How to Install & Activate a Plugin From WordPress Admin By Uploading

Before You Start

If you are using WordPress.com, then you cannot install plugins unless you upgrade to business plan. This guide is for WordPress.org, the self hosted WordPress.

How to install and activate plugin by uploading

For some reason, if you are not able to search and install plugins from the plugin directory in your WordPress dashboard or if you purchase a paid plugin,  not to worry there is another way you can install the plugin.

And that is by using the upload plugin button from the add new plugin section in the WordPress dashboard.

I am going to show you how.

wordpress plugin directory

Step 1:

First of all, Search and Download Your Plugin from the WordPress.org plugin directory and save to your computer.

The plugin will be saved as .zip file, a file ready to be uploaded from your WordPress admin

Similarly, if you purchase a paid plugin, you will get access to download the plugin. Make sure the plugin you have is a .zip file.

Sometimes the actual plugin zip file may be inside another zip file that contain plugin files, usage guide etc. be sure to extract the main zip file first if that is the case.

For this guide, I am going to be show you How to Install & Activate Mailchimp for WordPress Plugin. This plugin is great for beginners to build email subscribers.

mailchimp for wordpress, install and activate plugin by uploading

mailchimp for wordpress-zip
Mailchimp Plugin I download saved as .zip file

Step 2:

After you have downloaded the plugin to your computer, log into your WordPress dashboard.  Click the add new under plugin menu from the left.

Step 3:

From the add new plugin page, click on the upload plugin as seen on the image below.

addnewplugin

Step 4:

Next is to click the Choose File to select a plugin file from your computer thatt you want to install and click the Install Now Button. The plugin has to be in zip file.

upload plugin

install mailchimp for wordpress plugin, install and activate plugin by uploading
I have choose to install the mailchimp for wp zip file i downloaded

Once you have your plugin selected, click the install now button and the plugin will begin the installation process.

Wait for the installation process to complete. Once completed, the plugin will be installed successfully.

Step 5:

When the plugin is installed successfully, you will be presented with this screen.

plugin installed succesfully, install and activate plugin by uploading

All you need to do to begin using & setting up the plugin is to click Activate Plugin.

If the plugin is activated successfully you will get the notification: Plugin activated.

Or you will be taking to the plugin page to begin setup.

plugin-activated

 

Here we have it, that is how to install and activate plugin by uploading the zip file.

Sometimes, everything cannot go smoothly as you planned. Plugins can fail to install for some reasons.

I will share in coming posts the reasons and also how to upload plugin from file manager.

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