How to Install Extensions With Magento Connect: A Tutorial

There are two ways to install an extension to a Magento website. The first way is to install an extension with Magento Connect and the other is done through FTP file uploads. This tutorial will describe how to install an extension with Magento Connect. Magento Connect is a tool for downloading and installing extensions for Magento. Extensions allow you to add functionality and features to your Magento system. Some of the extensions are free, while others you have to pay for.

Back Up Database and Media Before You Install an Extension With Magento Connect

Before you install any extensions, either through Magento Connect or FTP, make sure to back up your database and media. Go to System->Tools->Backup in your Magento admin area.

Clear the Cache

It is also a good idea to clear the cache both before and after the installation. Go to System->Cache Management, then click Flush Magento Cache.

Access Magento Connect to Install an Extension

In order to access Magento Connect, you’ll need to log into the Magento administrator, then go to System->Magento Connect->Magento Connect Manager. This screen will appear:

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Login using the same credentials you used to access the admin area. The following screen will appear.

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On the Extensions tab, click the link to Magento Connect. This will open: www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/. Here you can browse and search for extensions either through the tabs or the search box at the top if you know what you are looking for.

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Select the Extension

Once you select the extension, this will take you to a more detailed screen with more information about the extension and the install link.

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Login or Create a Magento Connect Account

Before you can install the extension, you’ll need to login or create an account on Magento Connect:

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Install Extension With Magento Connect

Once you are done logging in or creating an account, select the Platform of your Magento installation from the drop down menu and click the Select Key. Then copy the URL by right clicking on your mouse and selecting Copy or by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C.

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Paste the URL into Magento Connect Manager and click Install.

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The new extension will be downloaded and installed automatically.
Thanks to the variety of extensions available through Magento Connect, it’s easy to increase functionality and add features to your Magento system.
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