How To Install A New Plugin

Here are the step-by-step instructions to installing a plugin, these actions are virtually the same for all plugins, so instead of posting these same instructions over and over for every plugin I decided to consolidate it here.

  1. Login to your wordpress. Your login link will be <your-site>.com/wp-admin.
  2. Open the Plugins panel on the left side, if it's not already open (you can do that by either clicking the word "Plugins" and letting the page re-load, or by clicking the triangle next to the word "Plugins").
  3. Click "Add New" in the Plugins panel.
  4. In the search field enter the name of the plugin you are looking for (or 'type' of plugin if you don't know the name) and click 'Search Plugins'.
  5. Click "Install" over on the far right of the plugin in the list that you want to install. An "about" page will pop up telling you about the plugin with a red "Install" button in the top right. Once you're sure this is the plugin you want, click the Install button.
  6. The plugin will automatically download and install. When it's finished click the "Activate Plugin" link to turn that plugin "on".

Most plugins add a configuration link in the "Settings" panel, click there to taylor-configure the plugin for your site.

Some plugins can't be found by using the search and install utility within wordpress, for those you need to download the plugin zip file to your local computer, open it and follow the instructions in the plugin. Most of them will have you open your FTP connection to your website and navigate to the wp-content/plugins folder and copy the files over from your computer into this FTP folder. Some of them will have additional folders, their included instructions should tell you exactly where to upload that folder. When you're finished uploading the plugin files you can activate the plugin by returning to the plugin page, finding the plugin in the list, and activating it.

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