Plug-ins are pieces of software that you insert into your WordPress page. A very critical factor in the customization process has something to do with plug-ins. There are actually thousands of plug-ins available to the WordPress platform and all of them have varying functions and features.
For example, there are plug-ins that could get automatic posts delivered to your webpage while others can be a convenience in search engine optimization. To be specific, a plug-in called Google Analytics offers statistics related to the performance of your blog so that you can keep follow on how it’s faring.
Plug-ins can be simply defined as software that brings your webpage to life by offering additional functionality. If you think of your web page as your standard car then when you add things to it (like an automatic gearbox, electric windows, power steering etc) your car’s functions improve. Plug-ins are just an online version of these accessories – they improve the basics of your webpage.
These are the essential plug-ins you will need to get started:
All in One SEO Pack
Google XML Site Map
Why do work Adsense
Let’s take a look on installing plug-ins. For this example, we will be using the first two on the list above. So, to begin; go to your WordPress home page, and select ‘Plug-ins’, under the ‘Dashboard’ tab. Choose to ‘Add new’ and in the drop down menu select ‘Author’ and input ‘hallsofmontezuma’. This looks confusing but it is simply the name of the author who created the ‘All in one SEO’ plug in.
Then choose to install the ‘All in one SEO’ plug-in and then ‘Activate Plugin’. You will be presented with a red message telling you to configure your plug-in.
To do this, you simply have to go to your Dashboard and find ‘Settings’, underneath this tab you will see your newly installed ‘All in one SEO’ plug-in. To configure it, you have to choose to enable your ‘Plug-in Status’ and enter a ‘Home Title’ (something that describes your product (example: Golf Lessons) and some ‘Home Keywords’. Then simply scroll down and ‘Update Options’. You will then receive confirmation that your plug-in has been updated.
Now we will go on to install our second plug-in (the Google XML Sitemap). As we did before select ‘Plug-ins’, under the ‘Dashboard’ tab, but this time choose ‘Term’ in the drop down menu and enter ‘Google XML’ into the corresponding box. When you click ‘Search Plug-ins’ and find the ‘Google XML Sitemap’ choose to install it and the ‘Activate Plugin’.
Configuring this plug-in is slightly different. You have to log in to your Control Panel (remember: your website URL followed by /cpanel) and scroll down to ‘File Manager’. Double click to open it and then go to the ‘Home Directory’ and select ‘Public HTML’. Create a new folder and call it ‘Sitemap’. Locate your new ‘Sitemap’ folder and single click on it (so that you simply highlight it), then, on the menu bar select ‘Change Permissions’. Ensure that the permissions in the boxes read 7 – 5 – 5 from left to right.
Returning to your WP-admin page (your WordPress page), select ‘XML Sitemap’ in ‘Settings’. Scroll down to the point where you see two boxes under the ‘Custom Location’ (make sure ‘Custom Location’ is selected). We are going to add in the word sitemap into both files, so that they line up with the new folder we created in the Control Panel. The two boxes should now contain a block of text that looks something like this: online-golf-lessons.org/sitemap.xml.
Yours won’t have the same words in it but all that you should focus on is that there is the inclusion of /sitemap.xml at the end) Now ‘Update Options’. Then scroll to the top of the page and click ‘Rebuild the sitemap’ – it is important you do this. Go back to your Control Panel and open up the ‘Sitemap’ folder you made; two files will appear. Choose to view Sitemap.xml and make sure that lines and lines of script appear. If it does then that’s the job done!