WP Plugin Installation

Now that you have some plugins for your WordPress installation, how do you install a plugin? This short tutorial will tell you a couple of different ways to install and activate your plugin.

If you have access to ftp, that is the easiest and quickest way to do it. Using ftp, unzip the plugin files on your computer. Then log into your site, and go to the content folder, then the Plugins folder, and upload the plugin that you want to install.

If you do not have an ftp client, then log into WordPress, and go to Plugins on the Dashboard. You will see an Add New link. Click on that.

Then, you will upload the zip file that contains the plugin that you want to install.

Click Install Now, and when it has been installed…

For either method, whether you uploaded it through ftp or through a browser upload, then go to your main plugin page, and look for the plugin that you just installed.  You now have to activate it.

When you click on Activate, your plugin is activated and ready to use.  If there are additional settings to configure the plugin, then click on the settings and configure them to your liking.   And if you want to deactivate your plugin, then after the plugin is installed, the Activate link will turn into a Deactivate.  So then you can either use that link or Delete.

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WordPress Plugins

For those who are new to WordPress, one of the most attractive things about it (among many) are the plugins. WordPress has a plugin for everything under the sun, and if you want to do something, and don’t know exactly how to do it, search the plugins on wordpress.org and they should have something there. As of this date, they have 17,041 various plugins for everything from images to widgets.

I am going to tell you about a few plugins that I have found helpful. This is not a complete list of plugins, but are some that I can recommend that have worked well for me.

Secure WordPress Plugin
Secure WordPress beefs up the security of your WordPress installation by removing error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version and much more.

  1. Removes error-information on login-page
  2. Adds index.php plugin-directory (virtual)
  3. Removes the wp-version, except in admin-area
  4. Removes Really Simple Discovery
  5. Removes Windows Live Writer
  6. Removes core update information for non-admins
  7. Removes plugin-update information for non-admins
  8. Removes theme-update information for non-admins (only WP 2.8 and higher)
  9. Hides wp-version in backend-dashboard for non-admins
  10. Removes version on URLs from scripts and stylesheets only on frontend
  11. Blocks any bad queries that could be harmful to your WordPress website

Author’s site:  http://www.websitedefender.com/secure-wordpress-plugin/

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet. Also is fully WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress compatible.


NextGEN Gallery
NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option.


WP Mobile Detector
The WP Mobile Detector WordPress plugin automatically detects if the visitor is using a standard mobile phone or a smart phone and loads a compatible WordPress mobile theme for each.


Fast Secure Contact Form
This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin. An administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.

Author’s Site:  http://www.fastsecurecontactform.com/

Change WP Mail From Details
This WordPress plugin lets you customize the email details that appear on emails sent from WordPress. By default the “From Name” on emails sent from wordpress has a name “WordPress” and the “From Address” on emails has “wordpress@your-domian.com” which is not very meaningful. You can customize both these fields with this plugin so your customers are not confused.


FB Like Plugin
The Like button enables users to make connections to your pages and share content back to their friends on Facebook with one click.


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Posting in WordPress

One of the most popular software to date is WordPress. Do you have a WordPress site? Wonderful! Now what do you do with it?

On the left hand side of your dashboard, you will see Posts and Pages. (See illustration on the left) Pages are the static part of your site that will remain the same, like the About Us page, the Contact Us page, etc. Posts are your blog posts that will be an ongoing list of what you post. Usually the most recent post will appear first. My tutorials section is an example of a blog. The rest of my site are static pages created in WordPress.

This tutorial will show you how to post to your blog and add images. If you have any trouble, let me know and I will try to clarify it for you.







Adding A New Post

Click on “Post” and then “Add New” to start a new post. Then put your title in the top section.

You will see a number of tools for editing and formatting your post on the top of the editing box.  This is similar to what you may have seen when sending email or working in Word.  You can hover your mouse over an icon to see a tool tip that will tell you what it is.  On the far right, the icon indicated by the arrow in the image above is your “kitchen sink”.  If you click on that button, more formatting options will be shown, as in the image below.

The icon that I have highlighted allows you to paste text from Word into your post.  This is useful if you choose to set up your posts using Microsoft Word, and then when you have it the way that you like it, to paste it in, with the same formatting.  However, it does not paste in the images.  For that, you have to insert the images in WordPress.

So type or paste your text, and use the tools in WordPress to format and tweak the post as you desire.

Adding Images

We will now show you how to add images to your post. On top of your tools, you will see a series of icons after the workds Upload/Insert, and the one on the left hand side is to Add an Image. Click on that icon.



The image above shows the popup box for inserting an image. Make sure the tab “From Computer” is selected. The click on the button to “Select Files”. Select the image that you want from your computer and upload it.

There are a number of things to add in to the next box which you will see above.  Put in the title of the image, the alternative text, for search engines and those who are visually impaired.  Remember, search engines do not see images, they see text, and this is what you are adding.  If you want a caption under the image, you can add it, as well as a description of the picture.

If you want people to be able to click on the image and see a full sized version of the picture, then you can leave the link in the next box, or click the button for “None” for this option to be disabled.

The next line is Alignment.  If you want no alignment of your text in relation to the image, then select None.  Or select one of the other buttons.  The first image in this post is “Align Left” where the image is on the left and the text is to the right of the image.

The next line is Size.  Select the size that you want.

Next, click “Insert into Post”.  Your image will be inserted.  If you decide that you do not want the image, or want to edit your choices, click on the image.  You will be given the option to “Edit” or “Delete” the image.

Publishing Your Post

Now that the post is complete, we will now prepare to publish the post.  On the right hand side, you will see a Categories box.  The example on the left has one category, which is “Uncategorized”.  You may add categories in the Link section on the Dashboard.  Select the category that you want.





Then go to the Publish box (seen above).  You can either choose to save the post as a draft, to publish later, or Preview the post to see what it will actually look like after it is published.  When you are ready for your post to “go live” then hit the Publish button.  You will be able to view your post on your website!

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