Sunday, 3 July 2016

How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

Siva Kumar     09:53     No comments

After installing WordPress, then the first thing that every beginner should learn how to install a WordPress plugin. Plugins allow you to add new features to WordPress, such as adding a gallery, slideshow, etc. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress. This step-by-step guide, we show you how to install a WordPress plugin.


If you are using WordPress.com, you can not install plugins.

We often get complaints from users saying that they can not see their WordPress dashboard menu plugins. It is because you are using WordPress.com, which has its limitations.

To use the contacts you need to use a self-hosted WordPress.org (see the differences in self-installed WordPress.org vs WordPress.com):

If you want to go to WordPress.com to WordPress.org, then read our tutorial on how to properly move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org:

How to Install WordPress Plugin

To make it easier, we created a video tutorial on how to install WordPress plugin, which you can watch below.


However, if you just want to follow the text-to instructions, then you can follow our step-by-step Tutorial, how to install a WordPress plugin.

We cover all three methods. install a WordPress plugin, using search, uploading WordPress plugin, and manually installing WordPress plugin, using FTP.

Install the plugin using the WordPress Plugin Search

The easiest way to install a WordPress plugin to use the search plugin. The only downside to this option is that the plugin is WordPress plugin directory, which is limited to the free plugins
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The first thing you need to do is go to your WordPress Admin area and click Plugins »Add new.
Searching for contacts install WordPress admin area

You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Find plugin plugin name dialing or functionality you're looking for, as we did. After that, you will see a bunch of lists, such as the example below:

You can select a plugin, which is best for you. Because our search, we have to look for Floating Social Bar, which happens to be the first plugin, we click 'Install Now button.

WordPress now download and install the plugin for you. After that, you will see a success message with a link to activate the plugin installer plugin or return.

A WordPress plugin can be installed on your site, but it does not work, unless you activate it. So, go ahead and click the link to activate the plugin Enable the plugin on your WordPress site.
That's all, you have successfully installed your first WordPress plugin.

The next step is to configure the plugin settings. These settings can be different for each plugin, therefore, we will not be covering that in this position.

Install the plugin using the WordPress Admin Plugin Upload

Paid WordPress plugins are listed in the WordPress plugin directory. These contacts can not be installed using the first method.

That's why WordPress has Reload method to install such plugins. We will show you how to install WordPress plugin, using the upload option to the admin area.

First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a ZIP file). Next, you have to go to WordPress Admin area and had Plugins »Add New page.

After that, click the Upload button at the top of the page Plugin.
Loading plugin from the WordPress admin area

This plugin will bring you to the upload page. Here you have to press the button to select the file and select the file you downloaded earlier plugin on your computer.
After you select the file, you need to click the Install Now button.

WordPress plugin now upload a file from your computer and install it for you. You can see after such a success message when the installation is complete.
Once installed, you will need to click Activate Plugin link to start using the plugin.

You need to configure the settings to meet your requirements. These settings can be different for each plugin, therefore, we will not be covering that in this position.

We hope that this helps you learn how to install WordPress plugins. You may also want to see our Other Wordpress tutorials where we write about the best WordPress tutorials & WordPress plugins  that you can use to accomplish what you're looking to do. Each of these items comes with step by step instructions on how to setup a separate plugins.

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