How to install plugins manually in WordPress • WordPress Help

We have already been several months and still lacked a clear and explanatory guide about how to install plugins in WordPress . Although something Guillermo advanced us some time ago, I think some more clarification was needed, especially at the time of activation in your blog.

I'll try to get it …

The basic process is the following:

1. Download the plugin

Normally, it will be in the form of a compressed (zip) file. You download it, unzip it on your computer and you will see – one of two – a folder or a simple file. In some cases it will be accompanied by a text file with explanations about its use and installation I recommend that you always read it.

The main file of the plugin is usually a file with extension .php where, if you open it with a text editor, you will see that it also usually gives information about its function, author, version, etc. This information is what is usually displayed in the plugins management window of your blog.

Also, depending on the plugin, it may be accompanied with other files and folders.

2. Upload the plugin to your server

You must upload the folder or file of the plugin to your server. The path where you should always stay is " wp-content / plugins / ", once you have uploaded it as " wp-content / plugins / miplugin / " – if it is a folder – or " wp-content / plugins / miplugin.php " if it is a simple file.

To upload files you can use three methods mainly:

  1. FTP Client – You have to enter the access data to the server provided by your hosting provider. You have very good free clients for Mac, Linux and Windows, and everyone does their work quickly and easily, even allowing uploading files with the drag and drop procedure. It is my recommended option.
  2. Hosting Control Panel – On many occasions, although not always, your hosting provider will have a file browser from which you can perform file uploading, downloading, editing and almost anything you would do with an FTP client. The advantage is that everything you do from the browser and no need to install any application on your computer.
  3. OneClick / MyFTP – These plugins for WordPress allow you to upload and install plugins and themes without leaving the administration panel of your WordPress blog. Its main advantage is that you do not have to decompress the downloaded plugin before on your computer because they do it for you.

Of course, there are more options but what you get with all of them is more or less this …

And as we mentioned before, depending on whether the plugins come in the folder or not you can have both types within the directory .

3. Activate the Plugin

Once you have the files in the right place you must access your control panel WordPress and go to the Plugins window . You will see a list of the available ones, where you can distinguish the active from the inactive by their different color and the link that offers you "Activate" or "Deactivate".

[19659003] You only have to do click on "Activate" and your plugin will be installed completely.

Now, you should keep in mind at this point that some plugins need some configuration. There are two possibilities for this:

    1. Options Page – In the Options window of your administration panel you will find sections for the configuration of some plugins. It is always advisable to visit them and customize their operation so that it adapts to the function they must perform, and sometimes you can even configure their appearance.

  1. Insertion of Code – In many (yes, many) occasions you must activate the plugin by inserting some type of code in the files of your template . It is a method that may seem old and even cause you insecurity if you have no familiarity with programming, but it is a very safe and adaptable way to include functions … especially if they are facing your readers. In this way you will not only offer what the plugin gives you but you can even decide yourself where to show your virtues . Normally in the README file of the plugin in question will tell you what is the code to include, where you can add it and even if you have variable parameters that you can adjust. Some very popular that use this method are those of Lester Chan . For example, in the documentation of use of WP-PageNavi tells you that to activate it completely you must include the following code in the place where you want the "Digg style" navigation menu offered by the plugin to appear.

    In the case of this plugin, it is advisable to add this code in the file footer.php of your template (usually before the tag )

That's it. I hope to have clarified some not very obvious aspects of installing plugins and, if you dare, you can visit the download area and install some that offer interesting features.

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