WordPress is an amazing platform, but let’s face it, something’s missing…
And that’s why we’ll want to know how to install WordPress plugins.
WordPress plugins are created by third-party developers with the goal of adding features or extending functionality of the WordPress platform.
And lucky for us, there are a lot of these very talented people in the WordPress community who are very skilled at what they do.
The WordPress plugin directory hosts over, 16,877 plugins, that have been downloaded over, 230,262,225 times and counting.
There are both free and premium plugins, but you can get almost anything you need in a free plugin. If you find a free plugin useful and really benefit from it, most developers will have a “Donate” button that can be used to show your appreciation.
How to find WordPress plugins.
There are two different approaches I take when searching for a WordPress plugin.
- Type the name of the WordPress plugin into Google search.
As simple as it sounds, just type the name of the plugin if you know it, or type the keyword that best describes the type of WordPress plugin that you’re looking to install. Most of the time you’ll end up with a nice list of search results that are pages out of the WordPress plugin directory.
- Use the plugin search function in the WordPress interface.
The results shown are in list format with a short description and the star rating for each plugin. This provides a quick visual reference to help you find plugins that are more popular.
There’s also a “Details” button which pops up a more detailed description, as well as screenshots and installation instructions. Or you can click the install button for immediate installation of the plugin.
How to install WordPress plugins.
There are two basic ways that you can install WordPress plugins.
- Automatically install WordPress plugins through the interface.
This is the easiest and recommended way to install a WordPress plugin. Here are the steps you’ll follow to accomplish that.
- Manually install WordPress plugins through the interface.This is the second easiest way to install WordPress plugins. It involves the extra steps of searching with Google to find the plugin you want to install; then you’ll need to download it to your computer and upload it through the WordPress interface.
I figure you can handle the steps until you get to WordPress. So, here’s what you’ll need to finish.
There’s actually another way, to install WordPress plugins, and that’s by using an FTP client. The process is more involved, and since we’re aiming to learn the easy way, we’ll skip that option here and cover it in another article.
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Hopefully this tutorial makes it easy for you to install WordPress plugins on your own. If you have any questions, please make sure to ask them below.
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