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How to Install a Plugin On WordPress | 3 Easy Steps

Installing WordPress pluginsGuide Contents:

What is a Plugin – Basic Overview

Plugins are website extensions that perform various tasks and functions that are not included by default within WordPress, or your theme.

They are essential for creating a rich, user engaging, and functioning website. There are thousands of free plugins available for WordPress that enable you to customize your site to perform exactly the way you want it to.

Everything from email marketing plugins, anti-spam, design, SEO, and more can be downloaded to customize the functionality of your website.

There are thousands of plugins

Don’t think that you need to go crazy with plugins because too many will slow down your site. 

Be selective with which plugins you download, and try to limit yourself to a maximum of 10 plugins. This is just a guideline, but if you start to experience slow loading times on any of your pages, it might mean you have too many plugins.


How to Install a Plugin – 3 Easy Steps

Installing a plugin to your website is extremely easy, and can be done in just 3 steps.

1. Within your WordPress dashboard, go to “Plugins” within the sidebar.

Click on "Plugins" from your WordPress dashboard

This will bring you to a list of your currently downloaded plugins. From here you can manage your plugin settings, activate/deactivate select plugins, update current plugins, and install new ones.

If you have yet to install a plugin to your WordPress website, then this page will be blank.

Click on “Add New” at the top of the page to install a new plugin to your website.

Add a new plugin


2. Once you have found the plugin you want to install from the add plugins menu, simply click on “Install” to download the plugin to your WordPress dashboard.

Before installing the plugin, it’s important to take note of the active installations, and user rating which can be found at the bottom left of each plugin overview.

Also be sure to check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.

If it is not, you may either have to update WordPress or find a new plugin.

Check plugin ratings

Once you have installed the plugin, you’ll also have to “Activate” it. You will be able to do this directly from the add plugins menu, or from your downloaded plugins menu.

Having the ability to toggle your plugins on and off without the need to reinstall them is incredibly useful.

Activate the plugin


3. The final step to installing your plugin, is to adjust the settings to your specifications.

You can find the settings for your plugin within the WordPress dashboard sidebar under “Settings” and then the plugin you wish to edit.

Access "Settings" from the dashboard

Another way to edit the settings is to visit the plugins tab within the sidebar, and select “Settings” from there.

Access plugin settings from the plugin menu

If you have any problems with the set up for a plugin, look for a plugin installation guide within the plugin details.


Why You Need Plugins – Create a User Friendly Website

If you’re just starting your website, and haven’t yet installed any plugins, you absolutely should.

Plugins are incredibly useful for:

  • Increasing website functionality
  • Improving web layout/design
  • Boosting conversion rates
  • Improving user experience
  • Optimizing your posts for SEO
  • Spam protection
  • Navigational tools
  • …And much more

As I mentioned earlier, don’t go overboard with the amount of plugins you install. The more you have active on your website at one time, the slower your site will be.

I recommend not using more than 10 plugins on your site. If you start to experience slow load times, you may have too many plugins, and should eliminate non-essential ones.

Essential Plugins:

  • Anti-spam
  • SEO
  • Social media sharing
  • Email-marketing
  • Image optimization
  • Navigation

Non-Essential/Situational Plugins:

  • Design/layout
  • Contact forms
  • Securities
  • Analytics
  • Browser cache/CSS
  • AMP

Don’t feel that you need to search for plugins to install on your website. As you build your site you’ll come across the need for certain functions, and you’ll want to leave yourself enough space for plugins to perform these functions.

Websites can often be too cluttered or over-engineered, resulting in a high bounce rate.

Keep it simple but EFFICIENT! 


Must-Have WordPress Plugins – Kick-Start Your Site Performance

To start your website off on the right foot, here’s a list of essential WordPress plugins that you need on your website.

If you optimize each of these plugins on your site, you’ll boost the performance of your website substantially. 

All in One SEO Pack1. All in One SEO Pack – A must-have for scaling the ranks on Google and other search engines. Enabling you to create custom meta tags and descriptions, this plugin is great for getting your site ready to be searched.

EWWW Image optimizer

2. EWWW Image Optimizer – Optimizes all the images you upload to your website by compressing, and optimizing your media files. Large images can cause slow page loading speed, and hurt your website performance.

AddtoAny share buttons

3. AddtoAny Share Buttons – Allows your website visitors to share, like, and follow you on social media platforms. Social media is an incredibly powerful resource for growing your website reach, and attracting a relevant audience.

TinyMCE Advanced

4. TinyMCE Advanced – Gives you a wide range of content building customization options, including navigational tools. This plugin is exceptional for creating easy to use page anchors.


5. Akismet – Protects your website from spam comments, eliminating 95% of unwanted, mass generated engagement. Even if you don’t experience spam now, once your site starts gaining substantial traffic you will no doubt begin to receive spam.


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4 thoughts on “How to Install a Plugin On WordPress | 3 Easy Steps
  1. Neil says:

    I’m a dad who’s looking to build an income on the side while my kids are sleeping. This training that you mention, will it walk me through other important steps in addition to plug ins? What else might they be teaching me? Thanks for your super clear walk-through on how to install plugins for WordPress Isaya!

    1. Isaya says:

      Hey Neil,

      The training teaches you all about affiliate marketing. Anything and everything you need to know is taught through this training.
      You’ll be guided along every step of the way, it’s an amazing resource that every entrepreneur should know about.

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      I hope this answers your question!


  2. Garen says:

    Over the years I have used more plugins than I can name. I probably have a plugin addiction…lol. I do like how WordPress is so dynamic that there is probably a plugin for every little thing you can think to do.

    Over, the years I have bought a ton of plugins from codecanyon.net. There are some really great ones on there that are not on the WordPress.org website.

    Here is a couple of them that I really like and have used over the years:

    Visual Composer Page Builder. It allows you to drag and drop any pages or post without having to know a single line of coding.

    WooCommerce Amazon Affiliate. A must have if you creating Amazon niche sites and using WooCommerce. Super easy to monetize your website with this plugin.

    UberMenu. Make really nice looking Menus. Honestly, it’s probably the only menu plugin you will ever need for WordPress developed websites.

    However, the way you install the plugins from Code Canyon is a little different. You have to manually install them. I wish there was a way to automatically install them, though.

    1. Isaya says:

      Hey Garen,

      Thank you for adding this, because I did not mention that you can also download other plugins from external sources.
      However, for anyone just learning to install and use plugins on their website, I don’t recommend doing it this way.
      Get to know the basics of how plugins work, and how they are installed and managed on your website.

      I have installed plugins manually myself a few times, and it’s not always easy!

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