Plugins are essential for WordPress. They allow us make our blogs whatever we want of it.
Plugins make customization easy.
Want a community or forum on your blog? Use a plugin.
Want to show different content to different people on a single blog? Use a plugin.
Want to place ads on your blog? You will get the perfect plugin.
Plugins allow us to customize or modify our blogs to taste without writing even a single line of code and can also be used to add extra layers of security, too.
But how do you install plugins?
As a beginner, who just started their blog, getting around WordPress can be a bit overwhelming. And it’s not because WordPress isn’t easy to use; rather, it’s because you are trying to figure everything out all at once.
Right here in this post, I’ll show you how to install and uninstall plugins on your new blog.
How to Install and Uninstall Plugins on WordPress
Installing (and uninstalling) a plugin is easy. You only have to make a few clicks. It takes about the time to light a cigarette.
You can do this in three ways:
- Install through the WordPress plugin directory
- Upload a downloaded plugin file through your blog backend
- Upload the plugin files through your cPanel/database
I’ll talk only about the first two methods, because they’re easy and straightforward. You can break your site with the third method, because, boy, it’s not beginner friendly.
So here’s how you install a plugin on WordPress.
How to Install Plugins on WordPress
Install Through the WordPress Plugin Directory
Log in to your blog dashboard and place your cursor on Plugins and then click on Add New.
In the plugins panel, type the plugin name or a keyword in the search bar and watch the directory bring up results that match your search.
In the image below, I searched for Yoast and there’s the result:
Click on Install Now to install the plugin and then Activate to get the plugin to start working.
Installing a plugin only makes it available on your back-end. You need to activate it to get it to work. Do know, however, that there are some plugins you need to sign up, login or take some other form of action before you can get it to work for your blog. A perfect example is the Jetpack plugin.
Upload the Plugin Through Blog Back-end
This is yet another way you can install a plugin on your blog. This method is most applicable to premium plugins, when the vendors don’t make it available through the WordPress directory.
You can also use this method if you get a recommendation and can’t access your blog at the moment.
Here’s how to do it.
First go to the download page of the plugin or download directly from the WordPress directory. I’ll use the later.
Let’s use Yoast again.
Here’s a screenshot of Yoast download page on WordPress plugins directory:
Download the zip file of the plugin and go to your WordPress dashboard. Hover on Plugins and click on Add New.
This time, click on Upload Plugin. You’ll be presented with the option like below.
Upload the zip file of the plugin you downloaded and then click on Install Now.
Activate the plugin.
Now before I install any plugin, I’ll ensure it is both up-to-date and compatible with my current version of WordPress. A plugin that is lacking in both may break your site or expose your blog to hackers. Take note.
We’re done with how to instal a plugin.
Let’s move on to how to uninstall a plugin.
How to Uninstall a Plugin
There are a few reasons you might want to uninstall a plugin.
- You can’t get it to work
- It is slowing down your blog
- It is causing a technical glitch
Here’s how you do it…
In your dashboard, click on Plugins. The next page will reveal all plugins you have installed on your blog.
Locate the plugin you want to uninstall and Deactivate it. After that, you’ll be able to uninstall the plugin by clicking on Delete.
And that’s it.
If you just started your blog, I recommend you install these plugins right here.
Want to create a niche-specific blog? Check out the Start A Blog category.