How to install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact,  you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

How to install a WordPress Plugin?

For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:

  1. Install a free Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
    Wordpress.org has a great collection of  free plugins thanks to loyal wordpress developers community. There are tons of free WordPress plugins available in wordpress Plugin Directory. You can search for a plugin from this directory and install it from your WordPress Admin Panel .  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  2. Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
    This step is ideal if you purchased a premium plugin  from a plugin provider  and downloaded the plugin as a zip file.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)
  3. Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and install from Admin Panel
    You can also upload the unzipped plugin folder using FTP and later install it from WordPress admin panel. This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a plugin zip file or if upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your files to your server.  Click here for instructions ( in same page)

 

Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option

 

  1. Log into your WordPress administration panel.
  2. From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New

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    Install plugin
  3. In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search

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    Search
  4. Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.

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  5. Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.

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  6. Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.

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    install Plugin

 

Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method

 

You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

  1. Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
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    download plugin

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    Save plugin zip file
  2. Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.

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  3. Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
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    Select zip file

    After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.

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  4. In the next step click on activate plugin.

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    Activate
  5. Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.

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Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel

 

This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.

Extracting Plugin files

Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder

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  • Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
  • Right click on the file and select “extract all”
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    Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”

Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow  FileZilla installation tutorial to install and  connect to your host.

  • Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
  • On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
  • You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.Upload plugin folder
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.

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How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

How to create a wordpress blog – Step by Step Guide

So whats’s your reason to start a blog?
People create blogs for many reasons. Some people start a blog to teach others about a topic while others start blogging simply to have fun.  Everyone has their own reason.

How to start a blog?

There are many free blogging platforms are available to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes. But if you are using hosted blogging platforms like blogger, tumbler, Facebook etc., you need to under their terms and conditions. A self hosted blog will give you complete control over how your blog site looks and works.

Do you know that is the most popular blogging platform that powers more than 60 million websites  worldwide?

Why WordPress?
WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress has many features like custom design templates, plugin, automatic spam protection and a strong community to get support. It is very flexible and user-friendly. You can start a on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes.


So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

  1. Sign up for web hosting
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Write your first blog post using the WordPress Editor
  4. Change how your WordPress blog looks using a “theme”
  5. Add functionality to your blog using tools called “plugins”

  • Step 1: Sign up with Hosting

    Sign up for WordPress hosting

    In order to start a wordpress blog website, you need a domain name and a web hosting account. Bluehost is one of the best and most reliable WordPress web hosting providers.

    You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details. Login to your newly created Hosting Account.

  • Step 2: Log into hosting control Panel

    Log into your newly created Hosting Account. Once you are logged in, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

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    Click on WordPress
  • Step 3: Click on Install

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    Then, you’ll be redirected to a page, where you can see more details about WordPress. Click on Install button on top of the page.

  • Step 4: Type in blog settings

    wp-install3Type in your WordPress blog settings. Fill the fields such as the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed, site name/title, the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty. When you are done, click ‘Install’. And you’re basically almost done.

  • Step 5: Visit default WordPress page

    Installation will take less than 1 min. Your new blog is ready to use and you can see the default WordPress page. 
    Go to site home to see default WordPress page.

  • Step 6:Log into Admin


    Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page you will see your main admin navigation menu. This is where you’ll find all the options to update and configure your site. Pass mouse over each item, then you can see the various choices for that particular menu option.

    • Dashboard – This will display some brief summary about your site.
    • Posts – This is where you can create a new Blog Post. You can also update your Categories and Post Tags.
    • Media – This is where all your uploaded images/files are stored. You can browse /edit / update the files.
    • Pages – This is where you create and maintain all your Pages.
    • Comments – You can manage all your Comments within this section,
    • Appearance – This menu is where you control how your site looks.
    • Plugins – You can add or delete plugins within here as well as activate or deactivate them.
    • Users – This screen lists all the existing users for your site.
    • Tools – This section gives you access to various convenient tools.
    • Settings – This is where your site is configured.

    How to add new post?

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, “How to write a Post in wordpress blog“.

    After log into your site admin, click ‘Posts’ then click ‘Add New’.
    Then you’ll be directed to the writing screen. Enter your post title in the upper field, enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags and when you are ready, click ‘Preview’ to see how it looks when readers read your post. Click ‘Publish’ to let the world see your post.

