In this tutorial, you will learn what the plugins are. I will show you how to find and how to install WordPress plugins, in order to add more functionality to your website, or simply improve its appearance.
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What is a WordPress Plugin?
A WordPress Plugin or WordPress add-on of, are coded software that you can add to your WordPress site, in order to add functions to your website, it works as if you are installing a new app to your phone, just to compare it somehow. WordPress has good standard performance but the Plugins allow you to increase the performance.
Those plugins are the best friends of the WordPress website creators and developers of web pages. Plugins help you extend the performance of your website. If you want to add some more features or functionality to your website you can be sure that there is a WordPress Plugin that will allow you to do so.
How to Install WordPress Plugins From WordPress Repository
In order to find any plugin among WordPress repository you need to follow these steps:
1.- Navigate to the left panel to your WordPress Dashboard and then you can either Click on Plugins or just hover the mouse over the Plugins button.
Once you are here, you can either view all the plugins you have already installed on your blog, Add New or Edit te code of an existing downloaded plugin.
2.- This time, let’s click add new and then continue what we started. Here you have different options to find the specific plugin that you want to install. You can do a search with a keyword, you can also use different filters such as Featured, Popular, Recommended, Premium.
Let’s say I want to install a plugin that helps me add photo galleries to my website:
- The first thing I do is to search for the keyword “Photo Gallery”.
- After I get multiple plugins that come up with the searched keyword, then I look for the ones that have the higher number of downloads and most number of positive reviews, this tells me that there are other people using the plugin and their experience has been good.
- I also look at the last update for the plugin, this tells me that the version is fresh and there is also support available and looking for ways to improve.
- After I review the plugins and decide which one I’ll be installing, I just click on the button that says Install. There will be a button to activate the plugin and most likely also configure it.
How to install WordPress plugins from my computer
There are specific plugins that you will not be able to find on WordPress repository, but you could probably do some manual. In order to install these plugins directly from your computer, you can follow three possible ways:
- Upload the plugin directly from your WordPress Dashboard
- Transfer the plugin’s file to the corresponding folder via FTP (It should be / wp-content/plugins)
- Upload the plugin to your hosting files using File Manager (The path must be: /wp-content/plugins)
Upload the plugin from WordPress dashboard
Follow the steps as if you are going to install a plugin from WordPress repository, once you get to the screen in which you search for the plugin, then follow this steps:
You will see the button that says upload and then click on it. Once you’ve done this, then you can select a zipped file from your computer and upload it.
How to install WordPress plugins through FTP using Filezilla
If you are not familiarized with FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or Filezilla, then I recommend you to check the following article:
In order to upload any file from to your computer to your server or hosting account, you will need to configure your FTP account first. Once you already have all your credentials, then you should follow these simple steps:
First of all, you must connect Filezilla to your server using FTP credentials
Once you connect to your hosting account using Filezilla, then you will be able to see the following:
1.- This indicates the status of the connection between your server and Filezilla
2.- Here you can navigate through your computer’s and hosting’s file directories
3.- In the left side, you’ll see your computers’ files. You only need to drag and drop files from there to the other side in order to upload files to the server. In order to install WordPress plugins, the path must be /wp-content/plugins.
4.- In the right side you have all your hosting files, depending on your hosting account you will be able to see different folders here, this is also attending to the permission rules set per your hosting plan.
Filezilla is also a great tool to perform full site backup or partial backup.
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