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Plugins – Part 6 | Beginner’s Guide For WordPress

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Plugins are one of the great features that WordPress has to offer. Since this cms was designed for blogging only, plugins help WordPress to extend its functionalities and open more possibilities for your website. There are thousands of plugins available for you to use for your website, some of them are free to use and some are premium plugins. Now, I am going to show you how to access the plugins section and the different ways to install a plugin.

To access the plugins section, log in first to your admin pages. Then go to the Plugins page by clicking the “Plugins” menu item at the left side of the admin page. You will get redirected to the plugins page where you can see all the list of your plugins.

The plugins admin page

There are two ways on how you can install a plugin:

  • Downloading a plugin from the WordPress repository.
  • Uploading your plugin manually.

Installing a plugin via WordPress repository:

Click the “Add New” button or “Add New” menu item on the left side of your plugins page. You will get redirected to the WordPress plugin repository, where you can search and find the plugins you need.

Plugins Repository

To install a plugin from the repository, click the “Install Now” button. Wait until the installation is done, and click “Activate” button.

Plugin installation process

If the installation is successful, it will redirect you back to the plugins page. Remember that some plugins may have different process after you activate it. For example, the Woocommerce plugin will redirect you to its e-commerce setup page after you activate it.

Installing a plugin via manual upload.

Manual installation of plugins was used for those third party or premium plugins that need to be downloaded from their website.

In your plugins page, click the “Add New” button. You will get redirected to the plugins repository, at the upper part of the repository click the “Upload Plugin” button.

Upload the plugin file manually

Click “Choose File” button then find your plugin zip file in your computer. When the upload is done, click the “Activate” button then you will get redirected back to the plugins page.

Deleting a plugin

If you do not need a plugin anymore, it is a good practice to delete it in your plugin list to save some space in your web hosting server.

To delete a plugin, you need to deactivate it first. To deactivate, click the “Deactivate” link below the plugin’s name.

Plugin deactivate link

After the deactivation process, the “Delete” link will show then you can now delete the plugin.

Plugin delete link

Updating a plugin

Since WordPress plugins were developed by different developers, they need to maintain their plugins in terms of security and performance. Best plugin providers released updates so that their plugins can keep up in our growing needs.

Whenever there is a plugin update available, it will show an encircled number icon in the “Plugins” menu item.

Updates notification

Go to the plugins page then look for the plugins that have updates.

The plugin update link

Just A Quick Note: Before you update your plugins, backup your website first so you have a restore point.

Click the “Update” link to update and wait until the update is successful.