Installing All Essential WordPress Plugins In One Easy Step

Posted on 13. Sep, 2010 by in How To Tips, My Progress

In the process of learning about this whole new world called Social Media, I’ve started three different blogs.

  1. Blog #1—My “Real Job” website that use to be static but recently converted to the WordPress platform.
  2. Blog #2—The blog that you are reading right now which chronicles my mistakes and growth in Internet Business.
  3. Blog #3—My “Just get out  there and try something” site where I’m trying to work on a new product.
  4. Blog #4—Helping a friend of mine learn how to set up a blog and monetize her passion. (I know, I only said three blogs…)

Every time I have to set up a new blog I have to spend time going back and looking at all the different plug-ins I’ve used on the other blogs. It takes valuable time and energy to reinvent the wheel every time.

Time To Automate

STEP ONE—I just spent the last hour going through all the plug-ins on all my sites and finding the ones I would consider essential. Here’s my list of plug-ins, in order of importance.

  • WordPress DataBase Backup—Backup. Backup. Backup. And then back up again. This is a no-brainer, easy to use, easy to set up backup for your site’s database info.
  • All In One SEO Pack—SEO is the best way to generate natural traffic to your site.
  • Google XML Sitemap—Make it easy for Google to index your site.
  • Google Analyticator—Track the important stats about your site including visits, links, referral sources, etc…
  • Easy Privacy Policy—A no-brainer set up to create the important Privacy Policies for your business and site.
  • WP Tweet Button—Make it easy for people to Twitter your posts.
  • Contact Form 7—A customizable contact form. Basic and easy to set up.
  • Audio Player—Almost a standard now for audio on blogs, it has a highly customizable interface and looks nice on you posts. Easy to use.
  • WPAudio Player—A different audio player I use sometimes when I’m feeling in a more minimalist mood.
  • Twitter Widget Pro—Easily set up a Twitter feed in your sidebar via a widget.
  • Exclude Pages—There are times when I want to use a page on my site but I don’t want it included in the navigation. For example, my AWeber “Thanks For Subscribing” is something that people only need to see after they sign up. This plug-in makes it SUPER easy to exclude the page from any active navigation.
  • Category Order—On a couple of my blog themes, I use categories within the navigation bar at the top. This plug-in lets me change the order of those categories instead of being restricted to the default alphabetical order.

P.S. Leave a comment, and let me know what other plug-ins you use that you consider to be essential. That would really help me out.

STEP TWO—Next, I visited each page and downloaded the .zip file to a folder on my computer. I unzipped each plug-in so I have the actual non-compressed file. This only needs to be done one time, no matter how many WordPress sites I set up later on. I’ll always have these files in one central location.

STEP THREE—I can now connect to my new blog’s site via FTP protocols. I use Cyberduck since I’m working on a Mac. I navigate to the plug-in folder (which is usually located in wp-content/plugins in the root folder) and open up the plug-in folder.

STEP FOUR—I can now select all the new plugin folders from my computer and copy them to the plugins folder on my server. One easy step.

The Not-So-One-Step Part

Now that all the plug-ins are installed I will still need to activate them and configure them individually within WordPress. But that would have to be done anyways, no matter how you installed them.

The Important Lesson

Learning how to automate and spend my time more wisely is always a good use of my time. Doing the upfront work will always save more time later on.

“Be Efficient with things and Effective with people.”

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