# Use plugins

Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress.

For instructions and information on downloading, installing, upgrading, troubleshooting, and managing your WordPress Plugins, see Managing Plugins (opens new window). If you want to develop your own plugin, there is a comprehensive list of resources in Plugin Resources.

# Adding New Plugins

Add new plugins is very easy and similar with the add new themes

  1. Administration Screen > Plugins > Add New WordPress add plugin
  2. Search the plugins which you want,and install it,active it
  3. you can also add plugins by upload you package of zip

# Update Plugins

There have two method for update plugins

# Method One

  1. Administration Screen > Plugins > Installed Plugins WordPress update plugin
  2. You can update Plugins by one-click “update now” if there have new version for plugin

# Method Two

  1. Backup all you data and files of WordPress site
  2. Deactivate the plugin
  3. delete the plugin by FTP or Linux shell or Panel
  4. upload your plugin and unzip it if necessary
  5. check you file system permission setting
  6. active the plugin