Customizing Your Blog with Plugins

 

In this post,I’ll show you how to add some awesome plugins to take your blog to the next level!

how to install plugin

WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to add new features to your website.

There are over 46,000 WordPress plugins available.And there are all three methods to Install a plugin:

  • installing a WordPress plugin using search
  • uploading a WordPress plugin,
  • and manually installing a WordPress plugin using FTP.

The easiest way of installing a WordPress plugin is to use the plugin search.

First thing you need to do is go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins » Add New.

new plugin

You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above.You can then simply enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search.The search results should then show the plugin.You can pick the plugin that is best for you.  Clicking on the ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now automatically download and install the plugin onto your blog.A WordPress plugin can be installed on your site, but it will not work unless you activate it.So,when finished you can then activate the plugin – everything is done.

active plugin

Upgrading a Plugin

When an update for a plugin is available you will see a red indicator in the plugins menu:

Upgrading a Plugin

You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above.Clicking on this and then navigating to the Upgrade Available menu will display a list of plugins that can be updated

2 Extra Must-Have Plugins

WP Socializer

WP Socializer adds social bookmarking and sharing buttons to your posts.So if we take a look at our blog, we now have some nice looking share buttons below the post which visitors can click in order to share your content easily!

Yoast WordPress SEO

 The next Plugin we recommend you start using is Yoast WordPress SEO.This plugin enables your content to show up higher in search results such as in Google and gives you a preview of how your posts will look in search results.Let’s install it!You’ll see the SEO icon on your toolbar.Yoast SEO is used by millions for Search Engine Optimization.

Both of these are easy to use and invaluable for you to grow your blog and online presence.