Adding plugins to your website is a great way to increase the functionality of your WordPress site. There are thousands of plug-ins available for all types of websites, so you will not be limited to just the ones offered on this course!
Many developers include quick tips and instructions in their plug-ins documentation, which is a great way to learn some new tricks. This is one area where doing some online education is helpful!
Now that you know how to add plugins to your website, start experimenting! Search through all the new plugins you add and give them a try.
Look at the plugin page for information on how to install it
When you go to add a new plugin, there are a few things that you should look at. First, determine if the plugin needs your email address to be connected to your account or not. If not, then go ahead and add it!
If it does need your account information to connect the plugin to your account, then look at the settings for that. Does it require my password to connect or is it self-hosted? Is the version needed for my site updated or new?
Then, check out how well the plugin works.
Download the plugin file
Once your site is installed and working, you can easily add new plugins by clicking the gear icon in your plugin sidebar.
In the new window that opens, you can enter the name of your plugin, then click Add Plugin.
Your site will then check to see if it has the plugin installed, and if so, it will automatically locate it and add it to your plugins list. You can then use the plugin directly!
This process can be done once for every new plugin you want to add to your site.
Connect to your site’s server using an FTP program
Once you have your site up and running, it is time to add some plugins. A plugin is a piece of code that adds functionality to your site by accessing a database or other server called an extension.
Most extensions are free, but some cost money to update and improve. You can find many good ones at the Plugin Directory.
You can access the extension’s site and download it through your WordPress account, or you can add the plugin directly via your website. Both methods are valid ways to add extensions to your site.
How you download and install the extension depends on whether you have an FTP client or a web browser interface for adding plugins.
Find the folder that contains your site’s files
Once your site is up and running, you’ll want to add new plugins. You can find new plugins in various places, but the most common places are through the plugin directory or through the menu option.
The directory has a name that corresponds with it, so if your site is named TheSite, you would go to TheSite/plugin/index.php to add a plugin.
Add it like any other plugin would, by going to the file extension designation, adding .zip or .rar as a suffix, and then typing in the file name.
How do you use it? Simply type in how much space it takes up at the front of your text document or spreadsheet, plug it into your computer, and go! It may take some time to find ones that work with your site, however.
Upload the plugin file
Once your site is up and running, you will need to add the plugin to your WordPress account. To do this, click the Add New Plugins link under Settings in your Dashboard.
A new page will appear, Where Do I Upload My Plugin?. You can upload it via www.zipfile.com or any other file hosting service as well.
Now that you have added the plugin, it is time to configure it! Click on the gear icon at the top of the page and click on Plugins. Then find and activate YourPluginNameHere.
By having both YourPluginNameHere and YourPluginNameHere on your plugin account, you can use multiple plugins on your site! This is great for having more choices when looking for a plug-in.
Refresh your site in your browser
Once you have your plugin and site ready, the next step is to add it to your website. To do this, refresh your website in your web browser.
Adding a plug-in on your site will take some time to set up, so take your time to add this important piece of software!
This takes a few minutes to set up, so do not stress about it. Just follow the instructions and you will be fine!
Now that your site has plugins installed, create a new account under an alias if you need to. This will help prevent anyone from using the same name on different sites under an alias.
Once you have an account, go ahead and add the plug-ins yourself. You can do this via the settings page or through the back end system.
Activate the plugin if prompted
If a plugin needs to be activated, it can be accessed via the Plugins page in your WordPress dashboard. The plugin will have a yellow or red bar indicating it is activated.
Activating a plugin means going through its settings and adding it to your website. This requires entering in its activation code which can be found in the plug-in’s documentation or on the platform website.
Once you do, your site will automatically recognize and use the plugin’s features! If you need to make any updates or have problems with the plugin, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They would reply if they were able to take care of the issue.
Make sure that the plugin is active by checking the settings panel
Once you have your plugin activated, you can start adding it to your site. First, you must create a new plugin section in your site. Then, go to the plugin settings to add and configure your plugin.