WordPress Plugins for Blogs | How To Find and Install Them(Beginners Edition)

WordPress Plugins for Blogs |  How To Find and Install Them(Beginners Edition)

Alright! you have installed WordPress. And now, you need to know how to install WordPress plugins for your blog or website.

You’ve come to the right place.

As a beginner, it is nice to have a road map. Something that makes the process of learning something new a little simpler. We have you covered, so take a deep breath and read on.

The first thing every beginner needs to learn is how to find and install a WordPress plugin.

Let’s jump right into it.

What is a Plugin?

In this article, we will talk about how to add new functionality. We will do this through the use of plugins. Making sure you become a pro.

Installing WordPress plugins for blogs is an essential skill that all beginners must master.

Plugins allow you to add all kinds of new features to your WordPress site. Several features don’t come standard in the default installation of WordPress.

But, there are thousands of plugins for WordPress making the features you’re looking for easy to find and install. And giving you the ability to customize your WordPress site the way you want.

There is a plugin for just about anything you want to accomplish. With a few clicks, you can add a plugin, that gives your website feature-rich functionality, without you having to write one line of code.

What Plugins Do You Have?

The installed plugins screen is where you can view the plugins that are currently installed on your site. Here you can choose the plugins you want to activate, deactivate, or delete from the active theme.

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Installed Plugin Page

This screen also allows you to see pre-installed WordPress plugins for blogs already added to the default site. The plugins that are already present are suggested plugins. WordPress feels you could benefit if your website uses them.

It is not mandatory that you keep them installed.

How to Add A New Plugin

The first thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin area. Hover over the plugins tab in the dashboard menu panel, and click on add new.

Here you can search for and install free plugins from the WordPress repository. 

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Add A New Plugin

Just like adding a WordPress theme, you can browse the featured plugins, view the most popular plugins, and see a list of the recommended plugins based on similar websites.  The favorites tab is for plugins that you have marked as favorites on wordpress.org. 

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Browse plugins by category

If you have purchased a plugin, you can upload it on this screen. You can do this by clicking on the upload plugin call to action at the top of the page. Here you can upload the .zip file you saved, directly from your computer. 

Upload a purchased plugin
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Adding your zip file

Searching for WordPress Plugins for Blogs

There is an option to search for specific plugins, by keyword, author or tag. This is helpful because it makes it easy to find a plugin, saving you time.

Now there are thousands of plugins available that can add beneficial features to your WordPress site. This includes but not limited to, SEO, Contact forms and more. 

One major plugin that helps you maximize your website right out of the gate is Jetpack. This plugin offers dozens of features, some of which help monitor the activity on your site. Furthermore, it can be used to customize your site, monetize and even promote your site.

When you are ready to install a plugin, just click on install now. WordPress will automatically download and install the plugin for you. Then when it’s done, all you have to do is hit the activate button.

This will bring you to another page which will allow you to set up the options you want to use on your site.

Keyword Search
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Jetpack Plugin

Pro Tip: If you are downloading multiple plugins, wait until you have installed all of them before activating any of them. This will allow you to activate all of the plugins at once, saving you time. 

There’s Always a Plugin

There are over fifty thousand plugins (55,274 at the time of this post) in the WordPress directory. That’s not including the thousands more that can be purchased. More than likely there is a plugin for any feature you can come up with. 

You can visit the plugin directory on wordpress.org/plugins to search for plugins. Take a look around and see what’s new. The block enabled plugins are a new addition to the plugin directory. They offer support for the new Gutenberg block-based editor.

We hope this helped with finding and installing WordPress plugins. We are excited to see the wonderful sites and blogs that all of you begin to build with this new knowledge.

Until next time,

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Writing about software and technology is my passion. When I am not writing, I am building responsive webpages, learning about marketing, or reading about business. As a Saas and technology copywriter, my obsession is to continue learning my craft and offering unique and useful content to businesses, entrepreneurs, and WordPress beginners.

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