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NewB
04-10-2006, 10:28 AM
This question might sound really stupid, but I have spent 2 hours looking for an answer for this on the Wordpress FAQ and am about to pull my hair out. Argh.

So I heard all the ga-ga over wordpress plugins and thought let me sport one too. I read the faq for adding a plugin and read the faq for uploading files and what not. All the answers say I need to enable file uploading under 'Options/Misc' and enable the plugin in 'Administration/Plugin'. My biggest problem is (which I haven't found an answer for) is I don't see the plugin menu or the options/misc menu at all! What am I missing?

Is it like this option is available only for paid users or something? If yes, how do I upgrade my account?

Sanyuja, who is going to go bald very soon.

Fahim
04-10-2006, 02:43 PM
So I heard all the ga-ga over wordpress plugins and thought let me sport one too. I read the faq for adding a plugin and read the faq for uploading files and what not. All the answers say I need to enable file uploading under 'Options/Misc' and enable the plugin in 'Administration/Plugin'. My biggest problem is (which I haven't found an answer for) is I don't see the plugin menu or the options/misc menu at all! What am I missing?


Are you logging into the WP Admin panel first? It should be available via http://<your.wp.url>/wp-login.php where <your.wp.url> would actually be replaced with the real URL.

NewB
04-10-2006, 04:52 PM
Looks like I am logged into the administration panel.

My blog is http://sanyuja.wordpress.com.

So I went to this url: http://sanyuja.wordpress.com/wp-login.php

I gave my username and password and it took me to the same menu which I was talking about earlier. There is no mention of plugin menu anywhere.

Fahim
04-10-2006, 04:59 PM
I gave my username and password and it took me to the same menu which I was talking about earlier. There is no mention of plugin menu anywhere.

OK, are you logged in as the admin user created at the time WordPress was installed or are you using a different login? If you are using a different login, then you might not have all the access rights that the admin account has. However, you should be able to login as admin and bump your own account up to admin level :)

NewB
04-10-2006, 05:16 PM
I have just one login name and I use that to login to wordpress.
If I click on Users and click on Authors & Users, I can see my login name there and the role field has 'Administrators'. So I don't know what I am doing wrong. May be wordpress just doesn't like me. Mpff.

Fahim
04-10-2006, 06:47 PM
Only other thing I can think of is your WordPress version. Which version are you running? WordPress 2.0 or something earlier?

DTKelly
04-10-2006, 07:51 PM
Aha.

you're on wordpress.com, their free hosting.

from their FAQ (http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=467#post-2222) .

How do I add my favorite WordPress plug in or theme?

Currently no additions can be made to your blog as FTP access is not allowed.

If you were to get an offsite hosting of wordpress, you can add themes/plugins. I don't know why they don't support it in the free.

here's a thread that you can use to make suggestions to them..

Link (http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/can-i-upload-my-own-plugins/)

NewB
04-11-2006, 08:44 AM
Oh! Ok, I get it now. If I download the wordpress kit and self host it, then I get to use all the features, right? Well, I guess I should have read the faq properly. Thanks for the help, Towerkel.

Fahim
04-11-2006, 08:52 AM
Oh! Ok, I get it now. If I download the wordpress kit and self host it, then I get to use all the features, right? Well, I guess I should have read the faq properly. Thanks for the help, Towerkel.

Yep, if you have your own WordPress installation, then you can install plugins and themes and the whole works :)

NewB
04-11-2006, 01:47 PM
Yep, if you have your own WordPress installation, then you can install plugins and themes and the whole works :)
Thanks for clarifying that, Fahim. For me, blogging is more like a hobby. I am not intending to make any money out of this or attract customers or anything like that. So I really don't want to invest anything in this other than my time. I guess I will stick with the free blog that I have and may be think of getting a web host if I need it later.

Thanks once again.

Sanyuja, enlightened!

Fahim
04-11-2006, 01:53 PM
Thanks for clarifying that, Fahim. For me, blogging is more like a hobby. I am not intending to make any money out of this or attract customers or anything like that. So I really don't want to invest anything in this other than my time. I guess I will stick with the free blog that I have and may be think of getting a web host if I need it later.


