How to Install a WordPress Plugin

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In the previous article we talked about how to install WordPress. In this article, we discuss two different ways to install a WordPress plugin.
Luckily, there are thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins, here are 6 essential WordPress plugins for professional website you can choose. So whatever function you would like your website to perform, it’s a fairly safe bet that you will be able to find a plugin that caters for this need.

Installing a WordPress plugin is a very quick and easy process. There are two ways to do it.
Let’s now have a look at both of these processes.

1. Install a Free WordPress Plugin from WordPress.org

To get started, open your WordPress dashboard and select Plugins > Add Plugin from the sidebar menu.

On the Add Plugins page, you will find that WordPress displays a couple of popular and recommended plugins. You will also see a Search function, where you can directly search the WordPress.org repository without leaving your WordPress dashboard.

In the Search bar, type in the name of the plugin you would like to install. Here, you will see we have chosen to install the free share plugin Addthis

Once WordPress has retrieved the plugin, check it is the right one, and then click on Install Now, and then Activate.

Your new plugin is now installed on your website and ready to set up

2. Upload a Free or Premium Plugin to Your WordPress Website

If you want to upload a plugin to your WordPress dashboard, you will first need to download the plugin from its source to your computer. This will differ slightly depending on the plugin and where you are downloading it from.

After downloading your free or premium plugin to your computer, you will then need to upload it to your WordPress website. To upload a plugin (free or premium), open your WordPress dashboard and from the menu, select Plugins > Add Plugin.

On the Add Plugins page, instead of searching for the plugin you want to install, click on the Upload Plugin button at the top of the page.

Then, click on Choose File and select the zipped plugin file from your Downloads folder. Next, select Install Now.

Once the plugin has installed, select Activate Plugin

The plugin is now installed on your WordPress website.

As you can see, installing a WordPress plugin is a quick and easy business.
So, now it’s time for you to install your first WordPress plugin — are you ready to get started?

Any questions on how to install a WordPress plugin? Feel free to ask away in the comments below.

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