How to Install a WordPress Plugin (2018) | Upload Free + Premium Plugins

In this video, we’ll cover the process of how to install a WordPress plugin from the WordPress plugin repository As well as how to upload and install a premium WordPress plugin from a third-party provider or marketplace

A plugin is a piece of addition code that can be added to your website to enhance its functionality For websites or blogs it could be anything from SEO, eCommerce, customer review and rating widgets, backup and rollback capabilities, and just about anything else you can think of Free plugins can be installed straight from the WordPress plugin repository, and premium plugins can be purchased from specific providers or marketplaces We will go through the steps involved for both options So, let’s jump into it

Firstly, let’s take a look at how to install a free WordPress plugin from the WordPress plugin repository For this section, you can use any free WordPress plugin by following the steps outlined in this video Although the configuration steps may differ slightly for each plugin, the process to install it will be exactly the same To start, login to your WordPress dashboard Click on Plugins in the menu on the left As you can see, here is your plugin library with all the plugins that have already been added to your WordPress site

You can add, activate, deactivate or remove plugins from this page To add a plugin, click “Add New” at the top of the page or in the cascade menu The page will load with the plugins available via the WordPress plugin repository You can browse the tabs or search for a specific plugin via the search field Yoast SEO is one of the most popular and effective SEO plugins for WordPress, so we’ll search for that

When installing a plugin it’s important to review the star rating and number of reviews, when it was last updated, and if it’s compatible with your version of WordPress, to ensure the plugin won’t cause any issues on your site To install a plugin, click the ‘install now’ option next to the plugin The plugin will now install Once it has finished, you can activate it directly from the repository or by going to your list of Installed Plugins And, that’s all there is to it

Now that you have installed and activated this free plugin, you can start leveraging its functionality to improve your site Next, we’ll go through How to upload and install a premium WordPress plugin Similarly to free plugins, the process for uploading and installing a premium WordPress theme will be the same for all premium plugins Although, the configuration steps and features of premium plugins will vary greatly As such, it’s always best practice to review the plugin documentation once the theme is installed For this example, we will upload and install the Monarch Social Sharing plugin by Elegant Themes

It’s a premium WordPress theme that allows readers on your blog or website to easily share your content on social and via email To access this plugin head over to Elegant Themes, create an account and download the zip file for the plugin Login to your WordPress dashboard, and navigate to Plugins > Add New To upload a plugin, click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button in the top left-hand corner

In the box that appears, select “Choose File”, navigate to the folder with your Monarch zip file Select the zip file, choose open, then click install now You will be taken to a page that updates you on the progress of the installation

Once it has finished, you will be presented with the option to directly activate the plugin You can also do this from your plugin library later on Once you’ve activated the plugin, there will be a new tab or sub-tab created within the your WordPress admin panel to the left where you can manage the settings for the plugin In this case, there is a new tab created under tools called ‘Monarch settings’ Review the documentation for your specific plugin

And that’s all it takes to add some premium functionality to your WordPress site! Any decent premium theme will provide instructions on how to setup the plugin correctly so keep your eye out for that before purchasing any plugin Leave a comment and tell us if you found this guide useful If you liked this video hit the like button, and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos related to WordPress, digital marketing and how to run a successful website To get access to exclusive discounts, free tutorials, and to stay in the loop on the latest happenings, sign up for our newsletter at OHKLYN o-h-k-l-y-ncom, and until next time, happy building

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