How to Install a WordPress Plugin Easily ? -Step by Step Beginner’s Guide

Looking to install a WordPress plugin ? Installing a WordPress plugin can be challenging task. Especially, when you are new to WordPress dashboard. It is quite understandable. Because WordPress is considered to be one of the toughest blogging platform.

Its often said that “Plugins are the real power of WordPress“. Plugins are special tools that provide additional functionality to working of your blog. Plugins make your work easier from what could be a very difficult task manually.

We have already discussed, a detailed step by step instruction on “How to install a WordPress theme“. And now its time to discuss “How to install a WordPress plugin” for beginner’s. In this post you would be learning to install a WordPress plugin easily. But before that here is a quick note for you.

Install a WordPress Plugin Easily

Note :

Please note that the option for installing a plugin is available only for self-hosted WordPress users. Hence, free users can’t find option to install a WordPress plugin in their dashboard. It is due to the fact that free users have some of limitations. And one of the greatest limitation among them is not being able to install a WordPress plugin.

However, if you want to remove these limitations you can consider to buy upgrades (paid or paid hosting plans.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin ?

To install a WordPress plugin, you need to have admin permission. So make sure, you are logged in and at your dashboard.

Again, in a similar fashion to WordPress theme installation process, there are 3 known ways to install a WordPress plugin. But here I would discuss only two, as this step by step guide is for beginners only. And 3rd one is not for beginners. But I promise that I would also share that way in my upcoming posts.

Warning :

Before you install a WordPress plugin, I would like to let you know few things. Some of WordPress plugins can make a conflict and your WordPress site may start working improperly. I had faced a similar problem while installing my first WordPress plugin.

Hence, before installing any un-trusted third party plugin consider taking a back up of your WordPress blog. So that you may get everything back soon.

Also Read: Make Money Blogging or Create a Free WordPress Blog

1. Install a WordPress Plugin Using Plugin Search Panel

WordPress has a default plugin directory from where you can get a large number of free plugins. So you can also install them easily with this method.

Step #1


To install a WordPress plugin from WordPress plugin directory, all you have to do is – Go to Plugins>>Add New from your dashboard. And after typing the name of your desired plugin, search for it as shown below.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin ?

Step# 2


Now, you will see a large number of plugins that match your searched keyword. Select the desired one and install by clicking on install now. Here is a screenshot.

Install WordPress Plugin Beginner's Guide

Step #3


Now, you would be asked to confirm the installation. Simply click Ok and WordPress will install the desired plugin itself.

Install a WP Plugin Easily - Confirmation

After installation, you will see a success message like this. Now finally, you have to activate the plugin. And your plugin will start working.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin Easily ?

Congratulations ! You have successfully learnt “How to Install a WordPress Plugin“.

2. Install a WordPress Plugin by Manually Uploading to Admin Panel

To install a WordPress plugin using this method, you need to have your plugin ready with you in pre-downloaded .zip file. This method is generally used for installing either paid plugins or any plugin which is not available in WordPress directory.

Step #1


Again, as listed in above method go to Plugins>>Add new >>Upload from your WordPress dashboard. Here is a screenshot.

Install a WordPress Plugin by Upload Method
Step # 2


Now choose the downloaded .zip file of your desired plugin and click on Install Now. You’ll get a similar success message on screen like this. Now click on Activate Plugin to activate it.

Activate WordPress Plugin After Installation

You are done ! Congratulations ! You have again successfully installed a WordPress plugin. Now buy a cup of coffee for me, we would enjoy together.

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Though, you have just learnt to install a WordPress plugin. And this step by step guide will make you able to install each and every plugin that you desire on your self-hosted WordPress blog. But make sure you install only those required plugins which are essential.

Because loading your site with tons of plugin will not only slow-down the loading of a site. But also will provide a non-friendly user experience.

“Plugins are the real power of WordPress. But make sure your power might not become your weakness”. – Rahul Dubey

Hope you enjoyed this step by step guide to install a WordPress plugin. If you found any problem while installing then do let me know via comment section below. Because, I would be happiest person of the world after helping you.

I hope that you are not selfish. So share this post with your friends. Because “Sharing is caring”. Care for your friends, not me.

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Rahul Dubey is 20 years old, a web-based entrepreneur and owner of Rahul enjoys learning new tips and tricks related to technology. He helps bloggers excel online with his effective lessons and tools that he uses for successful blogging. His works often gets mentioned on popular magazines like Forbes and Huffington Post etc. And what makes him stand out of crowd is his friendly attitude of sharing what he learns. Got a query ? Ask me via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Email.

4 comments… add one
  • Girish Oct 15, 2014, 11:15 am

    Hello rahul,
    Firstly nice post, Actually I visited your site by mistake and this was the first posts I ever read on your site. What came next was that I became glad to be here. This post had given me the great idea to Install a WordPress Plugin very Easily as i am using wordpress.Thanks for writing this post and making me more firm

    • Rahul Dubey Oct 15, 2014, 11:26 am

      Thanks Girish for your kind feedback.It is always a pleasant experience to hear good words. 🙂

      However I would like to know, out of the two methods listed in the post – which method would you prefer ?

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