Last Updated on 9th October 2020 by Ajmer Singh
How to add plugins to WordPress
After successful installation of WordPress, the first thing that comes into mind is “How to add plugins to WordPress??” To add more functionalities to your website, plugins plays an important role.
So, in this article, I am going to tell you how to properly add plugins to WordPress. But before the start, I want to clear that you cannot install a plugin in WordPress.com until you upgrade to their business plan.
WordPress.com is limited that’s why I always recommend for WordPress.org.
You can add plugins by 3 ways,
1. Plugin Search from Dashboard
It is one of the easiest ways to install a plugin to WordPress. You will find a lot of plugins by searching here and yes most of these plugins are free.
As I said its simple, just click on add plugin and in the search bar look for the plugin you want.
You will get a lot of options for every search. Compare every plugin with reviews, ratings etc. and then select the best one according to your needs.
After that click on install now, wait for few seconds then activate it.
For example, we are looking for SEO plugin, you will see a lot of plugins are available for SEO like Yoast SEO, All in One SEO Pack, RankMath, SEO Framework etc.
We are already using Yoast SEO that’s why you can see the active option there. Yoast SEO is one of the best plugins for SEO but as I said compare before using any plugin. RankMath gives proper competition to every other SEO plugins. See the comparison Yoast vs RankMath SEO Plugin(2020)
You can setup Yoast with the help of our article, How To Setup Yoast SEO On WordPress (Step by Step).
2. Upload a Plugin
There are a lot of paid plugins which are not available in the plugin directory like WP Rocket cache plugin.
To install these plugins WordPress gives you an option to upload.
Download the plugin from their website. The file will be in the .zip format.
Next click on upload plugin, then choose a file (select your plugin file in .zip format).
Click on install now. After the plugin will be installed, activate it.
Done, now you can use this plugin.
3. Manually install a Plugin via FTP
This process is not for beginners, so if you are new to WordPress then avoid using this and go for the above two steps.
In the second method, you downloaded a plugin file and upload it, but in this process, you need to download a plugin file and extract this .zip file into a folder.
Now access your host FTP manager, if you don’t know the username and password then ask your hosting provider.
Some are using third party software like FileZilla to access their FTP, while some are using managed hosting accounts to access the file manager.
Connect your site using the id password and go to /wp-content/plugins/.
Next, you need to upload the folder you extracted to this /wp-content/plugins/.
Done, now visit your WordPress admin dashboard and check the installed plugins. You will see the plugin is installed, next, you need to activate the plugin.
That’s all, I hope now you understand how to add plugins to WordPress. If you like the article then share it with your friends and don’t forget to comment if you face any issue.
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