You just started your dream blog? Nice decision.
As you already know, you need plugins.
With Plugins, you can add unique functionalities (contact form, Special pages, gallery, slideshows, etc.) to your blog without any coding.
In today’s post, I would show you exactly how to install a new Plugin in WordPress, with zero effort needed.
First off, I would like to pass a strong warning.
Don’t install too many plugins; they would slow down your site. One of the problems I faced when I started this blog was installing too many Plugins.
Did you get that? So…
How many Plugins do you need?
It depends solely on your choice. However, I would advise you to install not more than 13 plugins (maximum). There’s no point keeping Plugins you don’t need.
Fortunately, you can run a successful website/blog without any plugins. This depends on your coding skills.
After all, programmers don’t use WordPress, they design their site from scratch.
In case you still don’t get it, I mean to say you don’t need any plugins if you know how to code effectively.
Can you install plugins on WordPress free
If you are using free wordpress.com, Unfortunately, you can’t install plugins unless you upgrade to their business plan, which is $299/year.
However, If you are using a self-hosted WordPress blog, you can install unlimited plugins. That is one of the significant advantages of a self-hosted WordPress blog over a free WordPress blog.
Now let’s dive in.
how to install new Plugin in WordPress (2 Unique methods)
Basically, there are 2 different ways to install plugins on WordPress. I like to use the #2 method because it’s beneficial.
1 Method: Install WordPress Plugins using Search Queries
This is by far the easiest way to install plugins on WordPress. It requires little to no effort. It’s as simple as searching and installing your preferred Plugin.
First, Log in to your WordPress admin area.
⦁ Click on Plugin >> add new
⦁ Search for your Plugin (only free plugins)
You would see a list of plugins related to your search entry. Since I searched for ‘Form maker’ plugins, my result looks like this one below.
Luckily for me, I found what I need. Just in case you didn’t find your preferred Plugin on the first page, keep scrolling down until you find them.
However, It’s still very possible you don’t find a plugin after searching. Don’t panic; I would show you the solution (in #2 method).
Now, the next thing is to install and activate your Plugin.
This is very straight forward. First, click on Install
Then Click on activate
Congratulations, You just installed your first Plugin.
One of the downsides of this method is:
You can only install plugins that are available in the WordPress plugin directory; this means you can’t install plugins that are not listed in the directory.
So let’s move on, #2 method?
2 Method: Install WordPress Plugins using Admin Upload
This method works well no matter the situation (whether the Plugin is available in the plugin directory or not).
If you want to install a premium like wp rocket or any other plugin, you should follow this method. In short, you can not install a paid plugin for free.
First, you must download the Plugin from the official website of the developer. It’s usually a zip file.
Then, Navigate to Plugins >> add new. Click on “Upload Plugin”.
After clicking that, You would be prompt to upload the zip file of your Plugin (the file you downloaded).
Click on ‘Choose file‘ to upload your Plugin, then click on Install now.
Your Plugin would install and activate successfully.
In a rare case (almost impossible) where you tried both methods, yet you can’t successfully install a plugin. It’s usually a technical problem, and it can be resolved.
You need first to confirm you are not trying to install a nulled (pirated) plugin. You should also be sure you downloaded the Plugin from the official site (developer’s website).
If you failed while installing a free plugin or a premium plugin (you purchased), it’s usually a minor problem from your web host company.
The solution is simple, contact your host company (example Bluehost) and notify them about the problem.
They should be able to help you solve the problem or install the Plugin directly from your control panel.
Conclusion on how to install plugins on WordPress
You must avoid nulled plugins. If you can not purchase a premium plugin, find an alternative (free plugins).
Even though I have shown you how to install a new Plugin in WordPress, it doesn’t mean you should start installing unnecessary plugins.
I like to keep my maximum to be 13 plugins. However, if you need to go beyond 13 plugins, it should make sense.
Now, tell me, how many plugins have you installed?