How To Install WordPress Plugins?

How To Install WordPress Plugins?


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What is a Plugin?

Plugins are like apps for your blog or website. They are specifically designed code that lets you put things like themes, contact forms and shopping carts , to name a few, on your site.  There are thousands of different plugins to choose from.  You just choose ones that are suitable for your site.

How To Install WordPress Plugins?

Although plug ins can give the reader a better experience on your site they can also be a source of annoyance. Think how many times you have been on a web page and try to scroll and a pop up appears and tries to sell you something or asks you questions. These are caused by plug in activated in the back office of the site. They can be very distracting and can make the reader lose focus on the content of the web site.  If there are too many pop ups the reader may get fed up of them and just leave the site.  I know I have left many web sites for this reason.  They have wasted all the effort they have put in creating the web site and making sales. Make sure you only use pop ups sparingly. 

Make sure that you ask yourself “Do I really need this plug in and will it help the reader?”  Remember that you can have too much of a good thing. Don’t just install them to try and make your web site look flashy.

Please note that to use WordPress Plugins your need to be using and NOT

The first thing you need to do is go to the WordPress plug in page.

Go to the plug in tab which is located on the left hand side of your screen  Then click on add new. This will open up the plug in page.  If you cannot find the plug in page then click this link which will open in a new tab.

A screen like this will appear.


Type the name of a plug in you are searching for and the most relevant one to the name you typed in will appear.

When you have found the WordPress plug in you want to use just click the activate button next to the plug in.


Frequently asked questions about WordPress plug ins.

1) How can I find the best plug ins?

There are over 55,000 WordPress plug ins in the directory so it can be very difficult to know which ones to install.

In order to help you WordPress has created a list of essential plug ins that people should install on their site.  You can find the list below. The page will open in a new tab.

Click the link below.

Essential WordPress Plug ins for your site.


2) Is there a maximum number of plug ins you can use?

WordPress has over 55,000 plug ins and growing.  There is no limit to the number of plug ins you can use on your site.

3) Does adding too many plug ins slow your site down?

The answer is both yes and no.  Let me explain. Good WordPress plug ins only slow the site down by 1 or 2 milliseconds, you would not be able to spot the difference. Badly coded ones can slow your site down from a few seconds to not being able to load the site at all.  The only real way to find out which plug in is causing a problem is by disabling each one in turn. This is easy enough to do if you only have a few plug ins, but can be very tedious if you have loads.  I would say only add the ones you really need and are working properly.

4) How do you uninstall WordPress plug ins?

To uninstall a plug in you first have to click on the plugins tab on the left hand side of your page. If the plug in you want to remove is active, then you need to deactivate it first.  You can leave it at that or if you want to fully delete then just click on the delete link.

5) Is it better to disable or delete unused plug ins?

If you are planning on using the plug in again at a later date it is better to just disable it.  That way, any settings you may have changed for your site will not be lost.  If on the other hand you have no intention of every using it again it is best to delete it.  That way it clears up your site and helps reduce the size of your site. For instance, you would still get notifications about updates for inactive plug ins.  Inactive plug in can still be prone to hacking attempts, so don’t give them that chance.

I hope you found the information in How To Install WordPress Plugins? useful.

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