WEBFI-WordPress-How to Install a WordPress Plugin (3 Different Methods)

After installing WordPress itself the first thing tutorials want you to know how to do and what most beginners want to know how to do is how to install a plugin.

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Plugins give you the ability to easily add new features to your site such as a slideshow, gallery, and many other tools for you to improve with. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available and in this video, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: If you are on, unless you have a business plan you will be unable to install plugins, our tutorials are for hosted/ sites.

The first method would be the simplest, under Plugins, Add New, there will be a screen where you can search for plugins using the search bar in the top right. These plugins are the free plugins found in the plugin repository. After you find the plugin you want to install you will want to click the Install Now button followed by the Activate button once it is installed. If you do not activate the plugin, you will not see any change to your site.

There are some plugins that are not on the plugin repository where you would purchase them and need to manually upload them to the site. When you purchase a plugin from a different site, they should send a .zip file that you will need to upload.

On the Plugins, Add New page at the top you would want to click the Upload plugin button at the top of the page. For this method, you do not need to remove the folder from the zip file. Once you click the link you should have the option to upload the zip file to your site which will automatically unzip and install the plugin on your site for you to activate.

As the third method, we will be using FTP. If you do not know how to use FTP you would want to take a look at our article:

Should for some reason you do not want or are unable to use the previous two methods then you can use FTP. With the FTP connected you will want to navigate to your wp-content folder then to the plugin folder. Inside this folder you want to upload the unzipped folder with the plugin’s files. This should add the plugin to your site where you will activate it under Plugins, Installed Plugins.

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  • Free Not3s on April 30, 2019

    so i have a website with, but i notice that i have to pay alot of money for a business account..but i saw somewhere that if you choose you can use plugins for free..any insight on this thanks

  • MyCloudVIP on September 8, 2019

    Hi I am new to wordpress… I have uploaded about two new plugins (not themes) and they appear installed but if I go to the theme main page (which so far it is the default wordpress creates) it lists the menus, admin log in, rss links and so on… but the installed plug-in does not appear as an option or link…. How can I verify or find the way to open it? Thanks

  • Kristinapedia on September 17, 2019

    I do not have that menu on the left. 🙁

  • Milambo on December 2, 2019

    I'm using a free WordPress site. Can I install plugin there?

  • Rian Maen Game on January 9, 2020

    thank you

  • Fifi Young on May 12, 2020


  • Teja info on May 21, 2020

    I could not install any plugins.i did n't get add new button 😭

  • Nidhi Thapa on May 31, 2020

    Thank you .. It's really helpful

  • Joe Congdon on June 10, 2020

    Is this done on as well?

  • DISCIPLESHIP MOVEMENT on June 10, 2020

    my dashboard plugin .. the drop-down menu is not coming

  • W R on June 16, 2020

    thank you!

  • Munther Al Jishi on June 27, 2020

    Thank you so much

  • Ayman on July 1, 2020

    When I try ins installing a plugin, I'm an admin and click on the Plugin section, add new does not show up?! I'm using

  • Smarshed on July 14, 2020

    There's no plug-ins directory on my dashboard~! Please help me 🙁

  • It says Upgrade to business plan to install plugins? I use is there any difference ?

  • sleep on money on October 18, 2020

    Thank you it really helped

  • GoodVibes on November 1, 2020

    I did not pay for a plan, im using the free only, can I apply this method or use this if im just using a free domain?

  • Finance Fellows on January 15, 2021

    Good explanation, thx!

  • Mark Hevingham on May 25, 2021

    What a fantastic tutorial. Clear Concise and great speaking voice

  • Connie Haithcock on October 29, 2021

    Great !!! Simple !!! better than the Jet Pack web help, better than WordPress help – thank you so much! I subscribed !!!

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