How to Install a WordPress Plugin – Step by Step Guide

Anyone who is getting started with WordPress needs to understand how plugins can benefit them and how to install them correctly to start reaping the benefits from them.

In this guide, we will be exploring what a WordPress plugin is and how it can benefit you whilst showing you a step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin.

There are also times where it is necessary to understand how to uninstall a WordPress Plugin so I will also describe how to deactivate plugins and uninstall them.

What is a WordPress Plugin?

A plug-in is software that adds features and/or functionality to your website, whether it be to add a photo gallery to your website, or a social media plug-in that allows your visitors to share your content on Facebook or Twitter.

There are also the plugins that make it easier to get your content ranked with search engines using SEO (search engine optimisation).

There are a high number of free and paid ones available to cover any aspect you want to add to your website, but there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before installing one as going for a free one does seem appealing but they tend to not come with technical support.

So, always check how long has the plug-in been in use and is it compatible with your version of WordPress, what is the rating it has been given by other users and does the support it offers respond to questions at all.

Plugins on sites

If you happen to have a free website on the you cannot install plugins unless you upgrade your plan to a paid one. If you do want more functionality in your site, it is probably best to transfer it to a self-hosted site. I use the SiteRubix platform, learn more here.

Step-by-Step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin

If it is a free plugin you can use the search function which will be described below. I will also cover how to upload a plugin as some paid plugins require you to upload it. This is relatively simple, but slightly different.

Using the Search function

Once signed into your administration account of your WordPress website, from the side menu you select plugins and select ‘Add New’.

adding a new plugin to a WordPress site

Using the search bar at the top right, you can search for your desired plugin. I am showing AMP for WP. This is a great plugin for making your website mobile friendly due to recent changes to Google. As more searches are being completed on mobile devices, it makes sense to make sure your site is mobile friendly.

Searching for a wordpress plugin

You can see it shows at the top of the search, it has had 10,000+ installs and is compatible with my version of WordPress.

The next stage is to click install, this will take a few seconds. After that the button will change from install, as per the example of minimal AMP to activate.

The button will change from install to activate

Now that is something key to remember, just because you have installed it doesn’t mean it is active.  Several plugins require you to complete some kind of setup, which will be unique to each plugin.

Now click activate, once complete your plugin is now installed and active on your site.

You can also do this from the plugin page, the example below shows how the option below is activate.

how to activate a plugin

The plugins page will show you the plugin, the way to know it is active is there is an option for you to deactivate it.

How to know you have an activate plugin

Installing a Plugin, you have downloaded

If you have downloaded a paid plugin, this will not show on the search bar, therefore you will need to upload it.

On the plugin ‘Add New’ page, next to the words ‘Add Plugins’ is a button labelled Upload Plugin.

how to upload a plugin

Click this button and it gives you the option to select a file, same as you would attach a document to an email.

The plugin you have downloaded will be a zip file, normally, and you select this file and click install now.

uploading a plugin

After this stage, you activate the plugin from the plugin list and you have now installed your plugin and it is ready and active on your site.

Things to think about with Plugins

However much plugins are great to increase functionality of your website, too many plugins or rather poor quality plugins that slow down your website can have a negative impact as visitors might get frustrated if your site takes ages to load and choose to navigate away.

Just something to think about when installing a high number of unnecessary plugins that could be slowing you down. So, that is why it might be necessary to uninstall a plugin. I had Google Analytics Master active, but then found that if I just added some code to the header of a site then I wouldn’t need it active at all.

How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin?

Go to your admin area of your site and select plugins from your menu, click installed plugins.

list of plugins on a site

Underneath each plugin will be several options, if the plugin isn’t active it will display activate. If the plugin is active, it will display deactivate.

The first step is to deactivate the plugin. Click the word deactivate and that way it is deactivated, you can also then check if it has had an effect on your website. if you are replacing a plugin straightaway then the impact will only be for a minimum, but still worth a check.

how to deactivate a plugin

Now the plugin is deactivated you can either leave it there in your plugin list, in the case where you may plan to reuse it or you have deactivated it to review whether it is having an impact on your site speed before turning it on again.

Or you can choice to remove it. Once deactivated the plugin will now have the option to delete the plugin. You can always choose to reinstall it using the steps above later.

delete a plugin

Hope that you have found this useful? If you have comments or questions about installing or uninstalling a WordPress plugin, then please leave them in the comments below.


How to Make Money from Playing Video Games

Playing Video Games and making a living from it seems like the perfect dream for anyone who currently plays them, but is it possible to turn it into a living?

The gaming industry is growing at an exponential rate with more people joining in and the ease of doing it with consoles and the smartphones making it easier for people to play games, think about Mario Run just launching. I remember it back when it was on a Nintendo, now you can play it on your smartphone.

We will be going through several ways of making money from playing video games, and see if any can become successful at it.

Become a Games Tester

This seems like an ideal fit for anyone who likes to play video games, getting paid by big game making firms to play??  However, there are a few drawbacks that bring back the reality that is game testing.

