WordPress | Installing Plugins

WordPress | Installing Plugins

Plugins are third-party pieces of software that outside developers write which can easily plug into your WordPress system to give you more functionality. In other words, plugins allow you to do things that you wouldn’t be able to do with WordPress on its own.

Using plugins, you can add just about any kind of functionality you want to your site. Want to filter spam? No problem. Want easy SEO? No problem. Want to put in a popover window? No problem.

Plugins makes it easy to create highly customized websites without ever having to write a piece of code.

Here’s how to install and activate a plugin.

Step 1: Click “Add New” Under Plugins – Start by clicking “Add New” under “Plugins” in the sidebar.Step 2: Search for the Plugin – Type in a search term to find the plugin you want. If you know the name of the plugin, just type that in. If you don’t, just type in a general keyword like “SEO” or “commenting.”

Step 3: Install and Activate – Once you’ve found the plugin you want, click “Install” to add it to your WordPress setup.

You need to click “Activate” to make the plugin actually go live.

Step 4: Setting Up the Plugin – In order to set up the plugin, you need to go to the plugin’s settings page. Most plugins will have their settings page placed under your “Settings” tab.

Step 5: Uploading it Yourself (Optional) – If for some reason your WordPress’s built-in installation isn’t working for you, you can install the plugin manually.

Just unzip the plugin into a folder on your desktop, then upload the files to wp-content/plugins/ in your WordPress directory.

Types of Plugins You May Be Interested In – There are a few different kinds of popular plugins:

  • SEO Tools. These tools will help you customize your title pages, manage your description tags, auto-tag your images and more.
  • Comment Management Systems. These systems make it easier for people to comment on your blog and talk to one another. It also makes it easier for you to manage those comments.
  • Interlinking Systems. These include “similar post” plugins and “you might also like” plugins. It makes the process of linking within your own site easier.
  • Custom Widgets. Allows you to add widgets that WordPress didn’t come with out of the box.
  • Facebook or Twitter Plugins. These allow you to add Like buttons, retweet buttons and more.
  • Photo & Video Plugins. These plugins make it easy to create galleries or embed videos.
  • Email Collection. These make it easy to collect emails from your users.  

These are just a few of the many options available to you in the world of plugins. The process of installing plugins is the same, no matter what kind of plugin you’re trying to install.