If you are looking for a guide on how to install and update a WordPress plugin from a zip file, then you have come to the right place. This tutorial will go through a step-by-step explanation. Let’s get started.
WordPress is a fantastic content management system that empowers the users and creators that utilize WordPress. New users to WordPress always find themselves stuck on common tasks such as installing and updating plugin using ZIP file.
There are two ways you can install plugins to your WordPress site. One way is to install using ZIP file — the other way to install through the backend by searching the plugin name from the WordPress repository.
The manual installation process is required mostly when you try to install a premium WordPress plugin. If you set up a blog, you might need to install a premium plugin to your website. Being a blogger myself, I also found it confusing to install ZIP files into the WordPress backend.
Installing a WordPress plugin from a zip file is easy. All you need to do is follow the below-mentioned steps.

Updating your WordPress plugin from a zip file is similar to installing a new plugin. Generally, paid plugins release versions much faster than the free ones. That’s why it is recommended to update the WordPress plugin frequently. If your plugin is available in the WordPress repository, then you can install with a one-click option. All you need to do is go to Plugins > Installed Plugins. In this case, you do not have to work with any ZIP file.
If your plugin is not available in the WordPress repository, and you only have the option to update it manually, then you need to go through the old route. Let’s check the exact steps below.
Alternatively, you can also use FTP, if the installation goes haywire or you experience any issues. If you are using VPS hosting, we recommend using FTP for better connectivity and control over your files. VPS hosting generally lacks a good interface, and this is where FTP comes into rescue.
Some premium plugins have already created a way to update. Before you update your plugin, don’t forget to check the plugin documentation on the process of updating said plugin. Also, the use of license keys can make it difficult to update the aforementioned plugin. For example, plugins such as WooCommerce make it harder to do simple updates.
There are many things that you should keep in mind before you install or upload the plugin to your backend. Always keep the checklist handy when doing any of the steps mentioned above.
Until now, we have learned several ways to handle update and installation of a WordPress plugin through a ZIP file. However, we recommend using the FTP method if you want a clean install. The other way is equally useful if you are not confident using the FTP method.
Also, you should always make sure that the ZIP file is infection-free and have a clean folder structure. For those who are still confused, you can always ask your developer or a person who is well versed with what WordPress has to offer. You can also use the comment section below to let us know your problem.
Also, do not forget to share the tutorial and help your peers who use WordPress.
Catherrine Garcia is an experienced Web Developer at WPCodingDev and a passionate blogger. She loves to share her knowledge through her articles on web development and WordPress.
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