How to Install WordPress Plugin | 4 Ways

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After successfully installing WordPress theme, now it comes to “How to install WordPress Plugin”. The process is very simple to install a plugin in your WordPress website.

Well, before begin there are 4 ways to install a plugin into your WordPress website. First one is only applicable if you want to install a plugin from your plugin directory and other 3 methods are applicable to upload a custom plugin as well as plugins available in WordPress.

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Related: How to install WordPress theme | 4 ways to install

1.) How to Install WordPress Plugin from Plugin Directory

The process is similar to installing a theme from Theme directory, you just have to click few other options.

Step 1: Login into your WordPress dashboard and click on “Add New” under Plugins options on the left side of your WordPress dashboard

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Step 2: Search for plugin, whichever you want to install. For this article, I am going to install a plugin named as “Yoast” and than click on “Install”

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Step 3: Now, the install button will convert into “Active”, click on that.

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That’s it you successfully installed your WordPress plugin. You can check your all installed plugin in “Installed Plugins” under the “Plugins” option.

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2.) How to upload and install a custom plugin to WordPress website

Step 1: As usual login into your WordPress dashboard. Click on “Add New” under plugins on the left side menu of your WordPress dashboard.

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Step 2: Click on “Upload”, now click on “Choose file” and select your zip file from your computer. Now, click on “Install Now”, the process might take 20 to 30 seconds, depends on the zip file size.

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Step 3: After upload, you’ll be promoted to a new page where you can active your plugin, than click on “Activate” 

That’s it you successfully upload and installed your plugin!

3.) How to upload and install WordPress plugin through file manager

First of all login into your Cpanel. If you don’t how to then open a new tab and type your-domain.com/cpanel/

Then enter your username & password and click on login.

Step 1: Find “File Manager” and click on that

how to install wordpress theme manually by file manger

Step 2: You can see a lot of files in your file manager, you just have to double click on “wp-content”

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Step 3: You can see a file named as “Plugins”, double click on that.

how to upload wordpress plugin through file manager

Step 4: Now, click on “Upload” on the top (the upload button might be different but you can find that very easily) and upload your “zip file”

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Step 4: Now, you can see your plugin zip file in your file manager. Just right click on that and choose extract.

After extraction, You can see your plugin’s folder in cpanel. You can delete the zip file.

Just for checking go to the “installed plugins” under plugin menu in your WordPress dashboard. Just check your plugin is installed or not (if not than feel free ask in comments).

4.) How to upload and WordPress plugin through filezilla

The process of uploading a WordPress Plugin is same as the file manger method. You just have to follow few more steps.

First open ftp server, if you don’t know how to than download filezilla from here and install it.

After installing open filezilla and enter your IP address, ftp username & password and in port section enter 21. And than click on “Quickconnect”. After successfully login, you can see a success message just right after the column (where you enter your IP address). Checkout the below picture.

how to upload and install wordpress theme manually by ftp method

Now, follow the all steps as mentioned in file manager method.

That’s it for this tutorial!

I hope this can help you, if you still facing any difficulty than feel free to ask in comments.

Tadaa..!

How to Install WordPress Theme Manually | 4 Ways

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I don’t think there’s any way to install WordPress theme automatically. So, that’s why I just call think WP Guide article as a “how to install WordPress theme manually”.

Before getting into it, I hope you setup your WordPress Development Environment (or I can say you already installed WordPress in your hosting), if not than read this guide. It will help you in setting up WP environment.

Well, there are 4 ways to install a theme on WordPress, don’t worry we’ll discuss all of them one by one in this article.

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  • How to install WordPress theme internally
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by uploading method
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager
  • How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by FTP

How to install WordPress theme internally

I am assuming you already logged into your WordPress dashboard, if not than open a new tab and type your-domain.com/wp-admin/ than enter your username & password and click login.

