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What are WordPress Plugins

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Updated: January 25, 2021
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins are composed of PHP scripts that extend the functionality of WordPress. They can add new additions to your website that enhance features that were already available or add new features

There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins available. Some free and some paid

Take a stroll through the WordPress.org Plugin Directory to see all of the possible ways plugins can extend or enhance your WordPress site. They list over 58,000 plugins

The majority of WordPress Website will not require Plugins, or only require a few, such as Plugins dealing with comment spam or customized post listings. Others use the varied options Plugins provide such as frequently updated weather reports, post word counts, rating systems, and more. WordPress Plugins are optional, based upon the needs of the user, and thus they are not incorporated into the core of WordPress

Backup with Plugins

You can find WordPress Plugins in the Administration Screens > Plugins > Add New screen, or directly via the WordPress Plugins Directory

Installing WordPress Plugins

Installing WordPress plugins on your site is normally a very simple process
Log into your WordPress website
Go to Plugins - Add New
Type in the name of the WordPress Plugin or descriptive keyword, author, or tag in Search Plugins box or click a tag link below the screen

Find the WordPress Plugin you wish to install

Click Details for more information about the Plugin and instructions you may wish to print or save to help setup the Plugin

Click Install Now to install the WordPress Plugin

To upload a new plugin, click the Add New link. From this page, you have the option to search for plugins to install from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. You can also click these links to see featured, popular, newest and plugins you’ve marked as favorites

To upload a plugin to your site, click the Choose file button, locate your plugin zip file and then click Install Now. Then, click Activate

The last menu item beneath Plugins in the WordPress Dashboard is the Editor. The built-in WordPress plugin editor can be used to make changes to any of your plugins’ individual PHP files. Just be aware that if you make changes, plugins updates will overwrite your customizations. So, unless you know PHP, you probably won’t want to edit any of your plugin’s PHP code

Further reading on WordPress Plugins

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