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

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.

Free Telecommuting Tools for Businesses

Free Telecommuting Tools for Businesses

When you need tools to telecommunicate for your business , there are some free options to help you do this. Some of these have pro options for more functions, but you can use these while there is a need to telecommunicate between employees and work.

Work from home by telecommunicating?

Not a problem. Here are some of the tools for working via home and telecommunicating with your place of business. These are the most popular of tools that businesses are using.

Skype – for a very familiar feeling

For many, Skype is the go-to tool for all things video chat. As far as free tools go, it offers excellent quality without using up too much of your mobile data while on the go.

Key features: Video-calls, private and group IM, group video chats, file sharing and management, screen sharing and more

What’s so great about it? Most people will already have it installed, so you just need to swap usernames and you’re ready to go. You can also use it for group video chats for up to 10 users at once.

Google Hangouts – easy, hip team communications tool

Google’s chat and video messaging service, Hangouts, is a popular tool for many. It provides users with an easy way to converse with others, either with a single person or groups of people.

Key features: Voice calls, video calls, chat, multimedia messages, videoconferencing, live-stream meetings and events

What’s so great about it? You can connect with up to 10 people worldwide regardless of devices and messages can be archived for future reference. It recently got a dedicated website, so you can now use it in any web browser, without having to run Gmail or Google Plus.

You are limited to 10 users in a video call and 100 users in a chat, but paid subscriptions are available to increase that limit.

Slack – team communications on the go

If you need a chat app to send direct messages and create private groups, then Slack has the answer. It offers multi-team support, with free native apps for Android, iOS, and Mac and Windows desktops.

Key features: Real time messaging, one-to-one and group conversations, file sharing, powerful search and archiving (up to 10,000 most recent messages in free plan), dozens of integrations with tools such as Google+ Hangouts, Dropbox and Asana

What’s so great about it? Slack is one of the most widely used team communications apps available for all major mobile and desktop platforms. It’s quick to set up, well designed and allows you to embed social media posts and download and store images.

Advanced plans include features such as guest access, user groups, custom profile fields, unlimited service integration and a searchable archive with unlimited messages.

Bitrix24 – communication AND collaboration

Think of Bitrix24 as a social network for business. This free collaboration tool can be used by up to 12 users and offers free iOS and Android apps.

Key features: Instant messaging and group chat, email collaboration, telephony, videoconferencing, email connectors, unlimited tasks/subtasks, unlimited projects/workgroups, daily planner, multiuser editing, document sharing, calendars (personal and shared)

What’s so great about it? The free plan has plenty to offer, with up to 5GB of online storage. With a like button, interactive update feed and IM services, it’s incredibly user friendly.

Upgrade to increase storage space, participants and gain additional features such as backup storage, trigger emails, CRM record conversions and much more.

Fuze – high definition team communication

Fuze offers you a better meeting experience through the use of high definition audio and video conferencing. It provides a consistent experience across all supported devices, which include OSX, Windows and Linux for the desktop and iOS and Android for your mobile.

Key features: Cloud content, HD screen share, HD VoIP, HD video streams

What’s so great about it? Not only can you use it to hold meetings with someone across the country, but you can also use it to share documents such as animations, multimedia or other types of rich content.

Paid plans are available to increase participants, and receive additional features such as webinars, meeting recordings and unlimited dial-in (US only).

GoToMeeting – easy basic communication

GoToMeeting platform is ideal if you’re just looking for something easy and basic. The free plan allows you to video-conference up to 3 users and is compatible with Mac and Windows computers. A mobile app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Key features: Screen sharing, unlimited VoIP, application sharing, private and group in-meeting chat, customizable meeting link, one-click meeting entry

What’s so great about it? The free plan is perfect for consultants and freelancers looker for an easy to use a screen-sharing app with high-quality audio.

Starter, Pro and Plus plans are available for increased number of participants, as well as additional features such as recording, keyboard and mouse sharing, video conferencing and drawing tools.

Glip – tool for a productivity surge

Not only is Glip great for communication, but also it is ideal for increasing productivity as it keeps everything from task management, calendars, to-dos, files and notes in one place. With Glip you get unlimited teams and projects, as well as iOS, Android, web and desktop apps.

Key features: Real-time messaging, video conferencing, shared calendars, integrated task management, link sharing, extraction and archiving, and more

What’s so great about it? The free version offers unlimited users, storage, posts, free guest users and external integrations, as well as 500 minutes worth of video chat

Upgrade for additional support and video chat minutes.

Zoho – any time, any platform

If you’re looking for a way to host an instant web meeting, then Zoho is the answer. While the free option only allows one host and one participant, it is easy to use and set up, ideal for freelancers and small businesses. It supports Android, Linux, Mac, Windows and Web-based.

