How To Install WordPress Plugin

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The beauty of using WordPress instead of other blogging platforms is the ease of customizing your site with plugins and themes. In this post we will look at how to install WordPress plugin.

WordPress is filled with plugins that you need for your blog; with just one click, you have installed a plugin instead of adding code to your theme header, which is difficult for bloggers with no coding experience.

Installing a WordPress plugin on your blog will help improve your existing blog functionality like collecting email subscribers, social media sharing button, blog traffic analytics, etc.

Before we go on, I am sure that you already have a blog on WordPress. If you don’t have one, you can read this guide on how to create a blog and choose Bluehost for your hosting because it is cheaper.

The best way to have a functional blog is to install a WordPress plugin on your blog, have it in mind that some plugin does almost the same function, so only install the plugin that you need to reduce your blog loading speed because installing plugins can lead to having a slow loading blog which is bad because it would lead to you losing traffic visitor and eat your webspace.

How to Install WordPress Plugin on Your Blog

WordPress is filled with a range of plugin that helps blogger get more from the blog and overall blog outlook. The plugin functions range from helping bloggers write search engine optimized content, getting more email subscribers from their visitors, giving you insight into visitor behavior and pattern, etc. The ease of installing the plugin and its functions make it important for new and old bloggers to have on their blogs. Some of these plugins are free, while some involve spending little money to access some of its functions.

The first step is to access your WordPress dashboard and click on plugin; click on Add New in the dropbox.
Search for the plugin you want to install on your blog; type the plugin name or the plugin’s main function like SEO in the search box; this will search the WordPress plugin directory.
After you search for the plugin you want to install, the next step is to install the plugin by clicking on the plugin from the list of plugins in the WordPress plugin directory.
The plugin has been installed on your WordPress, but this does not mean that the plugin will start working on your blog; you need to activate the plugin. After activating the plugin, the plugin will immediately start working. You can deactivate the plugin if you don’t know like the plugin anymore and activate it on your blog when you feel like using the plugin on your blog. The deactivated plugin can be found in the plugin section under the install plugins.
Suppose the plugin you want to install is not on the WordPress plugin directory, and you want to install the plugin on your WordPress blog. In that case, there is a way out, download the plugin in a zip file from the website to your computer and upload the plugin to your WordPress by clicking the Add New Section of Plugin in the WordPress dashboard, look for upload, and click on the upload link.

Click on the Choose file and look for the plugin’s zip file that you download on your computer to upload it to your dashboard. Once the plugin is uploaded, you can activate the plugin when you want to use them on your blog.

Some plugin has some setting that you have to configure before getting the best out of the plugin. Go to the installed plugin from plugins and look for the setting if the plugin needs some configuration to work perfectly.
If you have the plugin that you developed yourself, you can also upload it and use it on your blog. The plugin needs to be a zipped file because WordPress does not allow unzipped files.

If you follow this step, you will be able to install the plugin from the WordPress directory without wasting much of your time. If you have any questions on how to install the WordPress plugin on your blog, you drop your question in the comment box below.




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