From Georgetown University Commons Knowledge Base
Plugins are basically special features that you can can activate and apply to your blog. The plugins that you'll find in your Commons blog plugin directory are plugins that we have found useful for various purposes in teaching and learning.
Activating a Plugin
To activate a plugin, go to your dashboard. Along the left-hand side you'll find a "plugins" section. There you'll see that you can access a list of "active" and "inactive" plugins via links at the top of the page. You can activate or deactivate plugins using these links. Features of your plugin will appear as extra features on the left of your dashboard. The CampusPress plugin, for example, will add a "CampusPress" section below your "Settings." Other plugins will integrate new sub-categories in the sections that already exist, like "Tools" or "Settings."