Today, there are over 55,000 WordPress plugins — you can choose which ones to install on your WordPress website to begin reaping the benefits of added functionality based on your specific needs. No matter what your goal is, you’re bound to find a plugin (or a few) that can help you achieve it.
Increasing your website’s functionality with the addition of WordPress plugins is exceptionally easy. In fact, you can install, activate, and begin using WordPress plugins in a matter of minutes. In this post, we'll show you how.
How to Add Plugins to WordPress
There are three ways to install a WordPress plugin: automatically, manually, and via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). You can add plugins automatically from your WordPress dashboard by searching for your desired plugin and installing with a click. The manual or FTP method is typically necessary for premium plugins and plugins not listed in the WordPress plugin directory. These two methods involve uploading a set files to your website from your local device.
Elementor is an excellent plugin for building aesthetically-pleasing, branded WordPress websites. It offers tools to design all aspects of your web pages as well as a customizable form builder so you can easily engage with your clients.
Smush is a plugin that will compress, lazy load, and resize your images. Since oversized images have large files that aren’t optimized for the web, they have the potential to significantly slow down your site. Smush can quickly detect and fix those images that are slowing your website down.
Plugins are essential for increasing the functionality of your WordPress website. They're quite simple to install, add, and use — follow the steps we’ve outlined above to get started using your newest plugins.
Originally published Oct 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2020