How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)

How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)

Do you want to install a plugin in WordPress? Well there are 3 ways to install a WordPress plugin. In this video, we will show you how to install a plugin in WordPress by using the search feature, upload feature, and through FTP.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

The best part about WordPress is plugins. It allows you to extend WordPress and create a really powerful websites.

If you wanted to install a plugin, then you must use self-hosted You CANNOT install plugins on sites.

First we will show you how to install free plugins from the WordPress repository by using the search feature in WordPress admin.

Second we will show you how to install commercial WordPress plugins from your computer by using the upload button in your admin area.

Lastly, we will show you how to install WordPress plugins using an FTP program.

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  1. AMaeTV on May 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Great video! Exactly what I needed at this point.. thanks!

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on May 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Glad we’re able to help 🙂

  2. wenezz on August 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    that you very much you told me what i need to know in 55sec 😀 

  3. Robert Stromgren on October 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    you have no idea how much this helped! Thank you so much!!

  4. Susan Asher on October 31, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Thank you very much!

  5. Susan Asher on October 31, 2014 at 7:11 am

    i downloaded the plugin for email, and it shows up under PlugIns. Now, how do I set it up on my blog so that people can type in their name and email address to sign up to receive my new posts?

  6. WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on November 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    @Susan Atlanta it would depend on what plugin you are using, the plugin should say what it can use either a widget or a page embed.

  7. Win Naing on December 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I set up a new blog as an administrator, but I did not see the “Plug IN” on the side menu, why?

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on December 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      @Win Naing Is your site on

    • Made Soma on September 26, 2015 at 7:53 am

      +Win Naing I have the same problem. I don’t have plug in menu

  8. RVingFT Candace on May 13, 2015 at 2:53 am

    THANKS, this is exactly what I was looking for,

  9. Ut Hien Tran on June 2, 2015 at 6:13 am

    what the hell! please show how to get the tab plug in next time!

  10. TechSpectrum on August 23, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    So I wasted my damn time using wordpress all this time working locally? Wow, just wow.

  11. firsty9354 on October 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

    i am admin and have .org domain, why can’t I see the plugins in the menu?

  12. AL N MC BEE on October 29, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Excellent tutorial for US WP NEWBIES:) BIG UPS!

  13. Mércio Filho on February 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you!

  14. Anuja Deshmukh on April 21, 2016 at 4:02 am

    can you please recommend any pugin for youtube video download thats for free?

  15. shagana baneesh on May 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    cant find plugin option in mine

  16. The Valonqar on May 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

    how do I get the plugins onto my website?

  17. Joshua Skidmore on August 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I want to add a plugin to my site. However, when I go to plugins it shows I am unavailable to add a plugin. This is after I made it into into .org. Do you have to be on a certain plan to make plugins work?

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on August 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      If you are seeing plans for purchase in your dashboard then you may still be on

  18. Ebi Febriyanto on August 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Just found ur channel. This is totally helpful for beginners like me.
    Thanks for ur hardwork and making all of these tutorials. Subscribed!

  19. Kristen Poborsky on March 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you so much for walking me through this step by step…sooooo easy!

  20. jose barahona on March 11, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I had these options in my acc. but now when i click on ‘plugins’ i get re directed to the where i don’t have the capability to pick which plugins i want, advice?

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