Manually Installing a Magento Extension in Three Easy Steps:
- Login to Magento Connect, login and grab the 'extension key' for your preferred extension.
- Head over to Freegento. Paste in the key and download.
(Freegento will provide you with a downloadable, paste-able zip file for the extension).
- Upload the zip file to your site via FTP or your preferred file manager, and extract it to the appropriate directory. *Note: Check out your download first. You may need to re-zip it a touch, or eliminate a parent folder.
..and that's it. Freegento has been a lifesaver for working with our Magento staging area. Be sure to check it out!