Agenda to install WordPress plugin – A complete guide for beginners

February 17, 2020

One of the trouble-free and robust CMS in today’s world is WordPress. In 2004, WordPress was released with support for “Plugins” which helps in expanding its core functionalities. And it takes WordPress to a whole new level with millions of users around the globe. With the current version of WordPress 5.3.2, there are 52,479 official FREE plugins in the repository to build your website with feature-rich functionality.

Are you excited to extend the default functionality of WordPress with these extended features? We have compiled different methods of plugin installation for you to easily install and make use of it

Install WordPress Plugin in effortless methods

Plugins

Besides themes, we have plugins which are a very redeeming feature of WordPress. Here, Non-developers have supremacy in developing codes to scale up their website functionality. Plugins are software appended and it can be installed in WordPress, for elongating the functionality of the website. A plugin is tedious and helps us work more simple.

We can install a plugin in various methods. The installation of the plugin is a rapid process. Here, we will interact with the needs of the plugin and how to install and put it into service. We will discuss the three methods of installation.

Method 1 – Installation from the WordPress Dashboard

Installing Plugins from the WP Dashboard is one of the elementary methods. This method is preferable for the open-source and community plugins that are listed in the WordPress plugin directory. We must log in to WordPress to proceed with the next. Opt for Plugins -> Add New. We can download or save the plugin by using a search tool on the page. Let us try searching with “WP Ultimate CSV Importer“.

Search for the desired plugin in WordPress dashboard to install

WordPress provides the absolute forage outcome while you start to type out instead of giving the entire word. We have to pick out the desired plugin from the search directory and opt for “Install Now” displayed.

The endmost step will be activation which is processed by opting “Activate” toggle.

Activate the WordPress plugin after installing

The Plugin is ready to perform in WordPress.

Note to Self :

Only free plugin available in the directory can be installed.

Method 2 – Installation in the Admin area

We have an alternative method for installing the plugin by availing the paid version. Let’s initiate downloading the plugin from the source. We have to set a login as Admin. Opt for Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin. Opting will pop out the plugin upload page.

Uploading the plugin zip file in WordPress Admin area

Let us tap the “Choose File” toggle and explore the zip file in the downloads for proceeding with the installation. The user will receive a popup message for accreditation. It is mandatory to activate the installed plugin or it will be futile. This installation supports only plugins in zip format.

Method 3 – Installation using FTP

The closing and the puzzle method of installing the plugin is using FTP. It can be referred to as Manual Importing. We have to download the zip file of the plugin from the directory and extract it in /wp-content/plugins folder to proceed forward. This method is a complex process for the apprentice until they practice once.

Locating the plugins folder in FTP client to install plugins in WordPress

ForthComing is to connect the site’s server with FTP. There might be perplexity in connecting the server, at that point, we have to reach out to the hosting provider. Plot a route to the wp-content enclosed on the installation page. Search out the path /wp-content/plugins, to update the extracted file or folder. Once uploading is done, the next process will be verification that is installed in the WordPress folder. Else, all the current uploaded files have to be detached and the installation should be resumed.

Activation of plugins

Installation can be concluded only if it is activated and configured. Plugins can be activated or deactivated in WordPress. It can be configured in the settings. Configuration varies for each of the plugins. It has to be performed only in the updated version of that plugin.

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