Installing Addons Manually

Are you having trouble installing WPForms addons on your site? As some hosting providers don’t support one-click addon installations, a manual installation may be required instead.

This tutorial will show you how to manually install addons for WPForms.

Note: This tutorial is intended to provide an alternative solution to installing WPForms addons, specifically for when you receive a notice that reads “Could not install an addon. Please download from and install manually.”

If you are not receiving this notice or are attempting to install an addon for the first time, please see our tutorial on how to install and activate WPForms addons.

Downloading WPForms Addons

First, you’ll need to log into your WPForms account. Once you’ve logged in, go ahead and click on the Downloads tab.

Downloads tab in WPForms

Then, scroll down the page and you’ll see a list of the available addons you can download with your license level.

View available WPForms addons

To download an addon, simply click on the cloud icon under the addon you’ve selected. By clicking this icon, a zipped file will begin to download. Once the file has been downloaded, it’s time to navigate to your WordPress site’s dashboard.

Click to download addon

Note: In some cases, this file may unzip as you download it, and instead appear as a regular folder. However, the folder must be zipped to use the WordPress plugin uploader.

For more details on how to zip and unzip files, be sure to check out these guides for Windows or Mac operating systems.

Installing WPForms Addons on Your Site

Once you’ve downloaded your zip file, go ahead and navigate to the site where you’d like to install the addon. Then, inside the admin dashboard, go to Plugins » Add New and click the Upload Plugin button.

Add new plugin

From here, you’ll see the option to upload the plugin. Click on the Choose File button and select the WPForms zip file you just downloaded.

Choose file to upload

After your file is uploaded, go ahead and click on the Install Now button.

Click install now

This will begin the installation process for you. Once the addon is installed, click on the Activate Plugin button to activate the addon on your site.

Activate WPForms plugin

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common question we receive about manually installing addons.

How can I manually install WPForms addons using FTP or SFTP?

To get started, you’ll first need an SFTP client. Once you have that ready, you can follow the steps in WPBeginner’s guide to using FTP to upload files to WordPress. It provides a comprehensive walkthrough on how to install WordPress plugins via SFTP, which applies to our addons as well.

Be sure to upload the addons in the following folder of your WordPress installation: /wp-content/plugins/.

That’s it! You can now begin using the WPForms addon on your WordPress site.

Next, would you like to learn more about all the settings available in WPForms? Be sure to check out our complete guide on WPForms settings for more details.