Install Plugin to New WordPess Setup (Boost your Blog)
You may have seen many sites having various features like social icons, the smart bar on top for subscription, floating sharing icons, push notifications etc. Even there are some plugins which do not create layout design features but helps to add additional functionalities like caching, no-follow etc.
What is WordPress Plugin?
WordPress Plugins are software used to boost your blog site with advanced features. The post will cover the basics to understand that how you can install/add new plugins to WordPress blog/site. Some example of plugins are
- Adding contact forms
- Blocking comment spam
- See status of your site visitors
- SEO-friendly blog capability
- Adding photo galleries
- Cache to speed your site
And much more…
Installing WordPress Plugin is very easy. Similar, how we did for installing the theme.
“Dashboard” -> “Plugins” -> “Add New”
Hover the mouse to Plugin’s and then click on “Add New”. You will see a screen as shown below.
See all the options, they are self-explanatory and will help you to perform required action.
#1 Seach the plugin & #2, #3, #4, #5 Select Desired Plugin to Install
WordPress have more than 45000 plugins to choose from and many of them are totally free, You can power your site without purchasing any premium plugin on very first day.
Click “Install Now” and “Activate Plugin” to activate it. Once activated the plugin will start working.
Tip – For all beginners I have created a consolidated list of plugins you must have including details of other important plugins.
- Which you require from Day-1, Essential Plugin’s
- Must have WordPress Plugin’s
- For Advance bloggers, I have created a list of some worth buying Premium WordPress Plugins.
Tip: You must keep updating your themes and Plugins each time you see “Please update now” message on Dashboard. Notifications for the new version of all installed plugins are shown on Dashboard.
Must read How to Install WordPress Theme?