Upload a Plugin

Some paid WordPress plugins are not available in the WordPress plugin repository.  These paid plugins require a different installation method.  This post will show you how to upload a plugin.

Fortunately, in addition to the Install button, WordPress also provides you with the handy dandy Upload button.  Here is how to upload a plugin to your website:

Before you can upload a plugin, you’ll need to download.

You’ll need to purchase and download the plugin from the plugin developer.  This download will be a zip file.  Remember:  download plugins from developers you can trust.  Do your research first.

Upload a Plugin button.OK, you have purchased your plugin and downloaded it to your computer.  Now what?  Click that trusty Plugin » Add New plugin link.  This will bring you to the Add Plugins page.  Click the Upload Plugin.  You’re telling WordPress that the plugin you want is on your computer, not in the WordPress repository.

A new option will open up for you: 


Click the Choose File button to navigate to the zip file on your computer.  Once you selected the file, click the Open button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.  You’ll be returned to the Add Plugins page.

Click the Install Now button to install the plugin.  WordPress will upload the plugin zip folder from your computer and install it for you.  Once the installation is complete, you’ll see a success message:

Click the blue Activate Plugin to start using the plugin.  Depending on the plugin you installed, you may have to configure the settings to fit the goals of your website.  Those configurations vary for plugins and will not be covered here.