The best way to have a successful online business is to use an eCommerce website. It is really simple to work with and most of the content management systems used are often open source systems (Word Press) being a good example.
Nonetheless, having a Word Press eCommerce website is not enough. You need to ensure that your website is customized to the best way possible. This can only be done by adding various functionalities to the existing eCommerce site.
Enhanced functionalities are super ideal for users. They easily boost user experience and will eventually allow your web visitors to enjoy every slight activity that they take on your website. They are also easy to use and make your website very easy to navigate.
How you add different functionalities to your website will depend though. If you are into social media, a platform such as FB can be easily added using different functionalities such as the like, send; share, comments, and activity feed buttons.
This is far much different from using an important plugin for your website such as the WordPress portfolio plugins. With plugins, often the game will change. You need to install the plugin and activate it before you choose to even make use of it.
Additionally, the plugin that you choose should be very compatible with the needs of your website, visitors, and business at large. Here are the two main ways in which you can easily install a WordPress plugin to be used on your eCommerce site.
How to Install a Word Press Plugin in Two Major Ways
There are two main ways any eCommerce entrepreneur can install a WordPress plugin on their website.
- They can search for the plugin and install directly from the search bar the one they need.
- They can also Upload a .zip file that contains the plugin and install its contents when ready.
Let us take a cursory look at how each and every one of these installation options actually works when you want a new plugin to use.
#1: Installing a Plugin Directly from Website
If you have chosen to install your new WordPress plugin directly from the website, you should follow the following steps.
The first login to access your WordPress dashboard/ account, and then click on the tab marked “Plugins” usually at the left column of your personal WordPress dashboard or account.
After accessing the plugins, click on the “add new” button. This is usually found after you have clicked on “plugins” button and actually revealed the “add new plugins” button too. You can start off by searching the name of the plugin that you need.
There are three ways that you can find a plugin that you need. You can either search the name directly, or follow the provided links usually (Featured, Popular, Recommended, or Favorites) so you find out what the others have also been using on their sites.
Next, you can also follow the name of the plugin or use the keywords to search especially if you have a rough idea of what the plugin actually does. This can also be done like we have mentioned in (Step 2) by using the “add plugins” options too.
Additionally, you can search for plugins using the tags. Tags are often found at the bottom of “Add Plugins” screen. This method is rarely used but can also give you very refined results if you choose to follow it all through and if it favors your needs.
Take a closer look at the plugin. Find out what it does, what features it has, and the latest version in the market before you actually choose to go with it. You can always do this by clicking on the button labeled “More Details” or such.
Click on “Install Now” when you are convinced that that is the plugin that you intend to use. Allow the installation to complete. Some plugins will require you to activate before you actually start using them. If the traffic on the website is high – don’t activate the plugin. Allow the rush hours to go down before you activate.
#2: Installing by Downloading.Zip File First
In many occasions, a Word Press plugin will have a free version that has the basic functionality and also a premium version that comes with the expanded features. Most premium versions are often sold. When you buy a premium version you will receive an a.Zip file on many occasions. The file will contain the plugin. Here is how you install.
Make sure you follow the developer’s instructions to the last word when you download the .zip file containing the file. This can be done by clicking the “download” that you find popping up under the plugin.
The file will pop up with a zip file option that instructs you to either “open with” or “save” as the two main choices. Choose the save option and click on “OK” and follow the next step in line too.
Direct your browser to where you want the file to be saved to. Always choose a section of the PC that you will remember. If you find no option on where to make the save, just remember that your file was saved in the “downloads”.
Upload the downloaded .zip file to your site. Use the WordPress dashboard. Click on “add plugins” and click on the “upload plugins” next. Click on “browse” to find the file. Once you find the plugin’s pop up on the next window that comes up, click on the “open” button and follow it up with “install now” button to start the installation.
Once done with, you can head back to your dashboard and search for the plugin and install it to make use of it.
There are so many plugins that WordPress uses. WordPress portfolio plugins are just some of the many options that you can find. Even so, you should understand how the plugins work and what you can do to install properly.