This tutorial is a part of the guide to start a website. In this tutorial, you can learn the process of how to install WordPress plugins. As you know there are two types of WordPress plugins and themes. Free and premium. And, there is a separate process of installing free and premium plugins.
So, I will show you those step-by-step processes for installing free and premium WordPress plugins.
Additionally, I would refer you to learn the process of how to install WordPress themes.
Before starting the step-by-step guide, let us know what is a WordPress plugin?
Plugins are an essential part of WordPress as they add extra functionality to your core WordPress website. In Joomla, plugins are called extensions doing the same work which plugins do in WordPress.
Plugins are the most powerful ingredient of a WordPress website as they have power to totally change the functionality of a core WordPress website. Woocommerce plugin is a perfect example of how we use it to transform a WordPress blog to a shopping cart.
Not surprised? then try BuddyPress. With BuddyPress, you can easily transform your website into a full-featured community plugin.
Well, you want to create a blogging website offering some services along with affiliate marketing. Even there are some essential plugins which must have installed on your website. Some of them are,
- Jetpack – Official WordPress plugin which offers many powerful features
- Akismet – Official WordPress Plugin to stop spam commenting
- Accelerated Mobile Pages – Mobile optimized pages are now compulsory by Google so you must have this plugin installed
- Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP
- Loginizer – For Login Security. It limits your login attempts
- No Self Pings – Disable self-pinging from your own website
- PuSHPress – Speedup your website
- WP Smush – Image optimizer
- ThirstyAffiliates – To create and monitor affiliate links
- TinyMCE Advanced – For advanced formatting options
- UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – Backup and restore your website
- WP Fastest Cache – My favorite plugin for speeding up my website
- Yoast SEO – Best on-page and on-site SEO plugin
- Title and Nofollow For Links – Nofollow attribution is must for affiliate links. This plugin help in that.
Now let us start the step-by-step guide to install WordPress Plugins.
Install WordPress Plugins (Free Plugin Installation Guide)
Step 1 – Login to your WordPress dashboard
Login to your WordPress Dashboard via mywebsite.com/wp-login.
Refer to 9-Step WordPress Installation Guide for more information on WordPress installation, dashboard, wp-login etc.
On on the left side menu of your WordPress dashboard, you will see Plugins option.
Click on Plugins option.
Here you will see 3 more options
- Installed plugins
- Add New
Step 2 – Search For Free plugins from WordPress plugin directory
You have to click on Add new option which will redirect you to plugin installation page like the image below.
Type your keywords on the search bar and search for a good plugin with high review rating and downloads. You can also search for your known plugins like Yoast SEO or Jetpack.
Step 3 – Install Your WordPress Plugin
- Now Press the install button located below your choice of the plugin.
- You can also see the details of the plugin by clicking on the details option.
Step 4 – Plugin Installation process
When you click on the install now button, the installation process will begin like this image
When the process completes, you will get activate button. press this button and your theme will be activated.
With this process, you can install any free plugin from WordPress repository.
Note: Some plugins create a special customize option in the left menu of your WordPress dashboard. Some create that option under Settings menu in your WordPress dashboard and some don’t have any customize option as they are plug and play. You have to find your plugins customization option on the left side menu or you can also view this via the installed plugin Window.
You can go through the plugins menu to view your installed plugin Interface. This interface is very important as in this window you can deactivate and uninstall any plugin(Free and Premium) which you don’t want.
Let’s have a look on this window.
Deactivate and Uninstall WordPress plugin
Click on the Installed plugin option on plugins menu.
Now you will get a window like this where you can deactivate any plugin by just pressing the deactivate button next to them.
In this case, I will uninstall Jetpack plugin which I have installed in the plugin installation process.
When you click on deactivate, the page will be refreshed and instead of deactivate, you will see a delete option. Click on the delete option and within a few seconds, your plugin will be deleted.
Install WordPress Plugins (Premium Plugin Installation Guide)
Step 1 is same as the step on free plugin installation. You have to log in to your WordPress dashboard and then go to Plugins > Add New.
On the upper left corner of plugin installation screen, you can see a button Upload Plugin.
Pressing on the Upload Plugin button will extend the screen like this.
Now Click on the choose file button, find and select the zip file provided by your WordPress plugin Author and press on install now button located next to choose file option.
Now, in a few seconds, your plugin is installed. and you will be prompt to activate your plugin. Press the activate button and your Premium plugin is now activated on your WordPress Website.
As I have told you in my article How To Install WordPress Theme don’t ever use any nulled or free plugin outside from the WordPress plugin directory. If you use any nulled plugin, you would lose the control of your website and your website’s important data can be compromised. If you are using any nulled plugin or themes, you are compromising not only yours but your website visitor’s and user’s data with the hackers.
Nulled plugins create vulnerability or loopholes on your website and with them, your website can easily accessible by the plugin modifier.
Now, you are aware of how to install WordPress plugins. Share this article on your social circle as your friends should also know this useful tutorial.
At last, I have 1 Question for you.
Which WordPress plugin you think is most helpful for bloggers? Comment below.