How to Install WordPress Plugin – a Step by Step Guide


WordPress is core software to design blog and websites. Plugins are add-ons to WordPress which extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. There is huge repository of the plugins available at your finger tips. This article demonstrate how to install WordPress Plugin.

Visit WordPress plugin page for list of available plugin.


Let’s see how to Install WordPress Plugin

There are two method to install plugin,

  1. Auto install WordPress plugin using admin toolbar
  2. Manually install WordPress plugin using cPanel file manager

Auto install WordPress plugin using admin toolbar

This is one of the most easy and recommended method to install WordPress plugin. It is best for beginners who do not have any technical information about WordPress file structure.

Login to WordPress with admin username. Admin toolbar is at left side of screen. Navigate to menu Plugins.

Below options are available under Plugins menu.


  • Installed Plugin – It shows the list of plugins installed on your WordPress Site
  • Add New – To add new plugin to site
  • Editor – It is for developer to modify the plugin code. You should have PHP knowledge

Click on Plugin->Add New to open plugin installation dashboard. It will open a list of available plugins. Search respective plugin and click on install. Don’t forget to Activate Plugin after installation.

There are two methods here in plugin dashboard.

Search and Install

Search the plugin using Keyboard and click on Install Now. WordPress downloads and installs plugin for you. No manual action required.


Add Plugins (Upload Plugin)

Individual developer or organizations publishes plugins. Plugins are available on WordPress plugin page. We will use WP Super Cache plugin for demonstration. Download it on your local desktop from WP Super Cache link.

Navigate to plugin page and click on Upload Plugin Button. Browse plugin file and upload it. Click on install and then on Activate Plugin link.


Install WordPress Plugin using C-Panel File manager

This is another method to install plugin and it is good for those who has a good understanding of the WordPress file structure and access to cPanel. You should always use WordPress Dashboard to install plugin, this is just an exception.

Plugins are having direct access to your site and data. So make sure you are downloading plugin from WordPress Repository or trusted third-party and free from any virus or malware. Scan it before uploading to site.

Login to cPanel of site and navigate to File Manager. Navigate to home->public_html->>wp-content->plugins. WordPress store plugins file at this location.


Upload the plugin zip file using Upload command as shown in above image. Post upload unzip the file using extract command in plugins directory.


No need to create folder as extract utility creates required folder for you. Extract plugin files/folder directly under plugins folder as shown below. WordPress does not recognize plugin file which is under sub folder.


That’s it, close the cPanel and login to WordPress dashboard and navigate to plugin page. You can see the plugin is available, but it is not active. Click on Activate link and use the plugin.


You can also directly FTP plugin files to your site, but as aforesaid, install plugin using WordPress Dashboard only. It is easy and safe method.

Hoping above article will help you to install plugin on your WordPress Site. Please let me know if you find it helpful.

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