HOW TO INSTALL AND ACTIVATE PLUGINS ON WORDPRESS (BEGINNER’S GUIDE) – ZIGIHOW.COM.NG
You’ve probably set up your WordPress site, and you’re now ready use some plugins best suitable to you. And you don’t know how to go about it? Worry no more, in this very tutorial i’m going to give detail guides on how to install and activate plugins on WordPress.
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What is a Plugin?
Plugins are just like an electronic app, which are installed and activated in WordPress. Plugins allows you to add new features to your WordPress site. Features like SEO Plugins, WP statistics, Google analytics, Lazy load Plugins, etc.
There are thousands of WordPress Plugins out there which you can install and activate on your website to extend your site’s functionality.
But before we move over to how to install and activate plugins on WordPress, their is something we would like you to know.
If you are using WordPress.com you can’t install Plugins.
If you can’t actually see Plugins menu on your WordPress dashboard, then it means you’re using WordPress.com and that is it’s limitations.
You cannot install plugins on WordPress.com unless you upgrade to their business plan. But on the other hand, you can easily install any plugin you want on your self hosted WordPress.org website.
How To Install And Activate Plugins On WordPress.
To make things easy I’m going to guide you guys on two easiest ways to install Plugins on WordPress.
And these two methods are WordPress Plugin Search Method and WordPress Admin Plugin Upload method.
How To Install Plugins On WordPress Using WordPress Plugin Search Method.
All you need to do is careful follow the simple guide below.
Here We Go.
Step 1: Go-to your WordPress dashboard, click on “Plugins” Then Click on “Add New”
Step 2: Using the search box, search for your preferred Plugin. By entering the name of the Plugin and automatically the Plugin will show up.
Step 3: When the Plugin shows up, beside the Plugin click “Install” and after the installation process which won’t take much time, then click on “Activate” to activate the plugin.
You’re done. The plugin should be actively up and running.
How To Install Plugins WordPress Using Admin Plugin Upload Method.
Normally paid WordPress plugins are not listed in the WordPress plugin directory. These plugins cannot be installed using the WordPress Plugin search method.
That’s why WordPress has the availability of WordPress Plugin upload method. I’m going to guide you on how to upload the Plugins on WordPress using the upload option in the admin area.
First, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file format).
Step 1: You need to go to WordPress Dashboard click on Plugins then click Add New. Then at the top bar Click on Upload Plugin.
Step 2: Click on “Choose File” to select the Plugin zip file which you want to upload. When the Plugin zip file is chosen or selected, then click on “Install Now“.
WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message like this after the installation is finished.
Once installed, you need to click on the Activate Plugin link to activate and start using the plugin.
Congratulations. You’re done, the plugin will be actively up and running. You can go ahead to set some settings in the installed plugin (If Required).