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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Activating and Deactivating Plugins

When you install a plugin within WordPress, the plugin must be activated, or switched on before it can be used. This simple one-click process can be done within the WordPress Dashboard.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Dashboard and choose Plugins.

    image Make sure that you see all the plugins; if not, click the All link under the Plugins page title.

  2. Scroll to the plugin you want to activate.

    The Activate link appears beneath the name of your plugin, as shown in Figure 2-12.

    Figure 2-12: List of installed plugins showing plugins that need activating.

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  3. Click the Activate link.

    The Plugins page appears with a message confirming that the plugin was activated, as shown in Figure 2-13.

    Figure 2-13: The Plugins page showing the Plugin Activated message.

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To deactivate a plugin, follow the same steps, but instead of clicking the Activate link, click the Deactivate link, as shown in Figure 2-14.

Figure 2-14: The Deactivate link on the Plugins page.

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The process of activating and deactivating plugins is very simple and easy to do within the WordPress Dashboard. Remember ...

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