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Installing Plugin on WordPress( Non Multisite ):-

To install a plugin, you have 3 ways to do it.

Option 1:- If the plugin is available on WordPress.org plugin repo

  • Visit Dashboard->Plugins->Add New
  • Search for the plugin
  • Click Install and you are done
  • Then activate it( The WordPress plugin installer may ask for ftp details if the file system is not writable by it)

Options 2:- Upload Zipped file

  • If you have downloaded a zip file of the plugin, visit Dashboard->plugins->Add New
  • Click Upload and select the plugin zip file to upload & click Install
  • On the last step, click Activate it

Option 3: Using FTP

  • Unzip the plugin
  • Connect to your site using FTP
  • upload the unzipped folder to wp-content/plugins
  • Now visit Dashboard->Plugins->Installed and you will see the plugin listed there. Just activate it.

Installing Plugins on WordPress Multisite:-

Option 1:- If the plugin is available on WordPress.org plugin repo

  • Visit Dashboard->NetworkAdmin->Plugins->Add New
  • Search for the plugin
  • Click Install and you are done
  • The WordPress plugin installer may ask for ftp details if the file system is not writable by it
  • Click On network activate( If you want to make this plugin available on all the sites across the multisite install )

Options 2:- Upload Zipped file

  • If you have downloaded a zip file of the plugin, visit Dashboard->Network Admin-> Plugins->Add New
  • Click Upload and select the plugin zip file to upload & click Install
  • Click on network activate( If you want to make this plugin available on all the sites across the multisite install )

Option 3: Using FTP

  • Unzip the plugin
  • Connect to your site using FTP
  • Upload the unzipped folder to wp-content/plugins
  • Now visit Dashboard->Network Admin-> Plugins->Installed and you will see the plugin listed there.
  • Just activate it( Network activate it in case you want it on all your sites).

A couple of point to note in case of Multisite WordPress install. In the case when you want to make available only on certain sites and not all sites across the network, you should not network activate the plugin. The installation method will still remain the same. To make the plugins available on individual site, make sure you have enabled the plugins menu in the Network Admin->Settings page. After installing the plugin, you can go to individual site and activate the plugin on that site only.

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