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This tutorial will assist you with installing a WordPress plugin using the WordPress built in plugin search tool.

The first thing you will need to do is Log into the Wordpress Dashboard. To do this, access your Wordpress blog and add /wp-admin to the end of the url. For example, if your blog is located at, you can access to get to the login page.

Steps to use built in Wordpress plugin search tool

  1. add-pluginAfter you have logged into your WordPress admin page, click "Add New" under "Plugins".
  2. search-pluginUsing the search feature, search for a plugin.
  3. install-pluginIn this example, we searched for "facebook". If you find a plugin that you're interested in, click "Details" to find out more information on that particular plugin. If you would like to use the plugin, click "Install Now".
  4. click-okAfter clicking "Install Now", you may receive a prompt asking you if you're sure. If you are, click "OK".
  5. activate-pluginAfter the plugin has been installed, click "Activate Plugin" to activate and begin using it.

    plugin-in-actionIn this example, we installed a plugin that adds a, "Share on Facebook" link at the end of every post. You can see this in action in the screenshot to the right.

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n/a Points
2017-07-24 11:12 pm

Yeah, I do not see this option. It only shows the installed plug-ins. Also, I do not see any themes other than the one installed.

13,821 Points
2017-07-25 7:43 am
You need to make sure you are logged in with the admin user.
n/a Points
2017-06-21 8:02 am

Hi Sir,

Iam unable to find plugin option in my wordpress dashbord what I have to do now.



41,646 Points
2017-06-21 11:24 am
Hello Vinay,

Sorry that you're unable to see the plugin option. It's either a plugin conflict, theme problem, or WordPress installation issue. I would recommend temporarily disabling the plugins to see if that makes a difference. If it doesn't, then try simplifying the themes to a base theme like twenty-sixteen. If it's still doing the same thing, then the final suggestion would be to re-load the core files from a copy of the installation zip files and see if that doesn't fix it.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-01-05 9:04 am

Sorry. This was my bad. I set up a multisite Wordpress site(s), and I had never used such a setup before. And adding plugins takes some extra steps with such a setup. New plugins have to be added under Network Admin. In such a case "Add New" doesn't exists under Plugins in the site itself. Same thing for Themes. Such new additions are instead done in Network Admin and then the plugins or themes can be activated in the admin for the site(s).

n/a Points
2016-01-01 4:24 pm

There seems to be no way to add new plugins to InMotion Managed WordPress sites? Why?

10,505 Points
2016-01-04 10:43 am
Hello Mark,

I regret to hear you're having difficulties adding plugins to your WordPress installation. We do not "manage" WordPress in any way that would prohibit your ability to add plugins.

Are you receiving any errors? Is there a specific behavior we can replicate? What happens when you try to add plugins?
n/a Points
2015-07-14 6:26 am


Hi there, One of the best tutorials on how to install a plugin on a website. Can you please tell that how to validate the compatibility of a plugin.   Waiting for your professional support.
10,077 Points
2015-07-14 11:01 pm
Hello Daniel,

When you go to install a plugin it will let you know that the plugin has not been tested with your current version of WordPress.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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