How to install a WordPress plugin

How to install a WordPress plugin

The ability to easily add functionality by installing plugins is one of best things about WordPress. There are literally thousands of plugins available and installing them couldn’t be easier! Luckily installing them can be quite simple.

However there are a few ways to install your WordPress plugins

  • Automatic plugin installation
  • Manual plugin installation from the dashboard
  • Manually uploading plugin files (often included in premium themes)

WordPress Automatic plugin installation

Usually automatic installation is the best way to install plugins. WordPress uses a built in browsable version of the plugin repository. With that you can install plugins without leaving your own website.

Step 1: Log into your administrator panel

Visit your Dashboard (located at yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ )  and log in if necessary.

Step2: Find add new plugin

Navigate to Administrator > Plugins> Add New.

Note: You will end up on /wp-admin/plugin-install.php

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Step 3: Find a plugin

Now use the search box in the top right corner to find the plugin you need. For example let’s search on simple image to find the  plugin called Simpe Image Sizes.

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Step 4: Press Install

This could not be more obvious, but the press the install button. A popup box will ask for your confirmation.

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Step 5: Installation finished

If all goes well you will receive a message that your plugin was successfully installed.

If you get an error you are likely to have a permissions problem on your hosting plan. Write permissions are required on the plugin and temporary download folder in order to successfully download and install the plugin. This can be solved in a few ways. Please refer to The cause and solution of WordPress permission issues.

Step 6: Activate your plugin

With the plugin installed all that is left is activating the plugin. You can immediately do this by pressing the “Activate Plugin” link below the installation summary.

Or if you skipped this Simply return to the Installed Plugins overview. Now find your latest plugin and press activate.

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Conclusion

That wasn’t so hard was it? Have fun with your new plugin.

Manually installing a WordPress plugin by uploading a zip file

Sometimes you end up with zipped files that contain plugin files. It is common to receive theme specific plugins with premium WordPress themes.  You can also end up with zipped files when you download a plugin directly from the Official WordPress plugin repository (http://wordpress.org/plugins/ ).

Step 1: Log into your administrator panel

Visit your Dashboard (located at yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ )  and log in if necessary.

Step2: Find add new plugin

Navigate to Administrator > Plugins> Add New. You will end up on /wp-admin/plugin-install.php

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Step3: Upload Plugin button

On the top left corner press the Upload Plugin button

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Step4 : Choose file

Now simply press the Choose file button, select your zipped plugin and press Install now.

It is possible you will receive the following error

Unpacking the package…

Could not copy file

Write permissions are required on the plugin and temporary download folder in order to successfully download and install the plugin. This can be solved in a few ways. Please refer to The cause and solution of WordPress permission issues.

Step 5: Activate Plugin

If everything went well you will see WordPress has unpacked the zip adn installed it succesfully. Now all that is left is activate the plugin by clicking the Activate Plugin link.

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