How to Install a WordPress Plugin in 2020 (Step by Step)

If you can’t figure out how to install a WordPress plugin, you have come to the right place. We will give you detailed instructions on three methods you can use to install and finally activate your plugin.

Once you get the first one right, installing subsequent plugins will be a smooth process.

Plugins are essential for adding the functionality of your website without any expertise needed. You can improve your site’s SEO, increase speed, add payment methods, add contact forms, and much more.

There are over 55,000 free and paid WordPress plugins available. Although there is no limit to the number of plugins you can install, it’s important that you only install only what you need to avoid slowing down the website.

You need to also pay attention to the reliability of the plugin you choose. It should be secure and not affect the user-friendliness or responsiveness of your site.


How to Install a WordPress Plugin

If you want to install a free WordPress plugin, install the plugin by using the WordPress plugin search box. It is the easiest of the three methods.

You have to follow the WordPress plugin upload method if you want to install a paid or premium plugin, because you won’t find premium plugins in the WordPress plugin directory.

It is rare that you might have problems installing a plugin by WordPress plugin search or using the plugin upload method. Nevertheless, if it happens, you have to install your plugin using FTP.


How to Install a WordPress Plugin via WordPress Plugin Search Box

install a wordpress plugin via wordpress plugin searchbox

First, head over to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins >> Add New.

You will see an interface like the image above. Type the plugin name in the search box that you want to add. For our tutorial, type in keywords for a plugin you are looking  for an example, we will use Elementor .

Next, click on the “Install Now” button. WordPress will automatically download and install the plugin for you.

write plugin name in wordpress search box

You can see that the “Install Now” button has changed into an “Activate” button. The plugin won’t work on your site if you don’t activate it.

Go ahead and click on the Activate button. Now you can start using this plugin.

install and activate wordpress plugin

That’s all. You have successfully installed the Elementor page builder plugin on your website.


How to Install a WordPress Plugin by WordPress Plugin Upload Method

This procedure is usually used for installing premium plugins. As the WordPress plugin directory is limited to only free plugins, paid plugins cannot be installed using the first method, because they are not listed in the WordPress plugin directory.

For this reason, WordPress comes with an upload method.

In this section, we will show you how to install a WordPress plugin using the plugin upload system.

  1. First, download the Elementor plugin from elemntor.com. It will be a zip file (You have to download your chosen plugin from the desired source).
  2. Log in to your WordPress admin area.
  3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  4. Next, click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button at the top of the page.
install a wordpress plugin by upload method

This will open the plugin upload section. From here you have to choose the zip file that you have downloaded previously.

  1. Click on “Choose File”.
  2. You will be redirected to your own computer files. Choose the zip file from your computer.
choose the zip file you have downloaded earlier

After that, click the “Install Now” button.

install now

Now WordPress will automatically upload the plugin from your computer and install it for you.

When you complete this process, you will see a success message on the WordPress dashboard.

activate the uploaded plugin

After installing successfully, you need to click on “Activate Plugin”. It should now be activated on your website. Lastly, you have to configure the plugin settings.

Every plugin has a different settings configuration procedure. Therefore, we will not show you this in our tutorial.

Want to find out more ways to upload your WordPress Plugins in other method ways By visiting the full article How to install a WordPress Plugin

Phishing : Beware of Fake Email from “A Professional Photographer / illustrator” claiming Copyright Infringement

Phishing : Beware of Fake Email from “A Professional Photographer / illustrator” claiming Copyright Infringement

We recently got an email from one of our clients in regard to copyright infringement on a site by the use of illustrations. At Coffee Web Design, we only use stock photos or graphics that are royally free and we limit the places we use to get our stock images for our web designs. We take copyright infringement very seriously.

When we get an email like this, we have to do some research.

We did find this most recent article as a warning on a phishing alert that sends you to a Google doc share file and is also targeting WordPress sites at this moment.

