How to install the plugin via FTP?

Installing a WordPress plugin via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a handy alternative when you cannot install a plugin directly through the WordPress dashboard. This method is particularly useful for troubleshooting or when dealing with size restrictions. Here’s a quick guide on how to do it:

What You’ll Need

  • FTP client (like FileZilla or Cyberduck)
  • FTP access credentials (host, username, password)
  • The plugin you want to install (in .zip format)

Step 1: Download and Extract the Plugin

Firstly, download the plugin you want to install. It will typically come in a .zip file. Once downloaded, extract this file. The extracted folder is what you’ll be uploading to your WordPress site.

Step 2: Open Your FTP Client

Launch your FTP client and enter your FTP credentials (host, username, password). You can usually get these from your web hosting provider.

Step 3: Navigate to the WordPress Plugins Directory

Once logged in, navigate to your WordPress site’s root folder, often named public_html or www. Inside, find the wp-content folder, and then open the plugins folder.

Step 4: Upload the Plugin

Upload the extracted plugin folder to the featured-image-plus-pro directory on your server. Ensure you upload the folder containing the plugin files, not the .zip file.

Step 5: Activate the Plugin

After uploading the plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Plugins and you will see your newly uploaded plugin listed there. Simply click Activate to start using the plugin on your site.


  • Backup First: Always backup your WordPress site before making changes.
  • Check Compatibility: Ensure the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress.
  • Keep FTP Details Secure: Store your FTP credentials safely to prevent unauthorized access.


Installing a WordPress plugin via FTP is a straightforward process. It’s a valuable skill for WordPress users, especially for troubleshooting or when working with larger plugins. Remember to always keep your site and plugins up to date for security and functionality.