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Beginners who install WordPress for the purpose of learning WordPress, first ask how to add more features and functionality. For this, a feature called “Plugin” is built into WordPress. There are plugins for managing events in WordPress, another type of plugin for restaurants, and again, many plugin providers market Learning Management System (LMS) plugins to host online tutorial courses.

Also, newcomers to WordPress are getting suggestions from friends, friends, online, or the WordPress community, which plugins need to be installed after a WordPress installation.

So, it is understood that WordPress plugin is a very powerful feature. Those who are new to WordPress, must know how to install the plugin. It’s a very important thing to learn to use all the power of WordPress.

Let’s install a free WordPress Plugin

In the WordPress Plugin Directory, at the time of writing this post, there are 54,558 free plugins. These free plugins can be installed in two ways:

  • Install from within WordPress, or,
  • Download from WordPress Plugin Directory and manually install in WordPress website.

First, login to your WordPress site. The login address for your WordPress site generally is, Click the “Plugins” link from the left sidebar menu.

Click "Plugins"
Fig. 1. WordPress Dashboard

Now click on the “Add New” button at the top of the screen.

Click "Add New" button
Fig. 2. Plugins screen

In the figure below, type the keyword of the plugin you are looking for by placing the cursor in the search box.

Search plugin keyword in the search box
Fig. 3. Plugins search box

Shortly after pressing the “Add New” button on the Plugins screen, a new look will appear on the screen where WordPress will display Featured, Popular, Recommended and Favorites plugins from the Plugins list.

Fig. 4. Plugins search result after search

If you want to install the “WP-Optimize-Clean, Compress, Cache” plugin, just wait for a while by typing the word “optimize” into the search box. From its plugin list, WordPress will present a list of a number of plugins it can find matching your search keywords in the form of a list, which will look like the screen below.

Write your exact keyword to get desired matching plugin list
Fig. 5. Your desired plugin after search,

Suppose you want to install the first plugin in the list of plugins it finds with your keywords. Then, press the “Install Now” button. Now, WordPress will download the required file from its server and bring the plugin to your website and complete the install.

After the installation is completed, the text on the “Install Now” button will be changed to “Activate“.

WordPress Plugin Activate button
Fig. 6. “Activate” your plugin after install

When you press the “Activate” button, WordPress will complete the installation process of this plugin and will show you a Info notification message at the top of the screen.

WordPress Plugin activate successfully
Fig. 7. Your plugin has been install successfully

Pheu! That was a huge load of effort!! But, you have activated a WordPress plugin successfully. But, one more thing I need to know! How do I install a premium plugin? Yes, this is also necessary to know and that will be the subject of our next discussion.

Let’s Install a Paid / Premium WordPress Plugin

The installation process of Premium or Paid Plugin is also a simple matter, it just has to be installed a little differently. Paid plugins cannot be found in the free plugin list of WordPress; These plugins have to be downloaded through paid membership of different companies. Usually these plugins are available in .zip file size. Here you can see the .zip file of the paid version of a WordPress plugin.

Install WordPress plugin premium
Fig. 8. A premium plugin in .zip format

Let’s head straight to the WordPress Dashboard and click on the “Plugins” link from the sidebar menu. You can see the Plugins screen (Fig. 2). Now, click on the “Add New” button (Fig. 2).

Now, you have to click on the “Upload Plugin” button.

Install wordpress plugin upload plugin
Fig. 9. Upload plugin

The actual plugin upload screen looks like the image below.

Install WordPress Plugin Upload form
Fig. 10. Upload plugin form

Once you see this form, hit the “Browse…” button which will bring up another modal file select form in which you will pick the .zip file of your premium plugin.

Install WordPress plugin select file
Fig. 11. Select the .zip file of your premium plugin

Once you pick the form, the popup screen disappear and return you back to previous form. But, this time, you will find a new button, “Install Now“. Pressing this button, WordPress will finish installing your premium plugin.

Fig. 12. Press the “Install Now” to finish installing your premium WordPress plugin

You will be asked again whether you want to activate the plugin. Yes, this is what you intend to do. Hit the “Activate Plugin” button.

Fig. 13. Hit “Activate Plugin” button to finish the installation process.

At the end, you should see this message saying that your premium plugin is installed successfully.

This plugin has added a new functionality in your WordPress site like any other plugins and it is now ready to serve you something which is definitely going to be useful for you.

Through this guide, we saw how to install a free and premium / paid WordPress plugin. Hopefully, this will be useful for you.

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