When you think of plugins for WordPress, you can think of them as apps for your website. They provide additional functionality and features, such as a new contact form, a new gallery, and more.
When you first start looking through WordPress plugins repository, it can get overwhelming because there are thousands of plugins available, both free and paid. In this step by step guide, we will guide you on how you can install a WordPress plugin.
Important Note Before We Start
Before we begin, it’s important to note the different between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. On WordPress.com, you are not allowed to install plugins and there are limitations to what you can do on the platform. On the other hand, with WordPress.org, it’s a self-hosted solution that allows for much more flexibility but requires more knowledge of WordPress management.
Install a WordPress Plugin Via Plugin Search
WordPress.org has a huge public repository available through which you can install plugins. Even better, you’re able to access all of those plugins directly from within your website.
All you have to do is head on over to Plugins » Add New inside WordPress admin area, as shown below.
Once you’re in the plugin search area, all you have to do is insert the name of the plugin you’re trying to install. Within a few seconds, you will see a bunch of plugin listings show up, like below:
You can select the plugin that you’re trying to install, hit Install Now and WordPress will begin install the plugin on your installation. After it’s done installing, you have the option to Activate the plugin or activate it at a later time. In our case, we will go ahead and activate the plugin.
Once activated, you’re all set. You’ve successfully installed your first WordPress plugin on your website. From here, you may or may not need to configure your plugins settings, but that varies depending on the plugin you’re installing.
Before closing out, we’re going to cover some basic questions you may have.
FAQs – Installing WordPress Plugins
- Which plugin is right or best for my website?
This question depends on what your needs are. There are more than 55,000+ WordPress plugins available in WordPress plugin directory. In addition, there are so many premium plugins available, as well. It can be a tough decision to decide on which plugin you need, so it’s best to start with what your need is and go from there.
- If I deactivate a plugin and it’s been inactive for some time, should I delete it?
If you haven’t used a plugin for quite some time, it’s best to delete it from your website. If you have a need for the plugin again, you can always re-install it.
- How many plugins can I install on my website?
There is no set number of plugins that you can install on your website. Realistically speaking, you can install unlimited number of plugins, but your website’s performance will vary. The more plugins you have on your website, the more it will impact its performance. In addition, it’s not necessarily about the quantity of the plugins, but rather it’s about the quality. Good and quality coded plugins are the best practice.
- What is the different between active and installed plugins?
You can install a WordPress plugin on your website but don’t necessary need to active it. If you decide to activate a plugin but have no need for it immediately, you can leave it in an inactive state. When you are ready to use the plugin, you can ‘active’ it.