Techie Tip of the Week: Installing WordPress Plugins on Stanford’s Web Servers

Because the Stanford web servers require encryption using SFTP, and WordPress’s built-in method of installing and implementing a plug-in uses FTPS, you cannot install plugins from directly within WordPress.

Instead, you need to manually install the plugin.

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Download the plugin to your Desktop.

2) Unzip the plugin.

3) Open an SFTP program like SecureFX or Fetch, log in, and change the plugin directory for your WP instance:

The directory should be something like “/afs/ir/group/groupname/cgi-bin/wordpressdirectory/wp-content/plugins” (substitute groupname for your real group name; wordpressdirectory for your real WP directory name)

4) Drag the plugin folder from your Desktop to the Remote Site side of SecureFX/Fetch.

5) In WordPress, go to your Dashboard (http://www.stanford.edu/group/groupname/cgi-bin/wordpressdirectory/wp-admin)

6) Click Plugins.

7) Locate the installed plugin and click Activate.

Your plugin is now activated!

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