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  • Please be gentle – have literally NO idea what I’m doing but managed to buy a domain name, pay a hostgator fee and access WordPress all in one day – go me.

    Now I need to upload an ‘under construction’ banner for the site as I didn’t intend it to be live just yet, but the plug-ins I download are trying to open in strange programs that don’t seem to work on my Mac.

    What do I need to be able to run WordPress – is there an installation ‘thing’ I am missing? Have I overlooked something, or is it a case of me buying a program to make it all work.

    Please use v.e.r.y. simple language, I am uber-new.

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  • To be clear, obv I am already ‘running’ wordpress as I can easily access my site and dashboard and all that and I’m on here now – I just meant what do I need to open any plug-ins…?



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    are you installing the plugins (would be useful if you could post the names) from within the dashboard – plugins – add new -install plugins panel or are you manually downloading and uploading them?

    I Googled an ‘under construction’ download which took me to the WordPress PlugIn Directory page, and I was downloading it from there, not from the dash – should I be doing the latter? Wouldn’t even know where to start looking on the dashboard.

    Might take self off soon but do reply if you’ve time/can help, and I’ll answer when I’m up again!

    Many thanks so far.



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    Wouldn’t even know where to start looking on the dashboard

    read my last reply – the bold letters are kind of a step-by-step instruction.

    the plugins need to be uploaded to the wordpess installation on the server (into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder), either through the method from the dashboard, or from your computer using ftp or cpanel.

    if you get plugins from they usually have some instructions.

    Ah. Many thanks. I’ve definitely downloaded what I need from the dashboard.

    Now I just need to learn how to use the plug-ins I’ve downloaded – in fact I need a lesson in computerĀ language in general because I still have no idea what I’m doing at all, so don’t worry, I’ll duck out of here and book into a course.

    As for server query, I can see that a WordPress file is on my desktop but I can’t see it in the Applications bit of my hard drive, so wouldn’t know where to upload things ‘to’, as they just seem to sort of upload themselves.

    Can you see that I really shouldn’t be let out at all? What does an idiot like me do when trying to be all technical? Go on a course, I guess.

    Totally lost! Ignore me. As you were…

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