The easiest route to downloading and installing plugins can be done through your dashboard. Hover over Plugins in your dashboard and you’ll see a list of options to add new, view installed plugins and edit exiting ones (not recommended).
Add New Plugin:
To add a new plugin click on “add new” and this will bring up a list of WordPress plugins you can install on your site. At the top right hand side you can search for new plugins by title or or type.
At the top left hand you can sort plugins by featured, popular, recommended and favorites.
What is favorites? This is the special one! Login to WordPress here and when you find a plugin you like click the heart icon above it. Then when you’re on your site go to plugins – add new – favorites and enter your screen name. There you’ll find all the plugins you’ve saved and you can easily set them up and install them on any site!
You always want to keep your plugins up to date for any functionality or security issues, you never want to leave a “back door” open to your site due to outdated or poorly coded plugins which can cause a large security risk.
I recommend weekly going through and running and new plugin updates, you will know an update is available by the circle number appearing next to Plugins in your dashboard OR clicking on “Updates Available” under Installed Plugins.
Updating your plugins routinely also helps you narrow down any problems or issues, there will be times a plugin update doesn’t go right or the coding is off and it can cause conflicts on your website. Knowing what you updated recently helps you narrow down the culprit so you can disable it until a resolution is presented or a new update released.
What plugins to install:
I’ve created a list of some of my personal favorites here you can check out!