In the last tutorial, we learned How to install new theme in your WordPress website. In this tutorial, we’re moving a step ahead and learning how to install new WordPress plugin in your website.
What is WordPress plugin?
Plugin in WordPress is the piece of software or add-on which adds the collection of new functionalities on your WordPress website. WordPress plugins are written in PHP and are made to integrate seamlessly with WordPress core. WordPress by default has basic features. But, with plugins, you can make it much more powerful to serve your requirements. Need slider on your website, there are numerous slider related plugins. Want to create online shopping site with WordPress, WooCommerce plugin does it efficiently. You can create Forum site with bbPress. Need to have social networking functionality on your website, BuddyPress plugin is ready to serve you. There are plugins for almost all necessary functions for any type of website. All you have to do it is find them, install them and activate them.
According to cost and origin, categorize plugins into two categories:
- Free plugins available on WordPress plugin repository
- Paid or Premium plugins on plugin marketplace or developer’s website
In the last tutorial, you already got to know that there is a repository for free themes in WordPress.org. Similarly, there is a repository for free and high-quality plugins as well. WordPress plugin repository is also directly accessible from the dashboard of your WordPress website. All the plugins in the repository are strictly checked for compatibility, performance and the security. So, you can trust them. You just have to find if the particular plugin meets your all requirements or not.
Premium plugins are those for which you’ve to pay to its developers. You can find them on the developers’ website or in the plugin marketplace like codecanyon or mojomarketplace. Since you need to download these plugins after you purchase them, you have to upload to your WordPress installation to install and use. Premium plugins provide very powerful features that you cannot get in free ones. And, you get support from the developers as well. At the same time, you need to be careful about the reliability of such plugins as they aren’t tested by trusted reviewers.
At first, let’s learn to install free plugins.
Install Free WordPress plugins from WordPress plugin repository
Login to WordPress dashboard.
Click on the Plugins >> Add New menu.
You will reach to the Add Plugins page. Search for the right plugin using search box as shown in below screenshot.
Click on the Install Now button of the plugin.
Plugin in gets installed. You’ll see Activate button instead. If you want to activate the plugin immediately, you can click activate button.
(Note: You can activate/deactivate any plugin from the plugin page.)
If you click activate button on the step 3, you’ll see that plugin is activated in the plugins page.
You have successfully installed new WordPress plugin from the WordPress repository.
Upload and install new WordPress plugin from your computer
Login to the WordPress dashboard.
Click on the Plugins >> Add New menu.
You’ll reach to the Add plugins page as shown below. Click on the Upload Plugin button on this page.
You’ll see file uploader. Click on the Choose File button, browse to the location where you’ve kept the downloaded plugin and select the plugin.
For demonstration purpose, you’re seeing si-contact-form.4.0.50.zip below. You should the file name of your zipped plugin folder.
Click on the Install Now button.
Plugin gets uploaded, unpacked and installed.
You’ll see Activate Plugin button. You can click on this button to activate the plugin immediately. You can activate that later on from the Plugins page as well.
If you activate the plugin, in the previous step, you’ll see it as follows in Plugins page.
Congratulations! You’ve learned to upload and install new WordPress plugin from your computer as well. This way, you can now install premium plugins as well.
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