How to install a WordPress plugin

Now that you have the ProofBuddy plugin download, you’ll need to upload it into WordPress. Fortunately, WordPress makes this very easy.

One note, this page was written to explain how to upload the ProofBuddy plugin, but the same instructions work for any of our plugins; or any WordPress plugin for that matter.

Plugins menu inside WordPress

Plugins menu inside WordPress

First, login to your site and click on the Plugins > Add Plugin tab. The plugins menu should be about halfway down your WordPress menu and looks like the image to the right.

Clicking on Add Plugin will take you to the following page. This lists all of the plugins that are hosted at WordPress.org, and makes it a one-click process to install. ProofBuddy is not hosted at WordPress.org, so you’ll need to upload the zip file containing the plugin.

 

Plugin Page

Plugin Page

Switch to the upload page by clicking on the small “Upload” link just under the “Install Plugin” heading. Your screen will switch to the following.

 

WordPress plugin page switched to upload tab

WordPress plugin page switched to upload tab

Depending on your browser, your screen may look a bit different. The screenshot was taken from Chrome, and Safari will look similar. Internet Explorer and Firefox will both have a small text field instead of the “No file chosen” shown here and the button will say “Browse” instead of “Choose File”. Click either Browse or Choose File, depending on your browser, and find and select the zip file you downloaded earlier. Press OK and then click on the Install Now button.

Again, what happens next depends a bit on your server setup.

If your server is setup to allow WordPress to write files the plugin will be uploaded. If WordPress cannot write to the server then it will prompt you for your FTP login information.

Activating a plugin

Activating a plugin

After you’ve uploaded, you’ll need to activate the plugin. WordPress should prompt you to activate, but if it doesn’t or you missed the step you can also do it from the main plugins page. Scroll down to ProofBuddy in the list and click on the Activate link.

If you change your mind, you can also deactivate the plugin in the same way. After activating the “Activate” link changes to “Deactivate.” Clicking that will turn off a plugin.

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