The Plugins Add New Screen allows for the installation of new Plugins. Plugins are tools to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.
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Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You may automatically install plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory or upload a plugin in .zip format via this page.
The top section of the screen has 6 tabs. The Start Page (search), Upload, Featured, Popular, Newest, and Recently Updated. The Search tab is active by default when you click into the Plugins - Add New menu.
Use the search facility to find a Plugin. A pulldown box allows for Term, Author, or Tag choices. Once that is selected, enter the word, or words, in the search box and click on the Search Button
You can also search by popular tags by clicking on any of the tags that appear below the search box.
Completing a search causes a new tab to appear on the page called "Search Results".
This tab consists of a table with the Name, current version, star rating (from users) and description of the plugins, along with a link to attempt automatic installation.
If there are many Plugins found with your search, there will be Page Numbers at the top of the Table that will allow you to navigate to those pages. If you don't see the Plugin you wish to install, execute a new Search via the boxes at the top of the Table.
If the Install Action is selected for a Plugin in one of the search Tables, a new window will appear showing more detail for the Plugin. The new window may have tabs such as Description, Installation, Notes, or FAQs, containing information about that Plugin.
As part of a successful Plugin installation, two links are displayed:
If you get prompted for ftp login information you can bypass this by setting the file permissions properly. See Updating WordPress for more details.
If you have a plugin in a .zip format on your local computer, you may install it by uploading the file from your local computer here.
As part of a successful Plugin installation, two links are displayed.
Version 3.5 introduced the ability to display and easily install a user's favorite plugins from the Add New plugins page of the Dashboard. This is done from the Favorites tab. You can view the favorites of any wordpress.org user, by entering their username.
More information about plugin favorites:
The Featured, Popular, Newest and Recently Updated tabs produce similar tables to conducting a search. They display the Plugins appropriate to the name of the tab selected.