How to Install a WordPress Plugin

When you’re just getting into WordPress, one of the first questions you’ll stumble upon is how to install a WordPress plugin? Today, we give you a beginner-friendly answer.

Okay, so the web is full of “get this plugin, get that plugin!” advice when it comes to WordPress.

Plugins indeed are one of the key things that make WordPress awesome, and you certainly shouldn’t avoid new plugins!

However, before you can reap the benefits that some cool plugin brings, you need to have the thing installed. Here’s the easiest way to install a WordPress plugin:

How to install a WordPress plugin that’s  free 

Note. How to install a WordPress plugin that’s free works a little differently than installing a premium plugin. In this guide, we cover both. Starting with free plugins:

Start by going to your admin panel – and click on “Plugins” in the sidebar menu:

WordPress plugins menu

Then, click on the “Add New” button that’s at the top:

add new plugin in WordPress

What you’ll see next is a page that shows you a short list of featured/recommended plugins, and a handy search field on the right – this is the one we’re going to use:

plugins list

Input the name of the plugin that you want to install in that search field. In my case, I’m going to demonstrate how to install our Revive Old Post plugin.

Now, the great thing here is that you don’t even need to input the plugin’s whole name. For example, I’m just going to use “revive” and press the enter key on my keyboard.

Just a second later I see this:

revive search

The plugin I’m looking for is the first one on the list. All I need to do now is click the “Install Now” button. When I do that, WordPress is going to fetch the plugin and have it installed on my site. It works much like installing a new app from the App Store.

But there’s one additional step. When the installation is complete, I’ll see this:

plugin install complete

This is where I need to activate the plugin by clicking the “Activate Plugin” link that has just appeared.

At this stage, it’s done. The plugin has been activated, and WordPress will let you know about this fact through a small note at the top of the page:

plugin activated

How to install a  premium / paid  WordPress plugin

The process of how to install a WordPress plugin that’s premium or paid is a bit different. Purely because premium plugins are not available in the official plugin directory – the one you can access via the search option in your wp-admin panel.

So, the first thing you need to do is somehow obtain the plugin itself. This step you need to handle on your own. Most commonly, this involves going to a marketplace or a plugin store, and buying a copy of the plugin from there.

Long story short, as a result of your purchase you should have the installable plugin file saved as a ZIP archive. Like so:

intergeo zip

I for example, have our own Intergeo Google Maps plugin to experiment with here.

Once you have your ZIP file, go back to your WordPress wp-admin panel, click on “Plugins” in the sidebar menu, and then on the “Add New” button:

plugins add new

Once there, click on the “Upload Plugin” button visible at the top:

upload WordPress plugin

On the next screen, you will be able to upload your plugin’s ZIP file straight to your WordPress:

upload zip

Just select the ZIP from your desktop and confirm the upload by clicking on “Install Now.”

When WordPress finishes doing its magic, you’ll only need to activate the plugin:

plugin install complete

After doing so, the plugin is online and you can start using it.

plugin activated

That’s it for how to install a WordPress plugin. I hope this has been helpful!

If you have any questions, feel free to submit them in the comments below.

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