Step 1: Now, go to “Themes” under Appearance on the left side bar.

how to install wordpress theme

Step 2: Now, you can see your all installed themes use any of them or if don’t than click on the “Add New” on the top left side.

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Step 3: Now, there are tons of free themes you can install or if you remember any theme’s name, than enter into the search bar and hit enter.

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Step 4: After deciding which theme you want to install, click on “install”, and after some moment the install button will convert into activate than hit “Activate”

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That’s all you installed your WordPress theme internally!

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by uploading method

This method is similar to the previous one just few different steps you have take. But this method mostly use when someone want to install any premium theme that are not available on WordPress.

Step 1: Follow the all steps up to step 3 of previous one (How to install WordPress theme internally) than click on “Upload” on the top-left side.

how to install wordpress theme manually by uploading method

Step 2: A section will appear on the top side, click on “choose file” and select the zip file where your WordPress theme is located and than click on “Install Now”. If you didn’t download any theme yet and need one than visit this article and choose from the top WordPress themes of 2018.

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After successfully upload, a new window will open click on “Activate” and now, you can see your theme under your themes section.

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager

First of all login into your Cpanel (if you don’t know how to than there are there are two methods. First by login into your hosting account and the second one is, open a new tab and type your-domain.com/cpanel/ and hit enter. Now, enter your cpanel username & password and click login).

After login into your Cpanel find “file manager” and click on it.

how to install wordpress theme manually by file manger

Now, find “wp content” file and double click on it

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Now, double click on “themes” and click on upload. Choose the zip file from your computer and click ok. Uploading may take 1 to 2 minutes depending on the file size.

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Now, right click on the zip file you uploaded and click extract. Than delete the zip file after extraction.

And congratulations! You successfully uploaded your theme by file manager method.

How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by FTP

The process of uploading and installing WordPress theme manually by FTP is same as previous method (file manger method). Just few more steps you have to take.

First, open filezilla in your computer (if you don’t have filezilla than download this from here and install it).

Now, open filezilla enter your ftp username, password, and IP address or your domain name (but most of the time domain doesn’t work, I don’t know why? If yours work than let me know in the comments because whenever I tried it didn’t work. I always use my IP address).

One thing I forgot to mention, enter the 22 in the port if you’re using sftp (means you have ssl certificate and your domain start with https://) and enter 21 if you’re using ftp (means you don’t have ssl certificate and your domain start with http://). After filling the all information click on “Quickconnect”.

After you successfully logged in you can see a success message on the top-left side. Here’s a picture you can see all details which you have to enter with success message.

how to upload and install wordpress theme manually by ftp method

Now, follow all same steps as read in “How to upload or install WordPress theme manually by file manager” method. The interface is little different but the process is same.

And that’s all for this article.

I hope you love this article and if you’re still facing any difficulty than feel free to ask in comments, I’ll be more than happy to help you there!

Tadaa..!

How to Setup WordPress Development Environment

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How to Setup WordPress Development Environment? Before actually getting into WordPress development, we should know about “how to setup WordPress development environment”. Because this is the first tutorial of WordPress guide. So, we are going to learn the WordPress development environment setup on hosting.

The installation process of WordPress might be different on different hosts but I will try to cover some of them, for other hosts you can search on your favorite search engine or I’ll try to mention the article’s links (if possible).

Well, there are two different environments, which I am going to cover in this article. They are as follows:

1.) Setup WordPress Development Environment on Cpanel

Cpanel is the most popular platform because it’s easy to understand, it’s everywhere, and most of the people using it for their website hosting. I am not going to tell you what is Cpanel or something like that we are just going to setup the development environment for WordPress. So, let’s get into it…

Step 1: Login into your Cpanel by going through after login into hosting account or just type http://your-domain.com/cpanel/ if you already point your domain to the your cpanel hosting (otherwise this method will not work).

Step 2: The internal Cpanel interface might be different in every hosting platform but it work same in every hosting so, don’t worry (if you still face any type of difficulties than feel free to ask in comments) Type “Softaculous Apps Installer” or just scroll down to the bottom of the page. Than click on it.

