What are plugins?  Basically, a plugin is a .php file or a set of it which you install in your wordpress engine for additional perks.   Visit your most favorite blog and compare it with your newly set-up blog.  See the differences?  Some popular blogs will have No. of Page Views, Poll Sections, Photo Sections, and the like.  These are all additional plugins.  They’re not necessary but they make your blog look cool and heavily customized.  At the time of writing this post, Bluemumble has the following plugins installed.

  • Akismet, for protecting your blog against spam
  • SimpleTags, for easily tagging my posts with technorati tags

Yun lang po.  Of course, plugins will be heavily dependent on the use of your website.  And anyway, the latest WordPress version 2.3.1 already has Akismet installed and a built-in tagging system. But if you would like to install additional features on your site besides these two, I suggest you follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the WordPress plugin website at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/.  Look for plugins that you would like to use and download it on your computer.
  2. Usually, the plugin is zipped. Unzip it and save it after downloading.
  3. Open your FTP client and login to your ftp server.
  4. Copy your chosen plugins to the following directory. public_html/wp-content/plugins
  5. Login to your website.  Go to the Plugins tab on the WordPress Dashboard and activate your plugins.
  6. Depending on the use and nature of your plugin, additional steps are necessary to put it to use(i.e. input of additional information, activating it on Presentation->Widgets, etc.)
  7. That’s it.

I will be posting additional plugins that I have found useful in the past along with their use and applicability on your website. I’ll be putting them in the Customize Your Blog guide.

Time Span : 1 hour – 2 weeks

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