Now that you have created your WordPress site and want to make it evolve. Let’s study WordPress plugins together. Let’s study together what a plugin is for quickly so that we can install one even faster and propel your WordPress site.
What is a WordPress plugin?
As a reminder, a plugin is an extension. Therefore, a WordPress plugin is an extension of WordPress. By definition, an extension allows you to add functionality to a system (= WordPress). WordPress is a magnificent interfacing tool to manage your website, moreover, which offers new updates and new features regularly or even very regularly. But if you are reading this article, it is for the reason that WordPress in itself remains very basic and does not allow you to have everything you want.
What is a WordPress plugin for?
Excellent question, a WordPress plugin or a WordPress add-on allows you to add any kind of functionality as we have just seen previously. Here are some very common examples of a free and paid WordPress plugin that I personally use and recommend to my clients:Information on the relevance of a text to a keyword or key phrase
Improving the security of your WordPress site
Creation of the commercial part (e-commerce) on WordPress
Spam filter for WordPress comments
Audience statistics of its website
Contact form and even payment
On this subject, I created a checklist to optimize your WordPress site for natural referencing , if you want to discover this dynamic document (because it is updated regularly), do not hesitate to click on the link and put this document next to. You will know exactly which plugin to install on WordPress and how to configure it.
Do you absolutely have to install a plugin via FTP?
Want a simple answer? Yes, yes here it is: NO!
Would you like a more detailed answer? Here it is also. If you are on this blog post, it means you are a beginner. Be careful, this is not a bad thing at all! It just means that you shouldn’t run into any major problem forcing you to go through this slightly more tedious step. So just keep in mind that it is possible and that it may have to be done in some really special cases.Concerning myself, I created more than a hundred WordPress sites and installed several thousand WordPress extensions without going through the FTP once to install a plugin.Note: You can install all the WordPress plugins you want without going through FTP, even those that are not present in the WordPress bank.You may need to work with WordPress plugins from FTP only if you have a technical problem on your website that requires your intervention outside the WordPress environment. We then speak of debugging its website.
Where to find WordPress plugins?
The easiest method to find a WordPress plugin is to look in the default WordPress library from your website which we will see shortly after. But there are also platforms widely used by the WordPress community to find all kinds of plugins that can meet your needs.Be careful, however, when you buy a plugin on this platform to take a good look at the customer reviews and to remember that you will probably have to upload them differently. We will see it just below
How to install a WordPress plugin?
We finally get to the heart of the matter!Installing a WordPress plugin is really very easy, I could have summarized this blog post in one sentence but I prefer to leave a little suspense, work the content in its entirety and bring you maximum value.
Go to the “Extensions” tab of WordPress
To install a WordPress plugin, all you need to do is log into WordPress on your dashboard, look at the left column and click on ” Extensions “.You must have noticed that when you hover your mouse over “Extensions”, you have the direct proposal to click on “Add” just below “Installed extensions”. It’s a shortcut that I use all the time.Once you have clicked on “Extensions”, you will arrive on the page of all your extensions. So you have an overview of all the plugins that are installed (or even activated) on your WordPress site.At this stage, you just have to click on the small button ” Add ” at the top of the page on the left in order to add a plugin. Then, you will have a listing of the WordPress plugins put forward by WordPress (and even often recommended by WordPress).
Find the WordPress plugin you want to install
Finally, you just have to search, thanks to the search bar located at the top right of the first extension presented, the plugin you need!If you don’t know which plugin you want to add to your website but know what functionality you would like to have, you can search for it with keywords . You can also take into account:
the number of active download
compatibility with your version of WordPress (which is supposed to be the most recent)
the number of customer reviews
If you want to search for a keyword, do it with short, English key words or phrases. Yes, the WordPress search engine is very basic …
Install and activate the WordPress plugin
Once you have found the WordPress plugin that suits you, you can click on the ” Install ” button and wait for the installation on your website. Once it’s done, a blue button will appear to activate the plugin in question.Wondering what is the difference between an installed plugin and an activated plugin? It’s very simple. An installed plugin is on your website but by default inactive. It is up to you to indicate to your website that you want to make it active and functional.At this point, you have installed and activated your WordPress plugin! Congratulations, it’s the start of a new area now!Be careful not to burden your website with unnecessary extensions. To avoid this, choose a theme from the start that has most of the features you are looking for.