How to Outsource WordPress Projects Effectively

How to Outsource WordPress Projects Effectively





How to Outsource WordPress Projects Effectively

WordPress by far is one of the most popular content management systems on the internet. WordPress has 61.5% of the content management system (CMS) market share. As of 2019 WordPress powers 34% of the internet, a 4% rise from the previous year. If you’ve decided to use WordPress to build your website, you can easily outsource the WordPress development tasks so that you can focus on business. In this blog post I am going to show you how to outsource WordPress projects effectively.

How to Outsource WordPress Projects Effectively

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Why you should consider Outsourcing your WordPress Projects?

There are many reasons why you should consider outsourcing at least some of the WordPress website development project. These reasons include;

  • Cost Effective: Outsourcing  the WordPress development is a cost effective way to reduce the total cost of the project.
  • Quality:  Outsourcing your WordPress project will help you meet the deadlines without compromising on quality of the project.
  • WordPress Coding Standards: Using the most recent technology and tools keeps your WordPress website ahead of the competitors.
  • Better Conversion: Increase conversion optimization, meaning more revenue and greater success.
  • Easy Management: You will find that the managing your WordPress project become far more easier.

In fact, the full list of benefits of outsourcing your WordPress projects are virtually endless. So, now that you are aware of the advantages of why you should outsource your WordPress website development, the next step is to find a way of doing it in style.

What WordPress work you should outsource

You probably already have a basic idea of what part of the WordPress project you want to outsource since you are reading this blog post. So now would be a good time to do a short brainstorming session.

Just to help you out, here are some of the common WordPress development tasks you can begin with (from the perspective of a WordPress designer building a website for a client):

  • WordPress Installation and Setup
  • PSD to WordPress website conversion
  • WordPress Plugin Development
  • Custom WordPress website development
  • Converting a HTML into a responsive WordPress website
  • Securing your WordPress website
  • Integrating multiple marketing features and advanced SEO support
  • Client support for WordPress issues

As a general rule of thumb, the more specific you are about the kind of tasks you want to outsource, the better. Instead of just saying that you want to outsource “WordPress stuff” probably you will not give you good results, nor will you be able to find a good vendor to outsource. In order to better understand how to outsource WordPress projects effectively, you should have a basic knowledge of WordPress development.

Step by Step Process of WordPress Development

Step 1: Define your objectives.

Decide what you want your WordPress website to do for you? Is it just a basic website? What are the features that you want to include in your website. Do you want your WordPress website to have features like a membership portal, job portal, classifieds section, eCommerce, etc.?

Step 2: Write a project brief

Describe the project in detail. It should include the objectives of the project, timeframe, design references, budget, a description of your brand, company culture, and vision.

Step 3: Create a mock design

In this stage, a good graphic designer will create a mockup designs of your home page and internal pages, which shows exactly how your WordPress website is going to look like. Ideally, designer should give you two or three design options to choose from.

Step 4: Convert your design to a WordPress theme

Once you selected a design, then the next step is to convert that design into a WordPress theme. This process requires a experienced WordPress developer who is well-versed with the process of creating WordPress themes.

Step 5: Set-up WordPress and upload the theme to your hosting account

Once you have got your design ready, set-up WordPress on your hosting account, and upload the theme. You are now almost ready to publish.

Step 6: Add content

Add content, create pages, and posts on your WordPress website. You are now on your way to share information on the world wide web.

Step 7: Test your website

Before going live, you should test the functionality of your website to make sure there are no bugs or errors.

Choosing between a Freelancer vs a WordPress Development Company

Now, coming back to outsourcing, you might outsource design (Step 3) to one freelancer or WordPress design company, and outsource WordPress development (step 4 to 7) to a developer or web development company.

Some freelancers only handle design, while some handle only web development, of course there are others who do both.

If you have a big budget, time is limited, and want a turnkey solution; then it is best to outsource the entire project to a WordPress development company that handles the entire process from design to development.

However, if you do have knowledge about project management and WordPress, and are looking to save costs, then it will be more sensible to hand over the project to different people – find a good graphic designer and once design is ready hire a WordPress developer to convert the design into  a WordPress theme.

In my experience, I have observed that with outsource WordPress development developers are not necessarily great designers.

Types of services providers

Freelancers – He/She is a self-employed individual. They will have multiple clients and work on several projects at a time.

