In the previous tutorial we explained what Wordpress plugins and widgets are. One of the great features of WordPress is the ability to quickly download and use free plugins to help enhance your website.

Find & Install a WordPress Plugin:

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard. Once logged in, click Add New under Plugins.
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  2. Using the search feature provided in WordPress, search for a plugin.
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  3. In this example, we searched for "facebook" to find a plugin that will add a link to my posts on my Facebook page.  Once the search results display, click Details to read more about the plugin.
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  4. If you would like to use the plugin, click on Install Now:
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  5. After the plugin has been installed, click Activate Plugin to activate and begin using it.  Some plugins will allow you to make additional changes to the settings.  To change the settings of your plugin, click on the Settings menu option on the left to access the settings for your new plugin.
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Congratulations, now you know how to find and install Wordpress Plugins! In the next tutorial in our introduction to Wordpress plugins and widgets series will cover how to update wordpress plugins.

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