Download, Install and Use An UNZIP Program

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

A few days ago I started  a tutorial series on using FTP, specifically using FTP to upload and install a WordPress plugin.  Please note these steps apply for a WordPress.ORG blog, you don't have FTP access if you are using WordPress.COM  (Here's the official WordPress explanation of the difference.)

If you look at the entire process of installing a plugin, then break it up into "phases", it would look like this:

  • Download, install and set-up an FTP program
  • Download and unzip the plugin
  • Upload the plugin to your site, and activate it in Wordpress

The first post covered Phase 1.

Here's Phase 2:  Downloading and uzipping the plugin.

First realize that most WordPress plugins ard themes are distributed as "zip" files.  "Zip" means that the file (or files) has been compressed into a smaller size for faster transmission over the internet.

Here's an article explaining more about zip files in general:  http://www.netsquirrel.com/articles/zip.html

There are several no-cost or low-cost programs for unzipping files.  Currently I'm using CAM UnZip.  It's free and available for download here:  http://www.camunzip.com/

If you don't already have an unzip program installed, and you'd like to look at CAM, go to http://www.camunzip.com/   Click the big yellow download button.  It's going to take another click to get to the final download page. 

 

At the next screen, clicking "Click here to download" will take you to this page, the actual download page.  Click on one of the Download options.

 

The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to run or save file?".  Click Save.

 

 

 

 

If you download alot of stuff, you'll already know that its important to pay attention to just where your download file is going to end up.  Saving to the Desktop is a simple approach.  Some people keep a folder on the Desktop for downloads.  I can also see merits in installing to  an external device, such as a thumb drive.  Whatever works for you, the point is just be aware of where the file is, so you can find it again.

After you've selected the place you want to put the downloaded file, click Save, and the download will begin.

 

Wait while the program downloads to your computer.

  

 

When the download is complete, click Run.

 

 

The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to run this software?".  Click Run again.

 

The installation wizard will start up and walk you through the installation.  Click Next.

 

Accept the license agreeement.  Click next again.  Read, glance at (or skip) the information page, and click next again. 

Select the destination location -- where the program will be stored on your computer .  The default is probably fine unless you have created some different file system hierachy of your own.

 

A couple more screens will follow.  You can select a different Start Menu folder, you can add a desktop icon, you can tell your computer to always "associate" CAM Unzip with the zip extension.  (That means whenever you click on a zip file on your computer, CAM would be the program of choice to run the file.)

OK.  Now that you have an UNZIP program installed on your computer, you need a zipped up file to unzip.

 

Since this series started with a question about installing the  WordPress PlugIn PhotoDropper, I'll use that plugin as an example of the process.

First go to:  http://www.photodropper.com/add-photos-blog/   Scroll down in the text to the sentence "Download PhotoDropper and test it out for yourself.  Click the linked text.

 

 

That text link takes you to a second download page.  Click the large Download Plugin button.

The dialogue box will ask "Do you want to open or save this file?"  Click save. 

 

 

Remember all that stuff about paying attention to you put a file as you download it?  With a zip file it is important, since you won't be able to run the install immediately after downloading (the file has to be unzipped before it can be installed.)

Downloading to your Desktop is one simple solution, a folder on your desktop is another.  Some people like a particular folder on the hard drive for all downloads. 

Choose your location, and click Save.  (I'm saving to the Desktop here)

 

After the download of Photo Dropper is complete,  an icon for the zipped file will be on your desktop

Right click on the icon, select "Open With", then CAM UnZip 

 

 

Here we go again, glance at the "Extract to" location,  you will need to know where the plugin has been stored on your computer in order to upload it to your WordPress site.

You can change the "Extract to" location by clicking on the button with three dots to the right of the location name.

After you've set and noted the location, click Extract.

 

When done, CAM Unzip will display the "Zip Message" box.  Click File -> Exit to close.

 

Now you're ready to upload the unzipped plugin to your WordPress site.  I'll cover that in Phase 3 soon.

