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A plugin is a tool that you can use to extend the functionality of your website. Think of it as similar to an app that you can download onto your phone to give it additional features. WordPress, the program that is used to create your website, is designed in a way to allow for maximum customization, and this is accomplished through the use of plugins. The basic WordPress program contains everything you need to be able to create pages and blog posts, and you can add all of the additional features you want by installing the appropriate plugins. Most WordPress plugins are free. If you can think of a feature you want on your website, chances are a plugin has already been created for it. You can find plugins in a couple different ways. One way is to log in to your website content management system at domain.com/wp-admin. On your dashboard expand the “plugins” menu in the column on the left-hand side of the page. Click on “add new.” A search box will pop up that will allow you to search for plugins based on search terms, author, or tag. For example, if you want a plugin that will allow you to add “Follow me on Twitter” links to your website, you could search for the term “Twitter” in the search box. When you enter your search terms and click the “Search Plugins” button a list of related plugins will appear. Scroll through the list and find the plugin you want. When you find one you are interested in, you can click on either “details” or “install now.” Clicking on “details” will bring up a screen that will give you more information on what the plugin does, and FAQ, how many times it’s been downloaded, and so on. If you click on “Install Now” the plugin will be installed on your website. You will then be given the options to “activate plugin” or “return to plugin installer.” Returning to the plugin installer will take you back to the search box that you used to find plugins. Activating the plugin will make the plugin active on your website. You can view your installed plugins by expanding the plugins menu in the column on the left-hand side of your dashboard and then clicking on “plugins.” This will show you a list of all of your plugins. Under each plugin you will be given the options to “activate” (if the plugin has not yet been activated), “edit,” or “delete” the plugin. If there is a new version of one of your plugins available, a message will appear on this screen along with a link that will allow you to upgrade your version of the plugin. Another way you can find plugins is to again click on the “add new” link under plugins on the left-hand column of your dashboard. This time, click on the link “WordPress Plugin


Directory� on the top of the page. This will take you to a new webpage where you can browse plugins by most popular, newest, recently updates, and a number of other ways. You can also search for plugins based on keywords here and filter your results by most popular, highest rated, newest, and so on. Now that you know how to find, install, and activate plugins, start adding some to your website to customize it to your specific needs! For more information about WordPress, websites, and web hosting, visit http://www.brainhost.com

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