How to install extensions in Bolt

Updated on Dec 10, 2015

In this section of the Bolt tutorial series, we'll see how to install and manage extensions through the administrative dashboard.

Create Backup

It is recommended to create Bolt backup, before making major changes on your website. This will allow you to restore it to a fully operational state if something goes wrong.

To operate with extensions in Bold, you need to know how to:


Install Extensions in Bolt

To install extensions on your website, you will have to log in as administrator first. Move your mouse pointer to the Extras option on the main menu and then View/Install Extensions.

Access Bolt Extensions

You will be redirected to the extension installation page. Here, you will notice a link that will take you to the official Bolt extensions directory. See the screenshot below for clear view on that.

Access Bolt Extensions Directory

There you can see various stats about different extensions, such as the most downloaded lately or the newest additions. Once you’ve chosen the extension that you wish to install on your website just copy the text bellow the name of the module.

Choose Bolt Extensions

Then go back to the extension install/management page on your website and paste the text in the search field, a drop down menu will appear from which you must find the extension that you are searching for (usually this will be narrowed down to one selection).

Specify Bolt Extension For Installation

When you locate the name of the extension in the drop down menu just click on it, and then click Browse Versions. After the version search is complete a window will pop up on your page. From the popup window select the version that you wish to install, then click on Install This version.

Install Bolt Extension

Stable Versions

We advise you to always use the latest stable version of the extension, in order to avoid any issues or bugs with it.

After the installation is complete you will be notified with a new popup.

Bolt Extension Installation Report


Manage Extensions in Bolt

You can manage your extensions by going to the View/Install Extensions page. There you can see all the installed modules and the different options for them. Let us review all of the options so you can get a better understanding on what they offer.

  • If you select the Versions option, it will browse all the available versions of the module. This is useful if you wish to reverse to an older version, or you simply want to test.

Review Bolt Extension Versions

  • The Readme option is a documentation on how to configure and modify the extension. This is written by the developer of the extension and if you are having difficulties understanding the documentation, you can contact them for more information.

Review Bolt Extensions Readme File

  • The Config option will allow you to directly edit the extension's configuration file through your dashboard. Refer to the Readme section of the extension for more information on how to configure it.

Review Bolt Extension Configuration Options

  • The Uninstall option will remove the extension completely from your website.

Uninstall Bolt Extension

  • Another useful options that you can use are the Run Update Check and Run All Updates.

Check for Bolt Extension Updates

This will check the existing extensions on your website and inform you if there is an update.

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