How to Install a WordPress Plugin

There are a few ways that you can install a WordPress Plugin, but the easiest way to install one is by using the WordPress Directory. In this tutorial I will show you how to install a plugin by using the directory.

Sign into your WordPress Admin Panel by typing your blog address followed by a forward slash (/) then type wp-admin. (eg.

A login screen will appear.

Wordpress Login Screen

You will then see your WordPress Admin Dashboard. Look in the list down the left hand side until you see a tab called Plugins. Hover over the plugins tab and then click on “Add New” in the drop down menu that appears. You will then be taken to a page where you can search for wordpress plugins.


Plugin Tab


In the search bar type in the name of a plugin you wish to install. Then click search plugins. You can search for a specific plugin by name or you can do a general search to find plugins related to your search term.

Search For Plugins

You can view details of the plugins by reading the little snippet that appears beside every plugin or you can click on the Details link located under the plugin name if you would like to see more information. When you are satisfied that you have found the plugin that you want, click Install Now under the plugin name.

Install Plugin



When your plugin is installed you will be taken to a new page that will say “Successfully installed the plugin… (name of plugin)” Underneath of that it will say Activate Plugin | Return to Plugin Installer. Click on Activate Plugin. Now your plugin is activated and ready to use.

Activate Plugin

Look back on the left hand side until you find the Plugins tab again and click on Installed Plugins to view your new plugin. From this page you can view, edit, change settings (on some) activate/deactivate and delete your installed plugins.

Hover Over Plugin


There you have it. You have a brand new wordpress plugin installed and activated.

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