How to Install the WPForms Plugin

Are you ready to install the WPForms plugin on your WordPress site? After you’ve purchased a license, the next step is to install the plugin so you can start building forms for your website.

In this step by step guide, we will walk you through how to install and activate the WPForms plugin.

Note: This tutorial is intended for brand new installs of WPForms. If you are upgrading from WPForms Lite, please see our tutorial on how to upgrade to our paid plugin from WPForms Lite for more details.


Downloading the WPForms Plugin

To get started, first log into your WPForms account. Once you’ve logged in, go ahead and click on the Downloads tab.

WPForms download tab

This will show you a page with all of your available licenses. To download the plugin, click on the Download WPForms button next to one of your licenses. This will save a zipped file of the WPForms plugin to your computer.

Download WPForms button

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.

For now, you don’t have to download any of the addons, since you’ll be able to easily install and activate addons from inside your WordPress dashboard later.

Installing WPForms on Your Site

Once you’ve downloaded your zip file, go ahead and navigate to the site where you’d like to install WPForms. 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.

Install Now

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

Activate WPForms plugin

After activating the plugin, be sure to verify your WPForms license key to receive automatic updates and plugin support. Adding your license key will also allow you to easily install and activate WPForms addons from inside your WordPress dashboard.

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

Next, would you like guidance on how to create your first form? Be sure to check out our guide on how to create your first form in WPForms for more details.