Installing WordPress plugins are one thing that every self-hosted WordPress blogger should know how to do.
Technically, WordPress offers three ways to install WordPress plugins on your blog:
- Search and install
- Upload and install
Search For & Install Plugin From WordPress Dashboard
Installing a plugin from the WordPress dashboard is the easiest way.
If you know the name of the plugin, you can directly search from the dashboard and install it.
Just log into your blog’s dashboard and click on Plugins > Add New. Then type your search term into the search box on the top right.
In this case, I searched for WP-Optimize, and I got the following results:
You can click on “More Details” to see more information about any plugin. Make sure you check that the plugin is compatible with your current version of WordPress.
Also, be sure to read the documentation before installing any new plugin.
To install, just click on “Install Now” and then “Activate Plugin” on the next page.
The next step is to go into the settings panel of the plugin and make all of the necessary changes. Much of the time, we make the mistake of installing plugins without properly configuring them. After installing any plugin, always be sure to configure the settings.
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