We are new to all this and are wanting to write

We are new to all this and are wanting to write e-Newsletter at our small non-profit organization. But need help finding it and starting out. Have tried to download things but just get a bunch of code that's unreadable. HELP!

  • Patrick

    Hi there @Judy

    Welcome to WPMU DEV, glad to have you aboard!

    Don't worry one bit, we've all been there when we first stuck our big toes in the Wild, Weird & Wacky Waters of WordPress. :slight_smile:

    But we're here to help you wade through all the murkiness and find your way to clear waters. Okay, enough with the silly metaphors... on to business!

    Think of your site like a car (here go the metaphors again!). Your WordPress is the engine, your theme (how the content displays on the front of your site) is the body & paint job, and the plugins that provide additional optional features & functionality are all the other mechanical/electrical thingamabobs like the transmission, the radio & auto-adjusting seats, GPS & sunroof, etc. With plugins, you get virtually unlimited extra features to add to your vehicle (your site).

    Themes and plugins are nothing more than a collection of folders & files that contain the code required to generate the desired functionality and/or layout on your site.

    But to get them working on your site, you must actually upload them to your site and activate them. Much like getting a new CD player for your car; if it's still in the box in the living room, it's not adding much improvement to your car. :slight_smile:

    Here's a great page to get started on your WordPress journey:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/manuals/using-wpmu-dev/

    To get you going right now though with getting stuff working on your site, you'll want to upload your new plugin(s) to your site. In the wp-admin of your site, go to Plugins > Add New and click Upload (1st screenshot).

    Then click Browse and browse to the location on your computer where you downloaded your plugin folder (2nd screenshot). Select the zipped file you downloaded and upload it to your site. You'll then see your spanking new plugin appear in the list when you visit the Plugins screen in your admin.

    Once there, click the Activate link beneath the plugin's name. You'll then see the settings menu item appear in the admin sidebar. Exactly where it appears depends on where the plugin author has coded it to appear. Most of ours will have their own menu item, but be sure to review the usage instructions for any plugin you install to be sure. You'll find all of our products have a Usage tab on the plugin page.

    For example, e-Newsletter usage is here:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/e-newsletter/#usage

    Please do let us know if this helps, and don't hesitate to post again if you need to.