How to Install a Plugin in WordPress

You don’t know how to install a plugin for WordPress. This article will steer you to set up the plugin - extended features for WordPress on your site. You can apply one of the two setting methods: 


You log into the WordPress admin page, clink on the Plugins tool which looked at the left menu, select Add New. You type the Plugin’s name you need to search or enter descriptive function you want to find> Click Search Plugin button to begin searching for the Plugin. 

After a successful search, the results will display on the Search Results tab.

Note: You are a new user to WordPress, and you don’t know the plugins which you should use. You can select the tabs beside the Search tab: 

  • Featured: Show featured plugins
  • Popular: Shows the popular plugins 
  • Newest: Display the latest plugins. 
  • Favorites: Display the favorite plugins.

In the picture above, it shows the search results for the phrase NextGen gallery. Status of the NextGen Gallery Plugin (2) is Installed, this signifies that the plugin has been installed on your website. The NextGen Gallery Optimizer Plugin isn’t installed on your Web site. 

If you require installing this plugin, you select Install Now to begin the installation process. After installation is concluded, you press the Active Plugin button to activate this plugin; it implies that this plugin starts working on with your website. 


You can download the plugin directly from You can download plugins which shared on the other sites (usually .zip extension), too. You want to install this plugin, you choose Plugins, click Add New. Then, you select the Upload tab> Click Choose File > Select the file containing the plugin (usually .zip extension) you have downloaded on your computer> Click Install Now to start installing the plugin.

After installation completed, click Active to activate this plugin on your site. 


  • The plugins which were installed and enabled on the Website will cause the slow speed of the Website. During page load, the plugins also send requests to the host. The more plugins, more requests, meaning that site speed will be slower. 
  • If your website runs slow and it causes so many plugins installed, you can use the Performance Profiler to measure the impact of the plugin to the Website speed. You can learn more in the article “Performance Profiler evaluate the impact of Plugins to the WordPress website speed.” 
  • If a plugin slow down and you realize it is unnecessary, you can remove it. Or, you can proceed to replace it with the Plugin which has similar features, is appreciated than the current plugin.



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