Getting Started with UPME
UPME plugin can be installed in any WordPress site with minimum version requirments. Let’s look at the basic server requirments for installing UPME.
- PHP 5.2.4 or greater
- MySQL 5.0 or greater
- WordPress 3.0 or greater – (Please note that some of the latest features may not work with older WordPress versions)
- Apache Module mod_rewrite enabled for pretty permalinks
Purchasing and Downloading
User Profiles Made Easy plugin is only available for purchasing through Codecanyon. You can purchase the latest version here.
Once purchasing process is completed, you can download the latest version from Downloads section of your Codecanyon profile.
Installation and Activation
Installing UPME is straightforward as any other WordPress plugin. You can either use manual installation process or automatic installation process.
- Navigate to Plugins -> Add New menu in wp-admin section.
- Find the downloaded zip file for UPME plugin from Codecanyon.
- Select the file and upload the plugin.
- Once uploading is completed, click Activate plugin link.
- Upload the plugin to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online using a FTP program.
- Go to wp-admin and navigate to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
- Click the Activate link to activate UPME.
Default Configurations and Usage
Most frequent question we get from the users is How to get started. Once UPME is activated, its ready to use and you don’t have to change or configure anything to get it working with the default settings. UPME creates 5 WordPress pages on activation. Most probably, you will get the links to those pages in navigation menu, unless you are using a custom menu. Following are the default pages.
- View Profile
- Reset Password
- Member List
If you can’t access these pages from the navigation menu, you should go to the Pages -> All Pages from the left menu. You can let your users register through the Registration page and let them login through the Login page. Profile can be accessed from View Profile page and all the list of members are available through Member List.
You can use UPME with this default settings for sites with simple user registration and login system on frontend. However, you might be expecting lot more features from UPME. You can use the Configuring UPME section for advanced setup and features.
UPME is a plugin that updates frequently with new features. Most of you will be interested in updating your installation to latest version to resolve any issues and use the new features. Before updating you might want to consider the guidelines given in the following section to prevent any issues or conflicts.
Prerequisites for Upgrading
This section guides you to prevent any issues, conflicts and data loses when updating UPME. This is completely optional and you can omit these instructions, if you are well experienced in plugin upgrading. Testing is an important part of WordPress site development and hence we always use a testing server to check the features before uploading to live server. Similarly, when upgrading plugins, its recommended to test them before adding it to the live site. We recommend you to keep a test server for checking new upgrades before putting it on live sites to identify any issues and prevent any conflicts. Testing sites also helps you to get support for UPME without affecting your live site. You can simply create a subdomain on your site as the test server.
Preparing Test Server
- Create a subdomain or a different domain as the testing server.
- Install same WordPress version on your live server using the same process.
- Install and activate all the active plugins on live site.
- Install the theme from live server with exact settings.
Uploading new Version through WordPress
First option is to update UPME version by uploading the new plugin folder and replacing the old files directly from WordPress plugins section. You have to navigate to Plugins -> Add New section and upload the plugin as we did previously on installation. This will replace the exsiting files with new version.
Uploading new version using FTP
You can also use FTP client to manually upload new version. First, you have to Deactivate the plugin and then delete the upme folder using FTP client. Then you can upload the files for new version using FTP. Finally, you can activate the plugin to get access to the latest version.
Please note that UPME doesn’t have a auto update option at this stage.