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How do I install a WordPress plugin?

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.

From the WordPress Plugin Repository

1

Navigate to the Add New Plugins page

Once you’re logged into the wp-admin dashboard of your WordPress site, find the Plugins menu on the left side bar. Within Plugins, click on Add New.

WordPress add new plugin menu

2

Choose a plugin

Toward the top right of the screen is a search box labeled ‘Add New’ where you can search for and install any of the plugins available there. Once you find the plugin you’re looking for, click the ‘Install Now’ button on that plugin.

search and install WordPress plugin

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

activate WordPress plugin

Uploading a plugin

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

1

Navigate to the Add New Plugins page

Once you’re logged into the wp-admin dashboard of your WordPress site, find the Plugins menu on the left side bar. Within Plugins, click on Add New.

2

Upload your .zip file

Since you already have the plugin you’d like to install, there’s no need to search for it. Simply click the ‘Upload’ button near the top of the window.

Press the ‘Choose File’ button that appears and browse for your plugin file (in .zip format) from your local machine. Alternatively, you can drag and drop onto the ‘Choose File’ button.

WordPress plugin upload and install

Next, click ‘Install Now’. It may take a few moments for WordPress to upload and install your plugin.

Install uploaded WordPress plugin

3

Activate the plugin

To activate your plugin for immediate use, on the next page you’re taken to once the plugin is installed, simply click the ‘Activate’ button.

Activate uploaded WordPress plugin

As always, if you need any help with getting a plugin installed, reach out to us at here.

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