Not All WordPress Plugins Appear When Searching Through the WordPress Dashboard

Not All WordPress Plugins Appear When Searching Through the WordPress Dashboard

I was recently directed to a WordPress Plugin named ReplyMe.  This plugin will automatically send an email to somebody who left a comment when somebody else replies to his comment.  However, when I searched for the plugin through the dashboard, it did not come up.  I figured it was a premium plugin and searched for it through Google.  Lo and behold, where did I find it?  In the plugins section of WordPress.org. Since I have already created a guide to installing WordPress plugins through the dashboard I will not rehash that here, but what happens when you want to install a plugin that does not show up in the dashboard search?  You have to install them manually.  Lucky for you, it is not hard to do. For this example I will not be installing the ReplyMe plugin, because it does not come up in the search results.  This method works for plugins regardless of the source though – once you download it to your computer the process is identical regardless of the source.  The difference is just in the front end of searching for the plugin. To begin our manual installation, let us pop over to the WordPress.org plugins page.  To get there you can go to the main site and select the Plugins tab.  When you arrive you will see a screen similar to that pictured below.  Note that I have already entered the name of the plugin that I am searching for. So what if you do not know the name of the plugin that you are searching for?  Not a problem, just type some descriptive phrase...
Add to Plugins to Your Site at Your Own Risk

Add to Plugins to Your Site at Your Own Risk

So here I am, a huge believer in the power of plugins and yet I am warning you about them?  What gives, Nick? I am now using a service to post my content to social media.  Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc.  It is too exhausing to do it all manually, so I I will write that service up down the road a bit, but for irght now I just want to warn you about what happened to me. After I signed up, Google was reporting my traffic as a flatline zero.  What the heck?  Did I get banned? I also use Google Webmaster Tools.  So I went to investigate what it had to say about my site and, much to my surprise, I found that it said that I was not the registered owner of the site.  Now I get really worried.  Have I been hacked? I zip over to my site and log in.  No problem there.  I am not locked out.  I verify that the site is up and displaying properly.  Again, nothing wrong here.  So I have not been hacked.  What else can it be? If you check out my article on registering for Google Analytics, there is a part about inserting code before the </head> tag.  This snippet of code is how Google Webmaster tools verify that you are the owner.  No code, no ownership.  My code had disappeared. So here’s my theory.  When I installed my social media management plugin, my header got rewritten.  Part of that rewriting deleted the google snippet that was there.  My solution was to paste it back in.  Now everything...

Installing a Firefox add-on to check for broken links

It is no secret that Google is a very powerful tool for internet users, including webmasters.  While I have written an article on how to sign up for Google Analytics (it is up at eZine Articles right now, and as soon as I get my screenshots pasted in I will post it here as well), the article on Google Webmaster Tools is forthcoming.  One of the very useful things that Google Webmaster Tools provides is a list of “crawl errors”. Crawl errors are hiccups that Google ran into while investigating your page.  Most of the time these will be 404 errors, which are links in your site that are broken.  As part of your maintenance program you should be making sure you do not have these.  (Another article that will be coming soon is a guide to what maintenance you should be doing, but that one is further off).  The problem that I ran into with these errors is that while I was able to find some of the broken links, I could not find them all.  So what is a webmaster to do? As is pretty much the case with everything that you and I are trying to do online these days, somebody has gotten there before us.  In this case, there are plugins, or add-ons, for your web browser that can check all of your links for you. So which browser do you use?  I have IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari on my machine.  Generally I use Firefox, but I have the other 3 to verify that my sites are displaying correctly, and sometimes I will run...

Adding an Email Address Through cPanel

I received an email today from a reader who had an excellent question.  She asked how does one add an email address through cPanel.  Easy enough, once you know how. You will generally want at least one email account to use with your WordPress website, assuming you want people to contact you.  You could of course use your primary account, but anything posted on the net is a target for spammers and it is easier to change an dedicated email address than the one you use for your whole life. To add an email through cPanel, begin by logging into your hosting service.  Your cPanel should appear.  (At least it does if you are using HostGator). Once clicked, you will see the following on your screen.  You will, of course, need a name as password.  For the purposes of this example I used the names “example” and “second example”, but you should certainly use something relevant to you.  It is your site after all. Finally you will have to decide how much storage you want this email account to have.  250 MB is the default, and if there is only one email account then do not worry about it.  If you are going to have many accounts, then you will probably want to cut it down.  Click “Create Account” when done. You will get a confirmation bar indicating that you have successfully created your email account. Now that you have created an email account, how to access it.  Look in the list of email accounts below the account creation box.  All the way to the right is a dropdown...

Laptop Dies, Blog Doesn’t Get Updated

Sorry to have disappeared there for a bit!  I have a couple of articles on using Google’s administration tools in the can that should get posted in a few days. My HP laptop’s screen decided that it had enough and quit on me, which makes it damn hard to write posts!  I’ve received my new Toshiba from Tiger Direct and I’m very happy with it so far.  Of course, one day is not enough time to really get to know one’s new system. I had a Toshiba back in school, which I loved.  Until I dropped it and broke the screen.  then I got an HP whose keyboard decided to wear out.  Well, not the whole keyboard.  Only a few letters.  I do not use the “W” very often, but when I need it… My last HP had the screen crap out.  It would come up for a while if I only opened the cover 30 degrees or so, so it was clear that it was not going to be long for this world.  What a disappointment that system was. So I am back with Toshiba, and this time I actually bought the extended warranty as well.  Now I know, these are supposed to be terrible deals.  Normally I never get these, but since my last two laptops have both suffered mechanical failures after 18 months or so I am tired of having to buy a whole new system.  I would rather pay the $100 now than ten times that in a year and a half. It is a Square Trade warranty, which covers up to my purchase price...

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