WordPress Development company – A company who specialize in developing custom WordPress products.

Advantages of hiring a WordPress freelancer

Outsourcing has many advantages and there are many options readily available for it. However, outsourcing can also be risky. You have to be very careful when selecting a vendor when outsourcing your WordPress project. Let us first have a look at the step-by-step process of WordPress development.

They are usually specialists in their profession. It is a more intimate experience. Most of freelancers work from home and have little overhead costs to cover, so they will charge you lesser than web development companies who have high overhead costs.

Disadvantages of hiring a WordPress freelancer

Since freelancers are specialists, they are well-versed with just one part of the process. For instance, a developer might not be able to design, and a designer might not be able to do a developer’s job of converting a design into a WordPress theme.

I am generally apprehensive of hiring freelancers who claim to do both. In my experience, the allrounders end up being average in both design and also development. Companies – They are usually a team of people with project managers, graphic designers, and developers on their team.

Advantages of hiring a WordPress Development company

You get a complete turnkey solution. If a designer or developer falls sick, there will always be someone else working on the project. Since it is the company that you are dealing with they will also have a project manager on their team, there is little monitoring from your side.

Disadvantages of hiring a WordPress Development company

Expensive. WordPress development companies are usually more expensive compared to freelancers since they must support a project manager, and cover higher overhead costs like office space, admin, etc.

How to outsource WordPress Projects Effectively

So the next step in this process is deciding what approach you should take when outsourcing the work. Consider these three main paths:

  • Outsourcing a freelancer to work on a simple one-off tasks only.
  • Hiring a freelancer to work with you on multiple occasions.
  • Working with an WordPress development company and possibly arranging a partnership.

Depending on the time and money investment you would like to make, and how confident you feel about your work-delegation skills, you can take an educated guess here and select the path that seems like the most suitable for you.

To make this easier, let us look at some advantages and disadvantages of each path.

Best place to find WordPress freelancers to Outsource

I am going to list a handful of websites here, and based on the kind of WordPress project you have in mind, some will be them more fitting than the others. Here are some websites where you will be able to find high quality freelancers.

Okay, so I guess you have made up your mind at this point and know what part of your WordPress work you would want to outsource, as well as how you want to do it. So now, let us talk about where to go.

I am going to list a handful of websites here, and based on the path you have chosen, some will be more fitting than the others.

Codeable.io

Codeable is an exclusive marketplace for WordPress freelancers. Codeable.io is known for not accepting everyone who applies to the platform. The strict policies of featuring only competent freelancer profiles contributed to building Codeable’s authority among WordPress ecosystem during the years. Here, you will be able to find a variety of freelance jobs that pay a minimum of $60 per hour.

Fiverr.com

The kingdom of $5 gigs. Most of the services listed at Fiverr could be bought for $5. Along with the $5 service it is possible for you to add some extras can also be added for extra payment. There’s an extensive WordPress category there. What’s great about Fiverr is you can get simple tasks done relatively quickly and with little supervision required on your part. The downside is the quality might vary and that you are limited to the kinds of jobs listed there.

PeoplePerHour.com

This website is somewhat similar to Fiverr, however the project price range from around $5 to $500 and more. The most of project have good descriptions, with ratings and comments submitted by other users.

Upwork.com

This is probably one of the most popular outsourcing/freelancing website out there. Upwork.com is a website where you can post a job, and several freelancers bid for your job. There, you will find people able to do anything related to WordPress, starting from simple tasks, all the way to handling complex projects.You make payment to an escrow account, and you release the payment only after you are satisfied with the job.

Guru.com

Next, we have Guru, which is very very much like Upwork in many aspects. This website is believed to be better for hiring U.S.-based teams and professionals. Also, a lot of agencies list their services there. Take a peek inside the WordPress section.

jobs.wordpress.net

Finally, let us not forget about WordPress’ own native jobs platform. You can post your job there and get someone to do exactly what you are looking for.

Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is almost exactly like Upwork. It provides similar features and a wider pool of freelancers. The quality of tech freelancers seems to be much better than Upwork. However, Upwork seems to score better for design jobs.

Niche Job Boards

For tech jobs, there are many niche portals like jobs.wordpress.net, codeable.io, and WPhired. For design and writing jobs, there are job boards like art Jobs, the Behance job board, ProBlogger Job board, Blogger Hangout Job board, and also the creative pool job boards.