 

 
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Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
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SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit
CJ, I am using the next to latest release of wp and it has a really nifty utillity for installing plugins built right in.  No need to unzip or ftp anymore.
Mar 01, 2008 08:11 AM #1
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Missy Caulk
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Maureen, what version are you using?
Mar 01, 2008 08:42 AM #2
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty - Birmingham, MI
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit
I am either using 2.3.1 or 2.3.2.  Not sure and having trouble getting into my host at the moment.
Mar 01, 2008 08:57 AM #3
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Cheryl Johnson
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Maureen, I've updated all my sites to 2.3.3 which I think is the newest.... Where is the utility?  I can activate/deactivate plugins at the Plugins tab, but the plugins have to be uploaded first before you can activate or deactivate them.  Or am I missing something?    Won't be the first time.  :-)
Mar 01, 2008 09:14 AM #4
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty - Birmingham, MI
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit

I am using 2.3.2

Under my plugins tab I have an Install Plugin Tab.  Once I have downloaded the plugin I locate the file in my computer and then it uploads it, unzips and activates with one click of a button.

This credit is at the bottom of the installer page:

Installer k_INSTALLER_VER by Matt Read. Thanks to Ashex, ringmaster, and anyone else I missed.

Do you have that tab?

 

Mar 01, 2008 05:28 PM #5
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
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SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit

Now wondering if that was a plugin.  If it is it is a nifty one.

Mar 01, 2008 05:53 PM #6
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Cheryl and Maureen, when I look at the plug in section, I don't see any button for "installing a plug in."  I have the org version. Any ideas where to look?

Pepper

Mar 01, 2008 05:56 PM #7
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Teri -- I'm .org, I'm pretty sure Maureen is, too.

Maureen:  No I don't have that tab, so, I bet you have a plugin to install plugins.  :-).  Oh please look at your Plugin Management list, and find its name, so I can go get it, too.

Mar 01, 2008 06:56 PM #8
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
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SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit

Installer 0.4

Allows you to install and manage plugins/themes from a webform. By Matt Read.

But that link does not take me back to the plugin for some reason so you are going to have to do some digging to find out where it is now.... Hope that helps.  It is a handy little bugger. I wish there were a "remover" that did the reverse process.  I have some clutter I need to clean out in the unused plugin department.

 

Mar 01, 2008 07:23 PM #9
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA - Highland Park, CA

Maureen:  This isn't the Matt Read plugin, but it looks similiar   http://anirudhsanjeev.org/oneclick-plugin/ 

Of course, one needs to first download and install it the old school way.... here's the author's quote "Download, unzip, upload via ftp (doing so for the last time in your life)"

I think I'll give it a spin.

Mar 02, 2008 09:05 AM #10
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
SKBK Sotheby's International Realty - Birmingham, MI
SKBK Sothebynulls - Metro Detroit

That is funny.  Let me know how it works for you.  I am thinking that Matt Read is no longer supporting his plugin so I might be switching over some day too.

Mar 02, 2008 09:21 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

I'm waiting to see how it works Cheryl. I don't have that button to upload so am wanting to find a plug in that installs one.........

Pepper

Mar 02, 2008 03:34 PM #12
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Karen Moorhead
Keller Williams Realty - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Area Real Estate
I totally need this...but I've had a glass of wine and need to bookmark it for later review.  Oh my, that doesn't sound so good does it?  But really this is what I need, just when I want to concentrate (totally true statement ... but hope that's okay ;-)
Mar 02, 2008 04:38 PM #13
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LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
SW Florida Homes
Holy smoke Cheryl! I am glad it takes only a few steps! Thanks for taking the time to explain all this in plain english! This is abook mark for sure.We often come about zip files and have problems unzipping.Thank you!
Mar 02, 2008 11:11 PM #14
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Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Highlands Ranch, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

I need a new unzip program the current trial on one I was using expired and now they hound me to buy the program. I'll try this instead. Thanks ~Rita

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