How to Install WordPress Plugins Fast & Easy?

Plugins allow you to add new features to WordPress, such as add a gallery, slideshow, and much more. Learn how to install WordPress plugins

By Claudio Pires
Updated on July 25, 2022
How to Install WordPress Plugins Fast & Easy?

Learn how to install WordPress plugins. Plugins allow you to add new WordPress features, such as a gallery, slideshow, etc. There are thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress. This step-by-step guide will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

Plugins are utilities that provide additional functionality to your application and site design. Visualmodo WordPress themes are compatible with all the plugins.

How to Install WordPress Plugins


How to install WordPress plugins on your site?

In WordPress 2.7 and above, you can install plug-ins directly from the admin area. So, download the plugin to your computer, log in to your WP admin area and go to Plugins > Add New.

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How to install WordPress plugins

Alternatively, Browse to the plugin archive and select it. Then click Install Now, and the plugin will be ready and working shortly. In addition, remember to click on the ‘activate’ button, it will redirect you to the ‘plugins’ list page on your site.

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How to install WordPress plugins

The removal is also straightforward in most cases. So, remove the directory for the plugin you want to uninstall, and it will automatically deactivate.

Still, remember that not all plugins are easy to install, so always refer to their documentation and installation instructions first.

Install plugins from WordPress Upload

Paid WordPress plugins are not present in the WordPress plugin directory. Therefore, these plugins cannot be installed using the first method.

That’s why WP has the Upload method to install such plugins. We will show you how to install the WP plugin using the upload option in the admin area.

Firstly, you need to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Secondly, you must go to the WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New page. After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page, select the .zip file com your folders and upload/activate it.


To install WordPress plugins, you must put the tool files into the wp-content/plugins directory via FTP or host file manager. Once a plugin is up, you may activate it or deactivate it from the Plugins menu in your WordPress site administration. Moreover, the video above will guide you in a good way to install your WP plugin via FTP without needing to access the host and leave your WP dashboard.

Learn how to install WordPress plugins on your site
How to install WordPress plugins

Finally, follow the video below to install themes or plugins using file manager.

Claudio Pires

Claudio Pires is the co-founder of Visualmodo, a renowned company in web development and design. With over 15 years of experience, Claudio has honed his skills in content creation, web development support, and senior web designer. A trilingual expert fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, he brings a global perspective to his work. Beyond his professional endeavors, Claudio is an active YouTuber, sharing his insights and expertise with a broader audience. Based in Brazil, Claudio continues to push the boundaries of web design and digital content, making him a pivotal figure in the industry.