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How to Install Plugins Manually


This step-by-step tutorial explains how to install plugins manually using file transfer protocol (FTP). Besides, users can install plugins via WordPress Dashboard.

The step-by-step explanation below shows how to install any JetPlugins smoothly without installing the Kava theme.

Tutorial requirements:

  • Crocoblock Personal Account;
  • a JetPlugin or the Kava theme users want to install;
  • WordPress admin panel or an FTP client.

Crocoblock Wizard makes installing JetPlugins, themes, and dynamical templates easy. But users can install plugins manually using the file transfer protocol (FTP) or your server’s cPanel if they do not need to install the free theme Kava or demo content; need to install one plugin (not only the JetPlugins); or need to install the plugin on a localhost website.

Downloading the Plugins

1 Step — Log into your Personal account

Log into your Personal account (the Customer account type set by default) and navigate to the Downloads block.

2 Step — Download the plugins

The Plugins block shows the information about all the plugins you can download, the versions of the plugins, and the short description for each.

crocoblock personal account

3 Step — Manual installation

Now, users have the plugin package in the .zip format. They can install the plugin manually via WordPress Dashboard or using an FTP client.

downloading plugins from personal account

Manual Plugin Installation (via FTP)

Manual plugin installation (via FTP) entails the necessity to use some additional tools. But someone might find this way more convenient in certain circumstances. So let’s find out how to do it in detail.

1 Step — Unpacking the plugin

Users should unpack the archive before uploading it to the server using FTP. They can use any convenient program (e.g., WinZip, 7Zip, etc.). Here used the trial version of WinZip.

winzip unpacking

2 Step — FTP connection

To provide the installation via FTP, users should have a simple and comfortable FTP client (FileZilla, WinSCP, Cyberduck, Transmit, Total Commander, etc.). If you already have one, go ahead and establish an FTP connection.

Here used the free FileZilla FTP client. To transfer files, specify your Host, Username, Password, and Port. Then press the “Quick connect “button.

setting to transfer files

3 Step — Transfer the plugin

Establish a new FTP connection to access your server. Find the folder with your WordPress site in the Remote site section. Then open wp-content > plugins directory in the WordPress root folder. After that, drag and drop the plugin folder from the Local site section to the Remote site section.

file transferring

4 Step — Activate the plugin

Log into the WordPress Dashboard. Open the Plugins tab and select the Installed Plugins option. You’ll see the list of the available plugins. To make the downloaded plugin active, users should activate it.

wordpress dashboard

Now you know how to install the plugins without the Kava theme and skins, using the standard FTP connection. It is one more tool to make your site unique and user-friendly.