How to Install WordPress Plugins

How to Install WordPress Plugins

Plugins allow users to add more features to their websites. Tons of free and premium ones are available out there, waiting to be discovered. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you three methods of installing WordPress plugins.

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How to Install WordPress Plugins From the Official Plugins Directory

The easiest way to install WordPress plugins is by going to the official plugins directory. Here’s how:

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins -> Add New
  2. Search for the plugin that you want to install by typing in the Keyword box. For instance, we searched for the WP Super Cache plugin:searching for the wp super cache plugin and clicking on install
  3. Click Install Now
    activating the wp super cache plugin
  4. Wait for the process to finish and press the Activate button

To check and configure the settings of your installed plugins, head to Plugins -> Installed Plugins. 

How to Install WordPress Plugins Manually

The official WordPress directory is not the only place to find plugins. There are plenty of third-party directories offering a vast selection of free and paid premium plugins like CodeCanyon and Codester.

However, with these plugins, you need to install them manually. Here’s how:

  1. Download the .zip file of the plugin
  2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins -> Add New
    Manually add a new plugin
  3. Press the Upload Plugin button at the top of the pageinstall a wordpress plugin
  4. Click Choose File and select the plugin file from your computer
  5. Press Install Now
  6. Once the installation is finished, press Activate Plugininstall a wordpress plugin manually

Using an FTP Client to Install WordPress Plugins

The last method to install WordPress plugins is by using an FTP client.  The process is slightly more complicated because you need to know how to configure an FTP client.

Nevertheless, here’s what you need to do to install a plugin:

  1. Unzip the plugin file and save the content to a folder
  2. Establish an FTP connection to your hosting account and navigate to the Remote Site panel
  3. Scroll down and locate wp-content -> PluginsFileZilla's Remote Site panel.
  4. In the Local Site panel, open the folder where you store the plugin’s files
  5. Upload the extracted files to your site’s plugins directoryUpload the plugin's extracted files to your web server's directory
  6. Wait for the transfer to complete
  7. The plugin for WordPress should now be installed on your site

As you can’t use FileZilla to activate the installed plugin, log in to your WordPress dashboard, and activate the plugin from there.

Things to remember when selecting a Plugin

With the vast number of plugins in the WordPress directory and even more available from third-party website’s, its best to remember a few things when dealing with a plugin.

Is it Supported?

When deciding if you want to download a specific plugin there are few things you should check first:

  • Last updated – this shows if the plugin is still active and if it is being supported and currently worked on
  • Installation numbers – this number shows how popular plugin is
  • Ratings – reviews and feedback from people who have already used the plugin
  • Compatiblity – checks the version of WordPress that you are currently running and if it will work with your website

Does it do what I want?

Before downloading and installing plugins in WordPress be sure to check if the plugin you are installing will do everything that you want it to do. Easily do this by reading the documentation or checking out a blog about it.

If you decide to test a number of different plugins on WordPress, remember to de-activate the previous plugin before trying another.

Install one at a time

When testing out your plugin in WordPress remember to install and test each plugin individually. This way you will be able to easily see if there are any problems to your blog and what the cause may be. Too many downloads and installations can overload your WordPress website as well.


By finishing this tutorial, you’ve learned three different ways to install WordPress plugins to your blog or website. Knowing how to do so will undoubtedly be beneficial for your site as there’s no limit to what you can do with these tools.

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Domantas G. / @domantas

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.

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Jitendra Mahato Reply

May 14 2017

Hi, I have migrated my blog yesterday. All the things are good but got error in the plugin. I have deleted all the plugins. While i am starting to install the plugin, then No, any plugin is adding. While adding.... Messages appears like this... Could not create directory. /home/danfeh5/public_html/ Can you help me?


Zeeshan Saeed Reply

April 26 2018

really helpful tutorial and it worked

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