catssupport 290 Questions 307 Answers 7 Best Answers 1 Points View Profile 1 catssupport Asked: September 17, 2018In: Common Issues How to use WordPress plugins 1 how to add plugins to wordpress Share Facebook 2 Answers Voted Oldest Recent catssupport 290 Questions 307 Answers 7 Best Answers 1 Points View Profile quyentracats15 Added an answer on April 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm Before you install the plugin, you should consider some plugin information such as downloads, user reviews and last update time. You should install the plugin with high download, many positive reviews. And of course there is the latest update time. Because there are many plugins, authors have stopped updating. When installing such plugins, you will encounter compatibility issues with newer WordPress versions. Now I will demo the plugin TinyMCE Advanced. By default, the content editor screen in WordPress has quite limited functionality. TinyMCE Advanced adds power to the editor screen to help you decorate your article better. We choose the first installation form through search plugin in the Dashboard. This is also the most common form of installation. To find the plugin, go to Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New Enter TinyMCE Advanced in the search box. Click the Install Now button, then Activate Plugin to use. You have now installed TinyMCE Advanced. You are redirected to the plugin management screen. On this screen, you can view installed plugins. Besides, you can active, deactivate, delete the plugins. After installing the plugin, most plugins will have a screen to configure how the plugin works. There are few simple plugins, no need for setting screen. You only install, active and use. This custom area is mostly located in Settings. The TinyMCE Advanced plugin we just installed is one of the plugins with a configuration section located at Settings Stella 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Bob Added an answer on November 19, 2018 at 8:55 am This answer was edited. INSTALL, CONFIGURE, & DEPLOY PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS There are hundreds of thousands of WordPress plugins, for nearly every imaginable purpose. That alone can make the first few steps in blogging some confusing ones. But once you find the functionality you want or need, it becomes even more challenging – you also must know how to use those WordPress plugins (install, configure, and deploy). Plugins are simply tools (essentially small PHP scripts) which work with the WordPress software to extend (or enhance) its core functionality. Let’s look at the download, installation and plugin management process in more detail and then address configuration and deployment considerations. Download & Install WordPress Plugins There are two ways to access (download) plugins and install them on your WordPress blogging system – directly from the Plugins page (as seen in the image below) which is available through the administration dashboard or by using some file transfer protocol (FTP) to upload to the appropriate folders on your Web server. Install Plugin to Server through FTP Adding a plugin to WordPress through FTP is rather straightforward. To get started, first make sure you have FTP access (username, password, FTP address) and some means to transfer the plugin files (FTP software). Once a connection with the server is established, the unzipped (most plugins are available for download in a compressed file such as ZIP) plugin folder should be uploaded in its entirety to the appropriate folder on the server. If the WordPress weblog is on the root of the domain, the path to the plugin folder would likely be the following: wp-content/plugins/. Open the plugins folder and plugins already installed will be visible. Then upload the plugin (folder) to the wp-content/plugins/ folder. Most plugins are rather small in size so with a few quick refreshes you will be able to make sure that the file has uploaded in its entirety. Add New From Plugins Dashboard If you’re adding a plugin from the administrative dashboard of WordPress, it’s a much easier process. Let’s say for example that I want to add a plugin named Jetpack (built by Automattic, the makers of WordPress). WordPress enables its administrative users to search for plugins (by keyword, author, or tag), see popular and featured plugins, and most importantly – upload plugins directly. That means that you can install plugins you find – either from the WordPress directory or from an independent WordPress developer – without using FTP. If you plan on uploading a file from your own computer, make sure that the file is in a .zip format. Choose the file from your system, and WordPress will automatically unpack the zipped file and make it available in your plugin library. If you plan on installing a plugin found through the featured or popular categories, or which you found by conducting a search through the available search interface, simply select “install” directly from the return list and WordPress will unpack the file and install it in your plugin library. Activate the WordPress Plugin That’s not the last step, however! Remember that it’s necessary to activate the plugin before being able to use it. From the plugins page, locate the plugin you just installed (plugins are in alphabetical order) and select “Activate”. Once the plugin is activated, depending on its functionality, there may be a need to configure it to work. Configure the WordPress Plugin (and Deploy) Since many third-party software vendors provide plugins to the WordPress community, there is often a need to configure each plugin you install on your WordPress installation to enable it to communicate with those providers (through an API which requires a key for example). For example, in order to use blog/comment spam prevention plugin Akismet (also provided by Automattic) you must enter an API key – which is available (based on a sliding scale dependent on request volume) at Akismet.com. That’s just onen example of what is required in configuring a WordPress plugin. Some configuration processes are rather involved but take the time once the plugin is activated to continue the process if you want the functionality it promises to bring. The plugin you installed and configured may also require some direct integration with your theme. Final Thoughts on Using WordPress Plugins Using WordPress plugins is a great way to make your blog a better, smarter, faster, cooler destination on the Web. Plugins require near constant maintenance, however make sure to install only plugins whose providers you trust, from destinations that are reputable, and update them immediately upon the release of a new version – or delete them outright if you’re no longer using or need them. You’ll find that these two suggestions will prevent quite a few security headaches down the line. Hope you can find and install the right plugins for your website. Regards, Bob, Cat’s Plugins Team. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Click on image to update the captcha. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.