What Is A WordPress Plugin? & How To Install A New Plugin In WordPress

Are you a first time WordPress user?

And don’t know how to install a new plugin in WordPress?

WordPress plugins are the power of WordPress, plugins are one of the reasons why WordPress is the most popular CMS platform.

Plugins make various tasks easy, be it related to designing, managing your site, writing a post, building page and so on…

This post is really going to help you in learning how to install a WordPress plugin on your WordPress website.

There are the three methods which you can use to install a WordPress plugin on your WordPress site. I am going to share all those in this post, but before, you should know what is a plugin in WordPress?

What Is Plugin In WordPress?

WordPress Plugins are the mini pieces of the software which are the power of your WordPress site. It increases the function of the site, and allow admin to control the site more easily.

WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. Every Plugin has its own features and set of work or responsibilities.

Not everyone is comfortable in playing with the codes and don’t have enough technical knowledge of designing.

This is where WordPress plugins make easy for you to manage your blog and do other tasks easily without playing with the codes.

There are tons of plugins available in the WordPress Plugin directory. Every single plugin has its own features. Some plugins are free and some are paid.

As an Admin, you have full control over the plugins installed on your WordPress site. You can Install/Uninstall plugins and change the settings.

Note: Plugins are not available in the WordPress.com, you can only install and use the plugins only if you use WordPress.org which is a self-hosted platform.

How To Install A WordPress Plugin?

Installing a WordPress plugin isn’t a tough task…

As it looks like…

WordPress dashboard is very easy to understand even if you are the first time user. You can easily come to know about all the options WordPress has.

There are three methods to Install a WordPress Plugin. And the first two are simple and for the last one, you need to take care.

Watch this video to understand more clearly:

Install From WordPress Admin Dashboard

This is the first and easiest way to Install a WordPress Plugin.

An admin can easily install a plugin through the WordPress dashboard. You just need to log into into the admin account and go to Plugins>Add New and search for the plugin you want to install.

Plugins, staymeonline

Just after searching the plugin name, WordPress will show you the original and related plugins which can do the same task.

Click on the Install Now button to install the plugin, it will take some time to install. Once it’s installed, you can see the Activate button, click on that to make the plugin live in your WordPress site.

So, It’s done!

Upload Using WordPress Plugin Upload Option

This is another easy way to install the WordPress Plugin. First, you need to go to the WordPress Plugin directory by clicking the link.

You will see a search box which you can use to search a plugin, you can search and download the plugin file to install on your WordPress site.

Plugin, staymeonline,

The plugin will be downloaded in the .zip format.

Now you have the Zip file of the plugin you want to install. Log in to your WordPress Admin Panel>Plugins>Add New>Upload Plugin. As shown in the below image.


You will be seeing an upload file button, click on that to choose the file of the plugin you have in your computer to install in your WordPress website.

Select the plugin file or you can also drag and drop the file, once you added the file. Click on the Install Now button.


The installation will take some time…

Once the plugin installed in your WordPress site, you will be seeing “Plugin installed successfully” message on your screen.

You will be seeing the Activate Plugin button which you need to click to make the plugin live in your site.


This is done!

Now let’s move to the last method of installing a WordPress plugin.

Install WordPress Plugin Manually Using FTP

Mostly beginners not aware of this method of installing a WordPress plugin.

Some know about this but never use because they think that it is a complicated method.

But it’s not as it looks like…

It’s pretty simple if you know how to use FTP. However, you need to be careful when doing this, a single mistake can break your website.

For installing the plugin through FTP, you need to connect your FTP client to your WordPress site.

If you don’t have FTP details of your site or don’t know how to connect to the site please contact your Hosting Provider. You can create an FTP account for your site by yourself if you know how to create.

If you know your FTP details so fill it as shown in the image. In the First box enter Host then Username, Password, Port then click on Quick Connect. It will connect if you filled details correctly.

ftp, staymeonline

If you connected to your site successfully so then you can see site’s files in the remote site field.


Now download a plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory. Go to FileZilla which is connected with your WordPress Site then the path /public_html/wp-content/plugins and upload Plugin from the left side (local site) by right click then upload.


After uploading the plugin file, You need to go to your WordPress Admin Panel and login it as Admin. Then Plugins>Installed Plugins and locate the plugin you installed and click activate button to activate the plugin.


Now it’s done you have installed your plugin successfully.


As I’ve explained all the three methods are easy to use, you can choose any of these which you like most. and easy to use for you.

WordPress plugins are the power of a WordPress website, it makes tasks easy even if you don’t have any technical knowledge.

That’s why I always recommend beginners to use WordPress as their blogging platform if they are starting a blog.

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