You're welcome :) To me, blogging is mostly a hobby as well - I just prefer to have the freedom to install what I want, when I want it after years of sticking with free hosts and being limited in what I could install/use :p However, there might be a few free hosts around who offer PHP and mySQL support now - I haven't looked around recently but there probably are. That would be all you'd need since the software itself is free. Something to think about :)

NewB
04-11-2006, 02:01 PM
You have a point there, Fahim. I don't really understand all the terms you are saying, but I did try to look for some hosts where I can install wordpress. First 5 minutes didn't turn up anything and I didn't bother too much about it since I am happy with what I have right now. I will probably look harder if I see the need. I will keep you posted on that. Thanks a bunch for the suggestion.

RobCurtis
04-11-2006, 03:46 PM
I played with Wordpress on one of my own websites. To find a suitable host, you need one which will give you at least one MySQL database. Most basic hosting packages allow this. Pay more, and you can have more databases - e.g. for blogs, forums, CMS, etc etc.

It's a good job most guys here don't want to make money from their blogs. It's a tricky thing to do. Lulu did something recently with published books created from blogs - they called it the Blooker Prize (http://lulublookerprize.typepad.com/lulu_blooker_blog/2006/03/the_shortlist.html). Maybe that's the way to do it. This is one of my favourites: http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsandbeans/ - I can't get over a guy writing about what is the most unhealthy breakfast I've ever seen. But it makes fascinating reading.

Marilyn Braun
04-11-2006, 08:02 PM
It's a good job most guys here don't want to make money from their blogs. It's a tricky thing to do

Actually, I would LOVE to make money with my blog. I had adsense for a while but I "made" about $10. My husband said I might have more luck with adsense if I had a website.

JulieB
04-11-2006, 11:30 PM
Yes, you might make more with AdSense if you had your own domain.

As much as I'd like to make money blogging, I've made the decision to stay ad-free. I couldn't endorse many of the ads that would show up. If I blog about a scam agent or publisher, what do you think AdSense is going to pop up? I've seen it happen on other blogs, and it's a very confusing message for those who don't know how this all works.

There's a message board that I help moderate that uses AdSense (these ads are pushed by the board software owner) and once in a while an ad pops up that's not exactly fit for our teenage visitors, if you get my drift.

I'm thinking about offering some items for sale to help defray expenses, but I'm under no illusion that even those will sell well. Both of my blog readers might buy 'em, and that'd be it! (LOL)

Fahim
04-12-2006, 04:53 AM
Yeah, while I'm sure all of us would like to make money with our blogs, it's a bit of a tricky thing. I don't like cluttering up my blog with ads either - probably a hangover from having been hosted with Tripod for so long :) So without Ads, the only other way I can think of is to get paid for blogging itself and while I do know that it happens to some people, I don't think I'll fall into that category :p So I might as well just enjoy my blog and not think about making money - but that's just me.

NewB
04-12-2006, 08:27 AM
Yeah, while I'm sure all of us would like to make money with our blogs, it's a bit of a tricky thing. I don't like cluttering up my blog with ads either - probably a hangover from having been hosted with Tripod for so long :) So without Ads, the only other way I can think of is to get paid for blogging itself and while I do know that it happens to some people, I don't think I'll fall into that category :p So I might as well just enjoy my blog and not think about making money - but that's just me.
I share your thoughts, Fahim. I enjoy writing and I enjoy blogging. When someone drops by my blog and leaves a comment, I feel good and that is better than making money from my blog. I am enjoying what I am doing right now and I don't think that is going to change.

Marilyn Braun
04-12-2006, 03:33 PM
When I had adsense I found that it cluttered up my blog, that's part of the reason why I took them off. I think it just distracted from the content in that the ads were probably the first thing that people noticed. I couldn't find any way to put the ads on the sidebar without pushing all of the content way down the page, so I had to put them right under my bio.

I love what I write about, but there are times when I would like to combine what I love with earning a living. Call it a pipe dream but it's true. The only idea I could think of was adsense and since that doesn't seem to be working I'm kind of stumped.