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

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People who use RSS feeds to subscribe to multiple websites at a time are what we call as the “power consumers” of online content. They use RSS readers so that they can organize and effeciently browse content published by their favorite online sources. These type of users can be very difficult to engage as they are using only an RSS reader and not visiting your site. Not only this will hurt your advertising revenues, but also hurt your social shares.

What Bring my Blog Visitors Back do is  turn an RSS subscriber into a better lead and traffic generator.

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.wphub.com/plugins/bring-my-blog-visitors-back/

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What I like about this plugin is that it shows content that are classified into categories, taxonomies, and post types so your content are showed similar to Pinterest’s board only that it is automatic.

 

Grid Layout Shock also contains a variety of customization options to help make your blog as unique as you can.

 

Read the rest of the review here: http://skyje.com/grid-layout-shock-pinterest-style-recharged/

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The plugin is available for free but is only limited to a few affiliate links. If you want to earn more, you can avail of the following packages:

Standard ($17) – allows management of 6 affiliate links.
Premium($27) – allows management of 12 affiliate links.
Platinum($47) – allows management of unlimited affiliate links.

All these licenses are multi-site capable so you can use it on as many sites as you want.

Read the rest of the review in this website.

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Read the rest of the review here: http://wpnuggets.com/wp-plugin-review/social-networks-auto-poster/