If the plugin you want to install is available in the official plugin directory at https://wordpress.org/plugins/, then you can search for and install the plugin from within wp-admin. Just navigate to Plugins | Add New. You will find a search field in the top-right corner." (Section 1)
I used the auto-installation method to install the Really Simple SSL plugin.
Installing Really Simple SSL
Created: 2019-04-22 07:02:46 Last updated: 2019-04-22 07:02:46
"some plugins are perfectly functional right after activation" (Section 1)
I used the Better Search Replace plugin, which was perfectly functional right after activation.
Better Search Replace activated
Using Better Search Replace, part 1
Using Better Search Replace, part 2
Created: 2019-04-22 06:42:11 Last updated: 2019-04-22 06:42:11
"Installing WordPress through a web host
In most scenarios, users will want to install and then use WordPress on a live website—one that's publicly visible. The easiest way to do that is to go to one of the popular hosting companies, rent some server space from them, and then have WordPress installed on that server. Even though this might sound intimidating at first, the process is actually very simple, and in most cases, the hosting company takes care of all the technical steps.
The main advantage of this approach is that you're effectively freed from having to worry about server configurations, and instead can simply start working with your WordPress website very quickly. The disadvantage—if we can call it that—is that you don't get the educational value from installing WordPress by hand." (Section 1)
I used the WordPress One-Click Install feature provided by DreamHost to easily install WordPress on a server. This approach included the creation and configuration of the corresponding databases.
DreamHost One-Click Install
DreamHost One-Click Install process
DreamHost One-Click Install completed
Created: 2019-04-22 03:44:05 Last updated: 2019-04-22 03:44:05
With SSL enabled on your host's end, it's time to prepare your WordPress website to receive it:
- This can be done with a plugin called Really Simple SSL, which is available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/really-simple-ssl/:
- After activating the plugin, you'll see a message like this:
" (Section 2)
- Click on the Go ahead, activate SSL! button. After doing so, you'll immediately get signed out of your WordPress dashboard, but don't worry, this is just part of the process. When you log back in, you'll see that your dashboard is now available under https instead of the standard http.
- To make sure everything works as it should, visit your website normally and look for the characteristic padlock next to your website's address:
I used the Really Simple SSL plugin to activate SSL for a website that I had in a subdomain.
Created: 2019-04-24 02:35:11 Last updated: 2019-04-24 02:35:11