How to install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact,  you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

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    Install plugin
  3. In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search

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    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

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    Install
  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

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  6. Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.

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    install Plugin

 

Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method

 

You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
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    download plugin

    download plugin
    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

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    click on upload
  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
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    Upload plugin
    Select zip file
    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

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    Install
  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

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    Activate
  5. Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.

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    install Plugin

 

Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel

 

This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.

Extracting Plugin files

Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder

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  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
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    Extract files

    Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”

Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow  FileZilla installation tutorial to install and  connect to your host.

  • Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
  • On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
  • You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.Upload plugin folder
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.

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    activate plugin

Best WordPress Popup Opt-in Plugins

WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging and business website platforms used on the internet today. Unfortunately, many bloggers make the mistake of failing to build an email list. Email marketing is the 1 way to increase your subscriber count and sell your products or ideas. It is the most direct and personal way you have to reach out to your website visitors. Unfortunately, getting people to give you their email address isn’t easy. This is where popup plugins can help. By catching the attention of visitors to your site and letting them know in a memorable way why they should sign up for your newsletter, opt-in plugins can help you build your email list and raise your subscriber count. In this article, I cover my picks for the best free and low-cost opt-in plugin options for WordPress users.

Clifton’s Lightbox

cliftons light box wp popup plugin
cliftons light box wp popup plugin

Clifton’s Lightbox is a highly rated free WordPress plugin that will help you get more subscribers using a subscription form overlay. Content inside the box includes a customizable title, bulleted list, and a call-to-action for your site’s visitors to give their name and email address. This can be paired with either an image or video of your choosing, including YouTube videos. Currently, the plugin expressly supports GetResponse, Aweber, iContact, and MailChimp, though the developer states it should work with any other email marketing service as well.

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Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

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This free WordPress plugin displays a fully customizable box once your reader scrolls down the page. The excellent thing about this plugin is that it doesn’t limit you to a subscriber sign up form – you can direct your visitor to like your page on Facebook, use your social bookmarking option, or take any other call-to-action that you choose. The box triggers based on an event that you specify – percentage of scroll, reaching the comments section, or more. This ensures that your visitors are already engaged with your content when they are presented with the call-to-action, increasing the likelihood that they’ll follow through.
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Popup Extension for Newsletter

satillo wp popup plugin screenshot
Satillo wp popup plugin

This free WordPress opt-in plugin was developed by Satollo and is intended to integrate with their Newsletter plugin. The ext of the popup is completely editable, as is the theme. Using various settings, this plugin allows you to control when the popup appears, as well as the theme, size, and border of the popup. The message shown is completely customizable, as is the placement of the subscriber form. Once your visitor enters their information, you can even configure a thank you message to be shown.
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ITRO Popup Plugin

ITRO popup plugin screenshot
ITRO popup plugin

The ITRO Popup Plugin is a free option for WordPress that allows you to display a pop up message to visitors on your site. This can be anything from a subscriber form to an age validation for adult content. Your message can easily be configured using the WordPress post editor. Unlike other free WordPress plugins, this one offers a range of features, including fade-in and -out animation, automatic centering, automatic countdown for closing the popup, and a settable cookie expiration time. The message can be displayed on specific pages or posts, and every aspect of the popup is customizable. This is one of the most easy-to-use WordPress plugins you’ll find today.
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Icegram

Icegram wp popup olugin screenshot
Icegram wp popup olugin

Icegram is another free WordPress plugin that allows you to promote your newsletter in a variety of ways. In addition to the common popup option, you can also choose to display a small box near the bottom of the page, a notification bar across the top of the page, or in a chat box style pop up near the bottom corner. Few popup plugins give you this many options. Additionally, Icegram is compatible with all other WordPress plugins, WordPres themes, and even auto responders. Choose from 20 different themes, as well as a number of animations. You can run unlimited campaigns, display unlimited messages, and even time your messages to display after a certain amount of time has passed. Few free WordPress plugins do so much.
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wpmudev WordPress PopUp

womudev wp popup plugin screenshot
womudev Popup Plugin

This plugin developed by WPMUDev is available in both a free and paid version. In the free version, you are given a number of options, including displaying a fancy popover style popup to your site visitors. Target your entire network or a specific URL. You can further customize your targeting in a number of ways, including targeting users who are not logged in, etc. This plugin is compatible with any WordPres theme and can also be used on Multisite and BuddyPres pages as well. In the $19 paid version, you can also target your message to visitors from a specific geographic location.
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Optin Revolution