How you can identify good freelancers from the average ones?

The first thing you do is ask for work samples. Each designer has a certain style and touches to his design; you have to make sure it matches your vision. If you do not like any designs that match your taste, it is best to move on to yet another designer instead of asking him to match your style.

Have a conversation with the freelancer either through Skype or even Google chat to make sure he is receptive to your questions. It is important for the freelancer to be flexible and accommodate your needs.

It is hard to figure out the effectiveness of a professional until you hire him. I have seen freelancers who lacked good communication skills however they were good at their job. So do not judge a developer just by his communication skills. If it is possible, start with a smaller test project to see how the relationship goes.

Conclusion: Should you outsource WordPress development?

Outsourcing your WordPress development can easily be a fun task. The ones who get it right know exactly what they are looking for before they start outsourcing. Outsourcing is an entrepreneurial practice which will really empower your business however it take some time to be good at it and fully leverage its potential.

Start by getting your hands dirty by outsourcing single tasks and small projects at first. This way you will very easily get used to the new working paradigm and will keep up with a standard pace so that you do not risk getting overwhelmed.

And remember, quality, timing and experience have all a price so do not be afraid to pay little more when all these 3 are provided by your expert. Leave the cheapest solution off your desk. That would be a great business decision, you will make. We hope this blog post helped you understand how to outsource WordPress projects effectively.

Sajan Kota is the CEO and founder of RoundCodeBox. RoundCodeBox is a leading Custom Software Development Company. RoundCodeBox specializes Web development, Web Application Development, eCommerce Website Development, WordPress Website Development.


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How to Hide a Specific Post in WordPress

How to Hide a Specific Post in WordPress

Have you ever needed to hide a specific post from your WordPress homepage or blog archive page?

While it is possible to make WordPress posts password protected or private, in some cases you might simply would like to specific hide the post from your homepage while still allowing others to view it if they have the direct link.

In this blog post, we are going to show you how to hide a specific post from selected pages in WordPress. It could be your homepage, category archives, search results, and other pages.

Hide Posts from Home Page in WordPress

Method 1. How to Hide a Specific Post in WordPress
Using a Plugin

This method is easier, and it is recommended for beginners.

First thing you have to do is install and activate the WordPress Hide Posts plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide about how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is activated, go ahead and edit the post you would like to hide. You will notice a new ‘Hide Posts’ section in the right column of the editor.

Simply clicking on it will reveal plugin options. You will be able to hide the post on the front page and blog page, category or tag pages, authors page, and website search results.

Simply select the options you like and after that save your post.

Based on the options you selected, you can now visit those pages and that particular post will not be listed.

Only users who have the direct post URL (permalink) will be able to still see it by entering the URL.

While this method certainly is the easiest, it lacks several powerful options.

For example, you will not be able to hide a page or even custom post type like a WooCommerce products. It also does not have an option to hide a post from WordPress RSS feed.

Method 2. How to Hide a Specific Post in WordPress
Manually

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress website. In case you have not done this before then see our guide about how to copy and paste code snippets in WordPress.

WordPress uses a database query to fetch and show posts based on the page a user is viewing. It also provides built-in hooks to modify the query before running it.

we are going to be using those hooks to modify the WordPress query and hide the WordPress posts, pages, and custom post types in different sections.

You will be able to add custom code using the code snippets plugin which is safer and does not break your WordPress website. Alternatively, you will be able to add the custom code to your theme’s functions.php file.

You will also have to know the IDs of the post or pages which you would like to hide. We have got a quick tutorial about how to find a post ID in WordPress that shows how to find a post ID.

Basically, you will be able to just edit a post or page to view its ID in your browser’s address bar.

Finding a post ID in the address bar

That being said, let us dive into the code part.

Hide WordPress Posts or Pages from Homepage

The following code uses is_home() conditional tag to find out when the user is viewing the homepage. If they are, then it excludes the post IDs from the query.

function wpb_exclude_from_home($query) {<br />if ($query-&gt;is_home() ) {<br />$query-&gt;set('post__not_in', array(1737, 1718));<br />}<br />}<br />add_action('pre_get_posts', 'wpb_exclude_from_home');

Do not forget to replace the IDs inside the array with the actual IDs of posts or pages which you would like to exclude.

