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How To Install A WordPress Plugin [2023]

In this blog post, you will learn how to install a WordPress Plugin in two minutes.

We will show you how to find Plugins, explain what they are used for plus guide you through installing them.

Let’s get started.

About WordPress Plugins

The advanced functionalities of WordPress come from the 59,000 plus Plugins that are available to download.

By installing Plugins you can customise your website based on your requirements.

All Plugins are free to download and some come with Paid or Pro versions that provide advanced features.

You can easily install WordPress Plugins in a matter of minutes, we’ll show you how.

Table of Contents

  • How To Install WordPress Plugins
  • How To Manually Upload Plugins
  • WordPress Plugin FAQs
  • Recap

There are a few different ways that you can Plugins to your website.

The most common way is by installing them via your Dashboard.

You can also add them manually by uploading the .zip file if you have it.

How To Install WordPress Plugins

Installing a WordPress Plugin can be completed in less than two minutes.

It’s a very straightforward process.

To install a WordPress Plugin follow these steps;

  1. From the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for the Plugin you want to install using the search bar in the top right corner.
  3. Once you find your chosen Plugin, click Install Now.

Install WordPress Plugin

4. Now it is installed you need to activate it. This can be done by clicking Activate after the installation is complete.

Activate WordPress Plugin

That’s it done! Easy right?

How To Manually Upload Plugins

There is more than one way to upload a Plugin.

The second method is by manually uploading them using a .zip file.

To manually upload a WordPress Plugin follow these steps;

  1. Download your desired Plugin as a .zip file from the WordPress directory.
  2. From the Dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
  3. Click Upload Plugin which can be found at the top of the page.
  4. Click ChooseFile, select the .zip file, and click Install Now.

Upload WordPress Plugin

5. Once the upload and installation are complete, click Activate Plugin.

Activate WordPress Plugin

WordPress Plugin FAQs

If you are a beginner to WordPress you might be confused by Plugins.

That’s why we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

What Are WordPress Plugins?

WordPress Plugins are an add-on to your website design that increases the functionality of your website.

There are Plugins for everything, some of the most common are SEO, Landing Pages, and Security.

Plugins are free to download and use, many come with Pro versions offering advanced features.

How To Find Plugins?

There are a few different ways to find Plugins.

The first is by searching for them from your Dashboard, as we covered above.

Secondly, you can visit the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Thirdly, you can use third parties, for example, Code Canyon.

How To Update Plugins?

Updating a WordPress Plugin is very easy.

From the Dashboard, click Installed Plugins and you will see those that have an update available.

You can set your Plugins to update automatically or you can choose to do it manually.

How Many Should I Install?

WordPress has not set a limit to how many Plugins you can install.

However, be advised that adding too many can slow down your website.

How Do I Uninstall Plugins?

To uninstall a Plugin, go to your Plugins and click Deactivate if it is activated then click Delete.

It’s important to remember that uninstalling Plugins may affect functions on your website from working correctly.


In this blog post, we have shown you how to install a WordPress Plugin.

We showed you how to do it using the Dashboard and Manually.

Finally, we covered some WordPress Plugin FAQs.

Before going, comment below and tell us what your favourite WordPress Plugin is and why you love it.