How to install WordPress Plugin

WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) and it is the easiest way to create a free website or blog. Installing WordPress plugin is one of the thing which should know every WordPress blogger. In this tutorial I will show you how to install WordPress plugin in different way. Technically There are two way for that.From this tutorial you can get a clear idea for how to install WordPress plugin in localhost or manually.

Complete WordPress guide for how to install WordPress plugin:

With this below mentioned methods you can install WordPress plugin.

  • Search and install
  • Upload file
  • Via ftp

Search and install WordPress Plugins from admin dashboard:

WordPress dashboard the easiest way to search, find and install WordPress plugin. If you know exact name of the plugin then you can directly search from the dashboard and install it. In other case you can also search with a property as a search term like if you don’t know the exact plugin name for contact form then you can search with just contact form and WordPress give you the list with all contact form related plugins like contact form 7, gravity form etc.

Let’s start install WordPress plugins step by step. The first step is Login to your dashboard and click on Plugins >Add new. You will see a screen like this. For this example we will install contact form 7. So i search with this term and i got the following result.
If you search some new released plugin then make sure it is compatible with your WordPress version before installing it and also you can check the plugin description from here. But if you know about the plugin already then you can directly hit the install button and activate the plugin as shown in the next image.
So now next step is to go to the setting panel of that plugin and make all necessary changes as per your requirement. As a blogger or WordPress developer most of the time we miss out on properly configuring the plugin, which makes it useful.

Tips: Whenever, installing a new WordPress plugin, make sure you read the documentation before installing and check the compatibility with your WordPress version. If you already installed any cache plugin like WP Super Cache or w3 Total Cache then after installing the new WP plugin just clear or empty the cache.

If you have downloaded WordPress plugin (premium or in localhost), you can upload the .zip file and install it from WordPress dashboard.Do remember, one thing this process only accept .zip format.Click on Add new plugin, there is an option to upload. Click on that and upload the plugin folder. In this way you can easily install WordPress plugin and can configure it.

Install WordPress plugin via ftp:

This is an optional method for installing plugin in WordPress when you can’t install plugin from WordPress dashboard. This step is very simple just download the file from WordPress library and unzip the file. Normally, plugin upload folder us located under wp-content/plugins. After uploading with the file with filezilla just go to your dashboard and activate the plugin from the installed plugins list. Just need to do one thing more after that you have to configure from setting option of this plugin if require.

Anyways, i think if you just started with WordPress or if you planning to start with WordPress, this guide to install WordPress plugin will be very useful and understandable for you. So, we learn from this WordPress tutorial or WordPress guide or WordPress instruction whatever you think that installing WordPress plugin in localhost, manually, with ftp or without ftp. So for beginner’s now installing of WordPress plugins is very easy i think. If you have any question regarding installing WordPress plugins, let me know via comments.

Also i want to inform you that if you want to disable for sometime of a installed and activated plugin then you don’t need to uninstall fully , you can just deactivate from the WordPress dashboard and later when require just activate the plugin. So managing WordPress plugin is also very easy. Let us know if you face any issues while installing a WP plugin? If you found this article is useful then you can subscribe our newsletter to get updated post from click4knowledge.

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