How to Install WordPress Plugin-Step by Step for Newbies

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[/column][column size=”one-third” last=”true”]After Installing WordPress the  first thing every newbie should learn is How to Install WordPress Plugin.Plugins are designed to add  more features  like gallery
[/column]photo slide show,commenting like Disqus Plugin etc.Several plugins that are available for download.Some plugins are free while others are premium i.e you need to pay to use them,although even premium ones have some few features enabled for free use.

Before we get started,I need to clarify something here.If you are using WordPress.com,you cannot be able to install plugins in your blog.You should migrate your blog to a paid Web Hosting.

How to Install WordPress Plugin

There are two main ways of Installing WordPress Plugin.

  •  Installing  Plugin using WordPress Plugin Search

Easy way to install WordPress plugin is to use plugin search.Downside of this option is that only plugins that are free can be found in plugin directory.

Login to WordPress admin area.Click Plugins Tab then Add New.Below Window will pop up.


searching new plugins

Typing Plugin name or functionality  on the screenshot above ,a Bunch of plugin listings like one below will appear.

Search plugins

From the  list you can easily pick the plugin that is suitable for you.In my case am looking for Floating Social Bar.

I will go ahead and Click Install Now Button.

WordPress will now download the plugin and install it.After installing,Activation Link will appear as shown in screen below.activateplugin-min

That all.You will have successfully installed WordPress Plugin.Some plugins will require configuration of settings.Se how to Configure  Yoast SEO Plugin

  • Installing Plugin using Admin Plugin Upload 

Plugins that are premium cannot be Installed using search method because they are not in the plugin directory.

WordPress  has the upload option for plugins that are not Free.

Click Plugins Tab>>Add New >>Upload Plugin.

Install WordPress plugin

Clicking Upload Plugin Button will bring you to below window.

How to Install WordPress plugin

Here you are required to browse downloaded plugin,Select and then Click Install Button.After successfull  Installation,activation Link will Appear.

wordpress install plugin

After Plugin Activation,you need to configure.Different plugins have different configuration settings.

 

About the Author: Eric K

Kenyan Developer and Blogger with Interests in Java,Javascript,Node.js, Wordpress, Android, PHP and Making Money Online. Solving world problems through programming is my passion. Hire me: Email : kawi3462@gmail.com