Hide WordPress Posts or Pages from RSS Feed

In case you would like to hide a WordPress post from the homepage as well as the WordPress RSS feed, then you have to simply use the is_feed conditional tag in the code.

function wpb_exclude_from_feed($query) {<br />if ($query-&gt;is_feed() ) {<br />$query-&gt;set('post__not_in', array(1737, 1718));<br />}<br />}<br />add_action('pre_get_posts', 'wpb_exclude_from_feed');

Now if you are logged in as an administrator and tried to visit your WordPress RSS feed, then you will still see the posts listed there. Other users will not be able to see the excluded posts when they view your RSS feed.

Hide WordPress Post or Page from Website Search

Now, what if you wanted to hide specific posts from WordPress website search? To do that, you will simply have to add the is_search conditional tag to the code.

function wpb_exclude_from_search($query) {<br />if ( $query-&gt;is_search() ) {<br />$query-&gt;set('post__not_in', array(1737, 1718));<br />}<br />}<br />add_action('pre_get_posts', 'wpb_exclude_from_search');

You can now visit your WordPress website and look for the posts you wanted to hide. Even though these posts are public, they will not appear in search results.

Post excluded from search results

Hide WordPress Post or Page from Archives

How about hiding specific WordPress posts or pages from archive pages like category, tags, and date archives? To do that, we will have use the is_archive() conditional tag.

function wpb_exclude_from_archives($query) {<br />if ( $query-&gt;is_archive() ) {<br />$query-&gt;set('post__not_in', array(1737, 1718));<br />}<br />}<br />add_action('pre_get_posts', 'wpb_exclude_from_archives');

Hiding WordPress Post or Page from Everywhere

So far we have learned {how to|how you can|the best way to|the way to} hide a WordPress post or page from specific areas. Now, what about completely hiding a WordPress post from {all these|all of these} areas at once?

To do that, you will have to combine all the conditional tags we have used earlier in a single code snippet.

function wpb_exclude_from_everywhere($query) {<br />if ( $query-&gt;is_home() || $query-&gt;is_feed() || $query-&gt;is_search() || $query-&gt;is_archive() ) {<br />$query-&gt;set('post__not_in', array(1737, 1718));<br />}<br />}<br />add_action('pre_get_posts', 'wpb_exclude_from_everywhere');

This code will hide the given posts from homepage, RSS feed, search results, and archive pages.

We hope this blog post helped you learn How to Hide a specific Post in WordPress homepage and other pages of your WordPress website. You might also want to see our guide about how to make a WordPress website completely private.

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7 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website

7 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Website

7 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website

7 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Website

WordPress is definitely the most popular Content Management System (CMS). In fact, WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019 powered by WordPress.  In this blog post we are going to show 7 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website. This includes everything from personal blogs to government websites with heavy website traffic. It is not hard to see why, as WordPress is totally customizable while being very easy to use.

Here are 7 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website:

Because so many use WordPress, security is one of its’s primary concerns. Your WordPress website may be vulnerable to hackers because of a number of WordPress security issues.

Seemingly silly things such as faulty passwords and skipped updates can easily leave the door wide open to cyber thieves. Luckily, many WordPress security issues can easily be fixed if you know what to look for and take the time to do things right.

#1: Do not Skip WordPress Updates

The WordPress development team works hard to find security flaws and correct them. These fixes are delivered to users in regular core version updates.

Minor updates happen automatically however major overhauls, like the upcoming WordPress 5.3, have to be manually updated by the user. Many decide to ignore these core version updates, as they might sometimes break website components, which then require to be fixed with haste. Hackers love whenever you do this, as it makes their jobs much easier.

Core version updates aren’t the only thing you should keep up with. Your WordPress plugins and themes must be updated regularly, as well. In fact, plugins are even far more dangerous to ignore than WordPress core updates. 63% of reported WordPress security issues are caused by incompatible plugins or themes, while only 37% are because of missing core files.

Reputable WordPress plugins and themes release updates shortly following WordPress core version updates. As a general rule, do not use any questionable plugins/themes from third parties and your website will be safe.

#2: Use A Secure Web Host

The web host you select will have an effect on your WordPress website’s security. Shared servers are inexpensive however pose a possible WordPress security issue. Hackers can easily find their way into your website by first going through the other less secure websites on the shared server.

To fix for these WordPress security issues, opt for managed WordPress hosting whenever possible. Many of these web hosts even update and backup your website automatically!