DO NOT CLICK THE LINK

If you happen to click the link then it would be best practice to run a malware check in your browser and pc, or even phone if you tried to open it there.

Her is the information shared by INserCorp as a warning.

We have received several reports of a malicious website visitor filling out contact forms on iPlasmaCMS2 Websites from a person named “Mel” claiming your website is using their images and that you must “delete them NOW”.
Do NOT click on the link!
This is a classic phishing scheme – the malicious actor wants the unsuspecting victim who receives the email to click on the link which goes to a Google Drive hosted file that if clicked can create serious vulnerabilities in the victim’s device and/or network.

UPDATE – JUNE 29, 2020: It is confirmed that this script is also targeting Forms on WordPress websites as well. Thank you to the users who have contributed to this scam alert in our User Comments!
Ransomware Scheme Specifically Targeting iPlasmaCMS2 Website Administrators
The malicious actor is pretending to be a “Professional Photographer” or “Licensed Photographer” and going by the name “Mel” or “Melinda” with variations on the last name is using different fake email addresses and providing different fake phone numbers (generally with a ‘718’ area code).

Once the recipient clicks the link it will take them to a file download that will allow the hacker to seize control of the user’s device. The hacker will then be able to hold the user’s device hostage and demand a ransom or exploit access to the users’ system leading to further damage, compromised accounts, or injection of worms (viruses that infect the host machine and use it to launch attacks on others).

Take a look at two almost identical messages sent through two completely different Website Contact Forms powered by iPlasmaCMS2, Insercorp’s proprietary Web Content Management System:

—–Original Message—–
From: REDACTED <noreply@REDACTED>
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 4:05 AM
To: REDACTED <REDACTED>
Subject: REDACTED Location Contact Form

iPlasmaCMS Location Contact Form Message Generated on June 15, 2020
Name: Mel
Email Address: Melphotographer985@aol.com
Phone Number: 17185795917
Preferred Contact Method: Phone

Comments
Hello there!

This is Melinda and I am a licensed photographer.

I was discouraged, frankly speaking, when I came across my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without my approval, you must be aware that you could be sued by the copyrigh owner.

It’s illicitly to use stolen images and it’s so disgusting!

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at REDACTED and my earlier publications to obtain evidence of my copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

<REDACTED>

If you don’t remove the images mentioned in the document above within the next several days, I’ll write a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

The hacker is trying to scare unsuspecting victims into clicking a link (which we have removed to prevent our readers from accidentally clicking it). Now take a look at another report we received from a completely different client later in the same day:

—–Original Message—–
From: REDACTED <noreply@REDACTED>
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 10:45 PM
To: REDACTED <REDACTED>
Subject: General Contact Form Message from REDACTED

General Contact Form Message
Generated on June 15, 2020

First Name: Mel
Last Name: Pursley
Title: You have no any rights to use my images for REDACTED without my consent! It’s illegal! It violates my rights! You must delete them NOW!!!!!
Company: Me photographer
Email Address: Menikon972@aol.com
Phone Number: 17188033311
Preferred Contact Method: Phone

Comments
Hello,

This is Melynda and I am a professional photographer.

I was confused, frankly speaking, when I came across my images at your web-site. If you use a copyrighted image without my consent, you need to be aware that you could be sued by the copyright holder.

It’s against law to use stolen images and it’s so filthy!

Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at REDACTED and my earlier publications to obtain evidence of my legal copyrights.

Download it right now and check this out for yourself:

<REDACTED>

If you don’t remove the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I’ll write a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property.

And if it doesn’t work, you may be pretty damn sure I am going to report and sue you! And I will not bother myself to let you know of it in advance.

 

Read the full article here 

This month in top searches for retailers – People are getting out more in their yards!

This month in top searches for retailers – People are getting out more in their yards!

According to the recent analytics for the top search interests for people in the U.S., we found out more people are wanting to get out more and finding ways through searches for equipment!

What do top searches mean for retailers?

