How to Search for WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are plentiful. According to torquemag.io, the WordPress.org plugin library is home to 47,000 plugins, and has reached nearly 1.5 billion downloads.
Many of these plugins are free, and all of them add functionality to your website.
There are a couple of ways to search for plugins, and at times you may need to check a few different places to find the right plugin.
1. Searching for Plugins from the WordPress Dashboard (WordPress.org)
The most obvious way to find plugins is right in your WordPress dashboard. Once you login to your site, click Plugins from the sidebar and choose Add New.
Next, you can search for plugins by keyword, author, or tag.
Before you search, have a good idea about what you’re looking for, because there will be a ton of options at your disposal.
For example, I searched for push notifications here, and 269 plugin results popped up.
That might seem a bit overwhelming—but it gets easier. As you start playing with plugins, you learn what to look for, and how to choose the best.
2. Googling, Yahooing, or Binging WordPress Plugins
Another equally valuable way to find plugins is through your trusty search engine.
As you can see here, your search will give you a wider variety of results than searching through your WordPress dashboard.
In my search for WordPress security plugin, I found a few of the most popular plugins for security right off the bat.
In addition, I found some resources that will help me make my decision, such as the 7 Best WordPress Security Plugins and The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide.
Even if you find a plugin through the WordPress dashboard, you should still do a search to see how the plugin works, and if it’s trusted by reputable sources.
Many times, you’ll find a website specifically built to give you information about a plugin, which is always a good starting point.