How to Check if Your Plugins Are Compatible with Your Site

Plugins are essential components of WordPress that help create versatility to any user building a website. You can encounter a plugin compatibility issue if you install a series of plugins on your site that don’t work well together. For example, if you install multiple plugins to build your email subscriber lists, you may notice functionality issues that cause none of the plugins to work properly.

Take these steps to ensure your WordPress plugins are compatible.

1.) If you are experiencing any incompatibility issues, begin by deactivating the most recent plugin you installed.

2.) Check out your live site to identify any missing features that weren’t working, and see if they are fixed.

3.) If the problem has gone away, you’ve found your culprit! If not, reactivate the plugin and deactivate the next one on the list.

4.) Repeat these steps until you find the plugin causing the issue, or until you’ve gone through every plugin on your site. If none of your plugins are to blame, you’re likely dealing with a different type of WordPress error that may require developer assistance.

Installing Plugins Manually

There are hundreds of plugins you can use whether you are installing them from the directory or manually uploading them from your computer. When you purchase a plugin from a third-party developer you’re given a file to download before you upload it to your WordPress admin dashboard.

Installing WordPress plugins from the dashboard is relatively quick and easy as long as you have the file type. WordPress provides the option to manually install plugins that are purchased from outside of the WordPress directory. Here are the 4 steps to installing a manual plugin.

1.) Download the WordPress plugin to your desktop.

2.) If downloaded as a zip archive, extract the plugin folder to your desktop.

3.) Read through the “readme,” file thoroughly to ensure you follow the
installation instructions and then:
• Click “Add New.”
• Upload your file.
• Click “Activate,” to activate it.

4.) Check the “Details,” readme file for customization and further instructions.

If you downloaded your plugin as a zip file, you’ll need to upload the plugin through the WordPress admin dashboard.

1.) Select “Plugins,” from the dashboard and “Add New.

2.) Go to the Plugin Directory, which has a list of available featured,
popular, and premium plugins. To find a specific plugin, you can use the
Search Bar,” on the top right-hand side of the directory.

3.) After you find the plugin you are looking for, click “Install Now.” This will upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. Once it is completed, make sure to “Activate,” the plugin and configure the settings to fit your needs.

The great thing about WordPress is that you can combine any series of plugins to help optimize your site. Ensuring plugin compatibility is essential to protect your site and help your plugins work together to bring the best user experience on your site. Compatibility is also important for any plugins you purchase and upload the file to your admin dashboard.

If you experience any issues or problems with plugins on your site, contact our customer support to assist you.

Machielle Thomas
Machielle Thomas | Content Manager
Machielle Thomas writes and curates web and email content for marketing professionals, small business owners, bloggers, and more.

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