Note NOTE: This video refers to older versions of WordPress or external websites. While the general principles demonstrated may remain the same, specific details may differ slightly from when this was recorded.

Summary

Setting Up Basic WordPress Plugins

Walkthrough

Setting Up Recommended WordPress Plugins: The First Way, Using FTP
  • Here we're going to look at how to install a few basic plugins that are useful on almost every website
  • In doing so you'll be able to search and install any plugin that suits your site or your needs
  • Open a new tab, and go to the WordPress.org website
  • Across the tabs at the top of the page you'll see Extend, under it you'll see Plugins, click it
  • Now in the Plugin Directory page, click to type in the search bar below all the big statistical numbers
  • This page shows you some of the most popular plugins
  • In the search bar type in BackupWordPress and hit the Search button
  • It should appear at the top of the results page. Click BackupWordPress
  • This will bring you to a page with a big dark orang button called Download and whatever version is newest
  • Click on the Download link, click Save, this will download a zip file
  • Right click the icon in the download box, and hit Open in Folder
  • In the folder, right click again and hot Extract All, then confirm by hitting Extract
  • (Keep in mind we're using the Firefox browser, it may be different if you use another browser)
  • If you don't have an Extract All option, use 7-Zip. If you don't have it here's the link to get it LINK
  • Now we open FileZilla, and connect to our WordPress FTP server
  • Locate the files you downloaded and extracted, go to the right hand side
  • In your website folder, go to Public Html, then Wp-Content, then click into Plugins
  • Right click the BackupWordPress folder on left, and click the top option, Upload
  • Ensure to have the Plugins folder open on right
  • Wait while the files are uploaded. When done they should appear in the window on the right,in the Plugins directory
  • Now go back to your Dashboard, and go to the Plugins link option on left hand side, below Appearance
  • You should see that BackUpWordPress is now listed. Click the Activate option
  • Now scroll to the bottom of the left sidebar and you should see BackupWordPress in a new box, under Permalinks
  • Click it, then on the next page, click the blue link Start By Configuring the Options
  • In the Backup Path Page, you can use the default or customise it like we did
  • Click Save, then when the new message appear, click Continue
  • This backsup your website on your website, but it can also be set to email you backups to keep your site safe
  • Under Basic Scheduling, it will say it's not activated yet, click to Activate
  • Make sure to Activate the two types of Backups
  • Type in your email address below, click the box to Yes Send me BackUps, set size limit, to say 50mb
  • Click Save to continue, it's recommended you use a gmail account here, so space is not an issue
  • Click on the BackUpWordPress link on the left sidebar, you'll be brought to the Manage Backups page
Setting Up WordPress Plugins 2nd Way within WordPress, All in One SEO Plugin [Video Time 3:58mins]

Update 2013: we actually recommended Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin for SEO instead of the All in One SEO plugin now. See this video for more information on why we did that.

  • From the WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins on the left sidebar, then click Add New at the top of the page
  • Under Search, type in All in One SEO and click Search Plugins
  • Look down the results for the All in One SEO Pack, by Michael Torbert, which it should mention in the text on right
  • Click Install Now and click OK
  • It should already be installed, simple as that. Now click to Activate the plugin
  • The plugin is activated but the big red warning says it needs to be configured
  • On the left sidebar, below Permalinks, click the link to All in One SEO
  • Scroll down, and click the bog to Enable the Plugin, beside Plugin Status
  • There's a lot of default options set, these are usually fine. Scroll to the bottom and click Update Options
Next Plugin: The Contact Form, with Contact Form 7 [Video Time 5:23mins]
  • On WordPress.org's Plugins directory, search ContactForm7 and click to search by Most Popular
  • Click the orange Download button on the right, and click Ok to save
  • Click to open the Zip file as before, Open in Folder and Extract All files
  • Like before, go back into FileZilla, open the connection to the server and locate the downloaded file in the left window
  • The right window is probably still open on the plugins directory, make sure it is, then click to Upload ContactForm7
  • The FTP method for uploading plugins is good to know
  • If you buy commercial plugins you may have to do this, as it could be on a third party website not on Wordpress.org
  • Once it's uploaded, go back to your Plugins Page of your website. Click to Activate Contact Form 7
  • Click Settings on it to configure the plugin
  • Scroll down to see the email address any contact mails will be sent to, change it if you wish
  • The defaults are pretty good but alter if you wish
  • Highlight and Copy the Contact Form 1, it should be in a brown bar
  • You can paste that into a page or into a Widget. Go to any page, About or Contact Us
  • Put the curser under the block of text, type heading of Contact Us, right click, and select Paste to paste in the contact form
  • Then click the blue Update button, and View Page
  • On the page, below the text you should see your contact form
  • If someone fills in that form, it will be sent to the email address you specified
Deleting a Plugin [Video Time 8:09mins]
  • Go to the Plugins Page, and beside Hello Dolly, click Delete
  • It's just a sample plugin that arrives installed with WordPress, but you should delete it
  • Confirm deletion on the following page
Update a Plugin [Video Time 8:28mins]
  • You'll be warned or told by WordPress when you have plugins needing updating
  • On your dashboard beside the Plugins link will appear the number of plugins needing updating
  • On the plugins page, will appear a note under the plugin requiring the update
  • It's easiest to just click Upgrade Automatically under the plugin description
  • In our example it was Akismet.
Activating Akismet Anti-Spam Plugin [Video Time 8:28mins]
  • It will say plugin activated, but you must Enter your API Key for it to work, click to open that link in a new tab
  • On the akismet configuration page, click to Get Your Key, under Akismet API Key
  • Click the relevant info, usually single site, personal blog, in which case it's free, for commercial use there's a small fee
  • Fill in the relevant details and click the big blue Continue button
  • Choose a Username, probably relevant to your site
  • Go to your email and get your key. Copy it and go back to your plugins page and click Enter Your Akismet API Key
  • Paste in your key you've copied from your email in the relevant box just under Akismet API Key
  • Click the box below that to automatically discard spam comments, click Update Options
  • The brown colour over Akismet API Key should go bright green
  • This will result in your blog and your site having far fewer spam comments

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