Install WordPress Plugin :Using WordPress requires couple of technical stuff and WordPress is indeed a full fledged software. When you start using WordPress,installing WordPress plugin is one of the such thing that every self hosted WordPress blogger should know.
I have already discussed how you can install WordPress on Dreamhost and Bluehost. WordPress offers two ways to install WordPress plugins on your blog.But we are going to tell 3 different ways to install WordPress plugin. I have already discussed why WordPress is better than Blogger/BlogSpot.
Different ways to install WordPress plugin on your blog which i will be discussing:
Search and Install
Upload and Install
How To Install WordPress Plugin
Let us learn these different methods one and one elaborately as how you can install WordPress plugins.
Search and Install Plugin from WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Dashboard method to install WordPress plugins is one of the most used and easiest way to search, find and install WordPress plugin. If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from WordPress dashboard and install it. Follow these steps to install WordPress plugins from dashboard:
Login to your WordPress Dashboard
Click On Plugins> Add new
You Can search any WordPress plugin. Like I searched for "W3 Total Cache" and got following results as you can see in the screenshot.
If you are searching about any new plugin , you can click on details to see the complete details of the plugin.
If you are sure about the plugin then simply click on install and activate the plugin as you can refer to the image. And if the plugin which you are searching is already installed on your blog, you will get the result showing already install in front of the plugin.
Finished installing and activating the WordPress plugin, Now its time to go to the setting panel of that plugin and make all necessary changes and settings. Many of us make mistakes by installing plugins and we mis-configure it. Make sure you read the documentation of the plugin before installing that WordPress plugin.
Install WordPress Plugin Downloaded From 3rd Party Sites
If you have downloaded WordPress plugin from 3rd party site, mostly it is in the case of Premium WordPress Plugin.
You can upload .zip file
and install it from WordPress dashboard.
Click on Add new plugin
Click on Option to Upload.
Click and Choose the .zip Plugin file
Click on Install Now
And wait as your plugin is being uploaded depending on the size of the plugin.
Click on Activate to activate plugin.
Recommended WordPress Plugins From 3rd Parties
WordPress Social Pro
FTP Method To Install WordPress Plugin
Using FTP to install WordPress is one the best and easiest method when you couldn't install WordPress plugin due to some errors.This is very useful for those who don’t have access to install plugins or themes from dashboard due to server restriction.
- Download the plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory or from 3rd party site.
- The downloaded plugin file is in .zip format. So first thing you need to do is Unzip it or extract it using software like WinRAR.
- Upload it to your WordPress plugin library using FTP software or cPanel. Normally, plugin upload folder us located under wp-content/plugins.
- Once you are done uploading the file in unzip format, you can simply go to WordPress plugins folder under WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Installed plugin and search the plugin you uploaded and click on activate to activate the plugin.
Personally I prefer and recommend using dashboard search and upload feature and only in specific cases, I needed to use FTP method. Do let me know via comments.Managing WordPress plugin is also easy, all you need to do is go to plugins folder under WP dashboard and activate or deactivate the plugin.
Some time, after installing a plugin you might face issue while accessing your dashboard, in such cases you should simply log in to your FTP account and disable that plugin by either renaming it or deleting it. This happens,because of some faulty of plugins conflicts.
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