How to install a WordPress Plugin

You can use WordPress Plugins to extend the functionality of your blog. Let’s say you want a contact form, so your visitors can send you an email if they have a question. First, you need to find the Plugin you want. Here is how to do it the simple way:

  1. Log into WordPress Dashboard (/wp-admin)
  2. Click on “Plugins” on the lower left, then “Add new”
  3. You can just take a look at the most popular plugins or search by keywords.
  4. Install the chosen plugin by clicking on “Install now” – and you are done.

If you have downloaded a Plugin in .zip-Format (e.g. because it isn’t free), you can install it by uploading:

  1. Log into WordPress Dashboard (/wp-admin)
  2. Click on “Plugins” on the lower left, then “Add new”
  3. On the top of the page, right next to “Add Plugins”, click on “Upload Plugin”.
  4. Chose the .zip-file from your local computer and upload/install it by clicking on “Install now” – done!

If you need are searching for a specific functionality and cannot find any Plugin for that, let me know by Twitter or comment on this post. I will help you finding the Plugin you need!

Michael Stark
 

I'm Michael Stark, an IT professional and Blogger enthusiast. Made with ♥ in New York. Blogging since 2005... ten years and still going strong :)