WordPress Plugins are add-ons which extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. These also simplify some of the maintenance activities like Blog Backup and Restore, SEO, Database Cleanup, etc. Using it you can convert your normal site to e-commerce, Deals, Reviews, Mobile app site.
In this article, I will explain how to install WordPress Plugin.
You can visit this page for a list of available plugins. There are two methods to install it,
- Auto-install using admin toolbar
- Manually install using cPanel file manager
Auto-install using admin toolbar
This is the easy and recommended methods. It is best for beginners who do not have any technical information about WordPress file structure.
Login to dashboard with admin username. Admin toolbar is on the left side of the screen.
Navigate to a menu as shown in above image. Below options are available,
- Installed Plugins – it shows the list of plugins installed
- Add New – add new plugin to site
- Editor – modify the plugin code.
Click on Plugin -> Add New to open repository. It opens a list of available plugins. Search required plugin and click on install. Don’t forget to Activate it after installation.
There are two methods available, check image for reference.
Search and Install
Search the repository using Keyboard and click on Install Now. WordPress downloads and installs it for you in the background. Post-installation click on Activate button.
Some plugins may not be available on repository page as individual developer or organizations publishes those. You can purchase those and use this upload method to install it. Here I am going to use WP Super Cache for demonstration. Download it on your local desktop from WP Super Cache link.
Navigate to the plugin page and click on Upload Plugin Button. Browse source file and upload it. Click on install and then on Activate Plugin link.
Manually Install using C-Panel File manager
This is another method to install a plugin and it is good for those who have a good understanding of the WordPress file structure and access to cPanel. You should always use WordPress Dashboard to install it, this is just an exception.
Plugins are having direct access to your site and data. So make sure you are downloading it from WordPress repository or trusted third-party. It should be free from any virus or malware. Scan it using Anti-Virus like Norton, AVG before uploading to the site.
Login to cPanel of a site and navigate to File Manager.
Navigate to home -> public_html-> your_domain.com -> wp-content -> plugins. This is defalut locaton to store plugins file.
Upload the zip file using Upload command as shown in above image. Post upload unzip the file using extract command in the directory.
No need to create a separate folder as extract utility creates a required folder for you. Extract plugin files/folder directly under plugins folder as shown below. WordPress does not recognize it if in a subfolder.
That’s it, close the cPanel and login to WordPress dashboard and navigate to the plugin page. You can see it is available, but not active. Click on Activate link as shown in below image.
You can also directly FTP files to your site, but as aforesaid, install it using WordPress Dashboard only. It is an easy and safe method.