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What is a WordPress plugin and how do I install it?


A plugin is a program that extends the functionality of a WordPress theme. Allows you to add several functions to the site without programming.

Where to find a WordPress plugin

The list of extensions can be found on the official WordPress website. Currently, there are more than 55,000 such extensions in this repository, and all of them are free. There are plenty of free plugin features that are sufficient for most standard websites.

Read also : How to install a theme in WordPress .

How to install a plugin in WordPress

To install a new plugin, select Plugins > Add New in WP Administration. Another way is to click "Modules" in the administration and then "Add new" at the top of the page. Clicking the "Add" button will open a new list of plugins from the official website. You can filter this list by "Recommended", "Popular" or "Favorites" modules. You can also find a specific WordPress plugin here.

how to install the plugin

You can view the capabilities of each module by clicking on the name or the "Details" link. A window with the functions offered by the module will open. You will also find information about the author and when it was last updated. Click Install Now to install the selected module.

Activating the plugin

Then you need to activate each module. For this step, use the "Activate" button. For some modules, you will also find settings that you will need to configure. The installed module will appear in the list of plugins on your site.

If there is an update for one of the modules you are using, WordPress will notify you by displaying a number next to “Modules” in the menu. In the list of extensions, you can also find an update message with an update link. The system will notify you of a successful update.

how to activate the plugin

Before updating the module, make sure that this step does not affect the functionality of the page. After the update, make sure the module is working correctly.

Deactivation and removal

You can find a link to deactivate the plugin in the list of modules. To deactivate the plugin, click Deactivate. If you have a module on your site that is disabled and you haven't used it for a long time, you need to remove it. To do this, click the "Uninstall" link under the name of the module.

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