As we have experienced with the themes, WordPress provides a fantastic freedom in customizing your website with a simplified to the maximum process. As well as we were able to modify very easily the style of our website, we can also add new functionality using plugins.

Plugins are generally modules to install separately to increase the functionality of any software. WordPress here, For example, integrating Facebook or twitter buttons, adding visits statistics in the dashboard, or even with a photo gallery on your publications … Adding plugins to wordpress:

Manage plugins

Adding plugins to wordpress

Such as themes, plugins may be installed directly from the administration interface, and also manually by downloading the necessary files and placing them in the appropriate folder.

Automated install

We access the search engine plugin via the “Plugins> Add” menu, which provides a similar method to the installation of themes. You can Search simply by keyword, date added, or just browse the most used by the community. Seek among the most popular plug-ins by clicking on the appropriate link (see below).

plugins library

From the list which appears, we can see for each plugin the name, current version, a note of users as well as a brief description of its functionality. To begin the installation, just click “Install Now” and WordPress will download the necessary files for the operation, once again everything goes according to the same process as for themes.

manual Install

Plugins may also be downloaded manually in the official WordPress website in the plugins section. After you have retrieved the zip file, place it in the folder WordPress / wp-content / plugins, and you complete the installation!

Activate or remove a plugin

The administration provides a plugins management panel accessible via “plugins> installed plugins.” Here you can manage the various plugins for your site.

Once a plugin is mounted, it’s necessary to activate it simply by clicking on the “activate” link in the plugin description. in case you no longer need a plugin, you can disable it in the same way. Finally, to uninstall a plugin and remove all its files and information stored in your database, you must click on “Remove”.

  •  The deletion is irreversible! You must reinstall the plugin if you want to use it again later.
  • To remove a plugin, you have to deactivate it first.

Updating a plugin

To fully use plugin new features or simply for bug fixes, all plugins have the possibility for being updated whenever a new version is launched by teams of development . This is signaled in the main menu with a small sticker displaying the number of plugins which could be updated. (See below)

plugins update

Before you decide to update the plugin, see the details. You will find a list describing each one of these updates as well as possible risks. When you’re ready to obtain the latest version, click on “Update automatically”, WordPress will immediately download and install the newest files.

If you are much more enthusiast of manual download, you can update the plugin simply by getting the new version of the .zip file and replacing the old folder to update, the same way as for the first installation.

Useful plugins examples

You already know now how to search for and install plugins, here is an example of the most popular that you may find useful.

Hupso Share Buttons

The first plugin focuses on social networks by proposing to add sharing buttons for a wide selection of them. Your website visitors can easily share your publications with a single click to the social networks. Buttons can be added below your articles or blog posts, pages and even as widget according to the configuration you choose.

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Several options are also available, so you can choose location of the buttons and how to share text is determined, exclude categories or articles sharing, or even change the button style. So it is an extremely helpful plugin to avoid boring steps for integrating these buttons for every social network, and also the result is rather powerful (see below).

share buttons hupso

NextGEN Gallery

To finish this selection, let’s look at the plugin NextGEN Gallery, which allows creation of photo galleries to display with your publications.

You start by creating an album, add images one at a time or even by groups in a really simplified way to sort the list, then you can view them at various locations: in an article, page or a widget. The display may also take the form of a slide carousel to scroll the images automatically, it’s under your control.

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there are so many options for you to adapt the plugin with your needs; by modifying the size, design, image transitions durations, or even allowing specific selection of images in the displayed page.

nextgen gallery

  • WordPress can be customized using plugins. These modules allow you to add lots of features.
  • The plugins are developed by the community.
  • You will find more than 33,000 plugins, feel free to browse the library!

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