[resolved] Newbie question on installing plugins (7 posts)

  1. psharbaugh
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi all, sorry if this is a commonly posted newbie question, but I couldn't find a Sticky FAQ on installing plugins and a search turned up nothing. I'm confused about installing basic plugins. I understand that I download the plugin to my PC, extract it, and then I need to use an FTP client to place the files in my /wp-content/plugins/ directory online.

    But all the FTP clients I know - including the one at WordPress.com - will upload only single files, not folders. How am I supposed to upload the folder contents of these downloaded plugins and then upload it all, keeping the file structure intact, to /wp-content/plugins/? I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but I have no idea what. Thanks in advance for your patience and assistance. - Patrick

  2. LostInNetwork
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Oh, that is called the "shell". IF your webhost offers ssh-login, then you install ssh (PuTTY is one good free program), connect to your website using ssh (secure shell), login and do something like this on the COMMAND LINE:

    cd domains
    cd yourdomain.com
    cd wordpress
    cd wp-content
    cd plugins

    and check that the directory is correct using


    (you can go back with: "cd ..")

    then you list the files, in time order:

    ls -lt

    and then just

    unzip big_bad_archive.zip

    finally you use cd and ls to verify that all went ok and then you

    rm big_bad_archive.zip

    And you are done :)

  3. SniperClops
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use filezilla as my FTP client, It can upload directories.

  4. psharbaugh
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Filezilla was the magic answer. Thanks much.

  5. theo7
    Posted 8 years ago #

    does anybody knows a alternative for Filezilla, im using a Mac and have the same problem (I think, well non of my FTP programs works right now, I also have cute FTP pro.)

  6. mikey1
    Posted 8 years ago #

  7. theo7
    Posted 8 years ago #


    I managed now afterall with cuteftp pro. yippeee!

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