Do you want to learn how to install plugin in WordPress? If “yes” Then OK! I will teach you everything here.
For installing a WordPress plugin you just have to go to the WordPress Dashboard>Plugins>Add New> Search Plugin/Upload>Install>Activate.
But do you know security should be our main concern while working online on WordPress and any other CMS website?
And this is the reason we delete default content and do some initial WordPress settings after installing WordPress.
An un-updated or plugin by some fraud person can be used by hackers to harm you! Such kinds of cases are increasing day by day.
So, be alert always install a safe, updated, and great rating plugin.
Things To Keep in Mind Before Installing Plugins In WordPress?
- The plugin should be provided by any popular brand. And it should have some positive track record and positive reviews.
- The plugin should be updated frequently. Unupdated plugins for the last 1-2 years may be an easy target to hack your website.
- Regularly updated plugins perform much better with your current version of WordPress. It shows perfect compatibility.
- The plugin should have an amazing rating and positive feedback from the users.
Install WordPress Plugin From Dashboard
This method is quite simple and most in practice by WordPress users. In this method, no coding knowledge is required to install WordPress.
So, let’s see how to install plugin In WordPress from WordPress Dashboard
Step 1: Go To WordPress Dashboard
For accessing your WordPress dashboard you can follow the link: https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Here you have to replace Your Domain with your exact domain name. Suppose my domain name is satendrasaini.com.
So, for me, the address of my dashboard will be as follow: https://www.satendrasaini.com/wp-admin.
It will ask us to enter our WordPress User ID and Password. Enter these details and your dashboard will be in front of you.
Step 2: Add New Plugin
Now after accessing WordPress Dashboard your second step is to find add new plugin button. For doing this follow the instructions specified in the image.
- First of all point your cursor on the plugins button. It will reflect three options. Installed plugins will show all pre-installed plugins.
- Add a new option is for adding a new plugin as we are going to add a New WordPress plugin. So, click on the Add New button.
Step 3: Search or Upload Plugin
When you will click on Add New button you will se some such kind of interface.
Here you have 2 options 1 & 2. Either you can upload your plugin .zip file you you can search for the free plugin available in the plugin directories. I will tell you both process.
Pro Tip: Generally paid plugins are downloaded in a .zip file from the internet. So, they can be uploaded from the first Upload Plugin option.
Step 3.1 Upload Plugin
For uploading a plugin follow the directions 1>2>3.
- First of all click on upload plugin. It will ask you to choose file from your computer. Just select that particular file.
- This file will be uploaded to the WordPress website.
- Now click on install now button for installing your plugin.
Step 3.2 Search Plugin
If you didn’t purchase any plugin and want to add a free plugin the search for the plugins in the given box 1.
In image box 1 write your keyword like I write the classic editor. You may enter your desired keyword.
Similar results appear. I am looking for Classic Editor by WordPress Contributors. Which is at position no 1. So, now I will click on the install now button.
Suppose you want to install an SEO plugin. Then enter SEO, and Yoast SEO, RankMath SEO, All in One SEO will be in front of you.
Step 4: Activate Plugin
Now the next and final step is to activate your plugin. If you have uploaded your .zip file then you will find activate option there.
If you have to search your plugin in the search directory then after installing you will see activate option.
Just click on the activate button and your plugin will be installed successfully.
Pro Tips: If you didn’t find any option to activate plugin by any mistake then don’t worry. I am here to help you for this.
- For doing this just go to plugins and click on install plugins.
- Now You will see activate and delete button as shown in the rectangle box.
- Click on Activate to finish the installation process.
- You have done enjoy!
Dear viewers you can also upload your plugin directly from your hosting cPanel. For doing this basic knowledge of coding and server is required.
If you are not aware of that then this process may be risky for you. So, I will advice you to just upload or install your plugins directly from your WordPress Dashboard.
Delete or Deactivate Plugin
Sometime we find some better plugin that we are working with. In this situation we need to replace the current plugin with the new one.
Sometime we see that companies or developer stop working on a particular project. At the time of installation it was perfectly updated.
But as time pass nobody update this plugin. So, such kind of plugin may be harmful for your site health. You just need to identify, deactivate and delete these plugins.
So, the better option is deactivate and delete the current plugin.
How To Deactivate Plugins In WordPress
Follow the steps:
- First of all go the the WordPress Dashboard.
- Go to plugins and click on installed plugins.
- This will show you the complete list of installed plugins.
- Select the outdated or scrap plugin and click on deactivate.
Now it will show you two options Activate or Delete.
After clicking on deactivate this plugin will stop functioning. But this plugin is still in your theme.
It can be harmful to keep inactive plugin. Also, It may slow your site loading speed.
So, after deactivating just click on delete. Now you are done with this.
So this was the complete process how to install plugin in WordPress perfectly from dashboard without any coding knowledge.
And I hope you like this completely. If you have any doubt just leave a comment for that. We will short out your problem.
How To Install WordPress Plugins from zip?
You just have to click on upload button under Dashboard>Plugins>Add New.
It will show you option to choose file and install plugin.
After installation click on activate button.
How to install WordPress Plugin Manually?
In this process you have to upload the .zip file to your WordPress plugin directory.
You can do this from WordPress Dashboard also. Just follow the first question and repeat the post instructions.
Does Plugin slowdown the website speed?
Plugins are the codes developed for helping users. These code file occupy some space on your server.
If the size of your plugin is considerable then off course it will slow down the speed of your website.
Why We use plugins in WordPress?
Just understand it by a simple example. WordPress is a body. And plugins are the tools.
Suppose a man want to open a screw. The he will require an screw driver to do this task.
Similarly WordPress plugin perform some special tasks on your website along with theme.
How many plugins we can install in WordPress?
Dear WordPress blog owner you can install as much as you want. There is no limit for plugin installation.
But keep in mind that don’t install more that one for same functions. Like if you are using Yoast SEO then don’t install RankMath with it. Both have same function their conflict will afftect the website performance.
What happens to the settings of previous plugin when I install a new one?
Let me explain it in very simple way. Suppose you are using free Yoast SEO then you install a new premium Yoast SEO. In this case previous settings will be transferred to the premium plugin.
If you will install RankMath SEO then you have to allow to import settings from Yoast.
If you will install other category plugin then settings will remain un effective in this case. Because the functions of these two plugins are different.
How To Install Plugin In WordPress Manually
If you want to install plugin in WordPress manually then you have to repeat the process stated in this entire post.
- Just Go to WordPress Dashboard.
- Click on Add New Plugin.
- Click on Upload plugin button.
- Now choose the .zip file.
- Click install and activate.
- Installation process is completed.