How to Install WordPress Plugins (Step by Step Guide)

Plugins are a major part of using WordPress and can easily add new functionality to your WordPress blog.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin from the Admin Dashboard

Firstly you have to login as the WordPress site administrator. If you are not an admin you won’t see the option to add plugins in the WordPress sidebar. Check with who set up your WordPress site if you are not an admin.

To add plugin to WordPress just head to Plugins/Add new in your WordPress dashboard sidebar.

After clicking Add New you’ll see the WordPress plugin directory. Use the search on the type right to find a specific plugin then simply click Install Now to start the plugin installation.

The plugin will take a few seconds to install then you can click Activate Now to enable the plugin on your website.

If you’d like to disable the plugin you can simply go to Plugins/Installed plugins to see what plugins you have enabled with the option to deactivate them.


Looking for plugins to install? Read our list of the best WordPress plugins.

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