What is the heaviest WordPress plugin

Instructions: How are plugins installed in WordPress?

One reason for the success of the WordPress open source project is the large community behind it. Developers of plugins or themes for WordPress make their extensions available to other users, some of them free of charge. In this tutorial I will explain how you can install a plugin for the CMS (Content Management System) WordPress for your site.

WordPress plugins allow you to enormously expand the functionality of your WordPress site by adding useful features to the standard installation. If you plan to set up a new WordPress site, it is therefore important to know how plugins are installed. First of all, the good news is that it is a relatively simple undertaking.

You have the choice between 3 alternative ways in which plugins for WordPress can be installed. In the following I will show you every single way in detail. The automatic installation is the easiest way, followed by the ZIP upload and using an FTP client:

  1. Install WordPress plugins automatically
  2. Install WordPress plugins manually: ZIP upload
  3. Install WordPress plugins with an FTP client

1. Install WordPress plugins automatically

Install plugins by searching in the plugins directory of the WordPress dashboard

The easiest way to install plugins works via the “WordPress Plugin Directory”, which can be accessed directly from your WordPress site via the dashboard (admin panel).

  1. First log into your WordPress site: e.g .: www.yourwpseite.de/ wp-admin /
  2. After you have successfully logged in, you will find yourself in the so-called dashboard of WordPress.
  3. Select the menu item “Plugins” in the left column and then click “Install”.

A window then opens with a list of plugins (the so-called WordPress Plugin Directory). All programs listed here are free of charge and correspond to the WordPress specifications.

  1. In the search field at the top right (“Search plugins”), a “keyword” can be entered according to which the plugins should be filtered. As a result, a corresponding hit list is displayed.
  2. Select the desired plug-in and click on "Install". WordPress will download the plugin.
  3. WordPress asks if the plugin should really be installed. After your confirmation, WordPress will start installing.
  4. Finally click on "Activate this plugin" to be able to actively use the new extension.

That's it! The desired plugin has been downloaded and activated for use on your WordPress site.

2. Install WordPress plugins manually

Upload ZIP file: Install third-party plugins by manually uploading them to the WordPress dashboard

Suppose you haven't found what you are looking for on the official WordPress plugin directory and would like to install a paid plugin manually. Such premium plugins are either offered for download on the respective developer websites or on large marketplaces such as Codecanyon from Envato.

But don't worry, downloading the plugin you wanted was the hardest part.

Steps 1-3 are the same as when installing using the search function in the WordPress plugin directory.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site: e.g .: www.yourwpseite.de/ wp-admin /
  2. After you have logged in, you will find yourself in the WordPress dashboard menu.
  3. Select the menu item “Plugins” in the left column, then click “Install”.
  4. Instead of using the search field, click on the "Upload plugin" button at the top.
  5. A window then opens. Here you can manually upload the desired file, which you have previously downloaded, from your computer to WordPress. To do this, you have to click "Select file".
  6. Now navigate to the directory with the plugin (ZIP format) that you want to install, mark it and click on “Open” (here the selection window on a Mac).
  7. Now click on "Install".
  8. Finally click on "Activate this plugin" to be able to use the new extension.


Done! You installed your plugin manually!

3. Install WordPress plugins with an FTP client

This method of installing plugins for WordPress is a bit more cumbersome. If you haven't installed any plugins before, I would recommend one of the previous two alternatives.

Requirements:

a) Download of an FTP client: For Windows, e.g. WinSCP or FileZilla for a Mac is recommended.
b) You need your host's login details to access your WordPress installation via FTP.

  1. After you have set up access with your FTP client and established a connection, navigate to the WordPress plugin directory. This is located at: / wp-content / plugins /
  2. Now upload the plugin file in ZIP format to the folder.

The plugin has now been transferred to your WordPress site and installed. But it still has to be activated.

  1. Log in to your WordPress site: e.g .: www.yourwpseite.de/ wp-admin /)
  2. After you have logged in, you will find yourself in the WordPress dashboard menu.
  3. Select the menu item "Plugins" in the left column. The new plugin should now be listed on the right. (If you were logged in before, refresh the page).
  4. Click on "Activate" below the name of the plugin to complete the installation process. Already active plugins have a bluish background for better differentiation.

 

What you to you should still pay attention to the installation of WordPress plugins

The Settings

Look at the settings of the plugin: Depending on the plugin, its settings may have been placed in different places on the WordPress dashboard. Some are hidden under the “Settings” menu, while others create a new menu entry in the left column of the dashboard. The settings can often be called up with one click under the name of the respective plugin in the plugin overview.

compatibility check

To ensure the functionality of your website, you should briefly check whether everything continues to work after installing a plugin.

It is now possible for you to install WordPress plugins in three different ways for your WordPress site. With this you have acquired the knowledge to expand your website with new functions and to adapt it to your own ideas.

The WordPress motto applies: "There is a plugin for that."