Developers of WordPress plugins or themes make their extensions available to other users for free, for example. The large community behind the open-source project WordPress is one of the reasons for its success. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install a WordPress plugin for the CMS (Content Management System) on your website.

The good news is that it is a relatively simple undertaking. If you want to set up a new WordPress site, you’ll need to know how to install plugins. WordPress Plugins enable you to greatly expand the functionality of your WordPress site by adding useful features to the standard installation.

In the following sections, I will show you each and every step in great detail. The easiest method is to use the automatic installation, which is followed by a ZIP upload and an FTP client: You have the option of installing plugins for WordPress using one of three methods.

  1. Plugins for WordPress are installed automatically.
  2. Installing WordPress Plugins Manually: ZIP-Upload
  3. Install WordPress plugins using an FTP client

1. Automated installation of WordPress plugins

Install plugins from the WordPress Dashboard’s Plugin Directory by searching for them.

The simplest way to install Plugins is through the “WordPress Plugin Verzeichnis” (Plugin Directory), which can be accessed directly from your WordPress-Site’s Dashboard (Admin Panel).

  1. Log in to your WordPress site first: for example,
  2. After you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll find yourself in the WordPress dashboard.
  3. Select “Plugins” from the left-hand menu and then “installieren” from the drop-down menu.

All of the programs listed here are free and comply with WordPress’s requirements. Following that, a window with a list of plugins (the so-called WordPress Plugin Directory) appears.

  1. As a result, a corresponding Trefferlist is displayed. A “Schlüsselwort” can be entered in the upper-right search field (“Plugins search”), which will filter the plugins.
  2. WordPress prompts you to install the plugin. Select the desired plugin and press the “Installieren” button.
  3. WordPress inquires as to whether or not the plugin should be installed. Following your confirmation, WordPress will begin the installation process.
  4. Finally, click “Activate this Plugin” to make the new extension available.

The desired plugin has been downloaded and activated for use on your WordPress website. That was already the case!

2. Manually install WordPress plugins

Installing third-party plugins via the WordPress Dashboard requires manually uploading ZIP files.

Such premium plugins are available for download on the respective developer’s websites or on large marketplaces such as Envato’s Codecanyon. Assume you haven’t found what you’re looking for in WordPress’ official Plugin Directory and would like to manually install a paid plugin.

But don’t worry, the most difficult part was already downloading the desired plugins.

Steps 1-3 are the same as when using the WordPress Plugin Directory’s Search function to install a plugin.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site, for example:
  2. After you’ve logged in, you’ll find yourself in the WordPress Dashboard menu.
  3. Select “Plugins” from the menu on the left, then “installieren” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Instead of using the search field, go to the top of the page and click the “Plugin Hochladen” button.
  5. Following that, a window appears. To do so, select “Datei auswählen” from the drop-down menu. Here you can manually upload the desired file that you previously downloaded to WordPress from your computer.
  6. Navigieren Sie now to the Verzeichnis with the Plugin (ZIP-Format) that you want to install, mark it, and click on “ffnen” (on a Mac, this is the Selection Window).
  7. Now select “Installieren” from the drop-down menu.
  8. To use the new extension, click “Activiviere this Plugin” at the bottom of the page.

You manually installed your plugin! It’s all over!

3. Using an FTP client, install WordPress plugins

If you haven’t installed any plugins yet, I recommend one of the two options listed above. This method for installing WordPress plugins is a little more complicated.


a) Download an FTP client: For Windows, WinSCP or FileZilla are recommended, while for a Mac, FileZilla is recommended. b) You’ll need your host’s login credentials to access your WordPress installation via FTP.

  1. Navigate to the WordPress Plugin Directory after you’ve established access with your FTP client and established a connection. This can be found at: /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Place the Plugin-Files in the Ordner in ZIP format.

This completes the installation and transfer of the plugin to your WordPress site. It must, however, be activated.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site (for example,
  2. After you’ve logged in, you’ll find yourself in the WordPress Dashboard menu.
  3. Select the “Plugins” menu item on the left side of the screen. Right now, the new plugin should be on the list. (If you were previously logged in, please update the page.)
  4. Plugins that are already active have been blaulichly left behind for better differentiation. To complete the installation process, click “Aktivieren” underneath the plugin’s name.


What you should keep in mind after installing WordPress plugins

The settings are

Depending on the plugin, its settings can be found in various locations throughout the WordPress dashboard. Some hide their settings in the “Settings” menu, while others create a new menu entry in the dashboard’s right-hand column. Take a look at the plugin’s settings: In many cases, the settings can be accessed by clicking on the name of the plugin in the Plugin-Übersicht.

Check for compatibility

To ensure the proper functioning of your website, you should check to see if everything is still working after installing a plugin.

As a result, you’ve gained the knowledge necessary to expand your website with new features and tailor it to your own preferences. WordPress Plugins can now be installed on your WordPress site in three different ways.

The WordPress motto is “There’s a Plugin for That.”