Key features: Audio conferencing, embed meeting in website, remote desktop control, secured web meetings, instant chat collaboration

What’s so great about it? The great thing about Zoho is that you are allowed unlimited meetings and durations in their free option. You can schedule meetings, or hold instant ones, with the ability for instant messaging and shared mouse and keyboard controls.

Upgrade your plan to gain more participants and additional features such as meeting reminders, changing presenters and dial-in audio conferencing.

Avaamo – a secure team messaging tool

Avaamo is a simple team-messaging tool that allows you to send an unlimited amount of messages to an unlimited number of business contacts. It offers free native iOS and Android apps.

Key features: One-to-one and group messaging, file and screen sharing, secure and searchable messaging, send and receive voice memos, dozens of integrations

What’s so great about it? With a delightfully simple interface, this instant and secure messaging service allows you to contact co-workers, partners, customers and vendors without having to worry about security.

Upgrade to the Premium version to receive increased customer support, data compliance and more.

Trello – Team CRM Great for Business

Trello offers a free version and professional version depending on your needs in business. Create productivity boards with a drag n drop interface. Invite users to join the board, assign tasks and drag n drop towards completion. You can share google docs and other tools available for businesses.

One key feature we like about Trello is that others can download the app and use Trello straight from their phones and on the go. you can assign tasks and managers who will also have responsibility for adding to and managing your Trello board. you can also have more than one board under your account so GREAT for dividing up employees and management.

Duo App for Video Calls and messaging

Simple, high-quality video calls for smartphones, tablets, computers, and Smart Displays like the Google Nest Hub Max. – You have gmail account, you can easily connect with Duo – for up to 8 people in video conferencing.

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom offers both free and professional plans that are affordable. Lots of different options and especially good for business solutions where you can monitor workrooms.

Milanote Visual Boards

Milanote offers visual boards, from creative design, project management, development boards, and more. They have easy drag and drop tools to keep you on task. They even have weekly planning boards that you can create, add to, visual editors, uploading of documents, imagery, and more. They do have a free version as well as a low monthly unlimited version. You can add multiple users, assign tasks for others, comment, and can be used for work, home, and multiple boards to manage all in one place and a mobile app so you can manage on the go!

WordPress Updates and Backup Services

WordPress Updates and Backup Services

At Coffee Web Design we always encourage our clients to keep up with and do monthly WordPress updates. We know sometimes you need to concentrate on your business and may forget or aren’t sure of ability you have in doing it correctly. Thats why we provide monthly services in maintaining your WordPress web site. 

What happens if you do not update WordPress?

Security risks are the most important reason why you should update WordPress, themes and plugins. They should be done in a particular order to lessen the chance of breaking things in your site. WordPress core files usually are updated first, them your plugins (one at a time) and then your themes. 

Things are changing really fast in the technical world and sites are being attacked all the time for access to inject malware. These are VERY time consumiing if your site gets hacked. Then you have to pay for clean up of files and your site to close those vulnerable areas to prevent it from happening again. 

If you are behind or haven’t updated your site in a long time, you are more at risk for being hacked. 

If you are hacked, search engines like Google will flag your site so everyone can see that they are subject to malware. This clean up and process for being UN flagged is also very time conuming and search engines have to review over and over again till your site is successfully clean for viewers. You do not want to risk being black listed or listed as a hacked site. 

Since attacks are on the rise and we do not want to see any of our clients be vulnerable to hack attacks or have the expensive cost of cleaning up a site that has already been attacked. We offer updating and maintenance services now so you don’t have to worry about your web site any longer. 

How often should you update your WordPress site?

Usuaully we get updates at least once a month. We know cause we use WordPress as the platform for most of the sites we design and build. Its a great platform and offers so many dynamic options from just a personal WordPress page or blog to shopping carts and options for all types of business.

Plugin and Theme Vulnerabilities

Developers of all the great plugins and themes you can get by using WordPress also have to keep up with WordPress core developments and security updates. These updates too are usually done on a monthly basis, if not more! New warnings through WordPress also notifies you of plugins that are abandoned or are not longer supplying the demands of updates. These you should always be aware of and find a comproble solutoin in replacing these plugins with something else.

When we do updates at Coffee Web Design, we will notify you if this is the case.

Do we only offer updates for our design clients?

No we offer updating services in several packages for both our design clients and those who just meed the update and maintenance services.

What other optons come with maintenance of WordPress sites?

  1. Security – we always make sure that people have some type of security plan in their WordPress site. 
  2. A secure hosting plan – we want to make sure not matter what hosting you have, that it is a good and safe secured hosting. We have seen servers become infected with malware that can affect all or any on your hosting plan. We always suggest cPanel hosting since there are more options for security.
  3. Backups are available both server side and downloadable files just incase your site gets hacked. If you are on a smaller or tight budget, just the monthly maintenance updae plans are available. 

