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How to Download and Install WordPress Plugins

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WordPress is one of the platforms most used a network of blogs. The big advantage is that it is easy, simple and very intuitive. You do not need programming skills to make your site look professional, and that's where your success lies. If you just landed on WordPress, you probably do not even know all the potential, and I want to explain how you can improve your blog thanks to plugins.

How to Install WordPress Plugins

These are, by definition, supplements that can make the user and your experience much more complete and enriching and, at the same time, make your life easier., As they meet certain features of WordPress. The following guide I have tried to make the clearest and informative guide possible, to learn how to install plugins in WordPress. The process is simple and quick if you follow clear and well-established steps. In fact, if at some point you busy or do not know where to throw, just contact me, I'll help you happy.

1. Websites to buy WordPress plugins

Find quality WordPress plugins is not easy, but you are going to recommend to purchase or buy premium plugins. 3 offer excellent prices and plugins high quality, but there are much more.

2. Find the right plugin

There are millions of WordPress plugins is an open secret, you already know, but it is important to know what plugins are best for each function. I have my own list of the best WordPress plugins favorites, I recommend checking to find yours.

3. Download the plugin

Normally when you buy a plugin or download one from the WordPress repository, will be in the form of compressed file (.zip). Download it, unzip it to your computer and you will see - one of two - a folder or a simple file. In some cases I will come accompanied by a text file with explanations about their use and installation, I recommend that you always read.
Download the plugin
Select the plugin on Themeforest and click "All Files & Documentation" or "Installable WordPress file only" (both are correct)

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Unzip the files you've downloaded and reviewed them

The main plugin file is usually a file with a.php where, if you open it with a text editor, you will see that too often gives information about its function, author, version, etc. This information is usually displayed in the plugin administration window of your blog.

4. Upload and install WordPress.com plugins

If you have a hosting own, which I recommend, it means that you are using WordPress.org (knows the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org ) and the chances increase significantly, since you can install plugins premium or repository you want. For this, you have to follow a few easy steps.
Upload and install WordPress.com plugins

If your site is hosted on the server WordPress.com until recently, you could not install plugins. WordPress now lets you install plugins, but for this, you have to go through the box and Choose your WordPress.com flavor
Upload and install WordPress.com plugins

5. Upload and install WordPress.org plugins

If you have a hosting own, which I recommend, it means that you are using WordPress.org (knows the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org ) and the chances increase significantly, since you can install plugins free or premium you want. For this, you have to follow a few easy steps

1. Install the plugins from the WordPress admin panel

In fact, it can be done without leaving the WordPress admin panel. To perform this process, once you have the plug - in zip format, either free or paid, go to the same place, but now select the option " Upload topic ."
Install the plugins from the WordPress admin panel

To install a plugin in.zip format click on "Upload plugin."
To install a plugin in.zip format click on "Upload plugin"
Click on "Select File," select the location on the PC of your plugin and click on "Install now."

Click on "Activate" to enjoy your new plugin
Click on "Activate" to enjoy your new plugin

2. Install the plugins via an FTP client

If for any reason (sometimes happens) fails you install the plugin, you have another option that never fails. The first thing is to have an FTP client for the site. In the vast majority of hosting you can create it yourself. If you do not know, ask for help to the company with which you have contracted the hosting. Then you'll need a program to connect to the server, for example, the FTP client FileZilla (client choose the option), which is free and very easy to handle
Before uploading files plugin, read well the readme plain, unformatted if there is any special instruction. Likewise, you will have to have it unzipped in a folder that usually will take the name of the plugin. On the server go to the public folder, usually "public HTML " and seek "folder wp-content / plugins ." In this directory where you will upload the new plugin from your computer.
Select the plugin ( and decompressed ) and drag it into the folder "plugins"
Select the plugin ( and decompressed ) and drag it into the folder "plugins."

After this step, go menu " Plugins > Plugins installed " and you should see the plugin you just uploaded. If so, we activate the theme, and we are done. Otherwise, we check the readme and check that you have uploaded all the files inside the folder of the plugin.

3. Install the plugins from the official WordPress repository

When installing a plugin from the official WordPress repository go to " Appearance > Themes " where you have direct access to the repository of free WordPress plugins. If that is your wish (I recommend you spend some money on a premium plugin, are nothing expensive and will look very attractive to your web page or blog air), find the one you like and click " Install ."
Choose the free plugin of the WordPress repository that you like and click on "Install now"
Choose the free plugin in the WordPress repository that you like and click on "Install now."

Click on "Activate" to enjoy your new plugin
Click on "Activate" to enjoy your new plugin

Whichever option you choose, all are easy to execute. From my experience, the option to upload the plugin from WordPress sometimes gives an error, so learn to do it through the FTP client, because that way you can do this and many more things, without having to touch anything in the administrator of WordPress. If you liked the article, share it and add a comment with any questions or issues.

Installing a plugin requires some attention

Once you have the files in the right place, you must log in to your control panel into WordPress and go to the window Plugins. You will see a list of available ones, where you can see the assets of the inactive by their different color and the link that offers "Activate" or "Disable." Now, you must take into account at this point that some plugins need some configuration. There are two possibilities for this:
  1. Options page: In the Options window you'll find panel sections to configure some plugins administration. It is always advisable to visit them and customize their operation so that it suits the function they must perform, and sometimes you can even configure their appearance.
  2. Inserting Code: In many (if many) occasions should enable adding some code in your template files plugin. It is a method that may seem old and may even cause you insecurity if you are unfamiliar with programming, but it is a very safe and adaptable way to include functions... especially if they are facing your readers. This way you not only offer them what gives you the plugin but you can even decide yourself where to show their virtues. Usually, in the README file of the plugin in question will indicate which is the code to include where you can add and even if you have variable parameters that you can adjust some very famous using this method are those of Lester Chan. For example, in the WP-PageNavi usage documentation, it indicates that to activate it ultimately you must include the following code wherever you want the "Digg style" navigation menu that the plugin offers you to appear.
    1 < ?php if(function_exists('wp_pagenavi')) { wp_pagenavi(); } ?>
In the case of this plugin, you are advised to add this code in the footer.php file of your template (usually before the </ body> tag). That's it. I hope I have clarified some not very distinct aspects of the installation of plugins and, if you are excited, you can visit the download area and install some that offer your exciting features. Do not forget to share this article.

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