Getting the QuickMapServices PluginOf course you can download the plugin via the plugin manager in QGIS but you can also download the latest version from NextGIS github account. Nextgis is Moscow based GIS company with lots of plugins for QGIS but which also offers some online services to support you with your daily spatial data.
About the QuickMapServices PluginWell the plugin works straight forward: Select a basemap and wait for the tiles to load and BAM there is your basemap. The cooles thing: QuickMapServices standard basemaps seems to work in nearly every projection (even custom ones):
You can use several basemaps by default like:
- landsat by gis-lab.info
- nasa (only a few Us-centric layers)
- carto (fka cartodb)