too. You just need to upload and unzip.




So, once you’re in your FTP:

  • Select the plugins folder, which is by default found in public_html -> wp-content -> plugins;
  • Press the Upload button;
    Upload wordpress plugin via cpanel
  • Browse for the file, select it and upload it;
  • After you uploaded it, the .zip file should be in your plugins folder. Right-click on it and select Extract;
    Extract plugin cpanel
  • The plugin will be extracted / installed, and you can delete the .zip file;
  • All that you have to do now is to go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins and click the Activate link;
    Activate WordPress plugin

That’s it for the 3rd and last method.

Enjoy your plugins!

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