Activating and Using Plugins on Your Site

February 1, 2015 | No Comments

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You may activate or deactivate them here.

Most of the time, plugins play nicely with the core of WordPress and with other plugins. However, if your site starts doing strange things, try deactivating all your plugins and re-activating them in various combinations until you determine if one of them caused the issue.

To Activate or Deactivate Plugins:

  1. Log in to WordPress. If you are unsure of how to do this, view Logging in to WordPress.
  2. Access available plugins. From the menu on the left side of the Dashboard, click Plugins.Plugins menu from the Dashboard
  3. Activate plugins. From the list of available plugins, click the Activate link located below the desired plugin.
  4. Edit plugin settings. Depending on the plugin in question, there may be specific configuration options that need to set before the plugin can be used. If this is the case, locate and click on the necessary menu item on the left side of the Dashboard.

Plugin Settings and Support

Due to the number of plugins and possible settings, posts regarding specific plugin use are not offered. For questions regarding the use of a plugin, consult the plugin developer and available forums. Plugin developer websites can usually be found in the Plugin section of the Dashboard.

For additional information, see WordPress User Support.

Requesting New Plugins

All new plugin requests will be submitted for review to determine that the plugin is accessible, secure, and meets procurement’s standards. Do not purchase any plugins until the review process is completed and the plugin is approved.

Before submitting a request:

  • Check the current lists of plugins to be sure there isn’t already one in the system that works for your needs.
  • For new plugins to be considered, they must meet the following criteria:
    • The plugin or theme is supported by WordPress and is actively being maintained by the creator. Plugins and themes that are no longer supported or deprecated will not be accepted.
    • The plugin doesn’t have multiple unaddressed errors or negative reviews.
    • The plugin meets Miami’s WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility requirements.
  • Complete and submit your request for:
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