Learn How To Manually Install A WordPress Plugin

There are two main ways to manually install a WordPress plugin, there is the WYSIWYG way, which lets you upload a plugin to your site as with the OpenFileStream in C#, this is simply whereby the user has to locate the file directory in order to open and upload a file(and code is exactly that).

And then there is the almost complex way of uploading a plugin to WordPress using FTP, the distinction is not that much, the only difference is the methodology! So let’s get started with the WYSIWYG way…

How Do I Upload A Plugin To WordPress Using WYSIWYG?

This is very simple it can be done in 3 simple steps, this guide assumes that you already have a hosted WordPress website up and running, & if you don’t have a hosted site check this page out to get a free domain and hosting. Now, let’s proceed with the steps…

  1. Download the plugin to your PC
  2. On your WordPress dashboard locate the Plugins tab.
  3. Click on Add New
  4. Select Upload Plugin
  5. There should be a small block that covers a quarter of the screen, that has the Browse button
  6. Click on it, then locate the file on your PC, select it then click Open
  7. You should see the plugin name along with the Install now button!
  8. Click on it and you’ll see an Activate button, click on that to activate the plugin

That’s pretty much basically it for installing a plugin semi-manually, because believe me there is a harder way, which is via FTP.


How to upload it using FTP…

This method is really not beginner-friendly but if you have a basic understanding of code, file tree structure, WAMP/ XAMPP you should be just fine! Here’s how you can

  1. Go to the plugin page from the WordPress Plugin Directory website.

  2. Click the red download button to transfer the plugin Zip file to your computer.

  3. Unzip the plugin files.

    All plugins downloaded from the Plugin Directory are in the Zip format. Most operating systems (Windows, Mac, and so on) have built-in tools to open Zip files. After opening the Zip file, extract the directory contained inside the Zip file and put it in a directory on your computer that is easily accessible.

  4. Connect to your site’s server using FTP.

    If you have any difficulty connecting to your server, contact your hosting provider and ask for assistance in connecting to your server via FTP.

  5. Navigate to the wp-content folder within the WordPress installation for your website or blog.

    The location of your WordPress installation can differ with every hosting provider. Make sure that you know the location before you proceed.

  6. Navigate to the /wp-content/plugins directory.

    First, navigate to wp-content. Inside this directory are the plugins and themes directories along with a few others. Navigate to the plugins directory. It is inside this directory that all plugins reside.

  7. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins directory on your web server.

    The plugin folder, named for the plugin (for example, if you’re uploading the Gallery plugin, the folder is /gallery) contains all the files for that plugin.