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How To Add A New Plugin In WordPress? 3 Easy Ways

How to add a new plugin in WordPress is a step by step guide for beginners to add a WordPress plugin in any WordPress site. This article is demonstrating three easy methods to add a plugin in your WordPress site. A step by step process of adding a new plugin is described below.

To Add A New Plugin In WordPress using Plugin Search

If you are searching a new plugin to install in your site, then WordPress provides you an in-built default Plugin Installer embedded in Plugin Search Screen. Here are the steps.

Note: This process requires admin login to your site.

Step 1: Search Your Plugin In WordPress Plugin Directory.

Step 1.1 Click On Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New.

Add New

In WordPress plugin search screen, you can search any plugin available in WordPress Plugins Directory. If a plugin is available in the WordPress Plugins Repository, it appears with Install Now option if it is not installed in your site. As you click on Install Now option of a plugin, the plugin will get installed in your site. Now you can either activate or delete it form Installed Plugins screen.

Step 1.2 Install The plugin.

Just click on Install Now Button. Here Classic Editor plugin is taken as example plugin.

Step 2: Activate The Plugin.

Step 2.1 Click On Dashboard >> Installed Plugin.

Activate The Plugin.

Now your newly searched plugin is installed in your site.

How To Install A Plugin In WordPress Manually?

As we know not every plugin is available in WordPress Plugins Directory. Many other sites make available either free or paid versions of WordPress plugins. These plugins can be downloaded as .ZIP files. Even though if a plugin developer, who wants to either install or test his newly created plugin, has to upload the plugin in .ZIP format. There are two methods to install such a plugin in WordPress site. Let’s take a look for each method.

How To Install a Plugin Via WordPress Admin Plugin Upload Option?

You can upload your plugin as a .ZIP file to WordPress using WordPress default Admin Plugin upload option. Here are the steps.

Note: This process requires admin login to your site.

Step 1: Zip The Plugin Folder.

Plugin folder contains all the necessary plugin files. If the folder is not zipped then before uploading the plugin just zip it.

Step 2: Click On Upload Plugin.

Dashboard >> Plugins >> Add New >> Upload Plugin

Add New

You will be headed to Add Plugins Screen. See the image.

Step 3: Click On Choose file.

Upload Plugins.

Step 4: Click On Choose file Option.

Now you can select your plugin from your computer to upload it to your WordPress site.

How to Install A New Plugin Using File Manage?

We can also upload a plugin using FPT, cPanel or any file manager. Here we are using WP file manager to upload a Demo Plugin. This process is as follows.

Note: This process requires admin login to your site.

Step 1: Click On WP File Manager.

WP file manager.

Step 2: Click On wp-content >> plugins.


Step 3: Create A Folder.

Create a new folder to upload plugin files. We have named this newly created folder My-plugin-folder.

New folder.

Step 4: Rename The Folder.

Just rename this new folder. We have renamed it to My-plugin-folder.


Open this folder and right click on working area to get context menu.

Step 5: Click On Upload Files.

Right click on working screen and click on Upload files option in context menu.

Upload files.

After click in Upload files, you will be headed to upload files windows. Here you can either use select files option or use Drop files option to upload plugin files from your computer to WordPress.

Select all the plugin files to upload in the folder. Here we are uploading Demo_Plugin.php plugin file as an example plugin file.

Add A New Plugin In WordPress
Add a new Plugin file.

Now it’s time to see our newly installed plugin. Here we have uploaded a Demo Plugin as an example plugin. Steps are as follows.

Step 6: Click On Dashboard >> Plugins >> Installed Plugins.

Installed Plugin.

You will be in Plugins Screen. Here all the installed plugins are listed.

Demo Plugin.

Now you have successfully added a new plugin in your site. Same process can be used with FTP or cPanel, because these are the access method to access WordPress installation directory. So any access method VIZ. FTP, cPanel or any file manager plugin can be used upload the plugin.

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