How to install a plugin in WordPress

Installing a plugin in WordPress is a straightforward process. The EASY way and the ADVANCED way.

Updated April 2, 2024.

Time of reading: 2 min

Level of Difficulty: Beginners & Advanced

🦔 You can skip to a specific step if you have already done a thing or two from the list.

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Using Worpdress Dashboard

The first step will be to access the WordPress Dashboard as an Administrator.

Navigate to the Plugins Menu

Click on the “Plugins” option in the left-hand menu.
Click on the “Add New” button at the top of the page.

In the search box, enter the name of the plugin you want to install. Alternatively, you can browse through the list of plugins by clicking on the “Featured,” “Popular,” or “Recommended” tabs. Once you find the plugin you want to install, click on the “Install Now” button next to it

WordPress will download and install the plugin for you. After it’s done, you’ll see a message that says “Plugin installed successfully.”

That’s it! Your new plugin is now installed and ready to use. Be sure to check the plugin’s settings and documentation to configure it correctly for your site.

Installing a plugin through the WP-CLI

Here we will provide you with another way to install a WordPress plugin that is for more advanced users. WP-CLI is a command-line interface for WordPress that allows developers and site administrators to perform various administrative and maintenance tasks from the terminal or command prompt.

Open your command-line interface or terminal Navigate to the root directory of your WordPress installation Type the following command to install a plugin wp plugin install <plugin-name> Replace <plugin-name> with the actual name of the plugin you want to install. For example, we would like to install Jetpack

WordPress will download and install the plugin for you. After it’s done, you’ll see a message that says “Plugin installed successfully.”