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How To Install Wordpress Plugins

Updated on November 2, 2010

Wordpress Plugins

Wordpress Plugins are modules developed to add functionality to your Wordpress CMS or Blog. From Social Media integration to full e-commerce, the plugin database never fails to accommodate, as it currently boasts nearly 12,000 dynamic, bolt-on solutions.

If you don't have a Wordpress installation yet, you will need to get going on that first, check out this post on how to install Wordpress on a domain (we always suggest you get a dedicated domain name).

The Wordpress Plugin Directory
The Wordpress Plugin Directory | Source

Three Ways To Go

There are 3 ways to go about installation of a plugin, they are:

  1. Search, find and install a plugin via. the Wordpress Admin Panel.
  2. Save a plugin to your computer, then browse to it and install from the Wordpress Admin Panel.
  3. Place the file directly into your Wordpress Plugin folder (this is how I've always done it).

Method 1:

  • From within the Wordpress Admin panel, look to the left and you will see a tab called "Plugins". Just below that, click on "Add New".
  • This will bring up a screen where you can search for a plugin or enter the name of a plugin (if you already know which one you need).
  • Once you locate the plugin, just click "Install", once installation is complete, click "Activate Plugin".
  • Done, donate to the Developer if you can.

Method 2:

  • Visit wordpress.org and click the "Extend" button up top.
  • Click on Plugins.
  • Search for what you need. (I'll be the first to admit that their search function is weak at best, another option would be to search other design blogs for good plugins, then come back to find and download what you need.)
  • Download the zipped file and extract to a folder somewhere (I use my desktop).
  • Now, from your Wordpress Admin Panel, go to Plugins > Add New. This will allow you to browse to the plugin on your local machine (Mine would be on my desktop).
  • Click "Install" and don't forget to click "Activate Plugin" when you are done!
  • Done.

Method 3:

  • Visit wordpress.org and click the "Extend" button up top.
  • Click on Plugins.
  • Search for what you need. (I'll be the first to admit that their search function is weak at best, another option would be to search other design blogs for good plugins, then come back to find and download what you need.)
  • Download the zipped file and extract to a folder somewhere (I use my desktop).
  • Locate your Wordpress > wp-content > Plugins Folder and drag the file into it.
  • Connect via. FTP and drag the Plugin Folder from your local file to the file on your server.
  • Go to you Wordpress Admin Panel and click on Plugins.
  • Locate your new Plugin on the list and click "Activate Plugin"
  • Done.

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      8 years ago from Mid-Michigan

      Nice, concise info. Adding a link from one of my hubs.

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