Here, you will learn how to install a Plugin on WordPress, using InstantWP.
Don’t have InstantWP? Click here to read an instructional tutorial on how to learn more, install and use InstantWP.
(Please note: These directions are exactly the same when installing a WordPress plugin on WordPress.org.)
Assuming you have InstantWP installed and open on your computer, we will begin by pasting the Local WordPress URL into a browser. It is easiest to just click the button next to the URL that says “Copy WordPress to clipboard”.
A dialog box may come up stating that the content has been copied to your clipboard.
Paste it in your browser (I will be using Firefox). BEFORE YOU PRESS ENTER be sure to type “login” after the URL.
You should now see something like this:
To log in, use “admin” for your username and “password” for your password, click Log In. You should now see something like this:
We will now go back to the WordPress tab in your browser (the InstantWP one you copy and pasted by signing in with “admin” and “password”). Go to Plugins > Add New.
Find the plugin you searched for in the search results and click on “install now” under the name of the plugin.
A dialog box might come up asking if you are sure about installing the plugin, click yes.
After the plugin installs, there will be a link to click that says “activate plugin”. Click this.
Doing so should take you back to the list of your installed plugins and the one we are working with should say “deactivate” (meaning it has been activated) underneath of it, like this:
I would recommend testing your plugin just to make sure you’ve successfully installed and activated it. Obviously, how you do this depends on the plugin you installed. If you chose the same one I did, you can test by finding a post on the site to comment on. Where it says “Leave A Reply” you should be able to see a browse button at the bottom of the text input section.
Click Browse to add a photo.
It worked! I commented on a post and uploaded a (random) image along with it.
Thank you for following this tutorial, I hope it helps you on your journey of learning and using WordPress!