How to Install a WordPress Plugin 2021 (Beginner’s Guide)

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Last updated on September 28th, 2021

After installing WordPress, one of the first things you’ll stumble upon is how do I install a WordPress plugin?

Today, you will get your answer.

In this tutorial, I will show you the easiest ways to install a WordPress plugin. No matter what’s your tech skill, you will learn how to add a plugin to WordPress website in under 5 minutes.

let’s get started…

How to Install WordPress Plugin (step by step)

What is Plugin (in short)? A plugin is a piece of software or code that contains a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website to extend functionality. This means A plugin can help you to customize your site by add new features.

Anyway, there are tons of free and premium plugins available for WordPress websites. If you Not sure, how to add a plugin to a WordPress website, you’ve come to the right place.

There are mainly two processes you need to know in order to install a WordPress plugin.

  1. Install free Plugin
  2. Install paid Plugin

Installing a FREE WordPress plugin is works differently than installing a premium plugin. Not worry! In this guide, we cover both.

Let’s start with free plugins:

How to Install a free WordPress Plugin

Installing a free plugin could be easy because you can access the official plugins directory through your admin area.

Let’s start the process:

1. Go to “Plugins” in your WordPress dashboard

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugin in the sidebar menu.

2. Click on “Add New”

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Click “Add New” in order to proceed next.

3. Find Plugin via search

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Now, use the plugin name in the search bar if you know any of it. You can also use the featured, popular, or recommended option to find plugins.

In my case, I’m going to show you how to install “Shortpixel‘ image optimizer plugin on our website. Now, input the plugin name and get the plugin right away.

4. Install the Plugin

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Once you get the plugin you want to install, click “Install Now”. It takes a few seconds to fetch the plugin and installed it on your site.

5. Activate the Plugin

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Once it’s installed just click” Active Plugin”

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

YES! It’s done! The free plugin has been activated.

Pretty simple, isn’t it!

Let’s move on to the next…

How to Install a Premium WordPress Plugin

Actually, Install a WordPress plugin that’s premium or paid is a bit different. It is because paid plugins are not available in the WordPress plugin directory.

If you need plugins that aren’t available in the official directory, you can use third-party directories like CodeCanyon (recommended).

For paid plugin, you have to buy it and manually upload the plugin files via the WordPress dashboard.

Here are the steps:

1. Get the plugin .zip format

Anyway, before starting the process, you need to download the plugin ZIP file from your chosen source. In my case, I use the Wp Rocket (paid plugin) for my site.

2. Go to “Plugins” in your WordPress dashboard

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Next, log in to the WordPress dashboard and click Plugins -> Add New.

3. Upload your plugin .zip file

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Now, upload the plugin in a .zip format from your computer and confirm the upload by clicking on “Install Now.”

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

4. Activate the plugin

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

When it is uploaded, just “click Activate” and after doing so, the plugin is online and you can start using it.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

All done. you’ve successfully installed the WordPress premium plugin on your website.

Warning! Before you download and install any plugin to your WordPress website, make sure it’s secure. Also, read through the plugin documentation, support, and reviews as well.


FAQ: Installing WordPress Plugin


Over to You

The process goes smoothly, isn’t it!!

Now you have the option to boost the functionality of your website even if you have no technical skills.

Still, If you’re not sure which plugin to start with, consider your current website needs. I hope, your current website condition will lead you to the plugin that you need to succeed.

However, below are some of the recommended must have plugins help you to get started:

  • Yoast SEO: This plugin improves your blog post and page on-page SEO through optimization.
  • Wp Rocket: It boosts your website performance and reduces loading time by caching
  • Google XML Sitemaps: This plugin automatically generates XML sitemaps that help for better search engine optimization.
  • Akismet Spam Protection: It protects your site from spam comments and prevents any malicious attacks.

With these 4 plugins, you can simply begin. But later on, if you need more functionality, you will understand what’s your website lacks.

I hope this guide helped you learn how to install the WordPress plugin. Still, If you have any questions regarding this article, be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to receive your feedback.

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