How to install plug-ins on sites in five easy steps

How to install plug-ins on sites in five easy steps

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, you’ll see a view pretty similar to the screenshot below and you can click the “Plugins” option.
How to Install plugins on a site: Log in to WordPress and 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
How to Install plugins on a site: 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.
How to Install plugins on a site: Enter a keyword in the search field and click  the "Search Plugins" button


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.

How to Install plugins on a site: Click "Install Now" for the Plugins you want to use and confirm


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!

Gmail Trouble. Workaround & “What does Gmail’s ‘502 Server Error’ page mean”?

Have you seen the Gmail “502 Server Error” page?  Today, at around 4:20PM EST, I saw it for the first time and it basically means the server is overloaded – check back later.  Are you having trouble accessing email.  Gmail is well aware of it, as you can see from the latest blog post on the problem.

This is a first for me but I’m sure its not the only time its ever happened to Gmail.

After 15 minutes of checking,  I began to wonder if in the future I should use less email fwd accounts and more hosted accounts, given I’m at Gmails mercy.

Good news is I’m having success using as a workaround.

Looking forward to service being restored soon!

New Indie Artists Plan for Live show CD reporting to Soundscan

Quick update on We launched a brand new “Pay Per Report” pricing plan for independent touring artists that allows them to sign up for Venue Sales Reporting (live show CD Sales reporting) to Soundscan for only $33 a year and $5 per report. Its great for artist with only a few shows lined up each month but they want to ensure they are reporting their sales.

Of course, for busier artists, we still have the monthly and annual plans (greatest overall savings).

Check it out here:

Sync’ing Google Calendar directly to Windows Mobile direct to ‘

Samsung Blackjack II

Samsung Blackjack II

My wife and I use Google Calendar to stay on top of our personal and business appointments/tasks, etc. b/c it integrates well with G-mail and Google Docs and it allows us to share multiple calendars (we share three – one for PolyPlat Records/State of Man, one for her and one for me).

She recently got a Samsung Blackjack II to replace her old AT&T phone, so I hit the internet to find a way to sync her Windows Mobile calendar to Google without using Outlook on her PC.

Here are the options I’ve found (feel free to send your updates and I’ll add to the list):

How to play Flash content on the iPhone



If you are new to the iPhone, you may have noticed that you can’t play flash content like Youtube videos and MP3s directly from the iPhone’s Safari browser. The following blog offers highlights an iPhone bookmarklet called iTransmogrify! that solves this issue:

There’s even a work around for IE users: