If you’ve never installed a plugin other than through the WordPress plugin repo, and you found a plugin on GitHub, you may not know what to do with it. Here’s a really quick and dirty rundown on how to get up and running.

  1. From the GitHub repo, make sure you’re on the Code tab, click on the green “Code” dropdown button and then choose “Download ZIP”.
  2. On your WordPress site, navigate to Plugins | Add New.
  3. At the top of the page, click on the “Upload plugin” button, and then click on the “Browse” button to find the .zip file you just downloaded from GitHub.
  4. Click “Install Now”.
  5. Assuming there were no issues, you can then activate the plugin by clicking on “Activate Plugin” on the success screen that comes up.