Install a WordPress plugin

Updated on February 20th, 2023

One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to add functionality and features with plugins. This guide will walk you through how to install and activate a plugin on your WordPress site.

First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to search for and install a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Repository, or if you need to upload a plugin (common for custom or premium plugins) – since the methods vary slightly.

Install a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Repository


From WordPress Admin, navigate to Plugins > Add New


Search and install

Use the search field in the top right to find plugins. Click the Install Now button on the plugin you want to install.



Once it finishes installing, click the Activate button and you’re on your way!

Install a plugin from a .zip file

If you’re bringing your own custom or premium plugin into WordPress (these should come as .zip files), the steps are fairly similar:


From WordPress Admin, navigate to Plugins > Add New


Click Upload Plugin


Upload plugin .zip file

Click the Choose File button and browse your computer for the plugin (in .zip format), or drag and drop it onto the button.


Click Install Now



Click the Activate Plugin button, and you’re all done!

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