BEGINNER'S GUIDE FOR USING WORDPRESS / START YOUR WEBSITE TODAY

Alright! you have installed WordPress and need to know how to install WordPress plugins for blogs. You are one step closer.

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.

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. A lot of features don’t come standard in the default installation of WordPress.

There are thousands of plugins for WordPress making them easy to find and install. 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. This gives your website feature-rich functionality. You will not have to write one line of code.

What Plugins Do I 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 if used 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. Click on add new. Here you can search for and install free plugins from the WordPress directory. 

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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. Even 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. 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 to add all kinds of 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 can, 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. Then when it’s done, all you have to do is hit activate. 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. Not to forget the thousands more that can be purchased. More than likely there is a plugin for just about any feature you can come up with. 

You can visit the plugin directory on wordpress.org 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.

Best of luck from,

WP{with}Me

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