If you’re new to WordPress you may not be familiar with plugins. Plugins simply add extra functionality to your website. You can find a plugin to do pretty much anything you want: make your site more secure, help it load faster, fight spam, add social media buttons to help readers share your posts… The list goes on and on. But there are hundreds of thousands of plugins available to wade through in the plugin database so it’s hard to know where to start. To help with this I’ve compiled a list of all the best plugins to install on your WordPress blog. It’s a little bit of everything you need to make your blog easier to use and incredibly functional.
How to Install a Plugin
In your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins>Add New.
Search for the name of your plugin. When you find it, click on the Install Now button. Then once it’s installed click the Activate button. That’s it!
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