2 Ways to Install a WordPress Plugin On Your Blog


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This is going to be a quick tutorial. Installing a WordPress plugin can be done in two ways: [toc]

Searching & Installing

Installing a WordPress plugin using this method is one thing that so easy to do. You can do this without leaving your WordPress dashboard.


If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from your dashboard and install it.

Simply log into your blog’s dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New. Then type your search term into the search box on the top right.

You can click on “More Details” to see more information about any plugin. Make sure you check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.

To install, simply click on “Install Now”. By doing that you’ll get a “successfully installed” message and then “Activate Plugin” the plugin.

What’s next is to configure the plugin. Go to the left panel of your dashboard and in the plugin area, you’ll find your newly installed plugin, click on it to make necessary changes.

Related: 6 recommended plugins to install on your new blog

Installing a Plugin Downloaded from 3rd parties

If you have downloaded a WordPress plugin from somewhere, you can upload the .zip file and save it on any folder on your PC.

To directly install it from your WordPress dashboard, Click on “Upload Plugin” and browse your drive to find the .zip file.

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At this time, WordPress only accepts the .zip format for uploading WordPress plugins and themes.

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And there you have it. Once installed, click the activate button on the next page and configure the plugin to suit your need.