We have been doing updates for clients for many years now, because they get behind, forget, or simply are unsure of how to do maintenance properly. This takes a lot of time for us just to make sure you are secured. By subscribing to our WordPress maintenance plans, we go in and make sure every month, these are done for you. If something happens during an update, it is our responsibility to find the solution. This is included. If you do your own updates, great! If something happens we have to charge to fix it from now on. 

What is the typical costs for breaking of your site or security breaches?

Breaking of sites because of updates usually can take 1-4 hours to find out the problem and fix it. We charge and hourly fee to fix this.If it takes over 4 hours, then we notify the client of our progress and an approx time should be agreed upon. Weekends our hourly rate is double.

Fixing hacked sites – Anywhere you look if your site is hacked due to not updating or not having security installed on your site, then this can take more time. Usually finding the vulnerabilities takes 4-16 hours or MORE! This can be costly noe matter what service you need to use to clean up your site! In this case it runs between $125 the first hour and up! Then hourly fees apply depending on what we need to do to fix your site. If anyone has to work weekends, then it is double all hourly rates. This can be costly and we want to help you prevent this.

So think about our maintenance services to keep your site running in tip top shape. In the long run it is going to save hours of coslty fees to fix your WordPress site.

The Coffee Team

 

 

GDPR – Are you in compliance?

GDPR – Are you in compliance?

By now you should be updated in your WordPress version and all your plugins. In the newest update of WordPress you will see some of the available tools to help you in GDPR compliance.

You need a privacy policy on your web site.

To help understand in a nutshell what the GDPR compliance is all about, it’s about how you store data of users on your site, information, tracking tools, etc. People should have access to the information you have on your site about them, be able to view such information on request and able to delete their personal information on request.

With the updated version of WordPress, you have tools available to create your privacy policy page, suggestions on what to include to be in compliance, and how to provide your audience and clients with the information and data from their accounts that you store on your site.

Divi Security Patch

Divi Security Patch

Divi security patch – Update your sites that use Divi or the Divi Builder!

This major security patch for Divi is crucial. The developers of Divi announced on Jan 17th that All WordPress sites using Divi or the Divi builder must update their plugin or theme. It is always important to keep up with updates on any WordPress site. If you don’t then you could be at risk.

See the announcement from Divi – Elegant Themes on Jan 17th.

Today our core product framework was updated to fix an unintended information exposure within password protected post excerpts. This includes all of our WordPress themes and the Divi Builder plugin. Updating these themes and plugins to their latest versions will patch the flaw, keeping your website content secure.

The Problem

WordPress allows posts (and Pages) to be password protected. When password protected posts are viewed or displayed within a post feed, post content is hidden pending password authentication. Our products did not treat these posts correctly when displaying excerpts. Post excerpts for password protected posts (and Pages) were mistakenly displayed on theme index pages and within post-based Divi Builder modules. Excerpts typically include the first ~40 words of a post unless otherwise defined. Full post content and individual post URLs were correctly protected.

Are You Affected?

This problem only affects customers who have published password protected posts and pages. Only the brief excerpts of these posts were potentially exposed within front-end website content. This does not affect WordPress admin authentication or any other password authentication on your website.

How To Fix It

Updating your themes and plugins will fix this problem. You can update your themes or plugins from within your WordPress dashboard, or you can download the latest versions from the member’s area and update them manually. This affects all Elegant Themes themes and the Divi Builder plugin. If you are using any of these products and you have published password protected posts, we recommend updating to the latest version.

What If You Can’t Update Right Now?

If you are unable to update your themes/plugins right away, you can use our security patcher plugin to patch the vulnerability without updating your products. This is a free download for all customers. Installing this plugin will fix the problem, and you can continue to use the security patcher plugin until you are able to update your products to their latest versions.

If you need this security patch then you need to contact us at immediately.

Has Your Account Expired?

We are making these updates available for free to all expired accounts. Even if your account has expired, you can still update your themes or plugins to their latest versions via your WordPress dashboard. Expired accounts will not be restricted from updating.

We Are Here To Help

Security is extremely important to us and we take a number of precautions to help mitigate issues like this. Unfortunately, something slipped through the cracks this time, but we will continue to work hard to prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns, please know that our virtual doors are always open. If there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.

Best Wishes,
Nick Roach
www.ElegantThemes.com

More from Coffee Web Design Team

Since many of our clients do not have an Elegant Themes account, then you need to contact us so that we can make sure that your site gets updated ASAP.

To date, we still feel like the Divi theme is one of the best WordPress Themes we have used in building designs for WordPress sites. If you would like to have your own account to manage your Divi theme, then you can purchase the Divi theme membership through Coffee Web Design and we will be happy to adjust your settings in your WordPress site, so you have all the latest news and great stuff coming into Divi future versions!

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