WordPress Plugins gives you additional options in customizing your Blog as well as Power Packing it with additional options. I don’t think even a single Blog built on WordPress ignores the Importance of these Plugins.
But if you are new to WordPress then you may not be sure of how to Install these Plugins so to help the new webmasters who want to use WordPress as an Blogging platform I prepared this simple tutorial briefing you the steps required for Installing WordPress Plugins.
In total WordPress Plugins can be installed using any of the methods mentioned below.
- Automatically through WordPress.
- Manually uploading a plugin through WordPress.
- Manually uploading a plugin via FTP.
Automatically installing Plugins through WordPress.
First go to your WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins » Click Add New.
Now search for the plugin you want & click the Search Plugins.You will get a list of plugins select the right Plugin & click Install Now.
Once you are done with this you will be redirected to next screen.Click Activate Plugin to complete the installation.
Manually uploading a plugin through WordPress.
In most cases you will get the plugin available from the WordPress Plugin repository then you can follow the 1’st method for installing WordPress plugins easily.But if you are going to use commercial plugins they will provide you with a Zip file.then use this method to complete the installation.
First go to your WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins » Click Add New.Now you will find an option to upload.
Now Click Browse & select the Plugin Installation File & Click Install Now.Once completed Click Activate Now.
Manually uploading a plugin via FTP
Other option is to Install WordPress Plugins via FTP.For that you need to have the below information in hand.
- Server Hostname for FTP access
- FTP Username (not the same as your WordPress password)
- FTP Password
- Connection Type (FTP, FTPS (SSL) )
Unzip the WordPress Plugin archive & upload the files to /wp-content/plugins folder.Once the transfer is completed you can see the plugin going to WordPress Admin Panel and click on Plugins » Click Installed Plugins.Complete the installation by activating it.
We hope the instructions provided to you are helpful.We will try our best to keep this guide up to date. If you notice that there is something missing feel free to let us know.