How to Use WordPress Plugins

Plugin is a very important part of WordPress website. Without using you couldn’t move with smart way. If you have a WordPress website than you must be need to use plugins. So now i want to show you that “How to Use WordPress Plugins”

There are lot’s of WordPress plugins, for nearly every imaginable purpose. But once you find the functionality you want or need, it becomes even more challenging – you also must know about How to use those WordPress plugins (install, configure, and deploy). 

What is the use of plugins?

In computing, a plug-in (or plugin, add-in, addin, add-on, addon, or extension) is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization.

Plugins are simply tools (essentially small PHP scripts) which work with the WordPress software to extend (or enhance) its core functionality.

Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

How to use WordPress Plugins :

Download & Install WordPress Plugins

There are two ways to access (download) plugins and install them on your WordPress blogging system – directly from the Plugins page (as seen in the image below) which is available through the administration dashboard or by using some file transfer protocol (FTP) to upload to the appropriate folders on your Web server.

Install Plugin to Server through FTP

Adding a plugin to WordPress through FTP is rather straightforward. To get started, first make sure you have FTP access (username, password, FTP address) and some means to transfer the plugin files (FTP software).

Once a connection with the server is established, the unzipped (most plugins are available for download in a compressed file such as ZIP) plugin folder should be uploaded in its entirety to the appropriate folder on the server.

Now Add New From Plugins Dashboard

If you’re adding a plugin from the administrative dashboard of WordPress, it’s a much easier process. Let’s say for example that I want to add a plugin named Jetpack (built by Automatic, the makers of WordPress). WordPress enables its administrative users to search for plugins (by keyword, author, or tag), see popular and featured plugins, and most importantly – upload plugins directly.

If you plan on uploading a file from your own computer, make sure that the file is in a .zip format. Choose the file from your system, and WordPress will automatically unpack the zipped file and make it available in your plugin library.

If you plan on installing a plugin found through the featured or popular categories, or which you found by conducting a search through the available search interface, simply select “install” directly from the return list and WordPress will unpack the file and install it in your plugin library.

Active the Plugins

That’s not the last step however! Remember that it’s necessary to activate the plugin before being able to use it. From the plugins page, locate the plugin you just installed (plugins are in alphabetical order) and select “Activate”. Once the plugin is activated, depending on its functionality, there may be a need to configure it to work.

It’s time to Configure the Plugins 

Since many third-party software vendors provide plugins to the WordPress community, there is often a need to configure each plugin you install on your WordPress installation to enable it to communicate with those providers (through an API which requires a key for example). For example, in order to use blog/comment spam prevention plugin Akismet (also provided by Automatic) you must enter an API key – which is available (based on a sliding scale dependent on request volume) at 

Thoughts on Using WordPress Plugins

Using WordPress plugins is a great way to make your blog a better, smarter, faster, cooler destination on the Web. Make sure to install only plugins whose providers you trust, from destinations that are reputable, and update them immediately upon the release of a new version – or delete them outright if you’re no longer using or need them. 

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