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!

Two steps to help hack-proof your wordpress blog

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:

If you are an experienced blogger and have other proven tips to share outside of these, please advise!