Plugins are addons you can use on your server to modify certain aspects of the game. Depending on the plugin, these changes may wary from minor quality-of-life tweaks to complete gamemode-wide changes.
You'll first need to find the plugin you wish to install. Downloads can be found on a variety of sites. Common places are Spigot's Resource forums or the Bukkit Dev website. Make sure you trust the source of your downloads, as plugins have high-level access to your server.
In your server's root directory, locate the
/pluginsfolder, if it's not there then create a new directory named
/plugins. Navigate into this folder, and upload your plugin's file there! Most plugins will require you to restart your server before they take effect.
In quite a few cases, plugins may not load. There is a lot we can try to see what happened.
In most cases, you'll have to reboot the server (not
/reload!) for these changes to take effect.
When the server is starting, look out for any error messages in the console. If you are having trouble debugging these errors, be sure to ask for help on our Discord server!