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After that you will be promoted to this page (design might be different, depends on the version)

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Step 3: Click on “WordPress” under the “Blogs” on the left side

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Step 4: Click on “install now”

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Step 5: 

  • Software setup: Choose protocol (means your connection either http or https, choose http if you didn’t purchase ssl if you don’t know what is ssl than feel free to choose http, later we can convert this into https), choose domain, In directory (leave it blank, if there’s something written by default then delete all words and make it blank)
  • Site settings: Enter site name, site description, and leave the “Enable Multisite (WPMU)” option for now (make sure it is unchecked)
  • Admin account: Enter admin username, password, and email (where you will receive all details like forgot your password, site details, and all those things)
  • Choose your language
  • Don’t select any plugin from “Select Plugin(s)” option leave it default
  • Advanced options – leave it default
  • Select theme: You’ll have only three themes option don’t worry, select anyone we can change it later.
  • Don’t just click on the “install” button, before clicking make sure you enter your email address in “Email installation details to:” at the bottom of the page, where you are going to receive all installation details
  • At last click the button “install”

Before clicking on the button just look at the below picture make sure everything is perfect.

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Installation may take 10 to 20 seconds or otherwise a second.

Congratulations! You successfully setup WordPress development environment on Cpanel.

2.) How to setup WordPress development environment on Amazon cloud

In this post, I am going to installing WordPress on EC2 using the free tire version.

Step 1: Sign into your Amazon console

Step 2: Click on the EC2 under services on the top left side at navigation bar

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Step 3: Click on “Launch Instance”

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Step 4: You’ll be promoted to a new window, where you have to click on “AWS Marketplace”, then search for WordPress. Then choose the “WordPress Certified by Bitnami” and click on the select button.

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Step 5: A new popup window will open, just scroll down to the bottom and click on “continue”

Step 6: Choose an Instance Type – I’m using free tire version so, I will go with t2.micro after that click on “Next: Configure Instance Details”

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Step 7: On “Configure Instance Details” I am leaving it default and you can also leave it default and than click on “Next: Add Storage”

Step 8: On “Add Storage” leave it default and click on “Next: Add Tags”

Step 9: On “Add Tag” click on the “Add tag” button. After that enter “Name” in key column and “WordPress” in Value column and click on “Next: Configure Security Group”

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Step 10: On “Configure Security Group” leave it default and click on “Review and launch”

Step 11: Than click on “launch”

Step 12: A new window will pop up called “Select an existing key pair or create a new key pair” select “create a new key pair”, enter a “key pair name”, and click on the “Download Key Pair” button.

WARNING: Do not delete this key pair file, which you downloaded in the previous step. This key pair only available for download for once, if you lose this file, you can’t download this file again in future. And this key pair file is most important for your server, this is the login tool for you to sign into your server, without this you can’t.

Now, click on “Launch Instances”

This may take few minutes depending on your internet speed and connection.

Step 13: Now, your can see a window called “Launch Status” scroll down to the bottom and click on “View Instances”, than you can see your Instance (also called as server), make sure its running, if not than wait until it running.

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If its running than copy the IPv4 Public IP from the bottom row and paste into a new tab in your web browser, and you should see a Hello World blog page appear.

Congratulations! You successfully setup WordPress Development Environment” into your Amazon cloud.

One more thing which is most important your username and password of WordPress site. To get your username and password go to Actions > Instance Settings > Get system log

how to setup get username and password of wordpress in Amazon cloud

By default your username will be “user” and to get your password scroll down to bottom of system log, it look like this

how to get wordpress username and password in Amazon cloud

Copy your password and go to the new tab, enter your your-public-ip/wp-admin/ and enter your username and password. And That’s all.!

I hope everything going well, if you still face any difficulty then feel free to ask in comments. I’ll more than happy to help you there!

Tadaa..!

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