Uploading a plugin manually

Overview

The simplest way to install a plugin is within your WordPress admin dashboard. However, some third-party plugins may need to be installed manually on the server where your WordPress site exists.

The following three-step process describe how to manually download a plugin, upload it your site using the panel's file manager, and then activate it within your WordPress dashboard.

 

Step 1 — Download the plugin

You must download the plugin before you begin. If you're obtaining this from a third-party source, ask them for the file. It will most likely be in a zip format.

You can also download a plugin if it appears in the WordPress plugin repository.

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Click the Download button on the plugin page to download its zip file, which downloads the zip file of the plugin to your computer's Downloads directory.

Step 2 — Upload to your WordPress site

You can either use the file manager option in the panel or a third-party FTP client. See the following articles for more information:

  1. Log into your website via FTP. The following example uses the panel's file manager option. 
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  2. After you log in, navigate to the wp-content directory.
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  3. Open the plugins directory. A list of your existing plugins appears within this folder.
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  4. On the bottom left, click the Upload icon and select the Upload Folder... option in the pop-up menu that appears.
    A window opens where you can navigate to the location of the downloaded plugin folder on your computer. You can upload either a zip or the extracted copy of the plugin folder:
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  5. After you find the folder on your computer, click the Upload button.
    You should now see the folder listed in your FTP client:
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Step 3 — Activate the plugin

After you upload the plugin, you must then activate it within your WordPress dashboard.

  1. Log into your WordPress site.
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  2. Navigate to the Plugins > Installed Plugins page.
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  3. Click the Activate button under your plugin.

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