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How to Install and Manage WordPress Plugin – Beginner’s Guide

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Managing a WordPress plugin is so easy but a beginner may face complication. In this step by step guide we will show how how to Install and Manage WordPress Plugin for beginners.

If you are using WordPress for a long time then then you’ve come across the time that some plugins we use regularly and some are less necessary to keep it in site. Some becomes unused and there are other plugins that we shift in. So we need to deactivate and uninstall those unused plugin.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

You can Install a WordPress plugin in two ways. You may install the plugin from WordPress plugins page also you can directly install zip file of a plugin.

1. Install from WordPress Plugin’s Directory

Installing a plugin is a so easy task. Simply go to plugins page from Dashboard. Navigate to Dashboard->Plugins->Add New

Here in the search Search Plugin box type the plugin name you want to install.

 

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Install a plugin

 

Some plugins related with that keyword will be shown. Install the preferred one and click on Activate button.

 

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Activate plugin

 

Here I’ve used Woo Product Table Plugin that are awesome to create WooCommerce Product Table.

 

2. Install a Zip file Manually

To install a plugin from a zip file, navigate to Dashboard->Plugins->Add New->Upload Plugin

Here click on choose file and select the file from your storage.

 

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Install from storage

Click on Install Now after the file is selected .

 

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Install plugin

 

Then click on activate to activate the plugin.

 

How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

To uninstall a  WordPress plugin first navigate to Dashboard->Plugin->Installed Plugin and from here click on the plugin to uninstall.

 

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Deactivate plugin

 

Here we’ll deactivate Akismet Anti-Spam plugin. So simply click on deactivate. Remember deactivate won’t make uninstall your plugin. It only close down its activity/functionality on WordPress. You need to go one more step to delete that if you found that plugin inappropriate for your website.

To delete the plugin from WordPress click on delete right to plugins activate option.

 

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Delete plugin

 

How to Deactivate/Delete all Plugin at once

Times come up when you need to delete all plugin or  some plugin at once. Using the bulk action you can easily deactivate and delete all or some of your plugin as you want. Just go to plugins page from Dashboard.

Navigate to Dashboard->Plugin->Installed Plugin. Here appear a list of your installed plugins. You can see a checkbox left to the plugins name. Tick the check boxes which you want to deactivate/delete. Then  click on Bulk Actions drop-down menu. A list appear including Activate and Deactivate option. Select Deactivate and click on apply right to the drop-down menu.  Thus you can Deactivate your selected plugins.

 

bulk deactive plugin

Bulk deactivate plugin

 

If you wish to Delete those plugin select Delete from the drop-down menu and click apply.

Drop from Database

After deleting plugins sometimes there may additional file created outside the plugin folder. So it’ll be better to delete them  from database. To delete from database simply go to your phpmyadmin. Before changing anything make sure you have backed up your database.

Go to your database and  tick the checkbox you want to delete the database relate with. And from below the table click on With selected text-box. A drop-down menu will appear there from which select Drop.

 

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Drop database column

 

A warning will be given from which choose Yes. Now your selected database table will be dropped and deleted.

 

Confirmation delete database

Confirmation delete database

 

So managing a WordPress plugin is so easy, right? If you have a particular question about managing a plugin leave a comment bellow.

I hope you have got how to install and manage WordPress plugin. If you like this article you may also like Must have free WordPress Plugin for your site.  Have any question about managing a plugin? leave a comment below.