Why WordPress Plugin?

A plugin is a software component that can add or extend a group of functions to a wordpress website. WordPress plugins are in the form of PHP programming language. There are thousands of plugins available in the wordpress plugins directory, you can install and activate the plugin, also you can uninstall the plugin from the admin area. The plugins are available in pre and pro versions. The plugins also called as add-on, add-in, extension.

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How to Add Plugins to WordPress?

Thera are three ways to install the plugin they are: Manually, Automatically or FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The plugins installed manually from your wordpress dashboard by searching the required plugin and installing it. After the installation, you can activate the plugin. For manual or FTP methods, we use premium plugins and this involves uploading the set of files to your website from your local device.

Steps for installation:

Installing a WordPress plugin tends to add a third-party code to your website. So, you must be careful about installing the plugin. The wrong one can cause an error on your site. There are SEO plugins, Pinterest plugins, and more. Let’s see the steps to install the plugin automatically as well as manually.

1. To Install Automatically:

  • Go to the WordPress dashboard and choose>> Plugins>> Add new
  • Search for the plugin you want in the search bar at the top right corner.
  • Choose the plugin and click>> Install Now
  • Once the installation is complete, Activate the plugin by clicking the Activate button.
  • The installed plugins can be deactivated at any time under>> plugins >> Installed plugins

2. To Install Manually:

  • Download the plugin you want to install from the third-party source or from a wordpress directory as a .zip file.
  • Goto your WordPress dashboard, choose>>Plugins>> Add new
  • Click>> Upload plugin is shown at the top
  • Then >> Choose File and choose the .zip file then click>> Install Now
  • When the installation process is completed, click Activate to activate the plugin.

3. To add the plugin in WordPress through FTP:

  • Download the required plugin from the wordpress directory or from a third-party source.
  • Unzip or Extract the file. The extracted or unzipped folder will have the same name as that of the zip file.
  • Now, you have to connect your website’s server with FTP. For that, you need to use free or premium FTP client software which connects to the host server in order to transfer files.
  • Once you open the FTP client, connect your server with a username and password.
  • Then, from your wordpress directory open the wp-content folder>> choose the plugins folder
  • Upload the unzipped plugin folder and go back to the wordpress dashboard >> select plugins>> Installed plugins. Find the plugin >> Activate it.

How Secured are WordPress plugins?

Security is the major part of installing the wordpress plugins. Poorly coded plugins will hacked which makes your site vulnerable. You can keep your website safe by installing the WordPress security plugin Sucuri. This will help you to scan thousands of websites and catch the plugin which creates problems in security. By improving the overall wordpress security, you can protect your website.

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