You write a blog post, add a nice shiny featured image and wait for traffic to show up. In the meantime, you while your time thinking that you have done everything from your side.
It might be partially true but these aren’t the only elements of running a blog. Who will
- Check the analytics (that helps you keep track of your traffic)
- Cross out spam comments(which helps you avoid unnecessary clutter)
- Add social media icons?(which might make your site the next blockbuster. Who knows?)
- And much more!
Feeling exhausted already don’t worry. There are several plugins to perform the above mentioned jobs and in this post I will teach you how to add plugins in WordPress.
What is a plugin?
To begin with, a plugin is an additional piece of software installed to WordPress which adds further functionality to your website. In a nutshell, it does the job for you. All you have to do is install the plugin. To add, they are written in PHP.
How to add plugins in WordPress?
There are two main ways by which you can install plugins in WordPress. They are,
- Via admin dashboard
- Add plugins manually
NOTE: Installation of plugins is not possible in the wordpress.com sites. To install a plugin you either have to be self hosting your site or be a premium member of WordPress.
1. Installing plugins via Admin dashboard.
- To begin with log on to your WordPress Admin dashboard. Then, navigate to Plugins>Add New.
2. Type in the name of the plugin and hit enter. In this case, I am installing the “Hide Title” plugin.
3. Hit the “Install Now” button which will install the plugin. After that click on the “Activate” button which will cause its activatio.
This serves to be the first way to install plugins in wordpress.
2. Uploading plugins manually.
- In this case, I am installing the Hide Title, except for this time it is done manually. Go to the site or type in the name of the plugin in the search box of your browser as shown in the example. It will offer you the plugin from the WordPress site. Click on it.
2. Once you are on the site, you can view the option “Download”. Click on it to download the corresponding plugin’s packed zip file.
3. Navigate to Plugins>Add new. In the top you can find the “Upload Plugin” option. Click on it and then select “Choose file” to upload the zip file of the plugin you wish to install.
4. After uploading click on the “Install Now” button. Click on the activate plugin button to activate it.
Your plugin is up and running. Check out this site for installing more plugins and follow the steps given in this method. This helps you to add plugins manually.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes there is nothing wrong in leaving a plugin inactivated
No, deactivated plugins do not slow down your site and that’s why the option was provided to you in the first place. You can deactivate it temporarily and later use it when it is needed. You need not install and delete it everytime.
It all depends upon your requirements
Most probably, having a large number of installed plugins will slow down your site as the plugin needs time to load every time your site is loaded. Try to uninstall the plugins which you do not use.
Hope that this post taught you how to install plugins in WordPress. If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below. I will answer them ASAP. Until then Adios Amigos!