Simple:Press Documentation


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.

Generally, you can find Simple:Press in the directory and install it using the standard WordPress PLUGINS->ADD NEW screen.

However, if you have downloaded the plugin file directly from our site or from, you can install it manually.

There are two ways to do this manual installation:

Easy Manual Installation

  • Go to your WordPress PLUGINS->ADD NEW screen.
  • Click the UPLOAD PLUGIN button at the top of the screen.
  • Select the file and upload it.
  • Activate the plugin from the standard WordPress PLUGINS screen
  • Jump to the POST ACTIVATION steps below and continue the installation process.

Harder Manual Installation using FTP

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 ‘simplepress‘ plugin folder must be copied to this location.

Step 2: Activate Simple:Press

Go to the standard WordPress Plugins screen where you can activate it.  Then follow the POST ACTIVATION steps below.

Post Activation Steps

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 usually appear beneath the WordPress ‘comments’ menu. At this point the only menu option available will be to install the plugin.

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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