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.
7. Return to your WordPress dashboard and select Plugins > Installed Plugins. Find your new plugin should appear and click Activate.
How to Use a Plugin in WordPress
Most plugins that perform simple tasks begin working immediately after being installed — complex plugins with greater functionality may need interaction from you.
For example, if you install a forms plugin, it will automatically offer you form templates once activated. Then you can customize your forms as you see fit. A language translation plugin, on the other hand, will require some configuration before it starts working.
The best way to view all of your plugin’s customization features is by clicking Settings via the plugin admin page.
Next, let’s look at some popular plugins to make your WordPress website more functional for you and your audience.
HubSpot WordPress Plugin
HubSpot’s free WordPress plugin allows you to create free forms, offer live chat support, organize lists for email marketing campaigns, manage your advertising, and analyze your website’s performance.
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 March 17 2021