If you use WordPress to create a blog or website, then you definitely want to install a WordPress plugin or many plugins.
A plugin is a tool that expands the features of your website. It contains functions you can add to your website.
Some plugins, for example, add security to your website while others help you create forms like a Contact form.
But more about these plugins later.
So, how to install a WordPress plugin?
There are two easy methods to do it. Let’s find them out!
How to install a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Search
The first method is to install a plugin from the WordPress Plugin Search (aka WordPress Plugin Directory).
All these plugins are free and can be installed from your WordPress dashboard.
So, first, log in to your WordPress dashboard.
- From the dashboard, click on Plugins > Add New. Then, search for the plugin.
- After searching and selecting the plugin, click Install Now.
- Click Activate.
You have installed and activated a WordPress plugin. You should be able to see it from the Dashboard (or by hovering your mouse over Settings — if you don’t see it).
There are plugins for pretty much every usage.
You can even find plugins that duplicate pages and posts on your WordPress site.
Using free plugins is not problematic. In fact, it can even help you reduce the cost to start your blog or website.
How to manually install a WordPress plugin?
Now, the WordPress plugin directory is not the only place you can find great plugins.
Amazing developers create free and paid plugins and deliver them to you differently.
They either sell it on their website or in a marketplace like Codecanyon.
The seller should normally give you a file (very likely a zip file) that you will download and then install from your WordPress dashboard.
Moreover, the seller should also tell you if you need to install the whole zip file or a specific file inside the zip.
Regardless of what the seller’s instructions are, here is how you will manually install a WordPress plugin.
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
- Click on Plugins > Add New.
- Then, click on Upload File, then Choose File
- Upload the file you downloaded from the seller. Then click Install Now.
- Finally, click Activate Plugin.
There you go! These are the two easiest ways to install a WordPress plugin.
Best WordPress Plugins to Install
Now that you know how to install a WordPress plugin, what are the best plugins to install then? What popular plugins do other bloggers or website owners use daily?
Here are at least four of them.
Note that most plugins (paid or free) are compatible with some of, if not all, the best WordPress themes.
So, you have nothing to worry about.
Learn More: How to install a WordPress Theme.
Elementor is one of the best, if not the best, WordPress Page Builders. With Elementor, you can build a website from scratch and use it to write website content.
It’s beginner-friendly and provides a free and paid version of its plugin.
Elementor is part of the 9 fantastic WordPress plugins I recommend to website owners.
Yoast SEO is arguably the best WordPress SEO plugin.
It helps you optimize the articles you write so that they can rank higher in search engine results, like Google’s search results.
For example, when you do a search on Google, you see a
UpdraftPlus is a WordPress backup plugin.
It backs up your website, meaning that it saves a copy of your entire website.
If you edit your website — or something happens to it — and it doesn’t work smoothly anymore, you can use the saved copy of your website.
With just one click, you will reverse back to a previous, better version of your website.
Here are the answers to some of the most common questions asked by beginners.
What is a plugin?
How many WordPress plugins should I install?
How many plugins for each functionality should I install?
Free or paid plugins?
Where can I find plugins?
How can I update a plugin?
Should I delete inactive plugins?
Now It's Your Turn!
That is it!
You have discovered two easy ways to install WordPress plugins.
So what plugins are you going to install?
Will you install a Website Builder like Elementor or an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO instead?
Let me know down in the comments below.