A good friend asked for input on how to install a WordPress plug-in on a self-hosted site, so I figured I’d put together a quick five step tutorial in video and text form below. Enjoy:
Step 1: Log in to your WordPress site and click the “Plugins” option
Once you’ve logged in to your wordpress site (typically via www.yourdomian.com/wp-admin), you’ll see a view pretty similar to the screenshot below and you can click the “Plugins” option.
Step 2: Choose “Add New” option from the “Plugins” sub menu
Next, choose the “Add New” option from the “Plugins” sub menu
Step 3: Use the “Search Plugins” field and button
Now that you’ve made it to the “Install Plugins” page, make sure you’re on the “Search” area that looks like the screenshot below. Then, simply type in a keyword (word, phrase, name of a plug-in, etc.) in the search field and click the “Search Plugins.” In this example, I use wp-biography b/c that’s the plugin my friend asked me about.
Step 4: Click “Install Now” on the Plugin you want to use and confirm
Once you’ve found the right plugin in the search results, click the “Install Now” hyperlink and WordPress will install the plug-in for you.
Step 5: Activate your new plugin
Finally, active your new plugin and you are set.
Keep in mind that some plugins have settings you may need to update/edit to get the results you desire, while others may work just like you want them to as soon as you activate them. Whatever the case, if you find you don’t like a plut in, you can always deactivate and/or delete it!
Let me know below if this information was helpful to you!
I’m restarting my wordpress blog after a recent hacker attack and I realize I’ve learned two valuable steps worth sharing to help hack-proof any wordpress blog . Though simple, any blogger can keep their content safe by following these steps (NOTE: backing up your blog is something I was already doing prior to the hack, but I mention it here in case you aren’t already doing so):
1. Update wordpress software when WordPress tells you to update.
WordPress is great about issuing update notices that are easily visible when you log in to your dashboard. However, I ignored them and thus got hacked due to an old installation of WordPress. I just updated to the latest version again when I reinstalled and once again today thanks to these easy notices.
2. Follow Google’s advice:
Check out Matt Cutt’s three tips on securing your WordPress software and FOLLOW it or get someone to help you do so: