How to Install and Configure Word Press Plugins and Themes

Word press Plugins are not hard to use, they just require some time, patience and a little knowledge of Word Press Themes. Word Press Themes are made up of template files. It uses template files like modular building blocks that are used to combine to gather to build a single web page on your blog. Template files consist of a header, sidebar, footer and content areas. Each Word Press template file contains code which collects information from the database and displays it on a generated web page.

Go to “Plugins – “Add New” and enter the name or search term to find the Word Press Plugin you wish to add. TO get the information about the plugin, installation help, applicable word press versions, etc., click “Details” under the Plugin name. Click “Install” under the Plugin name to install the plugin. If the Word Press Plugin is installed successfully, the resulting screen will notify you that the plugin is installed and awaiting activation. If you wish to activate it, click “Activate”. Leave the page if you want to delay it.

If the Word Press Plugin does not install, Word Press will notify you. In this case you may try the manual method of installation. Before proceeding with the manual method, make sure to check if there is an issue with the Plugin, version of Word Press, server access or other compatibility issues. Before getting started always check the “Detail” page and read if others have had the problem with the plugin before.

To install Word Press Plugin manually, follow the below steps:

  1. Download the latest version of Plugin.
  2. Access your site’s server with the help of an ftp program.
  3. Copy the Plugin files or folder to the “/wp-content /plugins folder.
  4. In your Word Press administration panels, click on “Plugins” from the menu at the top.
  5. You will see your new plugin listed here. If the new plugin is not there, use your FTP program to check if the new folder is present. If it is not present, upload the files again. If it is present than delete the files and upload the folder again.
  6. To turn the Word Press Plugin on, Click “Activate” on the far right side of the list. Check your administration panels or word Press blog to see if the plugin is working.

Configuring the Word Press plugin:

Generally, the Word Press plugins are inserted in “Word Press Plugin” tab under “Options”. Most of the users prefer a user friendly method by placing the tab under “Comments”. You can place the plugin anywhere you like. Configuring your Word Press Plugin could mean setting a few options about the visibility of the plugin content and choosing the options that you like enabled. Some plugins require adding or changing default information. Few plugins require you to add files elsewhere in your Word Press set up. Some plugins require you to change file permissions, known as CHMODE, on a file or folder.  To see the changes a Plugin makes on your blog, you have to clear the cache memory first. This is called “Refresh”. Hold down the “Shift” key and “F5” in Internet Explorer to clear the cache.

The following short video should bring all of this together for you:

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