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How to install a WordPress plugin

Fadiyah Sameh
Fadiyah Sameh
Posted: 2017-01-13

Plugins are the power tools that changed the whole idea of WordPress website experience. It is the plugins that took Wordpress CMS from just an ordinary blogging platform to professional website development platform. Through plugins, you can do just about anything you imagine of a website should be. Plugins are developed by individuals or companies and are found in wordpress.org/plugins or in developers websites. There are two ways to install plugins on your Wordpress site.

  1. Download from wordpress.org/plugins or Developer's website


You can download your desired plugin by visiting https://wordpress.org/plugins or if you want to use a paid plugin you need to visit the developer's website and buy and download the plugin from there.

  • To install, you need to first login to your Wordpress admin panel.

  • Then from left side panel hover over Plugins and click on Add New.

  • You will see a button at the top beside Add Plugins named Upload Plugin. Click that.



  • Choose your downloaded zip file by clicking Choose button and click Install.

  • It will then upload and install the plugin. When it finishes click on Activate to run the plugin

  1. Install from Wordpress Admin Panel

      • In your Wordpress websites admin panel click on Plugins >> Add New

      • There in the middle, you will see a list of featured plugins. At the top right corner of that section, you will find the Search Plugins box to search for your desired plugin. This is actually the Wordpress plugin directory (https://wordpress.org/plugins) inside your Wordpress admin panel. You will find all the plugins existed in that .org websites plugin directory.

        • Type the name of your plugin and it will bring out your plugin in the result below with Install button. Click Install and then Activate.


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