How to Add a Plugin to a WordPress Blog
One of the great features of the WordPress blogging platform is the ease with which you can extend its functionality using plugins. WordPress maintains it’s own directory of plugins, and you can easily find others that aren’t in the official directory by Googling “WordPress plugin [some function you want to enable]” (without the quotes).
Installing a plugin couldn’t be easier. Using an FTP program such as FileZilla, simply upload the unzipped folder to the wp-content/plugins directory. Then log into the administrative dashboard on your site and go to the “Plugins” tab. Scroll down to the plugin you just installed and click “Activate”.
If your plugin has options, you might have to configure it. Not all plugins require any configuration — check the homepage of the plugin, or look in the folder you downloaded to see if there’s a “Readme” file. It’s sometimes tricky to find where the options are — if there’s a link in the plugins description on the “Plugins” tab, click it; otherwise, go to the “Options” (“settings” in WP 2.5) tab and see if the sub-menu has a link for your new plugin. If it’s not there, try checking the tab that seems to have the most to do with the plugin you just installed, and even the dashboard.
There are dozens of plugins that are useful for writers, some because they’re useful for everyone, and others because they are designed specifically for writers. Stay tuned here in the coming month or so for a list of some of the best WordPress plugins for writers.