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Activating and deactivating plugins in WordPress

WordPress offers a large number of plugins to add functionality to your site. They range from anti-spam comment filters to helping you build a small-scale social network.

To activate a plugin

  1. Log in to WordPress.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Plugins and then select Add New.
  3. In the search bar, enter the Plugin you want and select Install Now.
  4. When the Plugin has finished installing, select Activate.

How you manage and use the plugin depends on its developer. You can view all the currently installed plugins by selecting Plugins on the menu.

Note: Some WordPress plugins can slow your site's performance. Deactivating plugins and then testing your site's performance again can help you troubleshoot speed issues.

To Deactivate WordPress Plugins

  1. Log in to WordPress.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Plugins.
  3. Select all the plugins you want to deactivate.
  4. From the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, select Deactivate, and then select Apply.

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