Automatic Plugin Installation

WordPress Plugins Panel To add a WordPress Plugin using the built-in plugin installer:

  • Go to Plugins > Add New.
  • Under Search, type in the name of the WordPress Plugin or descriptive keyword, author, or tag in the search form or click a tag link below the search form.
  • Find the WordPress Plugin you wish to install.

  • Click Details for more information about the Plugin and instructions you may wish to print or save to help setup the Plugin.
  • Click Install Now to install the WordPress Plugin.

  • A popup window will ask you to confirm your wish to install the Plugin.
  • If this is the first time you've installed a WordPress Plugin, you may need to enter the FTP login credential information. If you've installed a Plugin before, it will still have the login information. This information is available through your web server host.
  • Click Proceed to continue with the installation. The resulting installation screen will list the installation as successful or note any problems during the install.
  • If successful, click Activate Plugin to activate it, or Return to Plugin Installer for further actions.

Some WordPress Plugins require more steps to customize them. The Details ReadMe file should contain step-by-step instructions. After installation, this information is available on the Plugins Panel for each Plugin. If you are having problems with a WordPress Plugin, see the Troubleshooting section.

For information on how to install a WordPress Plugin manually, see our manual installation guide below.

 

Manual Plugin Installation

 

There are a few cases when manually installing a WordPress Plugin is appropriate.

  • If you wish to control the placement and process of installing a WordPress Plugin.
  • If your server does not permit automatic installation of a WordPress Plugin.
  • The WordPress Plugin is not in the official WordPress Plugin Directory.

Installation of a WordPress Plugin manually requires FTP familiarity and the awareness that you may put your site at risk if you install a WordPress Plugin incompatible with the current version or from an unreliable source.

Backup your site completely before proceeding.

To install a WordPress Plugin manually:

  • Download your WordPress Plugin to your desktop.
  • If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the Plugin folder to your desktop.
  • Read through the "readme" file thoroughly to ensure you follow the installation instructions.
  • With your FTP program, upload the Plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online.
  • Go to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded Plugin in the list.
  • Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Check the Details readme file for customization and further instructions.

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