ECS installation instructions

set up your own site for collaboration


Plugins extend the core WordPress platform by adding new capabilities to your site. This page will guide you through the installation of the plugins that empower a site like ECS Demo with functionalities that are useful for collaborative teaching. The MIT ECS Team developed five of these recommended plugins and we continue to develop new ones to meet pedagogical needs. We recommend that you install these plugins after you have activated the MIT ECS Theme on your site. Once you add and activate the plugins, you should proceed to the Template page.

Installing the ECS plugins to your site

Follow these instructions to install and activate plugins on your ECS site. (Click on the maroon “STEP” headings below to reveal and hide additional information, as needed.)

STEP 1 – Add plugins from WordPress to your site

You will add Plugins to your site via your Dashboard. Image 1 in Plugins Files (see link on the sidebar to the right) shows how to access the Plugins interface and how it looks initially on your site. Image 2 in Plugins Files shows how to search and install a plugin from WordPress.

(i) Open your Dashboard and click on “Plugins” to open the Plugins interface.
(ii) (Optional) Remove the two pre-installed plugins; you will not need them.
(iii) Click on “Add New” to open the Install Plugins interface.
(iv) Click on the “Search Results” tab to open it.
(v) Enter the plugin name in the search field and press “Search Plugins”.
(vi) Find the plugin you need in the list WordPress returns. (Typically, it’s the one on top.)
(vii) Confirm the plugin is the one you want and press “Install Now” to add it to your site.

Repeat (i)-(vii) for the plugins below. Those in bold were developed by the MIT ECS Team!

Add Subpage Here
Allow LaTeX Uploads
File Groups
Login Required
New Tag Cloud
Recent Changes
Site Page Tree
Widget Context
Xavin's List Subpages

Image 3 in Plugins Files shows how your Plugins interface will look after you install the plugins. As you continue to build your site, you will learn what they do. First, let’s activate them!

STEP 2 – Activate the plugins on your site

Image 4 in Plugins Files illustrates how to activate the plugins you installed in STEP 1 above via the Dashboard. Basically, click on “Activate” under the plugin title to activate its functionalities on your site. If you no longer need them, click on “Deactivate” to turn them off. For example, the Login Required plugin makes your site available only to logged in users. If you want to make your site public, you can simply deactivate that plugin (and even delete it altogether).

STEP 3 – Customize plugin settings, as needed

Plugins add new functionalities to your site. Image 5 in Plugins Files illustrates some of the things the License plugin brought to your site. It adds options to your Dashboard where you can specify the default license under which you want any content you create to be released. (You can do that via the Profile interface in your Dashboard. See image. Note the other options you can specify in Profile, e.g., how your name is displayed.) Look also at the bottom of this page – do you see the license notification there? This was also created by the License plugin.

Image 6 in Plugins Files shows how your site will look after you have installed the ECS plugins. Not much happens yet, because you don’t have any content, so the plugins are sitting idle.

Now that the Theme and Plugins are installed, let’s create content with the MIT ECS Template!

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