How to Install WordPress Plugins

This assumes you know the name of the plugin you want to install.  You can find plugins at

Log into your admin dashboard and click on Plugins->Add New.

Type in the name of the plugin and hit “return”.


A list of possible matches will be returned.  Review the matches carefully because the plugin you want may not be the first match! Make sure that the plugin name and author name are the same as the plugin you want to install.


Click on the “Install Now” button.

The plugin will be installed automatically and will present a link for you to activate the plugin.  Click on the “activate” link to make the plugin active.

2015-04-03_10-04-30At this point each plugin is different.  Most will need to be set up in some way.  Generally you can find the settings for your new plugin in the left-side menu on your admin dashboard.  Sometimes it might be under “Settings”, sometimes just in the menu itself.  WordPress SEO by Yoast just says “SEO”.  Refer to the installation instructions and FAQs for your plugin for more details, or contact me for a quote to assist in installation.


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For more than 10 years I've been making websites work for clients world-wide using WordPress, Google Maps, forms and custom applications. You can see my work portfolio and case studies at Beyond Paper.
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