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How do I manually install a WordPress plugin?

Last updated on September 25, 2022 @ 12:13 am

How to Install a WordPress Plugin Manually

WordPress plugins are a great way to add extra functionality to your site, and they can be installed in a variety of ways. Manual installation is the easiest way to go, but it can be a bit time-consuming. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Start by finding the plugin you want to install.

You can search for it using the WordPress plugin search engine or by using the plugin’s name or description.

2. Once you find the plugin, download it to your computer. You will need the plugin’s .

zip file and the plugin’s .php file.

3. Unzip the .zip file.

You will now have a plugin folder and a plugin .

PRO TIP: There are some risks associated with manually installing a WordPress plugin. If you are not careful, you could accidentally delete important files or even corrupt your WordPress installation. Always back up your site before making any changes, and if you are unsure about anything, please contact a WordPress expert for help.

4. Open the .php file in your favorite editor.

You will see a lot of code, but the main part of the file is the plugin’s init function. This function will allow WordPress to run the plugin.

5. To install the plugin, you need to add the plugin’s name and the plugin’s .php file to the wp-config.

The wp-config.php file is located in the root of your WordPress site.

6. Finally, you need to activate the plugin. To do this, go to the WordPress admin area and click on the Plugins menu item.

The Plugins screen will show you the list of installed plugins. Click on the activation link for the plugin you just installed.

Morgan Bash

Morgan Bash

Technology enthusiast and Co-Founder of Women Coders SF.