How to Install a WordPress Plugin

8th January 2020

Like most WordPress features, the plugin system is easy and intuitive to use.

Installing a plugin can be done in just a few clicks, follow the steps below to install a plugin directly from the WordPress repository, or if you have a premium plugin, keep reading to see how to install from a zip file.

Installing a plugin from the WordPress repository

To install any of the 55,000+ available plugins on the WordPress.org repository, simply log in to your WordPress admin area, then click on "Plugins->Add New" on the left hand menu.

You will then see a page showing featured/trending plugins, and more importantly, a search box at the top right. This is where we'll search for the plugin we wish to install.

For the purposes of this guide, we're going to go ahead and install the wpowl-manager plugin, so go ahead and type the name of the plugin you wish to install into the search box.

Once you can see the plugin you would like to install, click on the "Install Now" button and then on the "Activate" button.

Congratulations, you've now installed a plugin on your WordPress website. If you have a premium plugin, or would like to install from zip file, keep reading!

Install a WordPress Plugin from Zip File

Much like installing a plugin from the repository, installing from zip file is quick and easy.

Again, we'll go to Plugins->Add New

But this time, instead of using the search box at the top right, we're going to use the button at the top left that says "Upload Plugin"

You'll then be asked to choose the file to upload, click on the button and browse your computer files to select the plugin zip file.

Click on "Install Now" and then click on "Activate"

You have now installed your plugin from a zip file.

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Neil Skoglund
Avid WordPress fan and founder of WPOwl - home of the best managed WordPress hosting. Neil has 3 passions in life,  coding, guitars & family.

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