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Joomla 3.0 – How to Install a Plugin in Joomla

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial – How to install a Plugin in Joomla.  Sometimes when you download Extensions from the Joomla Extension Directory (JED), you don’t know if it’s a component, module or plugin.  Well sometimes I’m a little unsure myself.  That is until you download the file.  Here’s a trick to figure out which is a plugin, module or component.  Developers usually name their plugins with a prefix of ‘plg_’, modules with a prefix of ‘mod_’ and Components usually do not have any prefixes.   If the extension that you downloaded is a ‘plg_’, here is how you will upload and install this plugin.

Overview of Steps to Install Joomla Plugin

  1. Go to the Extension Manager
  2. Select File, Upload & Install Plugin in Extension Manager
  3. Plugin Successfully Installed

1.  Go to the Extension Manager

Joomla 3.0 Extension manager you can install and uninstall Components, modules, languages, plug-ins, and templates.

Joomla 3.0 Extension Manager
Joomla 3.0 Extension Manager
  • Login to your Joomla 3.0 Administrator Backend
  • Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘Extension Manager

2.  Select File, Upload & Install Plugin in Extension Manager

Once you download the Plug-in from the JED, keep it as a ZIP file.  Do NOT unzip the file you downloaded.  It is easiest to upload and install the plugin as a ZIP file.  Also make sure your Plug-in is Joomla 3.0 compatible otherwise you will have errors.

Joomla 3.0 Install Plugin in Extension Manager
Joomla 3.0 Install Plugin in Extension Manager
  • In the ‘Extension Manager’, click on ‘Install’
  • Click  on the tab ‘Upload Package File’
  • Click on ‘Choose File’, select the plg_ ZIP file from your computer
  • Click on ‘Upload & Install

3.  Plugin Successfully Installed

After uploaded and installed the Plugin you will see a success message.

Joomla 3.0 - Plugin successfully installed in Extension Manager
Joomla 3.0 – Plugin successfully installed in Extension Manager
  • After uploading and installing the plugin you will see a success message that says:

Installing plugin was successful.

Hope that helps.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Elaine

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