How to install a WordPress Plugin?

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

Plugins are tools which provide additional functionality to your application. To install a plugin you generally just need to put the plugin file into your ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory. Once a plugin is installed, you may activate it or deactivate it from the Plugins menu in your WP administration.

Generally the Plugin installation is a straight-forward process. In most cases it is enough to upload the plugin under the ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory for the WordPress installation and activate it from the administrator backend.

In WordPress 2.7 and above you can install plugins directly from the admin area. Downlod the plugin to your computer, then log in to your WP admin area and go to Plugins > Add New. Browse to the plugin archive and select it. Then click Install Now and the plugin will be installed shortly.

The removal is also straight-forward in most cases. Simply remove the directory for the plugin you would like to uninstall and it will be automatically deactivated.

Still always bear in mind that not all plugins are easy to install, so always refer to their documentation and installation instructions first.

You can check our detailed articles on the following WP plugins:

  • WordPress Shopping cart
  • WordPress Images
  • Recent comments plugin
  • WordPress Spelling checker plugin
  • BuddyPress as a Community Website
  • WordPress Classifieds Plugin: WP Classified; Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin (AWPCP); Your Classified Ads


  1. I have and account. But the Plugin menu is not available in my control panel. I have uploaded the plugin file into your ‘wp-content/plugins’ directory but the activation is yet to be done.
    Can u help me to activate the plugin!!!

  2. Thanks your question.
    But it is very much clear that, you can not use any kind of plugin in wordpress when you use after registration. Becoz it is free and plugin option is restricted here. So, better is that, use wordpress in your own domain and hosing space and finally using the plugin unlimited.

  3. Hi..I just found this while looking to find how to install a plugin…are you saying that I can only install a plugin in a pay version of wordpress??? My page is but I am using it free…I have a plugin that I want/need but no way of installing like you say here.

    • Sir,
      Thank you very much for your question. I have seen your website. Currently you are using a free sub domain from site. Though you are using wordpress, but you can not add any kind of plugin by yourself. You have to be domain owner or totally control of cpanel / admin panel or FTP. Only then, you can add a plugin into your wordpress site. Thanks for your question.

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