Would you like to have different features on your WordPress Art Blog? In this post, you will discover what plugins are and how to add WordPress plugins to your WordPress art Blog.
There is nothing more exciting to me than being able to make a living from what I love doing most, creating art. I truly love every aspect of the job, creating, marketing, promoting, building websites, helping other artists build a business via online courses, eBooks, planners, workbooks and one-on-one coaching.
Everything about the job is exhilarating. I wake up every morning at 4:30 motivated to get everything done and go to bed happy with my accomplishments.
Today I would like to talk with you about WordPress Plugins.
What Are WordPress Plugins
To put it in simple terms a plugin allows you to add to the functionality that your WordPress theme already offers.
Your Theme is the basic core of your design.
The plugins are tools that allow you to customize what you would like your blog to do.
- You could add social share buttons to your blog to make it easier for your fans to share your content.
- You could make a membership section if you are giving tutorials.
- You could have extra security so hackers have a harder time hacking your site.
WordPress is the most used blogging platform on the internet. Due to the popularity of WordPress, there are thousands of plugins available and the possibilities are endless. The plugins make it very easy for users to add features to their blog without knowing any code.
How exciting is that?
You can build your dream online art store. Think about it. Everything you can envision about an artist blog and online art gallery can be created with WordPress. Best of all, it will hardly cost you anything. You will have to pay for a domain name, hosting, and I recommend a Premium Theme but other than that most plugins are free.
If you are in the market for a Premium Theme visit StudioPress Themes for WordPress.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more than Knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
~ Albert Einstein
How to Find the Best WordPress Plugins
There are thousands of plugins available and new plugins created every day. There is no one plugin that would be best for everyone.
Do a search on Google to find the best plugin for your blogging needs.
After you have found some plugins, read the reviews and what the plugin capabilities are so that you are offering the best services to your readers and creating an online environment that boosts your SEO and usability,
Ask these questions before you install a plugin:
- Is it compatible with your template?
- When was the last time it was updated?
- How many people are using it?
- Is there support for the plugin?
Before you install the plugin check to see if the plugin has been tested with the Theme you are using. This information can be found on the bottom right of the install now link when you go to install a plugin on your WordPress Dashboard.
How to Install WordPress Plugins
Login to your WordPress blog.
Hover over the Plugin link located on the left of your dashboard.
Click Add New.
You will be redirected to a page where you will see the available plugins.
You will be able to see:
If you can not locate the plugin that you wish to install, perform a search in the Search Bar.
Click Install Now.
After it is installed, click Activate.
Your plugin is now active on your site. You will need to adjust the settings of some of the WordPress plugins.
What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Share in the comment section below with your fellow artists what your favorite plugins are.
This is a very exciting time for you to be an artist. You can create a website that will showcase your art to people around the world. With WordPress plugins, you can create a website exactly the way you envisioned.
Best wishes on your art sales.
If you need some extra help learning more about WordPress you might be interested in:
This eBook will help you to get familiar with your WordPress Dashboard so you can focus on writing content that will attract potential buyers to your artwork
WordPress SEO Basics. Learn how to optimize your artist WordPress website for the search engines. Increase Page Rankings and drive more traffic to your site.
You might also be interested in:
- Where to Sell Art Online – How to Get Started
- Best Way to Sell Art Online – Effective Strategies
- New Course WordPress SEO Basics
- 15 Pinterest Business Tips for Artists That Work
- 5 Reasons Artists Should Blog
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