Plugins are a great way to add extra support to your WordPress site.
Installing WordPress Plugins
Let’s start with a ‘captcha’ plugin to help limit the amount of comment spam on your site. This will get you used to installing plugins as well as give you a good first plugin.
Let’s go to our WordPress dashboard; there is a menu item on the left that says ‘plugins’.
After you click the plugins menu item it will take you to the plugins you already have installed; whether activated or not.
Near the top of the page there is a button that says “Add New”; click this button.
The next page that you are brought to is a search page for plugins. We can use the search box to find a plugin or we can also upload one that we have downloaded from wordpress.org.
Let’s search for “Si Captcha’; the first result is the one we want to install.
To install this plugin simply click the link under the title that says “Install Now”; you may get a box to pop up asking if it is ok to install the plugin, click ‘ok’.
Now that we told WordPress that it is ok to install this plugin we are brought to the next page in the process.
Click the link beneath the text that says “activate plugin”.
There we have it! The plugin is now installed, activated, and ready to be used.
So let’s talk about some other plugins that would be good to use.
Good WordPress Plugins for Starters
Si Captcha – Helps keep spam down so we don’t have to worry as much about whether a comment is a real person or not.
Akismet – This one is already installed and just needs to be activated and registered. This also helps keep down any spam that may get through your captcha.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – Wealthy Affiliate uses a different SEO plugin; feel free to use that one if you are going through their training. I like WordPress SEO and have been using it for a while which is why I choose to use this one over the other.
Pretty Link – This allows you to shorten the long URLs and any that are not based at your site to a shorter one with your domain at the start.
If you have any questions about a plugin or have any good plugin ideas please let us know! We will be happy to answer any questions you have.