One of the advantages of WordPress is its customization potential which includes the use of themes and plugins. A WordPress plugin is a third-party program that adds functionality to your site. While themes can adjust the look and feel of a page, plugins provide the actual features. With an ever-growing number of plugins available, you have the opportunity to build the website you have always dreamed of. With so many options available, it is difficult to decide which plugins would work best for your site.

The first step is to decide what you need from a plugin. Many plugins have multiple uses. Creating a list of your specific needs will help you determine the right plugin to help you accomplish your goals.

After you’ve laid out your must-have features, you can start the process of searching for a plugin. The WordPress Plugin Directory is the official place to find WordPress-approved software. Staff members check each submission for quality and security, so you’re likely to find a wide variety of top-notch programs. Some premium plugins may require payment.

In the WordPress Plugin Directory, most of the important information is accessible by scrolling down on the plugin’s page. WordPress ratings are available and you can also access reviews.. These often include more specific information regarding the program. It’s important to look through both positive and negative reviews for a balanced picture of how the plugin is supposed to perform.

To install the plugin, within your WordPress dashboard, Select Plugins > Add New from the right-hand menu. Next, enter the name of the plugin you want to install in the Search plugins box. Click on the Install Now button to start the process. After it’s done, the button will change colors and read as Activate.

After you’ve set up the plugin, you can start testing its performance to see if it meets your site’s specific goals.

Prior to adding a new plugin, or making any changes, it is recommended to make a full backup within cPanel to ensure you do not lose any files or functionality and are able to restore to a working site. For assistance with WordPress Management and Security, feel free to reach out to our Sales Dept for assistance @ Sales@olm.net / 877-220-5686