    How to create category

    Click ‘Posts’ >> ‘Categories’. Then you’ll be directed to category page. Here you can see existing categories and option to add new category.
    How to add photos, videos and music to your posts

    Click on the text where you want to add the content and click on the Add Media button in the top left part of the editor. Click on the Select files button in the insert Media pop-up screen. Once you upload the file, fill the attachment settings of the image. Then click the Insert into post button and you will see the image added to your editor window.


    How to customize the Look of your Blog

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, How to install a WordPress Theme the right way.

    You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting Appearance>>themes link. Here, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either search for a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive.

    1. If you are upload a theme follow these steps: click on the Upload link at the top of the page >> click the Choose File button >> select the archive of your theme from your local computer >>Press the Install Now button >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
    2. If you are searching for a free theme follow these steps: Browse through the results >> choose a theme for your site >> click on the Install Now link under it >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.

    Plugins

    In this post, I’ll highlight essential steps only. So take a look at the detailed post, How to install wordpress plugin.

    Many plugins are available to add additional functionality to your Blog. Plugins improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. For eg. comment spam filter, display related posts, t, add contact form add more SEO features, add eCommerce features, etc. For example comment spam filter, or related posts, they are all plugins.

    Here are some must have plugins:

    • Akismet – To protect you from web spam
    • WordPress SEO by Yoast – To increase your search engine traffic by improving your WordPress SEO.
    • W3 Total Cache – To reduce the download times and increase server performance.
    • Contact Form 7 – To add contact page in you blog
    • Google XML Sitemaps – To generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.
    • WordPress Related Posts – To display related posts in the footer of your content and increase your readers’ engagement with your posts
    • Digg Digg – To display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog.

    Other WordPress settings: Simply navigate to the sidebar on the left.

    Dashboard


    Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. The Dashboard is the information Central. The Dashboard Screen provides an overview of what’s happening with your blog. It shows the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags, a list of the recent comments, links to start writing Posts or Pages and provide access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes.
    Posts – When you click on it you can see all posts from your blog. Here you will get options to edit and delete the existing posts. Under the post menu category you have several links: “Edit”, “Add new”, “Post tags” and “Categories”.
    Media – is the images, video, and files, you upload and use in your blog.
    Page – is another tool to add static content to a WordPress site.
    Comments – you can manage user’s comments here.
    Appearance – Customize the Look of your Blog
    WordPressis highly customizable. You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting themes link. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes are available. Under Appearance you will see another section called Widgets. Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. For example, if you want to show latest posts, categories and tag cloud, just drag and drop the respective boxes to the sidebar where you want them to appear.

    Users : You can add/manage new and existing users here.
    Settings : Here you can change general configuration of your WordPress blog.

Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of WordPress, you can start writing content.

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

Themes determine how content is displayed on your WordPress Powered website. They are simply HTML pages with specific PHP embedded code. A theme can be as simple as index.php page, or it might contain additional files linked to Posts, Pages, Archives & a number of included images (Leary, 2010).

WordPress is designed to let you switch themes without changing the underlying content. For the novice user, it is very easy to install a theme right from your site dashboard. WordPress Content Management System uses its powerful graphical interface to help you through the steps of installing a theme.

How to install a WordPress Theme?

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Theme on your WordPress Powered blog.

We can install a wordpress theme using any of following 3 methods:

  • Method 1: Locating Themes interface on your WordPress Site dashboard and then Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory. This step is ideal if you want to make use of free wordpress themes created by loyal wordpress developers and it is 100% free. This step would the fastest way for you to get started and is very easy to follow.
  • Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature. This step is ideal if you downloaded a theme as a zip file from a popular theme provider.
  • Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload). This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a theme zip file or if Upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your theme to your server.

A strong and reliable web host can make sure your wordpress blog is available 24/7. BlueHost is a Good one and makes a great choice.


Method 1: Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory

Free and Beautiful WordPress themes can be located right from your WordPress DashBoard. Let us get started with Locating Themes menu on your WordPress dashboard. Follow steps below.
Steps:

  • Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. From your sidebar on left side, Click on Appearance.

