How to Install WordPress Plugin- Extending WordPress

How to Install WordPress Plugin- Extending WordPress

No WordPress theme is perfect. One might have many additional requirements that a WordPress theme can’t provide. Then what should he do? Install WordPress Plugin can add extra functionalities to a WordPress site. For example, with Contact Form 7 plugin you can add any kind of contact form to your WordPress site. With WooCommerce you can an online store to your WordPress site.

Installing a WordPress plugin is as simple as installing a WordPress theme. But for beginners, sometimes it’s difficult to install WordPress plugin. Like some servers not allow uploading big files on site. Then what should a user do? There is some way to install a WordPress plugin, which I tell you in this post.

How to Install WordPress Plugin:

  • Install a Plugin using WordPress Dashboard Plugin search
  • Install a Plugin using the WordPress Dashboard Plugin Upload
  • Install WordPress Plugin using FTP

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Install a Plugin using WordPress Dashboard Plugin Search

Install a Plugin using WordPress Dashboard Plugin searchThis is the easiest way to Install a WordPress plugin to your WordPress website. It just like a click to install. provide a ton of free themes and plugins. You can easily download them with WordPress dashboard. For this move to Plugins > Add New and you can see a list of plugins here. Here you can find a search box. You can search plugin here. The related plugins will show. From which you can install any plugin with a click.

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But here you can only find the plugins which are provided by site. This method is not for premium plugins that other sites provide. A WordPress plugin installed with this method, get the automatic update. Whenever new update of a plugin available it shows an update is available. You can also update the plugin with a single click.

Install WordPress Plugin using the WordPress Dashboard Plugin Upload

Install a Plugin using the WordPress Dashboard Plugin UploadFor the premium plugins, method mentions above is not suitable. As you can’t find these plugin on site. So you have to upload them first and then install. To upload, you can find Upload Plugin button just after the Add Plugins text on add new plugin page. Click it and you find file upload button. Now you have to upload the zip file of the plugin that you want to install.  After selecting plugin zip file, click on install and your plugin will be added to your site. You can activate it after it.

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Install WordPress Plugin using FTP

Sometimes, generally with big size plugins, its difficult to upload a WordPress plugin. Some server is not set to upload a bigger file. Generally, the server allows 2mb file on upload. You can increase it via your server settings. But if you don’t want to increase upload file limit, you can upload your plugin via FTP. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. Hosting provides you FTP access to your site. You can access it via FTP client software, like FileZilla. If you have such issue you have to use this method. You have to place your plugin file to /wp-content/plugins/ location.

For premium plugins, whenever a new version of the plugin available, you can’t update it with above method. It generates, folder already exists error. To update such plugin, you have to delete older version and upload newer plugin. For this, you have to use FTP method.

You can also use File Manager from your site’s cpanel. But file manager only uploads files, not the folder. So you have to upload zip file first and then extract it.


In this post, we see there is a number of ways to install a WordPress plugin available. You can use any one of the methods with your requirement. If you like this post, please share your thought with me, it encourages me.

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Darshan Saroya

Darshan Saroya

A passionate WordPress Theme Developer. I love to create clean and modern themes, using the power of WordPress. Here I provide the tutorials related to WordPress Development, Core PHP and HTML.


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October 22, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply

Thanks Nice article



October 30, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

It’s So simple. But your information really well an Good. Thank you For sharing this Blog.