In this guide, we’ll show you three pre-checks, followed by three ways of installing a plugin.
A quick note before we start: WordPress.com users cannot install plugins unless they upgrade to the Business or Ecommerce plans. Check out this article to see the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
What is a WordPress Plugin?
WordPress plugins are additional software programs that extend and expand the core functionality of WordPress.
The scope of WordPress plugins is far-ranging. Some are small, simple programs, while others are larger and more intricate.
The scope of WordPress plugins varies significantly. For example, you can find free, simple plugins, such as:
And then, on the other hand, there are more advanced premium plugins, such as:
- MonsterInsights – lets you track Google Analytics inside WordPress.
- RafflePress – allows you to create giveaways, contests, and rewards easily.
- Yoast SEO – helps optimize your WordPress blog for search engines.
Free plugins can be found in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Whereas premium plugins have to be purchased from the software vendor’s website.
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3 Things to Check Before You Install a Plugin
Before you install a plugin on your WordPress blog, there are a few things to check to ensure that you’re choosing the right one.
You can find this information within the WordPress Directory alongside the plugin you want to install. For example, here are the details for the WPForms Drag & Drop Form Builder plugin:
#1 – When was it last updated?
If it’s been more than a few months since the plugin’s last update, it might not be safe to install. Plugins need updating to remain secure and compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
In our example, you can see WPForms was recently updated 1 week ago.
#2 – What version is it compatible with?
Check which version of WordPress the plugin needs to function correctly and whether it matches the version of WordPress you have installed?
In our example, you can see Akismet needs WordPress version 4.0 or higher.
#3 – Does it have good ratings and reviews?
Make sure you read the reviews and ratings to see what people are
This article was written by David and originally published on Blog Tyrant.