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How to install and activate plugin in WordPress? Beginners Guide


This article will guide you “to install and activate the plugin in WordPress”, but let’s first know “What is a WordPress Plugin”.

What is a WordPress Plugin?

Before jumping into the whole process first let’s just know what a Plugin is.

Plugins are extended and added functionality of WordPress. Written in PHP programming language the plugins integrate seamlessly in WordPress. The plugins enhance the core of WordPress with the custom functions and features through which a user can tailor their site easily.

Installation and Activation of  WordPress Plugin

Basically, there are two simple methods to install WordPress plugins. Those are:

  • By using WordPress Plugin Search
  • By using Plugin Upload

These are the steps that you will carry out on your own site. But first, you need to download/install WordPress and setup/install a theme and then install/activate the plugins that you want.

Method 1: Using WordPress Plugin Search


To install or activate a plugin first you need to login to your WordPress site.

Then navigate to “Plugins” and click on Add New. As shown in the figure above you will see the Search Plugins section where you will enter the plugin that you want to install/activate.

And after that, you will find a list of the plugins in the dashboard.


Click Install Now and then activate. After the activating, it appears like this. Now you are ready to use the functionality of that particular plugin.


Method 2: Using Plugin Upload


The second process is “Using Plugin Upload”.

First and foremost, you need to download the required zip file of the plugin from WordPress.org. The next step is similar to the above i.e Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New.


On the top, you will see the “Upload Plugin option“.


After uploading the plugin Click on the install now button as you can see in the figure above.


A message will appear on your screen as shown in the picture above. Click “Activate Plugin“. And you’re done.


So these are the basic procedures to “install or activate the Plugin in WordPress”. Hope this article will be helpful for you. For any queries feel free to reach us or just comment in the secton below.

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