Well if you are a small retailer or a mom and pop shop, this would be of interest to you and what to sell, by what consumers are looking for.

Top 10 searches this month in retail

According to Think With Google, the following are the top ten searches within this month.

  1. Swimming poolsup by 300% in online searches. Seems everyone wants to take a dip since the weather is warming up and want to get out of the house, but within social distancing. If you are or have considered selling swimming pools, now is the time that you should see those sales go up.
  2. Golf Bag Accessories up by 200% – We see an online prediction here and what better way to ‘set up your game’ than to buy from a retailer who sells Golf Accessories!
  3. Water park and Slides! up by 200%– Did we say warmer weather is coming! Summer is almost here! Get these families ready with your retailing of yard water parks and slides!
  4. Sneeze Guards up by 200% – Well we didn’t think about the summer on this one, but we did a double thought and said sure! Allergy season is here, now! Customers are looking, so start selling!
  5. Evaporative Coolers up by 200% – See the trend here! Summer is fast approaching!
  6. Outdoor Umbrellas and Shade Accessories! up by 200% – Hot topic cause while kids play, parents need the cooling downtime, or kids will need a cool down from the pools and Water park slides above!
  7. Neck Gaiters up by 200% – If you don know what a neck gaiter is – it’s a tube-like scarf around your neck and can be pulled up as a mask. Go ask any biker!
  8. Outdoor Umbrellas and Sunshades up by 200% – To go along with the Umbrella accessories they were looking online to purchase!
  9. Party Streamers and Curtains up by 200% – We won’t ask why just turn on your locations on your smartphones!
  10. Pool Covers and Ground cloths up 200%  – You know, cause they just bought a pool and summer isn’t quite here yet!

We hope you had fun reading some of our mentions of the top 10 retail searches this month!

If you don’t have an online store yet, contact us so we can help you with setting one up. If you have one already, you can go to Think with Google and stock up on the latest monthly search trends!

 

The Coffee Team

How to upload videos to YouTube – Easy Step by Step Instructions

How to upload videos to YouTube – Easy Step by Step Instructions

Many request from people on how to use YouTube for their videos. Times are changing and more content is going visual. We have put together a step by step instruction on how to upload your videos or go live on YouTube. Click on any of the images to view larger.

First of all you have to have a Google account to use YouTube.  We suggest if you are going to use YouTube for business, you have a separate account. Its easy and sign up is free. 

Once you have a Google (it is your Gmail account) Sign in and go to YouTube.

 

Step 1. Uploading your video to YouTube

Click on the upper right hand corner or on your mobile device, look for the cam icon > Click and choose Upload Video (click on the image below to view larger)

You will be directed to YouTube Studio

 

Step 2. Uploading your video

On a computer or mobile device, Select the video file and upload. The arrow icon will show you progression.

Step 3. Now your video is uploaded to your YouTube Studio

Wait for YouTube to generate thumbnails for your video or you can upload one of your own.

Add our title for the video you uploaded

Add a description of the video. Keep in mind words and phrases for youtube searches. 

Choose the cover photo for your video or upload one of your own by clicking the + icon.

Select a Playlist you want to add this video to or create one. 

Click NEXT

 

Step 4. Select the Right Settings

You will see the draft of the video you just uploaded.

Here you can change playlist or add to more than one playlist. No changes? 

Select if this video is made for children (will be available for review for youtube kids app) default is “no”

Select if this is restricted conent for adults only or not. Default is “no”

Click NEXT

Step 5. Adding “cards” to your YouTube video?

Cards on a YouTube video are those little pop ups you see when you are watching a video. To add cards, you will view a timeline of your video. You will stop in the timeline to add a card, link to your site etc. If you have nothing to add in your video, 

Click NEXT

Step 6. Finish your video and publishing your YouTube video

You can save your video to draft to complete the publishing later if you do not want to publish right now. 

