How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)

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 You CANNOT install plugins on 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.

Here are the plugins we’re using on WPBeginner:

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48 thoughts on “How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)”

  1. Febriyanto Ebi

    Just found ur channel. This is totally helpful for beginners like me.
    Thanks for ur hardwork and making all of these tutorials. Subscribed!

  2. 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 and and being an admin. at the very beginning, it saved me much valuable time 🙂

  3. Ashbe WordPress Blog

    Your videos are cool!I’ve just started my wordpress blog. Mutual likes and subscriptions.

  4. The menu changed. The ‘Add New’ is gone…. when clicking plugins you can only see a tiny few. You can’t search any….

  5. If you have a premium or business upgrade can you download plugins? It says upgrade whenever I click on plugins?!?!

  6. I had these options in my acc. but now when i click on ‘plugins’ i get re directed to the where i don’t have the capability to pick which plugins i want, advice?

  7. 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

  8. Im on but i purchased hosting thru wordpress? How do i get the plugins section? Am i missing something?

  9. Here people will get step by step guideline How to Install a WordPress Plugin. Really helpful post for us.

  10. 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?

  11. yalmaz rabbani

    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 ?

  12. 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?

  13. Pedro Ângelo

    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 ?!

  14. I have a 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 onto a server?

  15. This is so stupid, plugins are not available for free. That seriously sucks down a fridge and a half. 

  16. Good News Information TV

    hi wpbeginner i am anup mankar from india…i want video about .. how to upload you wordpress website on free web domain,,,,

  17. 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 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.

  18. Joshua Skidmore

    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?

  19. Fabrizio Schiano

    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?

  20. 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

  21. 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?

  22. Hi, I have a live blog on How can I invert it over Thank you for the support! 🙂

  23. 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.

  24. Box Lane Productions

    I’m on 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?

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