Installing WordPress plugins or themes is pretty easy for those who familiar with the WordPress dashboard and have been utilizing the CMS for quite a while. So, as you may have already guessed, this simple guide is focused on those who do not have any idea about the CMS and probably migrated from some other platforms they have been using so far. The article will cover various methods and steps required to install any plugin on your WordPress website either available on the WordPress repository or from a custom marketplace.
Before installing custom plugins or third-party plugins that are not verified by the WordPress team, make sure that the plugin has a good amount of reviews and is a popular one. Otherwise, you are risking yourself to the possible threats that may result in hacks due to the lack of security in the plugin or carelessness of the developer.
Install Plugin from WordPress
This is the easiest and most common way of installing WordPress plugins that are available in the WordPress repository.
- Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Navigate to Plugins.
- Click Add New.
- Search the plugin.
- Click the Install Now button next to it.
- As soon as the plugin is installed, click on Activate (only if you want to activate the plugin instantly. Or you can do it later from the plugins section.)
So that’s how you install a WordPress plugin that is available in the WordPress repository. It is always recommended to stick to the official plugins or the verified plugins available in the WordPress Plugin Repository than choosing an alternative. The marketplaces like Codecanyon is also trustworthy.
Install Plugins using FTP
You can also install plugins by manually uploading and extracting them via FTP. You need an FTP program like Filezilla to do that. You will also need an SSH client to extract the Zip file as FTP programs don’t allow direct extraction of the compressed files. If you do not want to use an extra program, you can extract the file manually from your desktop and then upload the folder. Here is a detailed guide on how to install WordPress plugins using FTP.
Install WordPress Plugins with cPanel
Most of the managed WordPress hosting such as Siteground, Bluehost, GoDaddy, etc. come with cPanel which allows easily managing your hosting account. Here is how you can install the plugin with cPanel.
- Login to cPanel.
- Go to File Manager.
- Navigate to /wp-content/plugins/.
- Upload your extracted plugin folder.
- That’s it.
If you have a Zip file instead, just extract it after uploading it to the folder.