How to install a WordPress plugin: Simple Methods for beginners

If you just bought a domain and hosting from any WordPress hosting company and installed WordPress. Then you are probably looking to install a WordPress plugin for your site.

How to install a WordPress plugin

One of the best benefits of WordPress is its plugins. The plugin gives maximum flexibility to your websites and it is an important thing why WordPress is the popular CMS in the World. 

Thanks to the developers of over 55K plugins in the WordPress directory.

It has a combination of both free and premium plugins. But the majority of the plugins are free to use.

Self-hosted wordpress is the best to use. If you are using WordPress.com, then you can’t install the plugins.

Read the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Probably, if you are looking for plugins options on your WordPress dashboard and can’t able to find them. Then you are using WordPress.com, which is free for users.

On WordPress.com, you should need to upgrade your plan to install a plugin. 

If you are having a tight budget for buying hosting for wordpress.org, then check out free hosting providers.

Okay, if you are ready on your WordPress dashboard, then take a look at how to install a plugin on WordPress.

How to install a WordPress Plugin

To install a plugin on wordpress, you have generally two easy methods for beginners. The first method is for installing a plugin available in the WordPress directory. 

In other conditions, some premium plugins will not be available on the WordPress plugins directory. In that method, you have to upload it manually.

Lets get started with first method to install a plugin

Method 1: How to install a WordPress plugin

First get into your WordPress dashboard

WordPress dashboard

On the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Plugins and click Add new

WordPress dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New

Navigate to WordPress plugin

Initially, you will see some of the popular plugins on WordPress on that page.

Check the Plugin Directory to install

You should use the search plugins option in the top right corner to search for the plugins you need.

Find and search plugins

Type your plugin keyword to search your plugin. For example, I’m searching for Beaver Builder. It shows dozens of plugins related to the keyword or name you have types.

Search for the WordPress plugin

It is shown the plugin I’m looking for. So I’m clicking the Install Now button to install it.

Install the Plugin from directory

Once you installed it, you should click the Activate button to activate the plugin. Now the plugin installed and activated.

Install and activate a WordPress plugin

After the plugin gets activated, it works based on its functionality. You can also find that plugin on the dashboard.

Method 2: How to upload and install a WordPress plugin manually

This is another method of installing a plugin on the WordPress dashboard. Most times, the premium plugins are not available on the WordPress plugins directory.

So you have to download it from the official plugin site and upload it to your website manually.

Okay, let’s look at how to manually upload a WordPress plugin

Navigate to the Add New Plugin option, you will find an upload plugin.

WordPress dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New >> Upload Plugin

Upload the plugin on WordPress dashboard

By clicking the upload now button, you can upload the plugin that you have already downloaded from the other websites.

Upload the WordPress plugin to install

Click choose file button to upload your plugin file. Once the plugin is uploaded, you will be shown up with Activate Plugin button. By clicking it your plugin is activated.

Then you can configure your plugin setting from your dashboard. These are the commonly used methods to install a WordPress plugin for beginners.

You can also install a plugin by accessing “/wp-content/plugins/” on your WordPress core files.

But this method is not beginner-friendly and not advisable for beginners. It’s because accessing your core files, without any technical knowledge will completely corrupt to website.

So follow the above-mentioned two methods to install the plugin to WordPress.

If you are just started your website on WordPress, then look out for some essential plugins for better productivity of your website.

  1. Yoast SEO – For SEO purposes
  2. ShortPixel -Image Optimisation
  3. Hello Bar – Lead generation
  4. Push engage – For Push notifications
  5. JetPack – Multipurpose plugin
  6. Updraft Plus – Backup plugin
  7. Social Snap – Social Share plugin
  8. Pretty Links – Affiliate link management plugin
  9. Perfmatters – Speed optimization
  10. Malcare – Security plugin
  11. Elementor – Landing page builder
  12. WP Advanced Ads – Ads management plugin

These above-mentioned WordPress plugins are some of the important plugins for everyone who wants to make their website a complete business.

You can also lookout for the best blogging tools, I use and recommended for every professional blogger to make money in this online world.

Read – Best SEO-friendly WordPress themes

FAQ on Installing a WordPress website

How many plugins I can install on WordPress?

Generally, there is no limit on installing a plugin on your WordPress. Having a limited and healthy amount of plugins is much better. A higher number of plugins may also reduce your website speed. If you have hosted your site on SSD hosting, then having 30 to 40 plugins also doesn’t affect you much. 

How to choose a good plugin?

With over 50,000 plugins in the directory, you should be very picky when choosing it. For every functionality, you will have dozens of plugins that offer the same features. But choosing a better plugin is a must. Choose the plugin with more downloads and read the user review. Select the plugin from popular developers. Low-quality plugins will make your site slower, because of their poor coding.

How to delete the plugins?

Under the plugins in your WordPress dashboard, you will find the list of plugins installed and activated. If the plugin is installed, then you have to deactivate it first and then need to delete it. If you don’t want to delete it, you can only deactivate and use it for later purposes. Better you can delete the unused plugins, which is recommended.

Should I need to activate plugins or not?

After installing your plugin, you should need to activate it to use. Under the plugins in WordPress, you can find the active and inactive plugins.

The plugin names with white backgrounds are installed, but not active. The plugins with light blue colors are installed and active.
Deactivate and unistall a WordPress plugin

Conclusion

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