How to Install Plugins in WordPress

The first thing every beginner needs to learn after installing WordPress is how to install plugins in WordPress for free. In simple words, WordPress plugins are like apps for your WordPress website. 

They add or extend the functionality of your website. For example, you can use a plugin to add a contact form, use a plugin to add a gallery of images or use a plugin to add sidebar widgets.

There are about 50,000 WordPress plugins available, which are free to install. You can find any type of plugin you are looking for, from SEO to security. That’s why WordPress is called the biggest plugin library in the world.

What are WordPress Plugins?

A WordPress plugin is a piece of software that enhances the functionality of an existing application by adding additional capabilities. 

Plug-ins, which are commonly used on websites developed using content management systems such as Big-commerce, WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, provide a variety of functions for business owners and website visitors.

3 Ways to Install Plugins in WordPress 

  • Install Free Plugins Provided by WordPress Directory
  • How to Install paid/Premium Plugins from Outside 
  • How to Install Plugins Using FTP
1. Install Free Plugins Provided by WordPress Directory

This is the best and easiest way to install plugins in WordPress from Plugins Directory, as all the plugins are free from WordPress.

First, Visit your WordPress Dashboard and find Plugins >> Add new >> You can see the search bar. Now here you can type any plugin name that you want to install.

Install plugins in WordPress using admin panel

You can install a WordPress plugin on your site, but it won’t work unless you activate it. So go ahead and activate that plugin on your WordPress site by clicking the activate button.

Activate plugin in wordpress.

Now you have successfully installed plugins in WordPress.

After that, you can open that plugin setting and configure it as per your requirement to run that plugin functionality on your website.

2. How to Install Paid/Premium Plugins from Outside 

Premium plugins are not stored in the WordPress plugin directory, You have to download those plugins from their official website and then install them in WordPress.

Now I will see how to upload and install plugins that you download from outside.

First, visit WordPress Dashboard click on Plugins >> Add New >> Top left Corner you can see the option Upload Plugins

Image showing upload plugin from outside.

Click on the Choose file that will open your file manager from the computer, now add that plugin zip file to your WordPress and click on Install.

Choose upload file.

After that, you can see this type of screen, from here click on Activate Plugin.

Activate plugin

Now you have successfully activated the outside plugin using the upload option.

3. How do I Manually Install WordPress Plugins Using FTP

Your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that prevent you from installing a plugin from the admin area in some rare instances.

In this case, manually installing the plugin over FTP is your best option.

The required plugin can be downloaded as file from the WordPress directory or a third-party source. If you’re downloading from a third-party website, make sure it’s a legitimate service.

Unzip (or extract) the plugin file. The name of the unzipped folder will be the same as file.

After that, you’ll need to use FTP to connect to your WordPress website’s server. You can do this by connecting to the host server and transferring files using free or premium FTP client software.

If you don’t have an FTP account you can read by clicking here how to open an FTP Account.

Using a username and password, connect to your website using the FTP client. Your hosting provider may be able to give you these credentials.

Then, on your web hosting server, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the wp-content >> plugins folder.

Install plugin in WordPress by FTP method.

After you’ve uploaded the files, go to the WordPress admin area and select Plugins >> Installed Plugins from the admin menu. On the plugins page, you’ll see that your plugin has been successfully installed.

Now click on Activate that plugin and configure as per site requirement.

How to Use a Plugin in WordPress 

Most plugins that perform simple tasks start working right away after installation; however, more complicated plugins with more capabilities may require your input.

When you activate a forms plugin, for example, it will instantly offer you form templates. Then you can make changes to your forms as needed. A language translation plugin, on the other hand, will need to be set up before it can function.

The best approach to see all of your plugin’s modification options is to go to the plugin admin page and select Settings.


Plugins are necessary for making your WordPress website more functional. They’re easy to install, add, and use; just follow the instructions above to get started with your new plugins.

I hope you understand from this article how to install plugins in WordPress. If you want to know how to Install new Themes in WordPress without losing anything you can read by clicking here.

Rishabh Kolhe
Rishabh Kolhe

I am the founder of WealthyWork, I started my digital marketing journey in 2017. First, I started my career with SEO in Culturelligence, then after some time, I learned more about Digital Marketing. I worked as a Digital Marketer with Agile PeopleOps, a US-based HR organization. Now I am working in WealthyWork, We all specializing in Digital Marketing Services.

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