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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

    Install plugin

    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

    Search

    Search

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

    Install

    Install

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

    Activate

  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.

    install Plugin

    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.
    download plugin

    download plugin

    download plugin

    Save plugin zip file

  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

    click on upload

    click on upload

  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
    Upload plugin

    Upload plugin

    Select zip file

    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

    Install

    Install

  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

    Activate

    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.

    install Plugin

    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

extract file

extract file

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

    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.

    activate plugin

    activate plugin

12 Surpringly Useful WordPress Plugins You Probably Didn’t Know About

A lot of WordPress plugins get released every day. Some of them are reshashes, some are integrations to external services, while others don’t work. However, every now and then, there are some gems and sometimes those gems are probably the ones you don’t know you’ll need but is very useful.

Finding a plugin through thousands of recent plugin releases is hard. So, here we have a list of the 12 plugins that has just recently been released and are useful to your for your website not only in functionality, but also in usability.

Read the rest of the post here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/12-surprisingly-useful-wordpress-plugins-you-dont-know-about/

Why Bother Building Your Own WordPress Contact Form

WordPress has just about any plugins you need, from social media, to even building your own simplest contact form with just a few clicks. This massive library of plugins makes you think about not doing it yourself at all.

So, why bother building your own Contact Form when you can do that with a plugin?

This is because plugins for a simple contact form has more than everything you need. Building a simple contact form using a UI is overkills, and the good thing about building your own is that you know what is under the hood; therefore, you won’t worry about being hacked, getting your visitor’s emails compromised, etc.

Here are some reasons why you need to build your own contact form than rely on plugins to do it for you: http://wpmu.org/how-to-build-your-own-wordpress-contact-form-and-why/

Syntax Highlighting Plugins

There are a lot of WordPress syntax highlighting plugins available for WordPress, however, most of it are very problematic that you should have never installed it in the first place. Syntax highlighting is great for WordPress coders as it lets them see the code faster and a lot easier than it was without these syntax highlighted. You don’t want to install  a plugin that conflicts to some of your WordPress plugins nor have a crappy plugin into your system. Have a look at my collection of the best WordPress plugins for syntax highlighting. These are a few of the plugins I’ve tried and tested personally.

Read full story here: http://skyje.com/wordpress-syntax-highlighting-plugins/

WordPress Plugins That Will Improve Performance

The benefit of using WordPress plugins is that you can do almost anything with it. You have a lot of options when it comes to giving your WordPress a better function and now, increase its performance. If you want your WordPress site to perform faster, have a look at these top 13 WordPress plugins that can increase website performance. It is important that your website is fast because Google add speed loading times as a basis for increasing your web page ranking. If your blog doesn’t load fast enough the way it should be, you will be ranked lower than those sites that are faster.

Read all about plugins here: http://skyje.com/wordpress-performance/

How To Add Forum To Your WordPress Blog Quickly

When you need to add Forum to your WordPress blog, our first option is to use phpBB or VBulletin if you have some dough to spare. However, this method is not recommended for blogs that are already online and you want to integrate forums to it.

WpHacks.com suggest alternatives into getting forums to your WordPress blog that can be added with just a few simple steps using RS Discuss WordPress plugin. Expect to get the functionality of a forum like the ability to set administrators and moderators, multiple language support, and RSS feeds.

If you need a quick forum to your WordPress blog, this  plugin is the right one for you.

Read full article here: http://wphacks.com/how-to-easily-add-a-forum-to-your-wordpress-blog/

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