Looking For Plugins

Posted by Neville on December 28, 2010 under Blogging, How To | Comments are off for this article

Why Do I Need Plugins?

Plugins add functionality (what a great word) to a blog. There are many ways they add to blogs, such as making it easy to share on Social sites like Facebook and Twitter, help to Optimize the blog for Search Engines to find them and even display a Joke of the Day! The list is almost endless.

Recently I ran an add comment campaign at APSense to invite members to indicate some of their favourite Plugins.

To look at the results of that campaign you can visit the APSense article HERE.

So where do you find Plugins to install on your blog?

How To Find And Install A Plugin.

Choose a PluginIt is probably a good idea to have the name and/or function of the plugin in mind, although it is possible to search out plugins if you’re not sure what you are after.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Locate and open the Plugin Menu.

Select Add New from the options.

  1. Search for the plugin by Keyword, Author or Tag OR
  2. Select from the popular tags.

From the search results scan through the available Plugins. There will probably be pages of them!

  1. When you find the Plugin you want to add, click the Install Now link.
  2. Navigate back to the Plugins Menu and look for the newly installed Plugin in the list.
  3. Click the Activate link to make it active, and then adjust any settings that are necessary.
  4. You can deactivate any plugins that you no longer want to to use for a while, or delete them completely.

Plugins add services and functions to a blog, but too many can slow it down, so it’s not necessarily a case of more being better.

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