A lot of people love plugins, because they are useful. Plugins allow you to add some extra widgets, options, to optimize your site for search engines or even protect your site, plugins are really strong!How to install a Plugin on WordPress? It isn’t complicated to install them but we decided to put a tutorial for those who dont know! I will show you two ways to download, install and activate plugin on your WordPress site, so let’s go!
Install a Plugin using WordPress Dashboard Search Option
This is the easiest way to install and activate a plugin on WordPress.First you need is to log in into your WordPress dashboard! Now on your left side is a menu(Dashboar,Media,Pages,Comments,Appearance,PLUGINS, …), click on plugins then click on “Add new“.
You will see a screen like the one in the above screenshot. Type a plugin name you’d like to install then press “Search Plugins“, now you will see a bunch of listings like in the screenshot below:
You will pick a plugin that is best for you and your blog/site. We were looking for a plugin WP-Optimize which is the first plugin in the list, we will click the “Install now” link. A popup should appear on your screen, asking if you are sure you really want to install the plugin:
Click OK and WordPress will download and install your plugin, it will look something like this..
To activate a plugin just click on “Activate plugin” link. You would have to configure the settings of plugin to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we won’t be covering that in this post.
Install a Plugin using Upload Method in WordPress Dashboard
If the plugin you want isn’t in the WordPress Plugin directory for some reason either because it was a paid plugin, or a non-GPL plugin, then this option is the choice for you.
First you need to have a .zip file of a plugin on your computer, now log in into your WordPress dashboard. On your left side is a menu (Dashboar,Media,Pages,Comments,Appearance,PLUGINS, …), click on plugins then click on “Add new“. Then click on the Upload Tab, like in the picture below.
You will see the screen like the one above, upload your .zip file and click “Install now“. You will be taken to a page just like this one:
To activate a plugin just click on the “Activate plugin” link. You would have to configure the settings of a plugin to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each plugin therefore we won’t be covering that in this post.
We hope that this guide was helpful and that you have learned how to install and activate the plugin you want. We will try to keep this post up to date!