A large number of websites today are powered by WordPress but they are all unique in a sense. They look unique with the help of themes. But only having a different look is not enough. The functionality should also be unique to cater to different audiences. To extend the functionality in WordPress, we use plugins.

There are a large number of free plugins available for download and install at the official WordPress plugins directory. Those can be installed in any self-hosted WordPress website to increase its functionality and purpose. The easiest way to install them is using the plugins manager and installer present on-board WordPress powered websites. But in total, there are 3 different ways or methods that you can use to install them.

Method 1: Add New Plugins Directly from WordPress Admin Dashboard

This is the easiest and the most popular way to install new plugins to a WordPress website. Just use the on-site administration tool for direct installation. There’s no need for manual download and upload. It is all handled by WordPress.

Installing Plugin Automatically

Here are the steps:

You will be able to see it in the Installed Plugin page. Depending upon how it is designed, it can be accessed using a new top-level admin menu, or from links in the admin like Settings, Tools, Appearance or even media.

Method 2: Manually Downloading and Uploading

This method is popular for those plugins that are purchased or downloaded -outside from the official WordPress directory.

Uploading Compressed WordPress Plugin

Once you have a downloaded .zip file in your computer, follow these steps:

Method 3: Using FTP to Upload to /wp-content/plugins/ directory

This method requires you to upload files using an online file manager present in your cPanel or other web space management console. You can also access the directories using FTP clients like FileZilla.

Activating Uploaded Plugin

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