How to Add New Plugins in WordPress

By: | Updated: December 9, 2015

Adding new plugins within WordPress gives you the ability to do far more with your WordPress website. You can add design elements, functionality, security and much more with WordPress plugins. Here’s our guide to help you learn how to add new plugins in WordPress.

Where to Start-how to add new plugins in wordpress

The “Add New” link for plugins is found under “Plugins” within the WordPress Dashboard.

Add New Plugins

Once you go to this section, you will have the option to search the massive database of plugins or if you have already downloaded the plugin, you can upload it from the top upload button.

Upload Plugin

Searching the plugin database can be done with the search box or by using the four tabs across the top of the screen.

how to add new plugins in wordpress

Plugin Tabs

The search box simply allows you to enter a search term to find the right WordPress plugin for your website. If you know what you are looking for, this is probably the best option for finding your new plugin.

If you’re not sure what you are looking for, you can use the plugin tabs to search for featured, popular, recommended or favorite plugins. All four of these sections will show you top plugins found within the WordPress plugin database.

Installing your New Plugin

Once you find the plugin you want to install, you can start the process by clicking the “Install Now” button.

Install Now

This will install the plugin and take you to the page allowing you to activate the plugin.

Activate Plugin

If you have already downloaded your plugin and you need to upload it, click on the “Upload Plugin” button at the top of the plugin page. Then, you will need to browse your computer to find the .zip folder you downloaded for the plugin.

Choose File

Once you find the right file, just click the “Install Now” button and you will be able to activate the plugin on the next page.

What Happens After you Add a New Plugin?

After you have added your new plugin, you will be able to adjust the settings, activate, deactivate or delete the plugin. Some plugins will install a new item in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard, while others will locate themselves in one on the existing tabs.

You can always go to the “Installed Plugins” to find the settings for your plugins, along with a list of all the installed plugins on your site.

Installed Plugins

Now you know how to add a new plugin to WordPress. This is a feature of the dashboard you will use quite a bit. If you need more beginner’s advice to help you with your new WordPress website, you can read our full page entitled, Getting to Know the WordPress Dashboard.