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

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    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

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/

Proofread Bot Checks Your Grammar For You

Do you want to get rid of your readers? Easy. Just place a post full of grammar errors and they’ll get out of your blog the sooner they see one. Don’t get your hopes high even if you are a native English speaker because even the most experienced ones tend to make mistakes from time to time.

This is where Proofread bot can help. Proofread bot is a WordPress plugin that can help track down your grammar errors and improve your writing.

To install this plugin, head over to WordPress.org and look for Proofread bot. Download the latest version, then head over to your WordPress Admin then upload and install the plugin.

Configuring this plugin is easy, follow the steps posted in this blog: www.wphub.com/proofread-bot-check-grammar/

PrettyPhoto Media WordPress Plugin Review

Photo maniacs or blogs/websites that has a lot of images in their sites can benefit from this wonderful plugin because it displays not only images but also videos in a fancy overlay that is uniquely prettyPhoto.

PrettyPhoto Media plugin makes your site more attractive with its pretty photo gallery as the images and videos are presented in a visually appealing manner. The plugin makes your site more fashionable. However, what I don’t like is that you have to manually add hook for every single picture you add. What if I have 100 photos to add? It will take me a lot of time.

Note: For hosting images you need high quality web hosting. BluetHost is the top choice of web masters for quality web hosting backed by good support

Read the rest of the review here: http://wpnuggets.com/wp-plugin-review/prettyphoto-media/

Easy Content Types for WordPress Review

Easy Content Types is an easy-to-use, intuitive interface for creating custom post types, taxonomies, and meta boxes. This plugin makes it easy to create content types manually. This is a paid plugin made by Pippin Williamson and is available in CodeCanyon. The paid plugin comes with the following licences:

Regular License ($30) – recommended for personal or commercial client.

Extended Licence($150) – available with a website template.

 

The plugin allows you to customize different settings for your page like creating post types, taxonomy templates. It also has User Levels which lets you create access levels or render short codes. Overall, this plugin offers great features under an easy-to-use plugin.

Have a look at this review here: http://codecanyon.net/item/easy-custom-content-types-for-wordpress/234182?ref=sareiodata&ref=sareiodata&clickthrough_id=105931584&redirect_back=true

SocialToolBar Pro Review

SocialToolbar pro is a WordPress plugin which lets you add a customizable toolbar complete with color selection, social network icons, share buttons, Facebook and twitter plugins into your post’s header or footer. It is a premium plugin created by Daddy Design which allows you to have all your social networks in on cool toolbar.

The plugin contains four versions:

Free
Personal – single use for $25.
Personal Multi use – for multiple websites at $100.
Developer package for sites developed by you at $200.

The Social Toolbar Pro is a very useful plugin that is easy to use, and easy to set. You’ll have plenty of choices in color, and social network profiles. The free version, however, is not GPL compatible.

Read the rest of the review here: http://wpnuggets.com/wp-plugin-review/social-toolbar-pro/

ShortCodes Ultimate – WordPress Plugin Review

shortcodes ultimate imageShortCodes Ultimate is a WordPress plugin which allows you to optimize your website using more than 30 shortcodes which you can add to your website to make it appear professional. With just a few simple clicks, you can create fancy boxes, lists, quotes, and other things that can make your website beautiful.

The plugin as a common procedure similar to what most plugins have. It has 5 menus you can explore at your liking like the about menu, settings menu, custom css, shortcodes, etc. Using shortcodes ultimate is easy, you can add shortcodes to any post and page. Overall, the plugin is a great feature to add in your website. Although, I would like the plugin to list recently or frequently used shortcodes to make it easier to find.

 

Read full story here: http://wpnuggets.com/wp-plugin-review/shortcodes-ultimate/

PageLinks Plus Review

PageLink Plus LogoIf you need a pagination plugin, have a look at PageLink Plus. PageLink plus is a pagination plugin that can improve WordPress functionality through single page option, titles, parameters management, automatic page breaks,and other features. The plugin comes in a free version which lets you add single-page option to your page link tag. You can also buy add-ons which can improve the functions of the plugin.

This article is a comprehensive review of PageLinks Plus starting from how to install the plugin, how to set it up in your website, and what are the other things you can do with the plugin.

Read the rest of the article here: http://wpnuggets.com/wp-plugin-review/page-links-plus/