What is wordpress plugins ?

Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

Currently, the number of wordpress plugins is countless. Only in wordpress.org library, we have more than one hundred thousand different plugins. Other paid plugins are on another website like Codecanyon .

How to find a plugin ?

The most simplest way to find a plugin is looking in the wordpress.org library .

How to find plugin

How to find plugin

Otherwise, you can find the plugins through google with key word: <ability> wordpress plugin.

Find plugin with google

Find plugin with google

One feature will have a lot of plugins support, you should check the plugins with high rating, supports the latest version of wordpress and read carefully the plugin description before choosing the plugin.

Checking wordpress plugins

With high ratings.

Rating plugin

Plugins support the latest version of wordpress. If it’s not, the plugins should behind 2 version.

Plugin details

If one plugin has a lot of features, you should read the description carefully.

Plugin description

And finally, open the screenshot tab to preview some plugin’s images.

Plugin stats

How to install plugin

We have two way to install a wordpress plugin.

Install plugin via wordpress dashboard (recommend)

Go to Plugins -> Add New

Install wordpress plugin

Find the plugin which you want to install and hit Enter

Search plugin before install

It lists all the plugins which related with keyword “facebook comments”

Choose the right plugin

Choose the right plugin

Use the checking method which I mentioned earlier to choose the suitable plugin for you and hit Install Now.

Notice: Some hosting require you to input the FTP information before install plugin. If it happens, you open the wp-config.php and add

define('fs_method' 'direct');


Config wordpress setting for install plugin After that, simply click on Activate plugin.

Activate plugin

Install plugin via FTP

First, you need to download the plugin as zip file to you computer

Download plugin from wordpress.org

Extract the downloaded file, you got a plugin name folder contains all the plugin’s files inside.

install-via-ftp-2

The plugin folder contains all plugin’s files

Open FileZilla and upload this folder to wp-content/plugins

Upload plugin to hosting via ftp After upload successful, go to WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins -> Installed Plugins, find and activate this plugin.

Activate plugin

How to use plugins

Plugin has two types

  • Running automatically after activate without config
  • We must config in the Settings , Plugins

The settings of plugin

Now, your website has some special features thanks to the plugins.