Install a WordPress Plugin Manually via FTP

Manual installation of a WordPress plugin requires FTP familiarity and the awareness that you may put your site at risk if you install a WordPress plugin that is incompatible with the current version or from an unreliable source.

Download your WordPress plugin to your desktop.

If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the plugin folder to your desktop. This is very important as files must be extracted in order to be uploaded properly to the wp-content/plugins folder.

Read through the Details readme file thoroughly to ensure you follow the installation instructions.

With your FTP program, upload the plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory.

Go to Plugins and find the newly uploaded plugin in the list.

Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

As always, be sure to check the readme file for customization instructions and further information.
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