Important Note:  The contents of this document applies ONLY to version 5.x.x of Simple:Press.  It likely does NOT apply to version 6.x.x (our latest version).

These notes describe the steps required to install Simple:Press for the first time. Before you start, check the version requirements necessary to install and run Simple:Press.

Simple:Press is not available from the WordPress plugin repository so you will need to start by downloading the Simple:Press Core plugin from our Simple:Press Store page by clicking on “Download the Simple:Press Core Plugin for WordPress”. It is free.

PLEASE NOTE: Version specific instructions may be contained in a ‘read me’ file supplied with the plugin and should be read prior to activation.

Step 1: Upload to your WordPress Plugins Folder

Unzip the downloaded file and then upload the resulting Simple:Press folder to your WordPress installation. By default, WordPress stores plugins in the /wp-content/plugins/ folder. The ‘simple-press‘ plugin folder must be copied to this location.

Step 2: Activate Simple:Press

Simple:Press should now appear in your plugins list in the WordPress administration so go ahead and activate the plugin.

Unlike most plugins, activation is only the first step. Nothing is created at this point. Simple:Press requires installation – a process that creates the tables and default data the forum requires.

You may load the install page from the plugin entry by clicking on the ‘Install‘ link. Alternatively, you can navigate to the new ‘Forum‘ menu. This will appear beneath the WordPress ‘comments’ menu. At this point the only menu option available will be to install the plugin.

Step 3: Install

Selecting the menu item will present the installation page. Click on the ‘Install‘ button to start the process. This may take a few minutes. During the install, all of the forum tables are created, the option and setting records are initialized, the WordPress ‘page’ is built that will display the forum and your current registered users (if you have any) will have their forum members data built.

At the conclusion of a successful install, a button will be displayed to load the forum admin and clicking on this will take you to the Storage Locations panel. All being well, all locations will be ticked as created and available but if this is not the case follow the instructions to manually create folders if necessary. The Storage Locations panel is covered in a separate article.

That’s all – painless and simple.

If things do not go to plan and the install halts, then visit the troubleshooting section in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the Codex at Troubleshooting FAQ.
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