After installing WordPress, one of the first things we do is adding plug-ins.
Now the questions are

  • What are Plug-ins? and
  • How to add Plug-ins in WordPress?

What are Plug-ins?

Plug-ins are similar to apps on your phone. They increase features of your website. Some plug-ins are used to build static pages and some are used to create tables etc….. Similar to apps on the phone, more number of plug-ins decrease the speed of your website. So it is always better to have fewer plug-ins.

Now the big Question is

How to add Plug-ins in WordPress site?

Points to mention before starting.

  • All plug-ins are not available in free WordPress.com website because it has its limits.
    You need to have a business plan or a self-hosted WordPress.org website.
  • More number of Plug-ins slowdowns your site speed
    It is always better to go with fewer Plug-ins.
  • We have free Plug-ins as well as paid plug-ins.
  • Plug-ins totally depend on Themes.
    Few themes don’t support all plug-ins. So it is best to install a good theme which supports all plug-ins.
    I basically prefer Ocean WP Theme.Yes, because of Plug-ins but also because of its speed and SEO friendly structure.

How to add plug-ins in WordPress site?

To give a detailed explanation on how to add plug-ins in WordPress, I decide to show all possible ways to add plug-ins in WordPress

  1. Adding plug-ins through WordPress Plug-in search
  2. Uploading Plug-ins to WordPress
  3. Manually installing plug-ins to WordPress by FTP

1.Adding Plug-ins through WordPress Plug-in search

Go to Plugins > Installed Plug-ins  From the dashboard.

If you just installed WordPress..

There you can find pre-installed plug-ins.

Select them all and delete. So that you can install your desired plug-ins.

Then click on Add New button at the top of the plugins > Installed Plug-ins page.

Then you will enter into a page showing this
It is like Your play store for plug-ins.

There you can find Plug-ins under the sections Featured, Popular and Recommended.

These are mostly used plug-ins worldwide.

Or you can search the plug-in from the search bar.

Then you get a list of plug-ins related to that keywords.

Click on Install now. 

Then click on Activate.

Then you will enter into a page showing this

Here you can perform all its actions from its options.

2.Uploading Plug-ins to WordPress.

Go to plug-ins > Installed Plug-ins

Then delete the pre-installed plug-ins if you just installed WordPress.

Click on Add New Button.

Yes, you can install your plug-in from there. You can even install a plug-in which you have downloaded from another source.

Here’s how it is.

After click on Add New button, you will enter to a page where you can find this button at the top.

Then click on that Upload Plug-in button.

It will ask to choose the file.

Click on choose file button and choose the file from the system.
After choosing the file click on install now button.

You will be directed to the installed plug-ins page showing this.

Then click on Activate. So that, the plug-in is installed and activated.

This process is useful when you can’t find the plug-in in the add new page or you already have a plug-in in your system.

3.Manually installing Plug-ins to WordPress by FTP.

It’s definitely the hardest way to install a Plug-in. And it is also not useful for day to day blogging. But to give more clarity, I am explaining this considering it as one method.

This is method is useful when your hosting service blocks installing Plug-ins. This is generally a small technical problem, but still, you can install a plug-in using this method.

First, you need the install the source file of the plug-in from online. It will be in Zip format.

Then Extract the file from the Zip. It will show folder with the same name.

Now go to your Cpanel, then access FTP clients.

You can access FTP clients from the FTP account in your Cpanel.

Then scroll down the FTP accounts section and Click on Configure FTP Clients.

If you don’t have an FTP account, you can add a new account.

Then you can manage FTP client.

The most popular clients are

Then navigate to the directory wp-content/Plug-ins/

Then upload the folder you extracted from the zip and click install.

Now navigate to WordPress Plug-ins section.

Here if you have installed successfully. You can find the plug-in.

Then click on activate button.

you have successfully installed the plug-in and activated from the FTP clients.

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Ravi Teja KNTS
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