Next and final steps to publishing your video

Select visibility – Here you will list if your video will be available to the:

  • Public– this will ba available for the public to watch and will be indexed in search engines. This is the most common.
  • Unlisted – This is a private vodeo that you have uploaded and only people with a link that you send them, will be able to view the video. This is most commonly used for training videos or company training videos that they don’t really need the public to view or want in searches.
  • Private – Ony you or people you send video links to can view a private video.
Video done and don’t want to publish now? 

You can schedule the publish date of a video for the future if you don’t want to publish right away.

If you want to publish now then click the PUBLISH button. 

 

You are done! You have just uploaded a video to YouTube!

If you need help with your YouTube Channel videos, please feel free to contact us.

Start using Push Signals to keep people engaged on your web site.

Start using Push Signals to keep people engaged on your web site.

What exactly is a Push Notification? Why you should be using them?

Push Notifications or Message pop-ups are a correspondence channel incorporated with each cell phone sold today.

  • Pop-up messages are the first and frequently most significant correspondences channel utilized by applications.
  • About each major application utilizes message pop-ups for exchanges and re-commitment.
  • Pop-up message innovation is quickly advancing from a straightforward message conveyance framework to a rich and intelligent medium.

Clients today make some hard memories recollecting what applications they even have on their gadget. Message pop-ups help these administrations convey opportune and important data to clients, and in doing as such, remaining top of their mind.

An ongoing report indicated that versatile clients get a normal of 63.5 warnings every day, with most notices originating from informing and email applications.

Message pop-ups ( or Push notifications ) are basically a method for making clients aware of data that they have subscribed to from applications and administrations. Notices envelop about each conceivable use case and sort of administration, including different interchanges mediums like email, SMS, and VoIP.

One of the best notification tools out there to run on any devise and multitude of browsers is called One Signal. This is great for WordPress user web sites too. We have been using this for years and the best part about it…its all they dedicate on doing. They have even kept up with the oh so rapidly evolving in technology.

There are three basic types of Push Notifications that people use most frequently. Do any of these fit the type of messages your viewers could benefit from?

One Signal has the tools to either allow you to send certain push notifications to your users depending on the type you need for your audience or business. Even interaction with WordPress sites, which is why we like them so much.

Transactional Notifications

Set automated messages triggered by events – such as a package in transit or abandoned cart. Transactional notifications build trust and nudge users to complete actions.

System Notifications

Let your users know about new features and opportunities, such as product launches, breaking news, and holiday discounts. These usually go out as massive blasts to a wide audience. ( This is the one most common for WordPress users)

User Notifications

Let users know when another user, seller, or reader messages them. These are especially relevant for social networking apps, dating apps, marketplaces, and any sites that allow comments.

What is the best way to use Push Notifications?

Got to play nice in the sandbox! There is an etiquette on the web and us developers are held to certain standards. 

A key component of message pop-ups is that clients must select in to getting them. Given the quantity of warnings most clients get, numerous clients decide to quit accepting increasingly except if there is a convincing an incentive to the notices.

Keep giving your audience a reason to be engaged in your notifications! 

Examples:

  • Sign up for notifications on sales done at your location.
  • Delivery or pick up locations for items when they arrive.
  • News that is for your local area.
  • Parents or support groups information or opportunities.
  • Subscription for family and friends of a personal blog.
  • The list goes on and on!

Some of the features One Signal has:

  • Mobile Push Notifications
  • Web Push (which is what we use in WordPress)
  • Email ( this comes in with a built in builder with Drag n drop tools)
  • In-App (great for using targeted audiences and comes with Analytics to see engagements)
  • And last but such a great tool is their preview tool! This is such a great way to see how easy this system is to use too!

 

In conclusion, if you have a WordPress site and need help setting up push notifications for your site, let us know by contacting us. One signal is the one we recommend to get this done for you.

You can see more about One Signal Push Notifications and think of the possibilities for your place of business, personal and family uses.

 

 

 

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