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Installing Plugins on a WordPress Blog

written by: Om Thoke•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 7/16/2010

Now that you have your WordPress blog up and running, I will show you how you can install plugins, activate and deactivate them. Adding plugins to your WordPress blogs will help you add new features to it.

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    WordPress Plugins

    WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in use worldwide. There are millions of people who use WordPress everyday and hundreds of millions of users who have read a blog powered by WordPress. The power of WordPress lies in its simplicity; WordPress is one of the easiest blogging platforms to use. It can be installed in a few steps, and is ready to use in a matter of minutes.

    To personalize your WordPress blog, you can install custom themes on your blog. To improve the functionality and add extra features to your WordPress blog, you can install WordPress Plugins on your blog.

    There are multiple ways to install a plugin on your Wordpress blog.

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    Install the Plugin Through WordPress Dashboard

    Log in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard and click on the Plugins tab. Click on the Add New button.

    Select the Search option and search for the plugin you want. When you find the plugin you want, just click on Install Now.

    In the next window, just enter your FTP details (hostname, user name and password) and click on proceed.

    The plugin will automatically be downloaded and installed. After the installation is complete, just click on Activate Plugin. Your plugin is now activated.

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    Install the Plugin Through WordPress Dashboard Manually

    Go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins and search for the plugin you want using relevant keywords. After you have found some plugins, just check their stats to ensure their quality and also check the compatibility with your version of WordPress.

    Download the plugin and save it on your computer.

    Next, log in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard and click on the Plugins tab. Click on the Add New button.

    Select the Upload tab and browse to the plugin you just downloaded and click on Install Now.

    The plugin will be uploaded and installed. After the installation is complete, just click on Activate Plugin. Your plugin is now activated.

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    Install the Plugin Manually Using an FTP Client

    Go to http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins and search for the plugin. Download the plugin and save it to your computer.

    Download and install an FTP client like FileZilla or Smart FTP and enter your details in it. You could also use some web FTP service like www.net2ftp.com.

    After you have entered your host, username and password, connect to your server.

    Browse to the wordpress/wp-content/plugins directory and upload the plugin folder.

    Next, Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins and activate the plugin you just uploaded. Your plugin installation is now complete.

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    Activate or Deactivate Plugins

    To activate or deactivate your plugins, just go to your WordPress Dashboard. Go to the Plugins tab and you will see a list of all the plugins installed on your WordPress blog. Just click on the Activate / Deactivate button to activate or deactivate it. To delete it, just click on the Delete button or log in through an FTP client and delete the plugin folder from wordpress/wp-content/plugins manually.