How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)
Do you want to install a plugin in WordPress? Well there are 3 ways to install a WordPress plugin. In this video, we will show you how to install a plugin in WordPress by using the search feature, upload feature, and through FTP.
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Summary of this Tutorial:
The best part about WordPress is plugins. It allows you to extend WordPress and create a really powerful websites.
If you wanted to install a plugin, then you must use self-hosted WordPress.org. You CANNOT install plugins on WordPress.com sites.
First we will show you how to install free plugins from the WordPress repository by using the search feature in WordPress admin.
Second we will show you how to install commercial WordPress plugins from your computer by using the upload button in your admin area.
Lastly, we will show you how to install WordPress plugins using an FTP program.
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48 thoughts on “How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)”
Can I install Plug ins with the free version of wordpress.com?
Just found ur channel. This is totally helpful for beginners like me.
Thanks for ur hardwork and making all of these tutorials. Subscribed!
Your voice is soothing, what do you think about Wix?
Thank YOU so much for this great video on How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide). I am so happy you explained the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and being an admin. at the very beginning, it saved me much valuable time 🙂
Thank you so much for walking me through this step by step…sooooo easy!
Your videos are cool!I’ve just started my wordpress blog. Mutual likes and subscriptions.
The menu changed. The ‘Add New’ is gone…. when clicking plugins you can only see a tiny few. You can’t search any….
THANKS, this is exactly what I was looking for,
If you have a premium or business upgrade can you download plugins? It says upgrade whenever I click on plugins?!?!
The "Add New" button is not appearing for me in the header. I am logged in as an Admin. Ideas?
I had these options in my acc. but now when i click on ‘plugins’ i get re directed to the wordpress.com. where i don’t have the capability to pick which plugins i want, advice?
if i have an free membership like example.wordpress.com then can i install pugins???
what the hell! please show how to get the tab plug in next time!
can you please recommend any pugin for youtube video download thats for free?
i don’t see any plugins in my side menu
cant find plugin option in mine
Can I sign into WordPress org using my WordPress com username and password or is it an entirely different account? Basically I want to add an instagram logo (with my hyperlink) into my WordPress com homepage, so apparently I need to edit WordPress as an admin so I can see the ‘plugin’ option which I can only do from the WordPress org website
i am admin and have .org domain, why can’t I see the plugins in the menu?
Im on wordpress.com but i purchased hosting thru wordpress? How do i get the plugins section? Am i missing something?
Here people will get step by step guideline How to Install a WordPress Plugin. Really helpful post for us.
hi, No tabs plugin…
Hi, I obtained my domain and also purchased WordPress Premium, but I still didn’t see the "Plug-in" tab on the dashboard, do you know what I can do to insert the "plus-in" tab?
sir, can we upload videos directly to WordPress website or not? actually i am creating a website for online movies, kindly tell me is WordPress is best for it ?
Wait – so you have way more options of wordpress functionality if you DONT have a wordpress site than if you DO have one? that doesnt make sense. Why wouldn’t wordpress allow these to be on their own sites?
This ".com vs .org" thing makes no sense . Just because I do not wanna build my entire website from nothing it means I can not customize it ?!
I have a wordpress.com website but I want to be able to upload custom plugins. Can I host my domain through GoDaddy to install plugins, or do I need to install WordPress from WordPress.org onto a server?
I can’t see the plugins in my wp-admin.Please help
This is so stupid, plugins are not available for free. That seriously sucks down a fridge and a half.
Sir if i will Buy the domain i will get Plugin Option ?????
I set up a new blog as an administrator, but I did not see the "Plug IN" on the side menu, why?
We can’t install plugins in a primary site?
hi wpbeginner i am anup mankar from india…i want video about .. how to upload you wordpress website on free web hosting..free domain,,,,
ok you said this was for beginners which I am. But right off of the bat you say something that is unexplained. "Make sure you have admin access..and you are the host of the site" OK yes I am the administrator of this site and I am logged onto wordpress and it’s in edit mode. But then you say’if youre on wp.com you wont have the same capabilities that you are talking about". OK something is missing here. Is there some kind of other program i am supposed to download to do this/ If so what is it? You said this was for beginners but you skip over huge amounts of important information.
why those video too short?
I want to add a plugin to my site. However, when I go to plugins it shows I am unavailable to add a plugin. This is after I made it into into .org. Do you have to be on a certain plan to make plugins work?
i don’t see plugins option on it’s side bar (multimedia site) please help me..
Nice video thanks. But you should also mention that if you don’t have a premium account you won’t be able to install plugins. Right?
hi there my name is lena i can’t find plugin on my wordpress dashboard please help
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hi! I jsut did a tutorial about Unity engin and Ive done a little game. On this tutorial they uploa it via ftp on a website and it work properly. Now Im trying to do the same but In my wordpress panel cant seem to made it work. Where should I upload it? Plugin or upload or media section? The game work with a html files and another folder where the file for the game are. thank you
how do I get the plugins onto my website?
u guys are so lame …..just listen to the lady …please …
Hi! this is really helpful. SO thats mean i need to purchase a domain and hosting first before i can install all these plugin on my site?
Hi, I have a live blog on wordpress.com. How can I invert it over wordpress.org? Thank you for the support! 🙂
So you can only favourite if you’ve install a plugin?
Would be good if we could "wishlist" plugins while we’re perusing which ones we’d like.
I’m on wordless.com because i want to build my site before i connect it to my company domain as its currently live on wix, whats the best way round this? to build the site without taking my live site down to connect and build it?