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  • Click on Appearance>>Themes. A list appears with all your current installed Themes, if you have any. To add or install a new theme, simply click on add new link. Basically, what we will do here is, search the WordPress Theme Directory for available Themes, select one , install and then Activate the Theme.

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Installing a theme from WordPress Official web directory

Steps:

  • Search and install a Theme from WP Official Theme Directory. This feature lets you search for themes in the WP directory and display them for you to install. The listing is huge with Featured, Popular, Latest themes so you would want to specify type of theme that suits your site for example, if your site is sporty, magazine etc, type “sporty” in the search text box. If you know the theme’s name, type that directly and search.

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  • Redefine your search by accessing the *feature filter. It lets you put more advanced search criteria on your themes to choose the theme with the best matching criteria. It does so by enabling a search criteria of: Colours, Layout, Features and Subject

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  • Once you have selected a theme, Click install theme, then wait until the installation is complete. Then continue to Activate your Theme. Note:It will be a good practice to always preview themes before activating them. In case your site is already customized with widgets, plugins, headers, posts or pages, test the theme on your data by previewing it. Some themes may override your settings when activated.

 

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Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature

You can follow this method if you downloaded a theme as a zip file. Many premium theme providers create beautiful themes and let you download the theme as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.

Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. On the drop down menu, Click on Appearance.

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“Add New” WordPress Theme Step

Then click on Themes. You will now see Themes page. Click on Add New link

Click on “Upload Themes” . This feature allows you to upload your downloaded theme with .zip extension. After you click upload theme, a window is displayed for uploading the theme.

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Upload A WordPress Theme

Click on the “browse” button and select the theme from your computer.

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Upload WordPress Theme. Select Zip File

Once you have located your zipped theme, click install now. Wait until installation is complete, Preview your theme and then Activate it. Optional step: Go on to customize the theme, if you would like.

Once you activated your theme, the blog will now reflect the theme design. This completes method 2.

If you looking for elegant and advanced themes, then Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.


Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload)

There are times when you just don’t have a theme zip file or Upload feature in DashBoard does not work due to server getting timed out. Or sometimes, if you happen to your wordpress blog in a windows hosting plan, you might have issues. In these cases, this method will become handy.

FTP client

Basically, a FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. FTP Clients connect to the hosts by use of internet protocols (File Transfer Protocol) specifically for that purpose. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. FTP is insecure in that it transmits your password in plain text. The good news is that FileZilla supports FTP and SFTP and you can use these secure versions of FTP to transfer your files.

Steps to install a FTP Client(FileZilla – free):

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  • Run and install the software after the download is complete.
  • At the top, there is Host, Username, Password and Port.

Host is your internet company that hosts your blog or website. Some popular Hosting companies are BlueHost, Hostgator, Blue Host and Arvixe . Many Hosts can let you type your domain name instead of the host’s domain.

  • Username & Password. These are login details you use to communicate with the Host via FTP Client. Note: You can set your username and password after logging in to your host control panel.

I’ll use 1and1 FTP Account through the process, which is easy and strikingly similar in almost all the hosts mentioned above.

 

Setting up FTP Password and Username at 1and1 Host:

Steps:

  • Login to your host control panel. Scroll down until you see Hosting

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  • You will see your username, destination directory and description of the FTP account here. For security reasons, the password will not be displayed in the Control Panel. If you do not remember your password, it will have to be reset by following the next steps.

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  • Optional: If you have forgotten your password, you will have to reset it. To do so, click the edit button next to the account in question.

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  • Click ok to save your settings. Please take note of the password change as the current password will not be available via the Control Panel in the future.

Steps: Extracting & Uploading Themes via FTP:

The next step will be locating your downloaded Themes. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder.

  • Launch FileZilla, type your domain name in the Host textbox i.e. myblog.com, username and password you created above. Many Hosts enable port 3306 for FTP connections. Type the port although you can still leave this blank. Click “Quick Connect”.
  • After a successful connection, FileZilla opens in 2 split screens, Local & Remote Sites.

Local Site displays data from your local machine.

Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory. You simply drag files across to the Remote Site folder of your choice and drop, and then wait until transfer is complete. You do so and vice versa to your local machine. You can as well delete files.

