This is a part of “How to Start a Blog” The Definitive Guide of 2017.
In this blog post, you will learn 3 Different Ways To Install WordPress Plugin From Your Blog Dashboard.
So far you have gone through these steps:
- Step 1: Buying a domain / Booking a domain / Purchasing a domain / Registering a domain: Buy a domain – Complete Step by Step Guide
- Step 2: Buying / Purchasing / Renting hosting space on Internet: Best Web Hosting For WordPress – Complete Step by Step Guide
- Step 3: Changing DNS server & understanding DNS
- Step 4: What is WordPress?
- Step 5: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which one you should build your blog on?
- Step 6: Installing WordPress on your blog
- Step 7: How to set up WordPress blog for the first time
- Step 8: >> You’re here <<
If you followed the above steps in sequence I am sure you already know that WordPress plugins helps to enhance the performance of your WordPress blog.
So as a blogger, you must know how to install them in WordPress.
Technically, WordPress offers three ways to install WordPress plugins on your blog:
- Search, Install & Activate within your WordPress dashboard
- Download from 3rd Party and then Upload, Install in your WordPress
Let’s see all of these 3 methods.
You then activate and configure it.
In the other two methods, you search, find, install, and activate the plugin with a few simple clicks.
Search, Install & Activate within your WordPress dashboard:
Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
Go to Plugins > Add New
If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from the dashboard and install it.
In this case, I searched for “wp smush” and I got the following results:
You can click on “More Details” to see more information about any plugin.
Make sure you check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.
Once you are satisfied, next click on “Install Now.”
It will start “installing” and within a couple of seconds depending on the plugin size, it will give you an option to “Activate” the plugin.
The next step is to go into the settings panel of the plugin and make all of the necessary changes.
Much of the time, we make the mistake of installing plugins without properly configuring them.
After installing any plugin, always be sure to configure the settings.
Download from 3rd Party and then Upload, Install in your WordPress:
In this method to install WordPress plugin, you simply have to go to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin
You will then get to choose the zip file which you might have downloaded from a 3rd party site.
Simply, choose file and click “install now.”
Social Warfare is the ultimate solution for showing social share buttons on a WordPress blog. It offers many great features such as content protection, share recovery, and a popular posts widget, among many others. It is a truly remarkable WordPress plugin. Highly recommended.
At this time, WordPress only accepts the .zip format for uploading WordPress plugins and themes.
Three Ways To Install A WordPress Plugin
Personally, I prefer using the dashboard’s search and upload feature OR if I have a premium plugin like Social Warfare, I upload and install.
If you are completely new to WP or are planning to start with WordPress then check out:
If you have any issues regarding installing, activating, and deactivating plugins, let me know via the comments.
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