we are now have familiar with wordpress, the powerful content management system for both websites and blog sites. And did you think any time why wordpress became most popular one in blogging platform? There are many answer for this question. The answer point which is in first position is its simplicity in usage(That provide a user friendly content management dashboard for all kind of its users). The other point to become this most popular is, of course, plugin hierarchy on wordpress. Plugins are now indivisible part of a wordpress website. Even small wordpress website or blog may install at least one wordpress plugin. Today i am going to post four unique ways to install wordpress plugin in your wordpress dashboard.
More about wordpress plugin
Next we are going to understand more about wordpress plugins. We already learn how to install wordpress blog in easy and simple method.
What is a wordpress plugin? wordpress plugins are those extension which are installing via wordpress dashboard in order to add features and functionality to our wordpress blog and website. There are various plugins are available in official wordpress plugin directory and also more premium plugins to extend functionality.
There are thousands of wordpress plugin are available in wordpress plugin directory which we can download and install with free of cost. wide variety of plugins in categories such as contact form, sliders, gallery, spam comment detection, pagination, maps, seo, sitemap generators, portfolio, social media follows and shares, seo friendly images and more available from there.
it’s number is countless. So with less technical knowledge , we can increase our wordpress website functions. we use contact form plugins to sent email to our mailbox from our wordpress web page, google map plugin to show locations, subscription plugins to subscribe in our website for its users and those of other plugin appropriate to their functions.
2) How to install wordpress blog/website
How to install wordpress plugin in different methods
Well , we are now understand about wordpress plugins. Next we are going to see how these plugins are installed in our wordpress dashboard. It is so simple to install, it may take just 2-5 mouse click away.
First of all, we have to see the section in dashboard, to install wordpress plugin. In the left side bar of our wordpress dashboard you can see, the plugin section to manage. See below screenshot
when you just holding your mouse pointer over it, you will see the options such as installed plugin, by clicking on which will go to the list of installed plugins. And next, add new, where you can add plugin. and then editor for editing plugins. You will use the plugins in the form of widget, shortcodes or any other window to use on page.
Method 1: Search and install
Yes, we have came across the method used to install plugins on our wordpress dashboard from plugin directory. Here is the first and very simple method of plugin installation. In this method, we need not to download the zip file of plugin in our computer and it upload. We can install directly from plugin directory.
For this, we have to click “add new” plugin in our dashboard, we will direct to a window that shows many plugin. There we have search input, where we will type keyword or plugin name where we want to install. After typing on it, please press enter button. Please look the screen shot.
ok, as i shown in the screenshot, if you already installed a plugin, and its updated version is available in directory, there will be “update now” button below that plugin. When you clicked on, your plugin will be updated.
and for if you don’t installed , you can install plugin by clicking install now. When you “install now” button clicked, you will get “activate” window to activate the installed plugin.
when you activate, yes done you have successfully installed your plugin. you can use the plugin, that will appear in the dashboard sidebar, or it can be used as widget or, its settings will be available in settings section in dashboard.
Method 2: Download zip file and upload
This is another type of plugin installation, where we are downloading the compressed zipped file of plugin from plugin directory or the premium plugin we purchased, and it uploaded via, dashboard interface.
For this first, we have to download the plugin from the directory to our local computer.
after downloading the .zip file, you have to go to add new plugin page, and you will find “upload plugin”
when you click on that you can chose the file using “chose file” and after chosing click install now and then activate the plugin. Ok, that’s it, you have installed the plugin successfully.
Method 3: install plugin via filezilla ftp client.
This is another method of plugin installation in your dashboard. For this method first we should have .zip file of plugin need to be extracted since there is no option to extract via filezilla ftp client. One you have extracted, you will get a folder that contains plugin files. we will upload this folder in plugin directory located inside wp-content folder. thus we have install the plugin and via dashboard activate.
Here is the step by step instructions.
Extract your .zip file of plugin and you will get folder contains plugin files.
Next connect to your server via filezilla ftp client. If your directory listing is failed via filezilla ftp client. you can connect by this method connect to server via filezilla using site manager
Now you have to upload the folder in the plugin directory inside wp-content.
look the screenshot that tell you in simple way.
you will have left side of filezilla, the files in your computer and in the right side the files in your server. right Click on the file you want to upload and click “upload” to upload the file of plugin.
after finishing the upload, you have installed the plugin in wordpress, you can activate it via dashboard.
Method 4: Install plugin via cpanel
You can install wp plugin using cpanel interface. if you were used the cpanel, now you will have an idea about how to install when reading the above method. Yes using filezilla. It is just like same as we installed via filezilla.
here we need not to extract the file in our local computer. you can eithe upload the zipped file and extract there or you can uploaded extracted folder in the plugin directory inside wp-content folder.
If you are uploading the zip file, please right click and click extract to extract the file.
yes, that’s all you have installed plugin using cpanel.
Ok, now you have learned 4 different ways to install wordpress plugin. Now you can extend the features and functionality of your wordpress easily.