How to Install And Manage WordPress Plugins

With plugins you can flexibly expand your WordPress installation. Plugins are available for many categories. For an overview of all plugins, please visit WordPress.org. Examples:

  • eCommerce
  • SEO
  • Forms
  • Navigation elements
  • Social networks
  • Media management
  • Security

This post shows you how to install, update, deactivate and delete plugins.

Finding and Installing Plugins in Your WordPress Installation

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
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  2. Enter the desired keyword in the search box and press Enter.
    wordpress-plugins-install-search-enOptional: To view a description of the plugin, click More Details.
  3. To install the plugin, click Install Now.
    The plugin will be installed.
  4. Click Activate Plugin.
    The plugin will be activated.

Installing Already Downloaded Plugins

You have already downloaded the desired widget / plugin.

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins > Add New.
  2. Click Upload Plugin.
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  3. Click Browse and select the ZIP file that you have downloaded and click Open.
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  4. Click Install Now.
    The plugin will be installed.
  5. Click Activate Plugin.
    The plugin will be activated.

Updating Plugins

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. In the Plugin Details, select Update.
  3. Click Proceed.
    The plugin will be updated.

Deactivating Plugins

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. Below the Plugin Name in the Actions list, select Deactivate.
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  3. Click Apply.
    The plugin will be deactivated.

Deleting Plugins

Info: You need to disable a plugin, before deleting it.

  1. On the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins.
  2. Below the Plugin Name in the Actions list, select Delete.
  3. Click Yes, Delete these files.
    The plugin will be deleted.

tl;dr / Video

Learn all you need to get started with plugin installation and management:

How to Install WordPress Plugins from 1&1 Internet AG on Vimeo.

 

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