To install Timeline Express, you have two options. If you are going to be testing out, or using, the free version you’ll simply need to download the latest release from the WordPress plugin repository. The easiest way to do so, is by downloading and installing the plugin from the WordPress dashboard.
The pro version requires you to upload the .zip which you should have receieved in the puchase receipt sent to you via email, shortly after your puchase.
Once you’ve gone ahead and installed the plugin, you can display the timeline on a page using our shortcode. Take a look at the knowledgebase article titled ‘Display the Timeline‘ for assistance.
Below you’ll find a video walkthrough on how to install the free version of Timeline Express from the WordPress plugin repository.
Step 1) You’ll want to login to your WordPress dashboard.
Step 2) Once logged in – on the dashboard in the left hand sidebar, hover over the menu item Plugins and in the sub-menu, select Add New.
Step 3) In the top right hand corner, enter Timeline Express and hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard. When the results appear, click the ‘Install’ button for Timeline Express by Evan Herman.
Step 4) Once Timeline Express is successfully installed, click the ‘Activate Plugin’ link.
Installing the pro version, is similar to the free version (listed above) but there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are migrating from the free to the pro version, you’ll first want to uninstall the free version from your WordPress site.
If you want to ensure your announcements aren’t deleted when you uninstall the free version, head into the ‘Timeline Express‘ settings page and ensure the last option (Delete Announcements On Uninstall?) is unchecked. Additionally, to backup your announcements – you can head into ‘Tools > Export’ and select ‘Timeline Express Announcements’ and export your announcements for safe keeping during the migration (Note: this can also be used to transfer announcement between sites).
Step 1) Immediately following your purchase, you should receive a ‘Purchase Receipt’ via email, to the address provided on the checkout page. Inside of the purchase receipt will be a download link to the latest release of Timeline Express Pro. Go ahead and download the .zip, and save it to a location you’ll remember.
Step 2) Go ahead and uninstall the free version of Timeline Express. If you attempt to install the pro version while the free version is still installed, you’ll receive an error. If you want to save your existing announcements, follow the steps above to ensure your announcements aren’t deleted during the uninstall process.
To uninstall the free version, from the dashboard, hover over ‘Plugins‘ menu and select ‘Installed Plugins‘.
Step 3) Next we’ll install Timeline Express Pro. In step 1, you downloaded a .zip from the purchase receipt. You’ll want to upload this .zip file to your site.
From the dashboard, in the left hand menu hover over ‘Plugins‘ menu and select ‘Add New‘.
From the ‘Add Plugins‘ screen, click the ‘Upload Plugin‘ link at the top of the page, next to the title.
Finally, click on the ‘Choose File‘ button, then navigate to and select the .zip that you downloaded in Step 1. Once prompted to, click on the ‘Activate Plugin‘ link.
If you are upgrading from the pro version, and chose to keep your announcements – you should still see them listed on the ‘All Announcements‘ page.