插件是由数个 PHP 脚本组成的,为您的博客添加额外功能,或是增强现有的功能。

插件扩展 WordPress 的功能。大多数用户不常用很多插件,他们最多用一些防御垃圾评论,或是自定义文章相关的插件。较有经验的用户可能会安装一些提供天气预报、显示字数、提供文章评分等等的插件。由于插件多种多样,而用户的需求各不相同,我们没有将这些功能设计在 WordPress 核心程序中。

WordPress 插件均由志愿者设计开发,免费向公众开放使用。在如下来源的插件通常经过了完整的测试,应可放心使用。但由此发生的一些问题,应有插件作者和用户承担。由于 WordPress 在迅速发展,一些插件可能并不完善。



You can find WordPress Plugins in Administration Panels > Plugins > Add New panel or WordPress Plugins Repository site.


WordPress Plugin Compatibility indexes plugins compatible with various WordPress versions.


WordPress Plugins Panel
WordPress offers simple and easy ways of adding Plugins to your blog. From the Administration Panels, click on the Plugin tab. Once you have uploaded a plugin to your WordPress plugin directory, activate it from the Plugins Management page, and sit back and watch your plugin work.

There are two ways to do that:

Not all Plugins are so easily installed, but WordPress plugin authors and developers make the process as easy as possible. We've included more detailed information on how to install Plugins below, as well as some things you need to know before you install.

Things to Know Before You Install

There are a few things you need to know before you begin to install WordPress Plugins.

Know before you install. 
Read through the readme.txt files and web pages, as well as any comments regarding the Plugin on an author's website, before you install. The more you know before you install, the easier the process should be.
Plugins require downloading and uploading to install. 
You must be familiar with how to download and upload files and how to use FTP, if required.
Plugins may require modifying WordPress files and templates. 
Familiarity with PHP, HTML, CSS, and CHMOD may be necessary.
Record modifications. 
If you make any changes to the WordPress files or templates, make a note of it in the code by using comments before and after the changes, and in a text file saved to your site and on your desktop to remind you of any additions or modifications to your default files or templates. This will help you repeat these in the future if there are any problems with your site.
Make frequent backups! 
Some Plugins work independently of your blog's content and files, just adding a little something special to the page. Others require modification of content and files, including changes to your database. Before installing any plugin that will make dramatic changes, backup your database and files.

There are several versions of WordPress currently available, and different Plugins available for the different versions. Be sure and read through the information thoroughly to determine if the Plugin will work with your version, or check Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility. If not, consider upgrading.


To install a plugin that is not in the plugin browser, the following are the general directions to follow. Be sure and follow the specific instructions provided by the Plugin author. Remember: BACKUP - just in case.

  1. Read through the "readme" file thoroughly that usually accompanies a plugin, or the website article from where you found the plugin. It is often helpful to print out the instructions so you can check off the installation steps as you complete them.
  2. Upload the plugin to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online.
  3. Make any changes to templates or files as required by the Plugin instructions including adding Plugin template tags.
  4. Activate the Plugin:
    1. Access the Plugin Panel in your Administration Panels
    2. Scroll down through the list of Plugins to find the newly installed Plugin (if not visible, start from the beginning to check to see if you followed the instructions properly and uploaded the file correctly).
    3. Click on the Activate link to turn the Plugin on.
  5. Continue making any modifications necessary from the "readme" file instructions to make the plugin's actions meet your needs.


Some plugins feature tags inside of the template files. If the plugin is not activated, it will "break" the Theme and it may report errors or fail to load. It is therefore imperative to prevent the plugin from being detected in case it is turned off.

To detect if a plugin is installed, you can use a simple function_exists() check. The if (function_exists()) checks for the plugin, and if it exists, it will use it. If it returns FALSE or "not found", it will ignore the plugin tag and continue loading the page.

if (function_exists('FUNCTION NAME')) {

This example plugin uses a function called jal_get_shoutbox() to print out its contents.

if (function_exists('jal_get_shoutbox')) {


If you are experiencing problems with a plugin you installed or one that stopped working after upgrading, the following are the steps you need to take to troubleshoot the plugin:

