WordPress plugins help you in building a user friendly and sustainable site. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available at online market. In this article i am going to tell you the step by step guideline for installing plugin in your WordPress admin.

Install WordPress Plugin

To install WordPress plugin in your WordPress admin panel, simply follow the below steps –

Using WordPress Admin Plugin Search –

Installing Plugin through plugin serach is the most easy method.
For adding plugin First Login to WP admin area then Go to WP Dashboard > Plugins. Click on Plugins > Add New button which is on the top. Select the tab: Featured or Popular WordPress Plugins or you can search for a desired plugin or plugin with specific features with the help of feature filter. ( In featured tab random plugins are shown and in popular tab the plugins which have large number of active installs are displayed.)
Install WordPress Plugin
Once the search is done, you’ll see a single plugin or a list will appear. I have searched Lead Form builder you can see in the below image. Click on the install button. This will install your plugin, now you can move further and activate your plugin successfully on the dashboard.
Install WordPress Plugin

Using Upload Method from WordPress Admin –

You can also install plugin by uploading the plugin zip file. For this first download the plugin from WordPress. Go to WordPress.org > serach your plugin > click on download. Just like i have shown in the below image.

Then login to your WordPress admin area and Go to Plugins. Click on Add New > Upload Plugin button. Choose the plugin zip file which you have downloaded earlier. Click on Install and Activate it.
Install WordPress Plugin
Note – Same process is applicable for installing a premium or custom plugin, download the plugin zip file from the member’s area and upload it in your WordPress admin panel.

Using FTP –

For installing plugin through FTP method, download the plugin zip file from WordPress or desired member’s area. After doing this go to the path (/wp-content/plugin/). Now just simply upload your plugin’s folder there.

Always remember one thing unzip your plugin folders before uploading it using FTP panel. Go to your admin area and click on Plugins. You will see the plugin which you have uploaded. Click on the activate button. In this way you can install your plugin using FTP.

We have also created a video tutorial on installing a WordPress plugin that you can watch below.

Final Words – This is all about plugin installing. Similarly you can also install your theme. For this follow this blog post How to Install WordPress Theme. If you have any query related to this blog you can contact us on our support forum. We’ll be happy to help you. 🙂