4) How to install Studio Press basic plugins

STEP FOUR = 2 hour maxium
Now you will need to load some basic StudioPress Plugins.

Plugins allow you to make your website theme look and operate the way they do in the examples that you were shown on the Studio Press website. Now, you didn’t think that they were going to make it totally easy, did you? Fact is; there are so many plugins that if StudioPress preloaded all your possible website theme plugins your website theme would become complicated and crowded. Plus, by self loading the plugins it gives you a chance to learn what they are all about which will help you tailor them to suit your website business needs.

Here, I will suggest and show you how to install what I consider the most basic plugins. As your website progresses you will no doubt be adding more plugins. Any plugins we add here or in the future can, for the most part, be easily uninstalled if not needed.

ALSO: Plugins may slow the load time load time of a web site and thus negatively effect the websites Google Page Rank. Therefore, at some point you need to go back and delete the plugins that are not being used. Do not use plugins just for the sake of using them. If you want to try out and learn how a a plug in works I recommend you so, but delete the plugin after.

List of basic plugins that we will be installing; (listed in alphabetical order)

Akismet

= Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. (let’s you install those fuuny looking letters and numbers (CAPTCHA) that are hard for you and me to read when you want to send info to a website owner)
Akismet Example (look towards the bottom of the web page)

Easy Contact

= Easy Contact is a simple, semantic contact form that utilizes the Sandbox design patterns. (permits you to build simple contact forms)
Easy Contact Example

Fast Secure Contact Form

= Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. The contact form lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. Super customizable with a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem. (for building more complex contact information forms)
Fast Secure Contact Form Example

Formidable Forms

= Quickly and easily create drag-and-drop forms. (helps you create custom complex forms)
Formidable Form Example

Genesis Simple Hooks

= Genesis Simple Hooks allows you easy access to the 50+ Action Hooks in the Genesis Theme. (permits you to change or add text, code et. to the lower parts and upper parts of your website pages)
Genesis Simple Hooks Example (look at the fine print at the bottom of the web page)

Google XML Sitemaps

= This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Sitemap Example (this is a view of a StudioPress website sitemap)

Image Widget

= Simple image widget that uses native WordPress upload thickbox to add image widgets to your site. (allows you to add pictures in a SEO friendly manner)
Image Widget Example (look at the green picture on the right hand side of the web page)

WP-Cycle

= This plugin creates an image slideshow from the images you upload using the jQuery Cycle plugin. You can upload/delete images via the administration panel, and display the images in your theme by using the wp_cycle(); template tag, which will generate all the necessary HTML for outputting the rotating images. (lets you install images that change in a rotation type fashion)
WP-Cycle Example (watch for picture to change/rotate)

Quick Cache ( A WP Super Cache Alternative )

= If you care about the speed of your site, Quick Cache is one of those plugins that you absolutely MUST have installed. Quick Cache takes a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later, in order to save all of that processing time that has been dragging your site down (speeds up web page load times)
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Let’s get started installing the above StudiPress plugins.

OK, here we go;

You will need to log into your WordPress website and go to the “Dashboard” web page.”

When the WordPress Dashboard opens look on the left hand side for the “Plugins” tab. Click on the “Plugins” tab and the drop down menu should appear.
Click on the “Plugins” button.
When the “Plugins” page appears click on “Add New” button
When the “Install Plugins” page opens fill the blank box with the name of the plugin you want to install and click on the “Search Plugins” button.
When the “Install Plugins” list page appears find the plugin you are looking for and click on the words ‘Install Now”.
After the Plugin loads activate it by pressing the activate button.

After the Plugin activates you will be ready to install the next Plugin.

Just keep repeating the process until all the Plugins are Installed.