#3: Rename Your WordPress Login Page

Renaming your WordPress login page is an simple and easy way to protect your website. This makes it inaccessible unless you have got the direct URL. If you are not a developer, it is possible to use the Rename wp-login.php plugin to do so-just ensure that you bookmark the changed URL.

It is really an effective WordPress security method as long as your website only enables a few administrator accounts. However, in case your WordPress website has a high number of users (like a store page) you should make admins and users use different login pages (and only hide the admin login).

#4: Keep Your Password Strong

Brute force attacks are certainly one of the most common hacking methods. Put simply, hackers use programs to manually enter ID and password combinations until they guess right.

This method is time-consuming and imprecise. When you have a strong password then it could take decades for a hacking program to guess correctly. However if you have a weak password (like “password”), your WordPress website could be hacked within a matter of minutes. Strengthen your password by making it longer (10 characters and above) and by adding numbers and special symbols.

Creating a strong password is very simple and very important. Up to 8% of WordPress security issues occur because of weak passwords. Install a plugin that limits login attempts like Login Lockdown for added protection against brute force attacks. Additionally, software tools like LastPass can easily help you manage passwords and also generate secure passwords for you in case you can not think of one.

Lastly, be sure to change your password frequently and never reuse the same one twice.

#5: Check out WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress does a pretty good job of securing itself however you will be able to improve the security by installing security plugins. These plugins handle all manner of tasks including scanning, blocking threats, adding firewalls, tracking logins, and more.

The one of the most popular WordPress security plugin is Wordfence. This freemium plugin comes with a firewall and malware scanners designed specifically for WordPress. Sucuri is another popular freemium option. It provides file monitoring and malware scanning.

#6: Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication requires users to confirm their identity twice to login. This usually means that you will need to use SMS, which uses your phone number, authenticator apps (which generate time sensitive passwords), and push-based notifications (which sends prompts to all your devices upon login).

Every method makes logging in slightly more difficult, however the security benefits should not be overlooked. With two-factor authentication, you will always get back into your website long as you have got one of your devices.

Just be careful in case you use SMS. A hacker could gain access to the WordPress website without the need of knowing the password if they get access to your phone.

#7: Maintain Regular WordPress Backups

Each week, Google purges around 70,000 websites for malware and phishing.

While keeping your WordPress website secure will help protect you from hackers, anything may happen. This is why it is advised to have a backup plan.

WordPress plugins like Vaultpress can easily create backups for a specified time period. Some WordPress backup plugins also come with additional features security features, for example Vaultpress’ ability to scan your WordPress website for malware.

It is important that you do not store all your backups in your hosting account. Hackers may easily get access and destroy these, too. So instead, store your backups in the cloud on an unrelated account. Or even better, store them on a physical device, like a hard drive that isn’t connected to the internet at all.

Final Thoughts: A Little Security Goes A Long Way

Setting up WordPress security tools can easily be a hassle. That is why many users do not do it. However it is important not to ignore this process, as rough 73% of the most popular WordPress sites are vulnerable to attack by some method.

Learn from other user’s mistakes and keep up with your security software. You’ll thank yourself for it later on!

We hope this helped you learn 7 Ways to Secure Your WordPress Website. You might also like to see our plugins category where we write about the best WordPress plugins which you can use to accomplish whatever you are looking to do. Each of those articles come with step-by-step instructions regarding how to setup individual plugins. You can visit our blog to read more blog posts.

What are your best tips for securing against WordPress website? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners


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How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for Beginners

How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step for BeginnersImmediately after installing WordPress, one of the first thing every beginner has to learn is how to install a WordPress plugin. Plugins enable you to add new features to WordPress like add a gallery, slideshow, etc. There are lots of free and paid plugins readily available for WordPress. In this step by step guide, we are going to show you how to install a WordPress plugin.

Before You Start

If you are using WordPress.com, you will be able to install the plugins only if you are using Business or Ecommerce Plan. In case you are using any other plan you will not install plugins in WordPress.com website.

We generally get complaints from users saying that they can not see the plugins menu in their WordPress admin panel. It’s because you’re using WordPress.com, which has its limitations.

You can’t install plugins on WordPress.com unless you upgrade for their business plan. Alternatively, you will be able to install any plugin you want on your own self hosted WordPress.org website right out of the box (See the differences in between self hosted WordPress.org vs WordPress.com).