  1. Check that you have followed the plugin author's instructions to the letter.
  2. Check that any plugin tags or usage within your template files are correct, spelled right, and placed in the appropriate place, i.e., within the WordPress Loop or outside of it.
  3. Check that you uploaded the file to the plugins folder under wp-content. If you are uploading a new version to replace the old, delete the old version prior to uploading the new one.
  4. Check that the plugin has been activated in your Plugin Panel of your Administration Panels.
  5. Deactivate and re-activate the plugin to see if this makes it work.
  6. Visit the plugin author's website, typically linked from the Plugin Panel, and look to see if someone else is having the same trouble and an answer has been posted, or a new version released.
  7. Contact the plugin author directly via their website or email requesting assistance.
  8. Search the Internet for the name of the plugin and the trouble you are having as someone else might have had the same problem and found a fix and posted it on their site. TIP: Sometimes it helps to search for the plugin's filename.
  9. Visit the WordPress Support Forum (or WordPressMU Support Forum for WordPress Multi-User installs) and post a clear question about the plugin and the problem you are having and you may get an answer from someone familiar with the plugin.
  10. If the problem persists and you cannot seem to solve it, check to see if there are any similar plugins that you can try instead.

升级 WordPress 可能导致插件停止工作

Some plugins may become outdated and no longer work with the newer version of WordPress. If you have issues after activating a plugin, deactivate it and visit the Plugin's website to see if a newer version is available.

Many plugin authors will upgrade their plugins to accommodate the newer version, but some either won't, or their plugin becomes obsolete with the improvements in WordPress.


Plugins are managed from the Plugins Panel in the Administration Panels of your WordPress site. All plugins listed on this screen are found in your wp-content/plugins directory. Each plugin has a description of what it does, an author and website to refer to, and a version number. If you do not see the plugin on the list, it is because it is missing the "header":

Plugin Name: Magic Plugin
Plugin URI:
Description: Magic Plugin performs magic
Version: 2.3
Author: Mr. Magic
Author URI:

You can add this information yourself by opening the plugin in WordPress built-in editor or a text editor and adding the above "comment", changing the information as follows:

Plugin Name 
Shows the plugin's name, and links to the plugin's website if one is provided. Plugins listed in bold are currently active.
The version number of the plugin.
The author's description of what the plugin does and who authored the Plugin.
Allows you to activate, deactive, or edit the plugin.
New version available 
If a newer version of a Plugin is available in the WordPress Plugin repository a message will display along with a link to the location to download that new version.


If your plugin requires changes to the WordPress code or your template files, you will need to enact or reverse those changes each time you activate or deactivate your plugin. Failing to do this will likely result in errors. There is also a link provided below the list of Plugins that allows you to activate All Plugins.


While Plugins are very useful, some Plugins just don't meet your needs, or you've stopped using them for some reason, or they just don't work. After deactivating the Plugin stops the Plugin's behavior, they tend to pile up in your Plugins panel, making your plugin list long and cumbersome to scroll through. If left there long enough, they might become obsolete with the new WordPress versions and cause problems if you decide to use them in the future.

Plugin Admin Screen

Begin your Plugins housekeeping by visiting the plugin author's site to see if there are instructions on how to uninstall the plugin via the Plugins panel on the left side of the screen. Some plugins require adding tags and code to your Template files while others require modification of the WordPress administration files. Be sure and read through the plugin's uninstall instructions to remove each of these modifications so your site will not have errors when the plugin is turned off.

If no specific instructions for uninstalling exist, then read through the installation instructions to check for modifications, if applicable, and reverse their changes, if implemented. If it has been a long time since you used this plugin, you still might have left its modifications in your template files and forgotten them. Carefully remove them.

To remove a plugin, make sure the plugin is deactivated from the Plugins panel. Go to your website's wp-content/plugins folder (usually with an FTP program) and look for the file name of the plugin you want to remove. Select the file name and delete it.

If have your WordPress site on your hard drive, open the wp-content/plugins folder on your site and find the file name of the plugin you want to delete, select it and delete it. This way, if you have to restore or copy your Plugin folder to your website, you won't restore the unwanted plugin on your site.


Must Use Plugins are special plugins installed in a special directory next to the normal /plugins/ dir (/mu-plugins/). They are 'must-use' because once their file is placed in the /mu-plugins/ directory they are instantly activated and cannot be de-activated using the admin Plugins panel. They don't even show up on the list.

Must-use plugins are useful for installing plugins on all sites in a Mutisite install without worrying about the details. They are also useful because they are loaded before normal plugins by PHP, which means that code and hooked-functions registered in an mu-plugin can be assumed available to all other plugins.

See the Must Use Plugins page for more details.


If your theme relies on one or more plugins in order to correctly function, you may be interested in the following plugin:


Once you start using WordPress Plugins, you sometimes wonder how you ever got along without them. If you have knowledge of PHP, you can develop your own plugins, and there is a comprehensive list of resources at Plugin Resources to get you started.

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