How to Install WordPress Plugins for Beginners: What You Should Know
Creating a website from scratch has never been easier! With WordPress, you don’t need to have extensive knowledge of coding to be able to make your own website. What’s more, using WordPress plugins allow you to customize your page any way that want.
Do you want a plugin that will allow you to create mailing lists for all your visitors? There’s a plugin for that!
Do you want a plugin that will allow you to take payments securely and easily? There’s a plugin for that, too.
Here is a short and easy guide that will teach you how to install plugins into your WordPress site.
First, What ARE Plugins?
Plugins are basically programs that allow you to install different features into your WordPress site. There are three different types of plugins:
- Free plugins – you can find these on the WordPress plugin directory and they can be downloaded and used for free.
- Paid plugins – these plugins are created by independent developers and are not available on the WordPress directory. You need to visit the developer’s websites and pay them in order to use these plugins.
- Custom plugins – if you need a plugin with a particular feature, you can hire a developer to create a custom plugin for you. However, these plugins tend to be expensive due to their specialized nature.
What Happens if I Use Paid Or Custom Plugins?
If you choose to use paid or custom plugins from third-party developers, you can host them on your site for free if you are using a paid site with WordPress.org. However, if you are using WordPress.com, you will need to purchase a business plan for $300/year in order to install plugins that are not available from WordPress.
Installing a Plugin on WordPress
Once you have a plugin that you wish to install, you simply need to go to the WordPress admin dashboard. Click on the Plugins link on the left side and click on “Add New”.
Search for your plugin on the text box either by typing the name of the plugin or typing in the developer’s name. Next, click on the “Install now” button to integrate the plugin into your site. Once the plugin has been installed, the button will change from “Install now” to “Activate”.
Click on the “Activate” button to start your plugin feature. This will open up a new page that has the plugins activated so that you can see your newly-installed plugin and use the features.
Whether you are using free, paid, or custom plugins, you should always check whether your plugins have integrated fully with your website. Check whether the functionality and loading speed of your website has been affected. If it has, you might need to troubleshoot the plugin further either by chatting with the WordPress team or with the developer’s team.
I also recommend that you use security and backup plugins for your website to protect your data and content. Before installing any plugins, make sure to perform a backup of your website so that you will be able to rollback if anything goes wrong, especially if you are making any major changes to your website.