WordPress – Plugins Overview
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In this video I’m going to give you a brief overview of WordPress Plugins.
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of your website. Some examples are adding SEO, photo galleries, columns, events, shopping carts, and much more. Check out the WordPress Plugins video library. There are many videos of the more popular plugins on how to use them.
Be selective on which plugins you decide to use. The amount of hackers has drastically increased over the last couple of years so you need to be cautious on what you install. Be sure to watch the WordPress Security video library for more information.
To get to the Plugins page, click on Plugins on the left admin menu.
At the top of the page you have the option to view All the plugins, the active ones, or the Inactive. This comes in handy if you have a lot of plugins installed. If you only have 4 like me, the All page will be fine.
Some plugins will have a Settings link. These links will vary depending on the plugin. For the Clef plugin, it takes you to a page where you can click on a button that takes you to their website to set up an account. Other plugins might have settings to customize the look of their plugin.
If you would like to turn off a plugin, click on the Deactivate link.
The Edit link exists on all the plugins. This will take you to the editor menu where you can edit the code of any of the plugins. I only recommend this for more advanced users.
If you have a plugin that is currently inactive, you can turn it on by clicking on Activate.
To add a new plugin, you can click on the Add New at the top of the Admin Areas, on the left admin menu, or the top admin toolbar.
The first tab they display is the Featured tab. Here WordPress displays 6 featured plugins.
Next up is the Popular plugins. These plugins are usually safe plugins to install since they’ve been around a long time and are more likely to have been created by a creditable developer. These all have millions of installs.
Next is the Recommended Plugins tab. Here they list the plugins they recommend. By no means do you want to install all of these plugins. Choose only the added features you’d like to have on your website.
Last is the Favorites tab. With this tab, you would need to create a username and password on WordPress.org. On that website you can assign favorite plugins that would then show up on this tab. You’d need to enter your username in the box, then click on the Get Favorites button.
To install a plugin, click on the Install Now button next to the plugin you’d like to add to your website. Be sure to only click the button once. If you click it more than once, it will try to install your plugin multiple times and then it will fail.
After the plugin is installed, it will show you that the installation was successful. If it errors during the install, it will notify you here. If it is successful, you’ll have the option to Activate the plugin or return to the main plugins page. I’m going to activate this plugin.
If your plugin activates, it will give you a message that it is activated. If the activation fails, it will show the error instead.
If you know the name of the plugin you would like to add, you can use the search tool.
Click in the Search box in the top right corner. Type in the name of the plugin.
I searched for All in One Calendar. I didn’t have the name exactly as it’s named, but I was close enough for WordPress to find it.
If you’d like to learn more about a plugin, you can click on the More Details link.
Here they will give you a description, installation instructions, screenshots, and more.
I like to check out the plugin information on the right. Here I can see the author, when it was last updated, what version of WordPress it’s compatible with, active installs, and reviews. This can be helpful when determining which plugin to install.
If you choose to install the plugin, click on the Install Now button to install it from here.
I’m not ready to install this plugin, so I’ll click on the Return to Plugin Installer link.
The final way to install a plugin is by uploading it. If you download it from wordpress.org or you purchase a plugin from a third party website, this is how you would install it. Click on Upload Plugin.
Click on the Browse button to find the plugin file on your computer.
Browse to the location of your plugin file. It must be a zip file.
Click on Open.
Click on Install Now. Only click on it once, otherwise it might fail to install.
Click on Activate Plugin if you’d like it to be active.
Most plugins will be added to the left sidebar after they are activated. You can see this plugin added Divi near the bottom of the menu. Depending on the plugin, it could add it similar to this plugin, or it could be under Settings, Tools, or another menu.
If you would like to delete a plugin, you first need to Deactivate it.
Then click on Delete.
Click on Yes, delete these files and data. This will remove all the files from your hosting. This will help keep your website more secure by removing any extra files that could be hacked into.
After it successfully deletes the files, you will see a message letting you know.
If you have a lot of plugins installed, you can search for plugins.
The last option on the left admin menu is the Editor. I talked about this some earlier.
This is where advanced users can edit the code of plugins. If you don’t know PHP and HTML, I don’t recommend using this feature.
If you decide to edit the code, select the plugin. To change what plugin, select it from the menu and then click the Select.
That’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next one.
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