How to Install & Manage WordPress Plugins

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Managing Plugins in WordPress

There are two simple ways you can add WordPress Plugins. Either you can use built-in plugin installer or manually copy and paste it in a default plugin directory in your WordPress. But it is recommended that you first backup your website & databases completely before you continue with the installation.

Let’s add a WordPress Plugin using the built-in plugin installer:

Built-in plugin installer

  1. Login into your WordPress (www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin)
  2. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  3. Inside Search box, type in the name of the WordPress Plugin.
  4. Now find the right WordPress Plugin that you wish to install.
    1. Click More Details for more information about the Plugin and instructions you may wish to follow.
    2. You can find the compatibility information with the WordPress version you have installed.
    3. Now click on the Install Now button to install the WordPress Plugin.
    4. A popup window will ask you to confirm installation.
  5. Click Proceed button to continue with the installation. Once you are done, an installation screen will appear that will ensure whether the installation was successful or note any problem during the installation process.
  6. If the installation is successful then click the Activate Plugin button to activate it, or you can press the button “Return to Plugin Installer” for further actions.

Manual Plugin Installation

  1. Download the WordPress Plugin to your desktop.
  2. If the plugin is downloaded as a zip archive, extract the Plugin folder to your desktop.
  3. Read “readme” file thoroughly to ensure you follow the correct installation instructions.
  4. If you have the access to the FTP then upload the Plugin into the plugin folder i.e., wp-content/plugins in your website directory.
  5. If you are using a self-managed server, you need to go to the directory of your website & go to wp-content/plugins folder & paste in this directory.
  6. Now you need to Plugins screen and find the newly uploaded Plugin in the list.
  7. Click Activate Plugin to activate it & proceed with the required steps.

Deactivating & Deleting Plugins

  1. Login into your WordPress (www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin)
  2. Navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins
  3. Inside the Search box, type in the name of the WordPress Plugin or just scroll down to the plugin you wish to deactivate or uninstall.
  4. Find the WordPress Plugin you wish to delete.
  5. Firstly, you need to deactivate the WordPress plugin.
  6. Once the plugin is deactivated, delete option will appear.
  7. If you want to delete the plugin completely just Click delete to remove it completely.

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