How to install WordPress plugins


In this comprehensive tutorial I will provide you with information on how to install WordPress plugins. I will explain in details how to do it using the native WordPress installer, via FTP client and using wp-cli which is approach for more advanced users. No worries if wp-cli is something you never heard of. This is WordPress command line interface which can be used for the same operations that you usually do in the admin panel of your website. More information on how to use this tool will be provided in a separate tutorial.

Plugin installation using the native WordPress installer

WordPress plugin installation is really simplified to the maximum. Basically all you have to do is login to wp-admin section of your website, then click Plugins on the left menu and then Add new. Here is screenshot that shows the steps:

WordPress plugin installation

WordPress plugin installation

If these steps are following you will see the following on your screen:

Plugin installation - search page

Plugin installation – search page

Now just type the plugin name you are looking for and check the results. In my case I am looking for cache plugin so I am going to type cache in the search field. The result of my search is placed below:

WordPress search page results

WordPress search page results

The next steps are installation and activation. To do so just click Install Now button next to each plugin and then activate it.

There are a few things to consider before installing a particular plugin. On the above screenshot you can see that there are stats for each extension. I usually install plugins that are regularly updated, have more active installations and of course have positive reviews. Usually plugins with up to 10 active installations are not working well or there is some problem with their code and most probably they cause issues with the websites.


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