Installing Plugins and Add-ons

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The next step after installing and registering Jupiter WordPress theme, is installing plugins and add-ons to use a drag and drop page builder and empower the theme with extra functionalities.

In this article, we explain about different methods of installing bundled/3rd party plugins and add-ons.

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Before Installation

  • Check the Release notes page.
  • Install the plugins in a test/staging environment to test plugins with your theme.
  • Backup your website.
  • Deactivate caching plugins temporarily.
  • Check online if there are known plugin conflicts for that particular plugin.

Installing Plugins

Jupiter theme requires several important plugins. At the moment, installation of two of them are required. The rest of them are optional and you may install them based on your website requirements.

Plugin Description Type
WPBakery Page Builder (Modified Version) A drag and drop page builder Required
Artbees Themes Captcha A captcha plugin to keep spam away Required
Layer Slider A multi-purpose premium slider plugin  Recommended
Slider Revolution An innovative premium slider plugin Recommended
Master Slider A powerful premium slider plugin Recommended
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Note: All the mentioned plugins are bundled in the theme and there is no need to buy them separately.

There are three methods for installing the plugins.

Jupiter Automatic Installation (V 5.7+)

Jupiter version 5.7 introduced a new feature for plugin management. This new feature allows you to easily install, update, activate or remove plugins from your Jupiter control panel. This method is recommended as it takes less than a minute to install a plugin.

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Note: If you are using older Jupiter version, skip to the section below called WordPress automatic installation.

As an example, we will install WPBakery Page Builder, a required plugin for Jupiter which comes bundled with the theme.

1
From WordPress left menu, go to Jupiter > Control Panel.

Installing plugins and addons - jupiter control panel menu

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From the control panel left menu, go to Required Plugins.

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Next to WPBakery Page Builder, click on Activate button.

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A new pop-up window will appear, click on Continue button.

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After a couple of seconds, a new pop-up window will appear. Click on Ok button.

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WPBakery Page Builder is now installed and activated on your website. It will be displayed above in Active Plugins section.

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Beware! If upon accessing Jupiter control panel > Required Plugins you are displayed with an error, read Checking server requirements article, then come back to the steps above.

WordPress Automatic Installation

This method is recommended and should be used if you are using Jupiter version 5.6 or older. As an example, we will install and activate WPBakery Page Builder, a required plugin for Jupiter which comes bundled with the theme.

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From WordPress left menu, go to Appearance > Install Plugins.

Installing plugins and add-ons - appearance menu

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Click on the Install button below WPBakery Page Builder.

Installing plugins and add-ons - install

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After the successful installation, from WordPress left menu, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins.

Installing plugins and add-ons - plugins menu

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Click on the Activate button below WPBakery Page Builder.

Installing plugins and add-ons - activate

Manual Installation

If you have a plugin in a .zip format you may upload it manually and then install it.

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From WordPress left menu, go to Plugins > Add new.

Installing plugins and add-ons - plugins menu

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From the top left corner of the screen, click on Upload Plugin.

Installing plugins and add-ons - upload plugin

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Upload a file in .zip format then click on Install Now.

Installing plugins and add-ons - install now

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After the plugin is done installing, click on Activate.

3rd Party Plugins Installation

It is highly recommended use a test/staging environment to test 3rd party plugins with your customizations and see how your website is affected, before installing the plugin on your live website.

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From WordPress left menu, go to Plugins > Add new.

Installing plugins and add-ons - plugins menu

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Search for a plugin by typing into Search Plugins input field.

Installing plugins and add-ons - search

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On the plugin you wish to install, click Install Now.

Installing plugins and add-ons - install

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After the plugin is done installing, click on Activate.

Installing plugins and add-ons - activate


Installing Add-ons

Add-ons are exclusive free extensions only for Jupiter theme which bring more functionality and customizations.

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Note: At the moment, add-ons are not yet ready for production and they will be released in future version of the theme.
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