WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install; WordPress has a database of over 22,000 plugins with purposes ranging from SEO to adding widgets. [wiki]
If you are a newbie to WordPress, then you might have some problem in installing plugins in your WordPress Blog. For a newbie, I always suggest to use XAMPP localhost for working out in WordPress rather than experimenting directly on Live Site.
Throughout this article I will try to make it easy to understand how to install plugins and also mention where we can find good plugins for WordPress.
Installing WordPress Plugins; Two different ways
WordPress gives two different ways of installing plugins to your dashboard. One is uploading a zipped plugin file and next is installing directly form admin preferences. There is also third way via FTP, but we will not discuss it here.
You can choose any one of that way, instantly you will need access to administrator preferences of WP dashboard.
In this article, to explain the installation of Plugin, we will take example of Google XML Sitemaps Generator plugin, because it is one of the good plugin for SEO and we will be posting more articles related to this plugin.
Installation by Uploading
Installing plugin by uploading a zipped plugin file is simple and at same time easy too, as you can find desired plugin throughout the web. I recommend official plugin respiratory of WordPress, where you can find over 22,000 plugins for your blog.
Search for Google XML Sitemaps, in the link of official WordPress plugin page. You can see window like below when for matching search results.
To download the latest version of the plugin you want, Google XML Sitemaps here, just click on Download and save the file to your hard drive.
Once the WordPress plugin saved on your computer, go to your WordPress admin interface menu Plugins -> Add -> Send . Click Browse … to select the zip file containing your WordPress plugin and click Install Now.
Once the plugin is installed, you will get a screen similar. To activate the plugin by click on Activate Plugins .
After activation, go to Settings -> XML-Sitemap and see the first page of your installed plugin.
Once installed and activated, you will find your plugin in the list of Installed Plugins. Some plugins require configuration or a particular implementation. You can also deactivate and delete plugins anytime you want to.
Automatic Installation of Plugins
This is the method that you use most often with two advantages:
- Interface research and consulting plugins
- No download intermediary.
To install a plugin in WordPress, you must go to Plugins -> Add New. In the search box that presents itself to you, enter the name of the plugin you want to install; Google XML Sitemaps here.
In the list of Plugins that presents itself to you, choose the good and just click Install Now. If you are asked for Confirmation, Click on confirm.
The plugin is now installed; you must activate it before configuring your WordPress plugin.
By this time, it is now clear that installing a plugin in WordPress can be done in different ways. We have chosen to demonstrate two nice and easy ways here. There are also more Tricks in our site to be read.
There are lots for Plugins, which are even free and helps in SEO or other form factors, but be aware not to put much of it, it may cause slow loading of your page, with time you have to go through updates of each plugins (as updates are done monthly or even weekly). So, use it wise. Happy Blogging!!
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