Installing & Updating

In this video we will take a look at how to install Regular Labs extensions and how to update when new versions are released.

There are 3 ways to install Regular Labs extensions. We'll go through each of them.
We'll look at how to:

  • Upload extension zip files
  • Install from Web
  • Install via the Regular Labs Extension Manager

Installing an extension via Upload Package File

The first way is by downloading the extension you want to install from the Regular Labs website and installing that zip file.

Let's head over to the Regular Labs website where we can download a free version of one of the extensions.
We'll get into installing the Pro version later on in this video.

If the extension you are seeking is not currently being featured on the front page, you'll find it by clicking on Extensions in the menu or you can save yourself a click and scroll down to the footer of the website. From this list, let's use Advanced Module Manager as an example, but the process is the same for any extension here.

Click Download Free, click Download Free again, save the file to the computer and open the location you downloaded it to.

Ok, now back to our Joomla website. Let's click on Extensions, mouse over Manage and then click on Install. Next we choose the Upload Package File tab and then drag the file we just downloaded into the box. The upload and install will begin automatically.

Advanced Module Manager is now installed.

Installing an extension via Install from Web

The second way is via the Joomla 'Install from Web' method.

Here we click on Extensions, mouse over Manage and then click on Install. Then we click on the Install from Web tab.

Next, we search for the extension we want to install, we'll use Advanced Module Manager as an example again.

Now we click on the result. Click on Install. And click on Install again.
And once again through the second method Advanced Module Manager is now installed.

Installing an extension via the Regular Labs Extension Manager

And now my favorite way of installing Regular Labs extensions!

Regular Labs has its own Extension Manager. This is a great way of installing, updating and managing all the Regular Labs extensions you want installed. So this is especially useful if you are using more than one Regular Labs extension.

To use this method, let's first install the Regular Labs Extension Manager the same way as we explained before.
We'll install it via the 'Install from Web' method.

So again, we go to Extensions, Manage, Install and click on the Install from Web tab.
Here we search for extensionmanager
And there it is.
Click, click, click and it's installed.

Now, let's go to the Extension Manager via the Components menu.

Installing an extension via the Regular Labs Extension Manager

Well, as you can see, this is pretty self-explanatory.

Want to install Advanced Module Manager? We just click on this install button and then click Start and that's it!

You can install any other Regular Labs extension in the same way.

Upgrading to a Pro version via the Regular Labs Extension Manager

So what about the Pro version?
If you have a subscription on the Regular Labs website you have access to the Pro version. But we need the Download Key for that.

We can find that on the Regular Labs website.
Once logged in, you can go to the Download Keys page by clicking right here.
So we just copy this Download Key and head back to the Regular Labs Extension Manager on our website.
Paste the key into this field, save it, and we're all set.

Now we have access to all the pro extensions our Regular Labs subscription covers.
So we'll just upgrade Advanced Module Manager to the Pro version.
Click Update, Start and now we have the Pro version installed.

Updating an extension via the Joomla updater

Once the Download Key is saved in the Regular Labs Extension Manager like we just did, you will also be able to update the Pro version via the Joomla updater.

To show you, we'll just downgrade to an earlier version of Advanced Module Manager.
As you can see we now get a notification on the control panel that there is a new version available.

We can update to the latest Pro version of Advanced Module Manager via the Joomla updater.
Yes, that works.

Updating an extension via Regular Labs Extension Manager

But we can also update via the Regular Labs Extension Manager.
So let's install back that old version of Advanced Module Manager.
Now we head over to the Regular Labs Extension Manager.
And here we can see the available update too.
We simply click this Update All button. Click Start.
And it's updated.

What we learned

So now we have covered how to install and update Regular Labs extensions via the Joomla core installer.
And also how to do this very easily via the Regular Labs Extension Manager.