If you can’t figure out how to install a WordPress plugin, you have come to the right place. We will give you detailed instructions on three methods you can use to install and finally activate your plugin.

Once you get the first one right, installing subsequent plugins will be a smooth process.

Plugins are essential for adding the functionality of your website without any expertise needed. You can improve your site’s SEO, increase speed, add payment methods, add contact forms, and much more.

There are over 55,000 free and paid WordPress plugins available. Although there is no limit to the number of plugins you can install, it’s important that you only install only what you need to avoid slowing down the website.

You need to also pay attention to the reliability of the plugin you choose. It should be secure and not affect the user-friendliness or responsiveness of your site.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

If you want to install a free WordPress plugin, install the plugin by using the WordPress plugin search box. It is the easiest of the three methods.

You have to follow the WordPress plugin upload method if you want to install a paid or premium plugin, because you won’t find premium plugins in the WordPress plugin directory.

It is rare that you might have problems installing a plugin by WordPress plugin search or using the plugin upload method. Nevertheless, if it happens, you have to install your plugin using FTP.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin via WordPress Plugin Search Box

install a wordpress plugin via wordpress plugin searchbox

First, head over to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins >> Add New.

You will see an interface like the image above. Type the plugin name in the search box that you want to add. For our tutorial, type in keywords for a plugin you are looking  for an example, we will use Elementor .

Next, click on the “Install Now” button. WordPress will automatically download and install the plugin for you.

write plugin name in wordpress search box

You can see that the “Install Now” button has changed into an “Activate” button. The plugin won’t work on your site if you don’t activate it.

Go ahead and click on the Activate button. Now you can start using this plugin.

install and activate wordpress plugin

That’s all. You have successfully installed the Elementor page builder plugin on your website.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin by WordPress Plugin Upload Method

This procedure is usually used for installing premium plugins. As the WordPress plugin directory is limited to only free plugins, paid plugins cannot be installed using the first method, because they are not listed in the WordPress plugin directory.

For this reason, WordPress comes with an upload method.

In this section, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin using the plugin upload system.

  1. First, download the Elementor plugin from elemntor.com. It will be a zip file (You have to download your chosen plugin from the desired source).
  2. Log in to your WordPress admin area.
  3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  4. Next, click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button at the top of the page.
install a wordpress plugin by upload method

This will open the plugin upload section. From here you have to choose the zip file that you have downloaded previously.

  1. Click on “Choose File”.
  2. You will be redirected to your own computer files. Choose the zip file from your computer.
choose the zip file you have downloaded earlier

After that, click the “Install Now” button.

install now

Now WordPress will automatically upload the plugin from your computer and install it for you.

When you complete this process, you will see a success message on the WordPress dashboard.

activate the uploaded plugin

After installing successfully, you need to click on “Activate Plugin”. It should now be activated on your website. Lastly, you have to configure the plugin settings.

Every plugin has a different settings configuration procedure. Therefore, we will not show you this in our tutorial.

Want to find out more ways to upload your WordPress Plugins in other method ways By visiting the full article How to install a WordPress Plugin

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