In case you would like to switch from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, then read our tutorial about how to properly move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

There are 3 ways to install plugins in WordPress.

  1. Install a Plugin using WordPress Admin Dashboard Plugin Search
  2. Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin dashboard Plugin Upload
  3. Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP or SFTP

If you are installing a plugin from WordPress Plugin Directory then the best way using the 1st option i.e. to search for the plugin from WordPress Admin Dashboard Plugin Search
If you are installing a plugin from which is not available in the WordPress Plugin Directory, either you have purchased the plugin or you have received the plugin from someone, perhaps maybe you have someone has created a plugin for you, then the 2nd option is the best way to install the plugin in WordPress.
3rd option requires you to have access to FTP for the WordPress website.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

To make it simple and easy, we have created a video tutorial regarding how to install a WordPress plugin which you can watch below.

However in case you just wish to follow text-instructions, then you can follow our detailed tutorial about how to install a WordPress plugin.

We have covered all three methods: installing a WordPress plugin using search, uploading a WordPress plugin, and manually installing a WordPress plugin using FTP.

Install a Plugin using WordPress Admin Dashboard Plugin Search

The easiest way of installing a WordPress plugin is to use the plugin search. The only problem with this option is the fact that a plugin must be in the WordPress plugin repository that is limited to only free plugins.

First thing you’ll want to do is go to the WordPress admin area and then click on Plugins » Add New.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

You will see a screen like the one in the screenshot above. Find the plugin by typing the plugin name or the functionality you’re looking for, like we did. After that, you will see a number of listings like the example below:

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

You will be able to select the plugin which is best for you. Since in our search, we were looking for Floating Social Bar which happens to be the first plugin, we’ll click on the ‘Install Now’ button.

WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. Following this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.

A WordPress plugin can easily be installed on your own website, however it will not work unless you activate it. So go ahead and then click on the activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress website.

That is all, you have successfully installed your first WordPress plugin.

The next step is to configure the plugin settings. These settings will vary for each and every plugin therefore we are going not to covering that in this blog post.

Install a Plugin using the WordPress Admin dashboard Plugin Upload

Paid WordPress plugins are not listed within the WordPress plugin directory. These plugins can not be installed by using the first method.

That is why WordPress has the Upload method to install such plugins. we are going to show you how to install WordPress plugins by using the upload option in the WordPress Dashboard area.

First, you have to download the plugin from the source (which will be a zip file). Next, you should go to WordPress admin area and visit Plugins » Add New page.

After that, click on the Upload Plugin button on top of the page.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step Guide for Beginners

This will bring you to the plugin upload page. Here you have to click on the choose file button and select the plugin file you downloaded earlier to your computer.

Install a WordPress Plugin

Once you have selected the file, you should click on the install now button.

WordPress will now upload the plugin file from your computer and install it for you. You will see a success message like this just after the installation is finished.

Once installed, you should click on the Activate Plugin link to begin using the plugin.

You would have to configure the settings to fit your needs. These settings will vary for each and every plugin therefore we are not going to covering that in this blog post.

Manually Install a WordPress Plugin using FTP or SFTP

In some cases, your WordPress hosting provider may have file restrictions that could limit your ability to install a plugin from the admin area.

In this situation, your best bet is to install the plugin manually using FTP.

The FTP manager method is definitely the least friendly for beginners.

First you have to download the plugin’s source file (it’s going to be a zip file). Next, you have to extract the zip file in your computer.

Extracting the plugin zip file will create a new folder with exactly the same name. This is the folder which you need to manually upload to the website using a FTP client.

You would require to access your host through the FTP manager. In case you do not have your FTP username and password, then contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them.

Open the FTP client in your computer and connect to your website by using the login credentials provided by your web host. Once connected, you must access the path /wp-content/plugins/

Next, upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder in your web server.

After uploading the files, you should go to the WordPress dashboard area and then click on the Plugins link inside admin menu. You will see your plugin successfully installed on the plugins page.

You have to click on the Activate link below the plugin. Upon activating, you might have to configure the plugin settings. WordPress plugins come with their own settings which differ from one plugin to another so we are going to not describe them here.

We hope this helped you learn how to install WordPress plugin. You might also like to see our plugins category where we write about the best WordPress plugins which you can use to accomplish whatever you are looking to do. Each of those articles come with step-by-step instructions regarding how to setup individual plugins. You can visit our blog to read more blog posts.

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