Installing WordPress plugins is one factor that every self-hosted wordpress blogger need to realize the way to do.
Technically, wordpress gives 3 approaches to put in wordpress plugins for your blog:
- Search and set up
- Upload and install
look for & deploy plugin from wordpress dashboard
Search For & Install Plugin From WordPress Dashboard
Installing a plugin from the wordpress dashboard is the perfect way.
If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from the dashboard and install it.
Simply log into your blog’s dashboard and click on Plugins > upload new. then type your search time period into the quest container at the top right.
In this case, I searched for WP-Optimize and I got the following results:
You can click on “More Details” to see more information about any plugin. Make sure you check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.
Also, be sure to read the documentation before installing any new plugin.
To install, simply click on “Install Now” and then “Activate Plugin” on the next page.
The next step is to go into the settings panel of the plugin and make all of the necessary changes. Much of the time, we make the mistake of installing plugins without properly configuring them. After installing any plugin, always be sure to configure the settings.
Install WordPress Plugin Downloaded From 3rd Party Sites
If you have downloaded a WordPress plugin from somewhere, you can upload the .zip file and install it directly from the WordPress dashboard.
Click on “Upload Plugin” and browse your drive to find the .zip file.
At this time, WordPress only accepts the .zip format for uploading WordPress plugins and themes.
FTP Method To Install WordPress Plugin
This is another method that is very useful when you can’t install a WP plugin using the WordPress dashboard.
You simply download the plugin from the WordPress plugin library, unzip it, and upload it to your WordPress plugin library using your FTP software. Normally, the plugin upload folder is located under wp-content/plugins.
Once you are done uploading the file, you can simply go to the WordPress plugins folder in the WP dashboard and activate the plugin. This is a very useful method for those who don’t have access to installing plugins or themes from the dashboard due to server restriction.
Three Ways To Install A WordPress Plugin
Personally, I prefer using the dashboard’s search and upload feature. Only in specific cases do I need to use the FTP method.
Managing WordPress plugins is also easy. All you need to do is go to the plugins folder in the WP dashboard and activate or deactivate plugins with a single click.
Sometimes you may find that you’re facing issues with your WordPress site after installing a certain plugin. Simply log into your dashboard via FTP and deactivate that plugin. Certain plugins are not compatible with certain versions of WordPress and will cause problems.
If you are completely new to WP or are planning to start with WordPress, you should check out our complete WordPress guide.