Joomla 3.0 – How to Install a Plugin in Joomla

by Elaine on January 7, 2013

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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