There are two common ways to install plugins into your WordPress site which I show you in this video.
- Right from your WP Admin. Just select Plugins > Add New Plugins link from the right hand sidebar.
- Go to the WordPress Plugins Repository (everyone calls it The Repo), download a plugin to your computer. I explain the rest in the video.
There’s Really A Third Way
If you know what FTP is (File Transfer Protocol) you can use that to move a plugin folder into the proper location. I didn’t get into this during the video.
I mention that the 50,000 plugins in the repo are free. That is true but some plugins have premium versions or features that you pay for but not to worry. There are so many plugins that are excellent in what they do for free.
You’re probably tired of me saying that when you make changes to your site like adding new plugins make sure to have a current backup of your site. That’s just safe practice. Plus ff you are adding a plugin to your site and you’e not sure what it does then make a duplicate of your site (you may need help for this). DO NOT use your life site to try things out!!
Links In This Video
- WordPress Plugins Repository (wordpress.org)