How To Safely Install WordPress Plugins

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Installing and uninstalling WordPress plugins is easy. Plugins and powerful, and the combination of “easy” and “powerful” can be a recipe for disaster. Here is our guide to safely install WordPress plugins.

One reason for WordPress’s popularity is the plugin ecosystem. There are tens of thousands of WordPress plugins available in the WordPress marketplace, and installing them is usually just a few clicks.

However, there are some massive caveats. Many WordPress plugins are not actively maintained, and installing too many plugins can slow your website down. Given this reality, we advise proceeding with strong precaution before installing plugins.

Here’s our guide to installing WordPress plugins:

Step 1:  If you are not an existing Hustly customer, skip to step 2.

If you are an existing Hustly customer, we would first recommend checking your pre-installed plugins. There is a good chance that the plugin you wish to install might already be installed on your Hustly setup.
One of the advantages of having a Hustly website is that we pre-install and pre-configure many commonly used trusted WordPress plugins, that are critical for online business.  This saves you the time of having to do your own market research.

In order to find your installed plugins, go to your WordPress admin dashboard, and find the “plugins” sections on the main navigation menu. Hover on the plugins menu item, and then click on the “Installed Plugins” link (see image below for reference). You will be taken to the list of installed plugins on your system. Please check if the plugin you want to install already exists on that list.

Find Installed WordPress Plugins

Step 2:  Go to your WordPress admin dashboard, and find the “plugins” sections on the main navigation menu. Hover on the plugins menu item, and then click on the “Add New” link (see image below for reference). You will be redirected to the WordPress plugin directory.

How To Install WordPress Plugins

Step 3: Search for the plugin you need, and install it clicking the “Install Now” In this picture below, we search and install the popular ‘WooCommerce’ plugin. We highly recommend backing up your site before you install a new plugin.

Please don’t reload the page while your plugin is still ‘installing’.

Hustly websites have the powerful Duplicator plugin pre-installed, so that you can easily backup your entire WordPress website.

Search WordPress Plugins

Step 4: Once the plugin is installed, simply activate it by clicking on the “Activate” button.

Install WordPress Plugin

Step 5: Verify that the plugin is installed, by going back to your installed plugin section as shown in Step 1

In order to remove this plugin, simply deactivate the plugin by clicking on the ‘deactivate’ link, and then click on ‘delete’.

Uninstall WordPress Plugin

Installing and uninstalling WordPress plugins is easy. Plugins and powerful, and the combination of “easy” and “powerful” can be a recipe for disaster. We highly recommend installing a limited number of powerful plugins, and backing up your website before adding or removing plugins.

If you are a Hustly customer, and want a specific plugin installed into your website for free by a professional, please submit a ticket from our support page.

I hope you liked this guide. Please let us know in the comments section what you think about this article.

Kevin

Kevin

WordPress Developer & Analytics Expert.

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