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Want to increase your website’s functionality? That’s exactly what plugins are for!
Welcome to a quick guide for how to install plugins on WordPress.com. You’re about to learn what plugins are, where to find them, what you need before you can install them, and how to get them up and running.
Plugins are to your WordPress.com website as applications are to your smartphone. In other words, plugins are pieces of software that you can install on your website to begin using extra features and added abilities.
You’ll be happy to know that your standard WordPress.com website comes with a range of plugins, pre-installed. Whether you’re using a free or paid plan, you’ll receive access to these useful plugins:
- Site stats: Provides site and visitor analytics.
- SEO: Helps to boost your search rankings through search engine optimization (SEO).
- Security scanning: Keeps your site running problem-free.
- Advanced galleries: Enables you to create tiled or mosaic galleries, slideshows, and more.
- Social media integration: Helps you share your content on Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms.
- Contact forms: Lets readers get in touch with you.
Users who upgrade to the Business plan have the option to install a myriad of third-party plugins as well.
Note: In order to install plugins on WordPress.com, you need to be a Business plan subscriber.
Discovering and installing new plugins is quite simple. First, log in to your WordPress.com account, head to My Site, and go to https://wordpress.com/plugins. You’ll see something like this:
From there, click on the search icon and input your search phrases (the name of the plugin or the main feature that you desire).
If you see a plugin you like, click its icon to view more information.
After reviewing pertinent details about the plugin, click the Install button to add it to your WordPress.com website. After that, WordPress.com will take care of the installation for you.
Most plugins that you install on your WordPress.com website can be managed from the WP Admin dashboard. You can find it by adding
/wp-admin at the end of your site’s address — or by scrolling to the bottom of the sidebar on the My Site screen and clicking WP Admin.
There, each new plugin’s sections can be accessed either separately from the main sidebar, as follows:
Or, they can be accessed within the Settings menu:
The way that you access your new plugin’s settings depends on the individual plugin and how it provides its features, so there’s no general rule. Alternatively, some plugins don’t offer any configuration panels at all; instead, they just provide their features quietly in the background.
Now that you know how to install plugins on WordPress.com, here are some basic recommendations. If you’re having trouble or face plugin-related issues, head to the support section or go straight to our Happiness Engineers for assistance.
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