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How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Plugins on a WordPress website can further enhance its features and capabilities. Learn how to install a plugin right within your WordPress dashboard through the search or upload tool or manually within the files.

Searching then installing a plugin right from the dashboard is the easiest way to install a plugin on your WordPress website. First you’ll need to log in through your admin login URL (typically or then click Plugins on the left-side menu.

Once there, just click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.

You can then find plugins by category like Featured, Popular, Recommended, Favories or make a new search.

Manual Upload

Manually uploading a plugin requires you to first obtain the plugin file from it’s official plugin page. You can search for plugins on WordPress’ plugin directory here↗.

Through Dashboard – Uploading a plugin through the dashboard is useful if you need to upload many plugins or if your plugin developer provides a direct file. From the Plugins page, click “Add New” then choose “Upload Plugin.”

A new section will open where you will click Browse and choose the plugin file you downloaded.

Through Files – Uploading a plugin through the files is similar to the WordPress dashboard but requires you to upload it to the plugins folder. Within your web host’s File Manager or your website files, upload the ZIP file to the wp-content / plugins folder. Once it’s uploaded, extract the ZIP file. This will create the folder and files for the plugin from the ZIP file. Once you do this, head to the dashboard to Plugins and activate it.

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