The pay isn’t normally great, and it does come with poor job security. You might end up playing a game genre that you aren’t really interested in, and it is aimed more at finding bugs than the gameplay or story side. This means you may end up playing a section of the game repetitively to document any anomalies or ‘bugs’ you find.

You would be required to complete a ‘Non-Disclosure-Agreement’ too, so you couldn’t even talk to your mates about it either. Due to this, there aren’t many sources of information from a games tester point of view, but then I found this article on IGN, click here to read it.

Is a real option with regards to making money, but might be lacking on the enjoyment factor?

Compete at eSports Tournaments

Are you good at playing games? I mean absolutely awesome??

If you are someone who masters games really easily, and can compete with the best at online play against other users, then you might consider joining an eSports league and working up towards an eSports Tournament.

Some Professional Gamers are earning a lot of money through playing video games at these tournaments.  The prize at the DOTA 2 2014 competition was $6million, Hearthstone Championship had $250k as a prize fund.

It does require a lot of work and practice, so you need to make sure you earn enough from it to be able to stay at home and play, although you could utilise some of the other ways in this article to earn additional revenue from playing video games.

Although due to a lot of the competitors starting young, they can earn this straight from school or college, without the need to get a normal job

Share your Knowledge – Walkthroughs, Guides

A lot of casual gamers will search online for guides that show them how to complete certain sections of games, or how to find secret sections of the game and this is where you could find another avenue to making money from paying video games.  I searched on amazon for guides for Final Fantasy XV, it has recently come out and already the 2nd and 3rd on the list are unofficial guides for this game. Both available to buy, either as a paperback or kindle book.

Amazon Listings for Final Fantasy Guides

So, you could create an eBook guide for a game and sell it on amazon or eBay and earn money from doing it.

You will need to consider how you are going to make yours unique and appealing, so they choose yours.

Think about screen-captures and ensuring the guides/walkthroughs are right, easy to follow and cover all aspects that a potential buyer wants.

Utilising Video Streaming

Staying on the theme of guides and walkthroughs, there is a real opportunity when it comes to video streaming sites.

  1. YouTube – being the 2nd biggest search engine after Google, people search YouTube to find out whether a game is any good, a video review on it and the other route of checking out how to do certain sections of the game, or how to defeat that difficult end Boss. For example, in SWTOR, how to find the datacrons that gave your attributes a boost.

Well, if you have screen-captures of you completing these aspects, then you can turn your videos into a money opportunity.  A successful YouTube channel can add advertising on it, and that is where the money is.  Learn more here

  1. Twitch – Using Twitch to showcase you playing video games and sharing your knowledge with others, is another way you can earn money from videos. Learn more here.

By utilising either of these is a viable way of earning money from playing video games.

Become a Game Reviewer with your Own Website

Of course, you could utilise several of these and create your own website and have multiple ways of making money from playing video games.

85% of people online will check out a review prior to buying a product, the easiest way is to search online for a review and check it out.

Well, you could have a website, where you have written an honest review of the game, have videos showcasing the gameplay for them. Have eBook guides available to purchase from your site.

Then you are on a real path to making money from playing video games.

If you would like to know more about creating a free website, and how you can monetise it with affiliate marketing and with training and get started for free, check out this.

Any niche can become successful, and you could do it from playing video games.

Imagine a website earning money, a YouTube channel or Twitch account earning money, earn money from guides on Amazon.

It does sound simple, but you need support to get it started correctly, that is what is what is on offer with Wealthy Affiliate Training.

Have you any experience with Earning Money from Playing Video Games? Please let me know how you got started.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below

How to Make Money from Blogging Online

There is a real opportunity if you know how to make money from blogging online. So we will explore what is a blog, what you can write about but more importantly how you can make money from it.

What is a Blog

A blog is described as a regularly updated website or post written in an informal or conversational style.  It is a very popular way of communicating with others information or opinions/reviews on different subjects. It is also a great way of expressing yourself.

The bonus to a successful and engaging blog is you could start earning money from it.

What Can You Write a Blog About?

 OK, so you can’t just start a blog and hope that it starts earning money, there is a little bit more to it than that.

Think about why people come online? They tend to go there to find out how to do something or find a review on a product prior to buying it.

So your blog needs to be really helpful and/or review products & services in your chosen topic.

Ideally it needs to be something that you are either passionate about or know a lot about the subject.

Imagine starting a website that helps others with technology.

You figure that as the products cost more there is more potential to make money from that.  The only problem is you don’t know much about technology.

That means you are going to waste a lot of time on researching answers, or your content won’t be able to engage with the reader, therefore they do not revisit your site, or tell their friends.  You want people to like your content and keep on coming back.

Whereas writing about hair products/accessories due to your knowledge about those, you can start writing engaging content that means the reader comes back again and tell their friends it and then you can start making money from blogging online. If you feel confident you could even do how-to videos.

The key is to target a niche and not be too broad.  There is a lot of competition out there and you need to aim for a very targeted market.

Check this out to learn more about how to target a niche here.

 How Can You Make Money from Blogging Online?

black and white blog letters

There are a couple of ways to make money from blogging online, however they rely on your content being engaging and useful, as you need visitors to your site.

