Ready to install a WordPress plugin? Great! There are tons of resources online when it comes to plugins.
In this article, we will be demonstrating how to install plugins that are freely available in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory.
If you are looking for a Premium plugin, we recommend looking to see what is available from WooThemes. If you plan to purchase something, we recommend asking the author if they have a free version you can try before you commit to purchasing it.
Step 1. Navigate to the plugin menu
The first step to install a plugin, is to log into your WordPress Dashboard. Once you are logged into the Dashboard, go to Plugins -> Add New. This will bring you to the “Add Plugin” page, where you can search the WordPress.org repository.
Step 2. Find something good
To find what you are looking for, find the “Search Plugins” field, and type a keyword or two that describe what you need. It’s important to find something that you can rely on, so be sure to look closely at the the user ratings and the date of the latest update. Better plugins will usually have higher user ratings and recent updates.
In this example, I want to install “Shortcodes Ultimate, so I will type “Shortcodes Ultimate” in the “Search” field and hit enter.
Step 3. Install it
Shortcodes Ultimate came up as the first result. To install it, hit the “Install Now” button.
Once you install click the “Install Now” button, you will be given the results of the installation. If it installs successfully, you should be presented with an option to activate the plugin.
Step 5. Activate it
Finally, the last step is to activate the it by clicking the “Activate” link, as shown in the image below.
Finally, your new plugin is active. you should be able to access any features that are included.
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