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4.3 Working With Plugins

I’m sure that by know you’re somewhat familiar with the term plugin. Maybe you’ve used other apps that had plugins or you’ve read about them. A plugin is an extra piece of software that provides additional functionality, and WordPress has a ton of plugins you can choose from.

In this lesson you’ll learn what a WordPress plugin is, how to install WordPress plugins, and how to manage and use them. So let’s begin.

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4.3 Working With Plugins

Welcome to lesson number 13. I'm sure that by now you're familiar with the term plugin, maybe you've used it in another app, or you've read about it, and a plugin is basically a piece of software that provides extra functionality. WordPress has support for plugins, and it actually has a ton of plugins you can choose from. In this lesson you will learn what WordPress plugins are all about, how to install them, and how to manage them. So let's begin. To access plugins you would go to the WordPress backend of course and then plugins. Here, you'll see a list of all the installed plugins and also some options for each one of them. In order for one of these plugins to work it needs to be active, and you can do that by clicking this link, or selecting each one, or ones, you want to activate, and selection that action from here, and hit Apply. So what are these plugins doing basically? Well, it depends on each one. For example, this one is an anti-spam plugin. This one re-enables the WordPress classic editor instead of. This one, well, it's just there by default. It's not really a plugin, but if you activate it, right, it's gonna display these funny messages on the top of your pages. Now you can find plugins in a lot of different places. First, you can go to wordpress.org and open up the plugin directory. You have a lot, a lot of plugins here to choose from, or, if you want more complex ones, you can go to Code Canyon. There are about 7000 plugins here you can choose from, and you can buy it from here, or you can go to Envato Elements, Then plugins, you can find 400 and something plugins here as well. Now obviously, they're not the only places you can get them, but these are the two places I recommend, the part of course from the WordPress official plugin repository. So plugins install pretty much in a similar way to themes, you just download a zip file with the plugin files, and you just either copy that in the WPContent plugins folder, or you just go to the backend. Add new, and then if it's a plugin from the official repository, you can install it directly from here, or if it's from somewhere else, you can upload it by clicking browse and selecting the zip file that you got. So let's install one from the repository. Let's install Jetpack by WordPress.com. This is a very large plugin that actually adds a lot to your WordPress installation, so it's recommended that you always get this. Let's click Activate, okay? So now Jetpack is installed, and the plugin also added an extra menu entry right here in the sidebar, and you can click that to access all of the functionality provided by the new plugin. So again, this is functionality that wasn't here before, but instead we added via a plugin. Now just be careful when installing plugins that you check their compatibility with the current WordPress version that you're using. So if you install them from here, they'll actually give you a little indicator telling you that hey, this is indeed compatible with your version of WordPress, so it's safe to install and activate. But there are others that, for example, this one, were untested, which are version of WordPress, so it might work, but it might also throw some errors and have unexpected behavior. So just be careful about that, and that's it for plugins. Now, let's talk about users. By default, WordPress starts with one registered user, the admin, but you can add more, and you can control what those users have access to. So, in the next lesson, you'll learn how to add new users and how to set individual permissions for each one. See you there.

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