How to Install WordPress Plugin Step by Step

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Plugin adds additional functionality to WordPress and extends the WordPress power.

After installing WordPress, almost any WordPress user needs to install plugins to add different functionality which WordPress not provided by default.

So today in this article we will teach you two methods to installing plugins in WordPress.

Note : If you are using WordPress.com then you can install plugins only in their business plan not in free or any other plan. While in your self hosted WordPress.org you can install any plugin freely with no cost.

Let’s start

1: Install plugin by searching

By this method you can install only free plugins which exist in plugin repository.

In this method you can install plugin by going to WordPress dashboard then Plugins » Add New and enter the plugin name in the search bar. Here i am installing Google Analytics plugin. So i will searching for Google Analytics.

It will show a list of plugins, then select the plugin which you want to install, and click on the Install Now button.

Install WordPress Plugin

After installing the plugin, you will see Activate button, click on it and now your plugin has been activated.

You can also activate installed plugins later, by going to Plugins » Installed Plugins

2: Install Plugin Using Upload Option

By this method you can install both free and paid plugins

In this method you can install a plugin by going to WordPress dashboard then Plugins » Add New and click on Upload Plugin

Now click on Choose File and select your plugin file which you want to install.

Upload WordPress Plugin

It is necessary to upload only the zip format, if your plugin files is not in zip format, then compress them in zip format first.

Click on Install Now button, then click on Activate Plugin

That’s it, enjoy WordPress.

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