How to Install Plugins from the Dashboard - dummies

How to Install Plugins from the Dashboard

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Matt Mullenweg

The Plugins module of the WordPress Dashboard includes three titles of WordPress plugins linked to its page within the WordPress Plugin Directory. The Plugins module pulls information via RSS feed from the official WordPress Plugin Directory. This module displays a plugin from two different plugin categories in the official WordPress Plugin Directory: Most Popular and Newest Plugins.

The Plugins module doesn’t have an Edit link, so you can’t customize the information that it displays. Use this box to discover new plugins that can help you do fun and exciting things with your blog.

The Plugins module does have a very exciting feature that you can use to install, activate, and manage plugins on your blog. Just follow these steps to make it happen:

  1. Click the Install link next to the title of the plugin.

    The Plugin Information pop-up window opens. It displays the various bits of information about the plugin you’ve chosen, such as title, description, version, author, date last updated, and the number of times the plugin was downloaded.

  2. Click the Install Now button.

    This button is at the top right of the Plugin Information page.

    The Plugin Information pop-up window closes, and the Install Plugins page on your WordPress Dashboard opens where you see a confirmation message that the plugin has been downloaded, unpacked, and successfully installed.

  3. Specify whether to install the plugin or proceed to the Plugins page.

    Two links are shown under the confirmation message:

    • Activate Plugin: Click this link to activate the plugin you just installed on your blog.

    • Return to Plugins Page: Click this link to go to the Manage Plugins page.

  4. Click the Dashboard link to return to the Dashboard.

    The Dashboard link is located at the top of the left-side navigation menu on every page of your WordPress Dashboard.