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How to install a plugin in WordPress

Plugins are extremely common in WordPress as they bring lots of extra functionality and bonus features that you wouldn’t find on the base WordPress installation. Plugins can be installed quickly and easily through the WordPress administration dashboard.

First, login to your WordPress dashboard and find the Plugins section of the sidebar.

Plugins option in WordPress

You’ll now be taken to the plugins directory where you can manage all of the plugins you have installed on your WordPress website.

To add a new plugin, first click Add New at the top.

Plugins screen on WordPress

Now you’ll be taken to the WordPress plugins directory, where you can find most plugins and install them in just a few clicks.

Wordpress plugin directory screen

If you already know the plugin you want to install, you can type it in the search bar to find it.

Otherwise, you can look through the Popular and Recommended tabs, to find the most popular plugins.

To install a plugin, just click the Install Now button beside the plugin.

Finally, after you’ve installed the plugin you need to activate it. So navigate back to the Installed Plugins directory, and click Activate beside the plugin name.

activating WordPress plugin

You can now begin using your new WordPress plugin!

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