Optin Revolution Popup Plugin screenshot
If you’re looking for a newsletter popup plugin that has everything, Optin Revolution could be exactly what you need. The free version provides you with a single unblockable popups that are completely customizable. Compatible with Aweber, Constant Contact, GetResponse, iContact, and Wysija, the free version is easy to configure and use. If you’re looking for a bit more, the professional version adds a number of additional tools including A/B/C/D/E split testing, adding popups solely to certain WordPress categories, posts, or pages, and analytics that allow you to track your conversion rates and statistics. In the paid version, you can choose to add Vimeo, YouTube, Wistia or self-hosted videos to your popups as well.
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Popup Press

PopupPress Popup Plugin screenshot
PopupPress Popup Plugin

This simple popup plugin for WordPress only costs $15, but it lets you display far more than newsletter sign up forms. This plugin is compatible with just about any content, including HTML, banner ads, images, video, audio, PDF files, Iframe content, SlideShare content and more. Whether you need to display a contact form, alert message, work portfolio or even a Google Map, this popup can do it. Few plugins offer the amount of customization that Popup Press does; they bill themselves as “the most complete popups plugin” on WordPress. It’s even shortcodes compatible – something few other plugins offer.
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Ninja Popups

plugin-ninjaThe Ninja Popups WordPress plugin costs $18, but gives you the features of a far more expensive newsletter solution. Whether you want to get more subscribers for you newsletter or like you on social media, Ninja Popups can help. By locking your content until your visitors take the action you describe, this plugin converts far more visitors than more traditional popup plugins. With support for mobile devices, even those visitors who are using their tablet or phone to access your site will see your popup. There are many layouts and colors to choose from, or you can customize the popup as you wish. You choose how and when the message displays, and Ninja Popups is fully compatible with most email marketing services and social networks (including Pinterest).
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Subscriber’s Magnet

plugin-subscrIf you’re looking for versatility, this $37 WordPress plugin is what you need. Not only can you promote your newsletter via popup, you can also choose to place opt-in forms into your comment section, in the side bars, or even embed them into blog posts. This plugin is compatible with form auto fillers, including Facebook Connect. Analytics tracking allows you to see how well your message is working. You even have the choice of keeping your popup from displaying until your site visitor attempts to exit the page. One of the biggest benefits of this plugin is that once you’ve paid for your license, you receive free upgrades to newer versions for life.
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Popup Domination

Popup Domination Popup Plugin screenshot
Popup Domination Popup Plugin

One of the best single-pay WordPress newsletter popup solutions is Popup Domination. At only $47, it’s difficult to find other solutions that will offer you so much for so little. This plugin uses lightbox popups to help you convert visitors into subscribers by allowing you to target your message to specific pages. In addition to being compatible with WordPress, Popup Domination has a stand-alone option that allows it to be used on any other website as well. The plugin supports all mailing list software, and allows you to completely customize every aspect of your popup. Add promotional images, bullets, customize your button text and security notes, and more. Unlike other popups that feel more spammy, these lightbox popups are very professional looking – which is what makes them so successful.
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MotoPress Content Editor Plugin Review

Can’t pay for a web developer but need to have a page right now? Don’t worry, here is a content editor WordPress plugin for you.

MotoPress Contend Editor is a page builder for WordPress that makes creating and editng your WordPress posts, and pages easily. This plugin is a content and page editor that integrates to WordPress themes and it replaces your default WordPres editor. MotoPress is a better page editor as it gives you a greater control to the overall look and feel of your posts and pages. It includes a number of page elements that you can use to create custom layouts. These elements change and enhance the overall functionality of your site.

Is MotoPress worth it? Can it really replace your default content editor? Find out in this review:  http://www.wpexplorer.com/motopress-content-editor-wordpress-plugin/

Facebook Like Plugin for WordPress

If you have webmaster or WordPress knowledge and are interested in writing a post for WordPress Hacks, please contact us.You may have noticed that Facebook social plugins are everywhere these days with the popular ”Like” button, primarily because of its ease of use and how it integrates with the social graph.  This is because the button represents a one-time sharing event vs. establishing a lasting connection with your readers.  Now imagine instead how you could get ongoing updates on topics that interest you!
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