So you are a writer or a blossoming one or someone who just wishes to express yourself and seek a community that is your very own and interact with them. Or you’re the business blogger who sees potential in maintaining a blog to promote your business. Or you may be the tech-savvy person waiting to bond with your tech-savvy kindred souls to exchange information and stay updated. Whatever your reason, except the last one, you probably are a little clueless as to how to begin.
With some information from friends you probably went through a best blogging sites list and found the one that vibes with you the most! There’s blogger.com for example. You signed up, and maybe chose a theme that best represents you and your interests. And now you’re ready, well, sort of. You’re on your way.
So how about a little zing to add to your site? Are you ready or are you shying away? Heard of plug-ins? It does sound like something that only a tech-wizard can handle. Not really. With a few instructions, you can install plug-ins yourself and fully enjoy their features!
Plug-ins enhance the overall experience of a blog with cool features. Think of it like a phone on which you download apps of your choice – whether it is an app to order food or play an online game, suddenly your phone can do much more, the engine just revved up! That’s exactly what plug-ins do to your blog site.
Outlined here are steps you can use to add plug-ins to your blogs. Take into consideration a popular blog platform such as WordPress. To start with, if you are clueless about plugins, do a search on them on say google and make a list of the ones you want. Now to install them –
WordPress provides 2 ways to install plug-ins.
From Its Own List Of Plug-ins
Login to WordPress as admin and hover over ‘Plug-ins’ on the left panel of your admin page.
You will find a sub-menu item that reads ‘Add New’. Click on it
Now insert the name of the plug-in from your list you just made and hit ‘Enter’
If WordPress has it in its list of plug-ins as well, it throws it up in response.
You’re all set!
From A Source External To WordPress
If the plug-in from your list is not found in the WordPress directory (execute till step 3, wordpress informs you that it does not have your plug-in in its directory)
Go back to google and search for the plug-in source
Download the plug-in. Normally it is in a .zip format. Download the zip file.
Login into WordPress as Admin, hover your mouse over ‘Plug-in’
Click on the sub-menu item – ‘Add New’
In the ‘Add Plug-ins’ page click on ‘Upload New’
Click ‘Choose File’
Navigate to your .zip file and click it.
Next click ‘Install Now’
Click ‘Activate Plugin’
Actions take place and provide you with status. Wait till you see ‘Plugin installed successfully
You are ready to use your plug-in now! Have fun!