Today, there are over 55,000 WordPress plugins that exist — 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, add, and begin using WordPress plugins in a matter of minutes.
How to Add Plugins to WordPress
Add WordPress plugins through your dashboard or the WordPress plugin directory. You can automatically install plugins in one click (typically free plugins) or manually install them (typically premium or third-party plugins).
How to Install WordPress Plugins
Let's review the steps involved in installing your WordPress plugins both automatically and manually.
Installing Plugins Automatically
To automatically add a plugin to your WordPress website, head to the plugin directory (through the plugins admin page on your WordPress dashboard) and search for one that helps you with whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
Identify the plugin that seems like the right fit for you. Then, click Install Now and the plugin will automatically be added for you — that's it.
Elementor is an ideal plugin option for building aesthetically-pleasing, branded 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 Feb 10, 2020 9:47:52 AM, updated February 10 2020