Plugins are the WordPress addons which can extend it to do almost anything you can imagine. WordPress Plugins Repository is loaded with thousands of free plugin which you can find and install right from your WordPress site’s admin area dashboard. This tutorial provides you a step by step guide on installing new plugins in WordPress.
To install a new WordPress plugin, first login to your WordPress admin area (yourdomain.com/wp-admin) and then navigate to Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New page, here you can search for the plugins by:
- Typing a keyword and hitting ENTER
- OR Clicking a word in the given tag cloud
- OR Upload a plugin ZIP file from your computer
- OR Using the given filters: Featured, Popular, Newest, & Favorites
For example: Suppose you want to install a social sharing plugin then search the keyword ‘Sharing’, click search and you will be seeing a list of sharing plugins. Click ‘Install‘ button followed by ‘Activate‘ link to install and activate a plugin.
There are thousands of free plugin and they all work differently. Some plugins provides you simple hacks and has no configuration settings to set whereas as some provides you with tons of options and features.
For example: Installing No Comments plugin will automatically deactivate comments from your website, it has no options or settings but if you you install a CAPTCHA plugin for comments then you will be needing to go its admin page from settings menu to set it up.
Your website becomes inaccessible after the plugin is activated: This generally happens when plugin is coded with wrong functions, in this case you should access your website via cPanel, FTP or File Manager, visit your website’s Root directory -> wp-content directory -> plugins directory and then delete the errored plugin.
Plugin installation fails on your website: Plugin installation fails when the plugin is broken or lacks some required files, in-such case you should go for another plugin.
Plugin installation fails showing timeout or not enough memory error: Read our tutorials about increasing PHP memory:
- How To Increase PHP Memory Limit In WordPress ?
- Different Ways Of Increasing PHP Memory Limit When Using WordPress
Or you can simply download the plugin from WordPress.org plugin repository to your computer’s hard drive then access your website via cPanel, FTP or File Manager and upload it to plugin’s directory present in wp-content’s folder of your site’s root. After the plugin is uploaded, you can activate it from Dashboard -> Plugins -> Installed Plugins page.
Also read our tutorial about installing many WordPress plugins in bulk.
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