Guide to Installing WordPress Plugins!

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WordPress Plugins are a great (and free!) way to enhance the functionality and appearance of your web site, and the installation process is quick and simple!

The first step is finding the WordPress plugin you want to add to your site.  The WordPress Plugin Directory offers tons of free plugins to take your web site or blog to the next level (or check out our blog on the best plugins for WordPress).  Once you find plugin you want, download it, and save the file to your computer (you don’t need to unzip the file before uploading it to WordPress).  Now, just login to your WordPress admin area.

Enter username and password and click “Log In”

wordpress login screen

Click “Plugins”

wordpress plugins

Click “Add New”

add new wordpress plugin

Click “Browse” to find the .zip file for the plugin, select the file, and click “Install Now”

install wordpress plugin file

If you want to activate the plugin now, just click “Activate Plugin”

activate wordpress plugin

You should see the new plugin listed under “Currently Active Plugins”

currently active wordpress plugins

That’s it!  You’ve successfully installed a WordPress plugin!

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  1. On May 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Planet Buzz - News said:

    I didn’t’ know you could locate and upload plugins right from the admin panel. I guess I never thought to look. I just checked mu version of WordPress and I guess I need to upgrade cause I can’t do any of the things you list here.

  2. On May 28, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Programlar said:

    Hi, Great Post Thanks.:)

  3. On May 27, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Free electronic resources said:

    Before installation, make sure your connection is good, be careful and always run each phase installation.

    • On May 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      Cat M. said:

      Thanks for that tip! I’m sure other users will appreciate it!

  4. On May 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Tanay said:

    Thanks for the guide. Another thing to make it easier to install plugins is to install a plugin ( how ironic ) called one click plugin updater. you can then install plugins by just entering the url of the zip file and clicking install.

  5. On May 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

    dental products said:

    Great guide for newbies. Very simple and easy to follow.