I have tried to install several plug ins and have failed each time, manually (using my FTP) and using the upload function in the Plugin area of my dashboard. The same thing happens. I wanted to install Simple Contact Form. I found it among the Plug Ins and downloaded it to my desktop. I unzipped the file, read the Readme file. I FTP it up to my website and put it where it is supposed to be (for example-www.mysitename.com/blog/wp-dontent/plugins). So far so good.
Then I go back to the dashboard under Plugins and look for Simple Contact form to show up in my list of plug ins which are installed so I can activate it, it does not show up anywhere. I log out and log in to refresh the list, nothing. I hit refresh, nothing.
So I read on. I can upload the unzipped file via my dashboard and open it that way to install. I delete the copy from my website and try uploading the unzipped file to my dashboard. It says it loaded up. It says it's unpacking, and then it is stuck. Nothing happens. It just sits there.
I tried this with Simple Contact, Contact Form 7, and one other plug in and got the same results. What am I doing wrong?
As I said before, I read the Plugin Install area which told me to upload a zipped version of the file by clicking and uploading, which I did and it said it was unpacking and nothing happened, it just sat there for hours. When I load it up manually with FTP, I download the zip file to my desktop, unzip it and then the place where I am loading it up to is http://www.mysitename.com/blog/wp-dontent/plugins and then send the entire folder there. This has worked in the past, but for some reason it's not working now. I am using the latest Atahualpa theme 3.4.5, Firefox 3.5.7, too.
Please note that I believed that this question should go here, as a specific plug in question, not an installation question. If I was wrong, I am sorry. The Installation area appears to be for the installation of WordPress only, not plugins.