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Posted by on Jun 1, 2010

Man, the things you can learn. I’ve been using WordPress for over six years. There’s a lot of things I’ve learned along the way.

One of the best things about WordPress concerns plugins. They add functionality to most of the things we do, and when they work they’re great. When they don’t work we just get rid of them, plain and simple.

They’re easy to get to. Most of us will see something about one we want to try on a blog. I’ve written about many plugins on this blog including No Self Pings and All In One SEO; it’s not always positive.

I just learned something new about plugins. Turns out you don’t have to go anywhere to download one and then load it onto your site before you can do something with it. You can bypass all that noise and load it directly onto your blog through your plugins area in your administrative area.

What you do is click on Add New, and it takes you to a new screen most of you have probably never seen because I hadn’t. Then you use the search menu there to look for your plugin. If you know the name, you type it in there; if not, and you’re looking for a plugin that might do something specific, type that in.

You’ll come up with a list of plugins that pertain to your topic. If you knew the name of a particular plugin, it will be at the top. All you do is look to the far right of that plugin, click on Install, and the rest is history. All you’re left to do after that is click Activate, and you’re all set.

I can’t believe that all these years I’ve gone through the process of downloading a zip file to my computer, opening it up, moving the file out of there to my computer, having to upload… well, I’m betting y’all know the process as well. This is drastically simple, and it lends itself well to trying out a bunch of plugins and getting rid of them pretty quickly.

There you go; once again, we’ve all learned something new and easy; don’t ever try to say I don’t ever teach anything around here. 🙂

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Really? Did you just update your wordpress version? That add new has ben in wordpress 2.8.

You don’t have to use the add new option to install a plugin because not all plugins are installed wordpress plugin database. You can use easy uploader to install plugins.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Where To Buy Silly Bandz Online =-.

June 1st, 2010 | 12:05 PM

It may have been there, Ryan, but I didn’t know about it, and I’m betting a lot of other people didn’t know about it either. What’s easy uploader?

June 1st, 2010 | 12:43 PM

Easy uploader plugin. It is a plugin that allows you to upload plugins and themes in zip format. I was using that before wordpress brought the “add new” option.
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Where To Buy Silly Bandz Online =-.

June 1st, 2010 | 1:05 PM

Thanks for that information; it could help a lot of other folks around here.

June 2nd, 2010 | 12:21 AM

I just learned I can install a zipped plug-in by uploading it directly from the ‘add plug-in’ tab, then install within WP. Before that I would have to upload through my host site to have it available. Most plug-ins don’t require this, but some like ‘Link Within’ are not found in the WP plug-in search. These things just sneak up on us for sure.
.-= Anne Bender´s last blog ..What a Hack! =-.

June 1st, 2010 | 12:08 PM

See now, I didn’t know that either Anne. I’ve always downloaded, opened the package, then uploaded it to the blog. Either way, so many more simple ways to get it done.

June 1st, 2010 | 12:43 PM
Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing:

Even if the search comes up blank, it’s still just a 2-step process with no FTP.

Download the zip from where ever you do find it to your desktop, then use the upload link in that same install plugins page.
.-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..The Future of DEDC – Part 3 – A Slight Modification You Might Like Better =-.

June 3rd, 2010 | 5:41 PM

See Dennis, I’m getting more education from an educational post; thanks for that.

June 4th, 2010 | 1:14 AM

Sorry Mitch if I’d known you were in the dark about this feature I would have enlightened you ages ago.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..The Importance Of Honesty In Blogging =-.

June 4th, 2010 | 4:28 AM

No problem, Sire. I finally learn stuff, then I share it as well.

June 4th, 2010 | 11:19 AM

Yep, I know you do, and this is one that I obviously missed so I reckon it’s good that I keep you around to pick up the slack 😉
.-= Sire´s last blog ..The Need For Speed Computer Style =-.

June 4th, 2010 | 7:29 PM

That’s why I keep you around as well. That and those chess whipping I keep laying on you so you’ll keep coming back for more.

June 4th, 2010 | 7:52 PM

Yeah, we’re just so good for each other 😉

As to chess I reckon I may have the next one in the bag depending on whether you can read my moves or not 😀

June 4th, 2010 | 8:07 PM

You might be right, you might be wrong; we’ll see how it goes lol

June 4th, 2010 | 8:48 PM

I’ve just discovered something I didn’t know which explains why I don’t have the plugin area on my dashboard: people who use (which I do) can’t use plugins. Hmm… oh well.
.-= Val´s last blog ..Motherpearl =-.

June 22nd, 2010 | 12:51 PM

If you’re using the free version of, no you can’t use plugins. I write for someone and discovered that early on; too bad.

June 22nd, 2010 | 4:08 PM