What is a WordPress Plugin?
Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
How do you install a Plugin?
- Click “Add New” under the “Plugins” menu on the left-hand sidebar in the WordPress dashboard.
- Search for a plugin by keyword (e.g. “Instagram”) or by the plugin name
- Install your chosen plugin by clicking the “Install Now” button:
- After the plugin has successfully installed, the “Install Now” button will turn into an “Activate” button. Click the “Activate” button to install the plugin:
Configuring a Plugin
Each individual plugin will have specific instructions for setup and configuration. You can view these instructions on the plugin’s page in the Official WordPress Plugins Repository. Here you can also find more detailed documentation about each plugin as well as request support from the plugin developer.
Many plugins offer a widget that can be displayed in any sidebar or theme widget area. For example, the WP Forms Plugin has a widget that you can use to display a form in any sidebar or widget area:
To display it, simply drag that widget to the widget area of your choice in the Appearance > Widgets menu. Configure the widget options, and then click save.