  • On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it.

WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as:

wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/.

The folders to locate Themes and Plugins are wp-content/themes and wp-content/plugins respectively. Browse through to Themes folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your themes in their folders.

  • Remember that folder you extracted your Themes in your local machine? Yes, now find it through your “local site” in FileZilla. Once you locate it, open to list all folders with the themes. All you need to do is drag a folder at a time, to the Remote site your themes folder, and drop. Do this for all the other folders, and you should have your themes ready for customization.
  • Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Appearance, you will see all your Themes in place. Click on each as you like, and preview all of them.

 

Note: If you had your blog customised already, automatic theme updates will overwrite your theme customizations, i.e. Header texts, Widgets etc. If you will always update your themes manually, go to Site Manager, Put Off “automatic theme updates”.

 Summary:

So there you go…If you are a beginner and want to get started fast, we recommend Method 1. Dont forget to leave your comments below.  Ciao!

For elegant and advanced themes,  Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.

 

How to install a WordPress Theme the right way?

How To Install a WordPress Theme

As a beginner,you have probably heard of various free and paid themes available online. You may have tried out a few themes until you’ve found one that meets your needs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme.

This guide will cover the three different ways you can install a theme. However, before installing a WordPress theme, keep in mind that once you activated a new theme, it will change how your website looks and functions. If you are switching from an existing theme, then you need to do several checks first before changing to a new WordPress theme.

Here are the different ways to install a WordPress theme. Read More

How to Avoid Accidentally Publishing Posts in WordPress

“Are you sure you want to publish this post?” This confirmation is missing in WordPress that is why most of the time I publish posts accidentally. If only WordPress included this feature. Even the most experienced WordPress users press the publish button by accident. Accidental publishing can become an issue particularly if your posts gets automatically shared on social media, email, and newsletters. By the time you realize this mistake, users have already read your post, shared it to social media sites, and have already been sent to your subscribers. Or worst, it might even get indexed by search engines. The good news is that you can get a plugin like Publisher Confirmation to have you first confirm if you’d like to publish your post or not.   Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-avoid-accidental-publishing-in-wordpress/

How to Display Featured Content in WordPress

You probably have stories in your archive that you might want to highlight and show to your readers. This is often referred to as “Featured Posts” or “Featured Content” in WordPress. Displaying these featured posts is easy, just use one of the following plugins .

ADL Post Slider

ADL Post Slider allows you to set posts as featured post and display them in a very beautiful slider.

Step 1: Install Plugin

From your wordpress admin go to Plugins >> Add New . Search and install ADL Post Slider .

Step 2: Set up featured Posts

Go to Posts>> all Posts screen and click on the star to mark featured posts.

Step 3: Create slider

Find “Post Slider” menu on left column of WordPress dashboard. Click on Add new.

Enter post title, Slider header, number of posts per slide, featured image,excerpt display options etc. Select post query type as featured posts to display only featured post. Publish the slider.

You can see the shortcode at the bottom of this page. You can also get this shortcode by clicking on “Post Slider” menu on left column of WordPress dashboard. Copy the template shortcode.

Step 4: Add code in template

Go to Appearance >> Theme Editor. Look for file named home.php or index.php. Since I don’t have home.php file, I’m going to add code in index.php file.

Copy the shortcode and paste it wherever you want to display the post slider.


Featured Post Creative

Step 1:

Install and Activate the ‘featured-post-creative’ list plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

Step 2: Set up featured Posts

Go to Post–> All Post and click the STAR to make post as a featured post.

Step3: Add the template code

  • <?php echo do_shortcode('[fpc_post_block limit="10"]'); ?>
  • <?php echo do_shortcode('[fpc_post_grid grid="3" limit="10"]'); ?>

Yet Another Featured Posts Plugin

Yet Another Featured Posts Plugin (YAFPP) provides a simple interface to show feature posts in your WordPress blog .

Step 1 : Search and install Plugin YAFPP.

SteStep 2: Set up featured Posts

Go to Posts >> All posts. Select featured posts by clicking the ‘featured stars’ within the post listing

Step 3 : Place following code

<?php if ( function_exists('get_featured_posts') ) get_featured_posts(); ?> wherever you want a list of featured posts in your templates