If you’re searching for a tutorial on how to install a plugin for your WordPress site then you have found the Tutorial. We offer a list of the top 50 best WordPress plugins which will also save you time and effort when looking for the best plugins to install on your WordPress blog.
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You may automatically install plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory , browse the most popular WordPress plugins or upload a plugin in .zip format manually after download.
How To Install Plugins from your WordPress Dashboard
First step is to click on Add New under Plugins which is located on the left hand side of your WordPress Dashboard (WordPress administration panel).
Second step is to enter the name of the plugin in the search box if you already know what plugin you want to install otherwise browse the different categories in the wordpress plugin directory. They are:
- Featured Plugins
- Popular Plugins
- Newest Plugins
- recently Updated Plugins
You may also search for the plugin by keyword, author or tag
The other option is to upload and activate a plugin which you already have downloaded to your local computer.
Once you have typed in the name of the plugin, keyword or tag, you will arrive at a page full of plugins which match this description. Choose wisely as there are many plugins to choose from but only a small percentage work properly as they are free and mostly unsupported.
Once you have located a range of plugins which satisfy your purpose, you can click on detail to read more information which includes:
- Description of the plugin
- Installation information
The WordPress plugins directory also provide more information on each plugin under FYI (for your information) located under the Install now button. This information includes:
- Plugin Version
- Plugin Author
- Date the plugin was last updated
- Compatible version – Which version the plugin has been tested to
- How many times the plugin has been downloaded
- Average rating by voters
- Link to the plugin page at WordPress.org and a link to the plugin authors page
Once you click Install Now, the plugin will automatically install and you will arrive at a screen like this
Click Activate Plugin and your done. Next step is to configure the plugin settings which are different for each plugin. Some plugins don’t need any configuration as they don’t have any settings.
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