WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress.

In this tutorial, You will learn how to add, view and customize WordPress Plugins.

View Plugins

You will learn how to View Plugins in WordPress. It helps you to enable and disable WordPress Plugins. This adds the unique features to an existing web site. Plugins extend and enlarge the functionality of WordPress.

View PluginsFollowing are the simple steps to View Plugins in WordPress.

Step 1 − Click on PluginsInstalled Plugins in WordPress administrator.
Step 2 − You will see the list of existing plugins on your site.

A table of Plugin and Description is displayed. Names of the plugins are defined in Plugin column and a brief description about the plugin is defined under Description column.

Toolbar

Following functions appear as Plugin toolbar options on the page

  • Active − Shows the active plugins on the website.
  • Inactive − Shows the installed but inactive plugins on the website.
  • Update Available − Shows, if a new version is available or asks to update now.

Install Plugins

Now You will learn how to install plugins in WordPress. It is really easy to install plugins. All the plugins are free to download; the only condition is that a plugin must be in the WordPress directory.

Following are the simple steps to Install Plugins in WordPress.

Step 1 − Click on PluginsAdd New in WordPress.

Step 2 − Enter your required plugin name in the search box. List of plugins which are relevant to the plugins name will get displayed. Select the required plugin you want to use. Click on install now button to install the plugin on your website.

Step 3 − The plugins automatically start downloading and installing.

Click on Activate Plugin to activate the plugin on your website, which makes your task much easier using this plugin.

Step 4 − Once activated, you will see the installed plugin in the list of plugins.

Customize Plugins

At the end, You will learn how to Customize Plugins in WordPress without writing any HTML or CSS. It’s usually a large addition for multi-user sites. This new method allows you to customize your login page by using the WordPress theme customizer (no coding skills required).

Following are the simple steps to Customize Plugins in WordPress.

Step 1 − Click on PluginsAdd New.
Step 2Install and activate the Custom Login Page Customizer Plugin.
Step 3 − Click on AppearanceLogin Customize section.
Step 4 − Click on Start Customizing button to proceed further.
Step 5 − It will launch the built-in WordPress theme customizer. You can customize the theme and make it look the way you want.

Click on the new Login Customizer tab in the side panel. Login customizer page will get displayed. On the login customizer page, you can customize your login page in the same way as you customize your WordPress theme.

Step 6 − The customized login page will appear.

  • Logo − Upload logo of your choice to replace the default WordPress logo.
  • Background − Add background image or you can choose a background color of your choice.
  • Form Background − Select form background image or color for login form container of your choice.

Most of the selections in the customizer panel are transparent. You can check all the selections in the customizer to adjust the setting as per your requirement of your login page. Click on Save and Publish button.