INSTALL A WORDPRESS PLUGIN
Just like we checked how to install a WordPress theme, the same way we can install a WordPress plugin.
WordPress plugins make our work so much easier. Especially if you are a non-techie or do not want to involve yourself with too much of back end codings then plugin is the solution.
If you check the post about how to increase website speed then you will get to know that 90% of the times there are plugins to handle our codings for the htaccess files.
Unlike a WordPress theme, we require quite a handful of plugins to run our blog smoothly.
Some of the very useful free WordPress plugins which I find are:
- Yoast SEO- Where you can add your focus keyword and see your overall SEO health of the post and edit your meta description.
- Autoptimize- A simply and effective optimizing plugin to minify your CSS, JS files and images.
- W3 total cache or any other caching plugin- W3 cache dramatically improves my site’s performance and site speed. WP super cache is also good enough. You need to check which one is working for your site.
- Google Analytics: Once you start blogging you will automatically fall in the trap of checking your website visitors :). Google analytics is even necessary to understand your audience.
Check out the Google Analytics training for beginners to understand your visitors and demographics.
INSTALL A WORDPRESS PLUGIN FROM DASHBOARD
You can easily search and install any plugin from the WordPress dashboard.
Go to WordPress Dashboard> Plugins> Add new
Click on the Install of any plugin which you want to install.
Before installing I always check for the details by clicking on ‘More Details’.
Especially to check the descriptions and reviews.
After Installing> Activate
After activation, some plugins are ready to be used while some others need some added setups as instructed.
INSTALLING A WORDPRESS PLUGIN DOWNLOADED FROM A DIFFERENT SITE
If you are downloading a plugin from WordPress/plugins or any other 3rd party site then choose plugin> add new> upload
Click on Choose File and select your downloaded folder and install.
Installing a WordPress plugin is very similar to installing WordPress themes.
Delete the unused plugins to avoid overcrowding the WordPress database.