  1. ADVERTISING – once your site becomes established and you are getting regular numbers visiting your website, you can sign up for google AdSense. You can earn commission from people clicking adverts on your site.
  2. AFFILIATE MARKETING – If we go back to the example of hair products and you look at how many different products there are available to buy online in this category. You can become an affiliate of amazon for example, and earn commission by including these products on your site, and having people click through your website to buy these products. Learn more here
  3. Promoting Businesses – Sell advertising space on your website to a business relating to your blog/niche
  4. Offering Your Services – If you can write engaging and useful content, but don’t feel like starting a website you can offer your services on several sites and get paid to write it for others. (Learn more here)

How to Get Started with an Online Blog

What I found was writing the content was not too hard, but getting started with an online business and knowing how to get my website ranked in google with SEO, learn how to get started with affiliate marketing, there is a lot you need to know.

You will also require a domain and web hosting to get started.

If you would like to know where I found out all I needed to know about getting started and more important how to earn money from it check out my Wealthy Affiliate Review. It also has free domains and web hosting available too.

There is a real potential to make money from blogging online, you just need to take the right steps to start it successful.  It will take time to get your site established and see the earning potential, but the training is great and will take you step-by-step to becoming successful.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post, if you have any questions or want any support let me know.




Ways for Stay at Home Moms to Earn Money

There are a whole load of opportunities for stay at home moms to earn money.  Whether that be through social media, auction sites such as eBay or your very own website either selling your own product or a blogging site.

You could even start it part time whilst your children are young then take it to a full-time gig when they go to school where you can start earning the money and achieving the rewards that it can bring.

My wife is quite artistic and starting doing a number of crafting ideas and is at a point where she will be launching a website shortly as the demand is increasing.  She made a bespoke WordArt when our son was born, posted a picture on Facebook and she had quite a bit of interest and took it from there, Making Christmas decorations, Making Cakes.  Check out her Facebook page Words, Cakes & More to see how Gemma got started. It just shows that you one of the ways you can earn money online.

Be mindful when researching for ways to make money online you find genuine ways to earn money and if it sounds like it is too good to be true, it probably is.  There are a number of scams out there, but we are here to help and below are a list of genuine ways for stay at home moms to earn money online.

Making a Product and Selling it

If you are already quite handy with your hands and already make something, like in the example with my wife then it could be the start of a business.

If you are unsure of what people are buying, check out local craft markets, or Pinterest is a great place to research ideas.

The children’s market is big business and the number of ideas that come out are endless.  Think about it, Lego frames are relatively new, but if you have the right characters then the demand is great and not just from parents for kids. Make a Star Wars one and you may start having a bidding war. Baby blankets, teddy bears, baby toys. I could go on.

Starting out, you might begin with local craft markets to sell your products. If you are ready to sell that product online, but aren’t ready to get your own website then a Facebook page is a great way of online marketing your product to a bigger audience. You can advertise your wares on it and set it as a local audience, so your postage and packing costs don’t go too high.

Ultimately you may get at a point where you are ready to hit a bigger market, a platform where the order process can start to become automated to a point.  You will need a website that can have the ability to have an e-store, it will need an ssl certificate. This way they order the product with a click, the payment is handled online, so you can concentrate on making the products, and correspondence with your customer.

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There is a lot to learn about launching a website and ensuring it gets noticed by the search engines, keeping it relevant and making sure it gets a sale. But a website is also a funnel to earning money in other ways as well as your product, such as affiliate marketing.

Completing Surveys & Watching Ads

There are opportunities with certain websites to earn money from watching adverts and completing online surveys. Whilst they do not have a high rate of return, if you want to learn a bit more, check out my reviews of the following sites to learn a bit about them and more important could you benefit from them?  SwagBucks, iPoll, ClixSense & DealSpotr.

You could save some money from voucher codes or offers, so it might be beneficial to sign up to one of them in case there is an offer you can benefit from when buying online.

Blogging, Writing Content & Making Money

The ultimate content on a website is engaging, relevant and more importantly help the person reading it to find out the answer they are looking for. Some people are awesome at it, whereas others need some support.

If you can write content naturally and want to earn some money from it you could sign up with a site like fiverr or freelancer.

You can advertise yourself for people to hire you to write content for their website.

Of course, if you can write content well, you would most definitely benefit from your own website. You don’t need a product to be able to benefit from a website.

You could become a reviewer of products in a particular niche and earn money from becoming an Amazon Associate through affiliate marketing.

Imagine you have an interest in coffee, and you had a website reviewing the best coffee machines to use at home. You review the products, and have an amazon associates account, thereby linking the products with a link to the amazon website.  If someone reads your review, likes what they read and clicks that link and buys the coffee machine… you have just made commission on that sale.

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It is entirely possible for a stay at home mom to excel online and make money, whether it be through your own product or writing your own blog. Anytime someone types a question into a search engine, they are looking for an answer.  You may know the answer, and what is more write it in a way that they relate to you and trust you, there is the opportunity to earn money from it through advertising on your website or through affiliate links.

If you have any questions, or comments. Maybe you are successful at it already and want to share your success story, then please connect in the comments below





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