When you install WordPress on to your website it can’t do absolutely everything right out of the box nor it is supposed to do.
That’s what plugins allow you to do, when installed on your WordPress website to give it gives specific functions or sets of features that websites originally didn’t have.
There are 2 methods to install a plugin in WordPress-
- Installing the plugin using the search from the WordPress dashboard
- By uploading the plugin .zip file.
In this article we are going to learn about how you can install a plugin in WordPress. But before that you should know about the WordPress plugins.
What are WordPress plugins?
WordPress plugins are used to add new features to your WordPress website which are not originally available in the WordPress.
For example, let’s say you are trying to play a video on your phone, but you are not able to play it.
So you will just go the app store and then install the video player app which will let you play your video file.
In the same way if you want to add a specific feature to your website, which is not available in WordPress by default, you can install a plugin to add that feature to your site. So, Lets get started!
Two Methods to install WordPress Plugins:
1. Install the plugin using the “Search” from the WordPress dashboard
The first method is to install the plugin using the search from the WordPress dashboard.
To Install the plugin using “Search”, go to your WordPress Dashboard, and then “Plugins”
Click on “Add new”
Now here, search for the plugin which you want.
Lets consider that you want to add Contact form to your website,
So just search for Contact Form
You will get to see different Contact Form
plugins which can be add to your site.
Select the plugin you want to install and then click “Install Now”
The plugin will be installed on your site but right now it is not active yet.
In order to activate the plugin, click “Activate”, the plugin will be enabled on your site.
After following the above steps you can install the required contact form plugin on your site.
Let’s look at the 2nd method of installing a plugin in WordPress.
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2. Upload the plugin in .zip file
Sometimes you may receive a plugin in a .zip format.
For example, when you buy a premium plugin, you’re more likely to get the plugin as a .zip file.
In order to Install this plugin, on your WordPress site, you will need to upload the file to WordPress.
To upload this plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard and to plugins.
Click “Add New”
Now instead of using the search box, click “Upload plugin”.(4.33)
Now here you will need to select your plugin.
Click Choose file and then select the plugin .zip file, the plugin is installed.
After that click “Activate” and as you will see that the plugin is active.
You’ll see that a new item( plugin which is installed) has been added to your menu.
This is all about how you can install a plugin by uploading it’s zip file.
Select the plugin and click “Install” to install the plugin and the plugin will be nstalled
To enable the plugin on your WordPress site, you need to click “Activate”
The plugin will then be activated.
So this is how you can install a plugin by uploading its .zip file
Now you know, how you can install and use plugins in WordPress.
As WordPress has thousands of free and premium plugins available, you can do a lot of things in your website with the help of a variety of Plugins.
How do you use that plugin?
Once a plugin is installed there are a few common places where you can access or control its settings.
Go to “Plugins” and under that “Installed plugins”(2.14)
Here you will see that you have a “Settings” option, under the plugin’s name. So if you click there, we can access the plugins features and can create new contact forms.
Now the other place where new plugins can appear, is on this sidebar. You will see that once you’ve installed the plugin, you’ve got a new item called, ‘Contacts’. (2.44)
If we go there then also you can access all the features of the plugin.
In case you are not able to figure out how to access the plugin, then just click “View Details” and there you can find the details about the plugin and how to use it.
Every plugin in WordPress has different features and will work differently.
It will work slightly different based on what its designed to do.
So this is how plugins work in wordpress.
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