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Plugins Add New Screen

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Plugins Add New Screen

The Plugins Add New Screen allows for the installation of new Plugins. Plugins are tools to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.


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Install Plugins

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You may automatically install plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory or upload a plugin in .zip format via this page.

The top section of the screen has 6 tabs. The Start Page (search), Upload, Featured, Popular, Newest, and Recently Updated. The Search tab is active by default when you click into the Plugins - Add New menu.

Search Tab

Use the search facility to find a Plugin. A pulldown box allows for Term, Author, or Tag choices. Once that is selected, enter the word, or words, in the search box and click on the Search Button

  • Search type - Pulldown the box to select one of three searches types. Term searches plugins names and descriptions for the specified term, Tag searches for plugins tagged as such, and Author searches for plugins created by the Author, or which the Author contributed to.
  • Search box - Enter the word, or words, that can be used to search for the Plugin you would like to find. An example of a search Term is backup.
  • Search button - Click this button to initiate the Search. You will be presented with a table of Plugins describing the Plugin Name, Version, Rating, Descriptions, and Actions.

You can also search by popular tags by clicking on any of the tags that appear below the search box.

Search Results Tab

Completing a search causes a new tab to appear on the page called "Search Results".

This tab consists of a table with the Name, current version, star rating (from users) and description of the plugins, along with a link to attempt automatic installation.

If there are many Plugins found with your search, there will be Page Numbers at the top of the Table that will allow you to navigate to those pages. If you don't see the Plugin you wish to install, execute a new Search via the boxes at the top of the Table.

Install Action

If the Install Action is selected for a Plugin in one of the search Tables, a new window will appear showing more detail for the Plugin. The new window may have tabs such as Description, Installation, Notes, or FAQs, containing information about that Plugin.

  • Cancel - If this isn't the Plugin you wish to install, click on the X in the top right corner of that window to cancel the installation and return to the search Table.
  • WordPress.org Plugin Page - Visit this link (opens in a new window) to view the full compatibility information and other Plugin details.
  • Install Now - The Install Now is a big red button, that when clicked, will install the plugin and display messages similar to the following:

As part of a successful Plugin installation, two links are displayed:

  • Activate Plugin - Click this link to activate the Plugin just installed.
  • Return to Plugins page - Click this to be directed to the Plugins Screen.

If you get prompted for ftp login information you can bypass this by setting the file permissions properly. See Updating WordPress for more details.

Upload Tab

If you have a plugin in a .zip format on your local computer, you may install it by uploading the file from your local computer here.

  • text box - Enter the name of a Plugin zip file from your local computer.
  • Browse - Click to browse your computer's local hard drive and the select the Plugin zip file name is placed in the text box.
  • Install Now - Click this button to install the Plugin from the zip file detailed in the text box; display messages similar to the following:
    • Installing Plugin from file: plugin_file.zip
    • Unpacking the plugin package
    • Installing the plugin
    • Successfully installed the plugin.
    • Actions: Activate Plugin | Return to Plugins page

As part of a successful Plugin installation, two links are displayed.

  • Activate Plugin - Click this link to activate the Plugin just installed.
  • Return to Plugins page - Click this to be directed to the Plugins Screen.

Favorites Tab

Version 3.5 introduced the ability to display and easily install a user's favorite plugins from the Add New plugins page of the Dashboard. This is done from the Favorites tab. You can view the favorites of any wordpress.org user, by entering their username.

More information about plugin favorites:

The other tabs

The Featured, Popular, Newest and Recently Updated tabs produce similar tables to conducting a search. They display the Plugins appropriate to the name of the tab selected.

See also Administration Screens and Network Admin.