Installation and update of Toolset components can be automatic or manual. To install them manually, you should add them to your site’s plugins directory and activate.

Toolset plugins also feature their own installation and update mechanism. If you already have Types installed, you will be able to add the rest of Toolset plugins and update them from the WordPress admin.

Automatic Installation (once you have Types plugin installed)

1. Go to Plugins -> Add new and click on the Commercial tab.

The "Commercial" tab when adding new plugins
The “Commercial” tab when adding new plugins

2. If you have a Toolset account, click on Register Toolset at the top-right.

Already bought? Click to register
Already bought? Click to register

3. Click on the your account link to auto-register this site.

Click the "your account" link
Click the “your account” link

4. Copy the site key. Select it using the mouse (double-click) and hit CTRL-C to copy to the clipboard.

Copy the site key
Copy the site key

6. Go back to WordPress and paste the site key to register Toolset on this site. Click OK and wait until the page is updated.

Paste the site key to register
Paste the site key to register

7. Select the Toolset components to download. To activate them, check Activate after download.

Select components, download and activate
Select components, download and activate

Automatic Toolset registration using PHP

Toolset provides you with a way to set the registration in PHP. This way, you don’t need to go through the process of manually registering the plugins.

All you need to do is add the following constant to your site’s wp-config.php file.

define( 'OTGS_INSTALLER_SITE_KEY_TOOLSET', 'your-site-key' );

The your-site-key is the registration key that is generated for the site on your Account page.

Important: each site key is unique to the URL of the site you are using it with. For example, when you move a site from a testing URL to a final, production one, you need to register a new key for the production site and update it in the wp-config.php file.

Manual Installation (if you don’t have Types plugin)

To install our plugins manually, log-in to your wp-types.com account and go to Downloads.

There you can see a list of all Toolset components, which you can download and install.

Log into your site and in the WordPress admin, go to the Plugins page and click Add New. On the Add Plugins page click Upload Plugin, select the ZIP files that you downloaded and click Install Now. After installation go to Plugins page and activate it.

Alternatively, if you cannot upload plugins directly to WordPress follow these steps:

  1. Download from the Downloads page on wp-types.com.
  2. Unzip the ZIP file.
  3. Upload the entire unzipped directory to your site’s plugins directory, located in SITE_BASE/wp-content/plugins/
  4. Log in to WordPress, go to Plugins and activate.

When you upload manually, have in mind that you will need to repeat this process every time there is an update for each of the plugins.

We recommend following the manual installation process only if this is the only available option (when your site is behind a restrictive firewall that doesn’t allow access to wp-types.com, for automatic installation).

Automatic Update (requires registration)

After registering Toolset on your site (see Automatic Installation section), you can update all Toolset components automatically, just like any other WordPress plugin by clicking Update now next to it, in the main WordPress Plugins page.

Updating registered Toolset plugins from the Plugins page
Updating registered Toolset plugins from the Plugins page

Registering Toolset on a Multisite

On a WordPress Multisite, when you activate Toolset network-wide you can also register it for the whole network.

  1. In the Network Dashboard go to the Plugins page and click the Add New button.
  2. On the Add Plugins page, click the Commercial tab and register Toolset there.

Registering Toolset in a Development Environment

Each registration site key is bound to the URL used to generate the key. This can create a challenge for site administrators who have different environments for development and production. If you create a site key for your live site, you cannot register your development site with the same site key. Instead, Agency (and old, Lifetime) account holders may create as many different site keys as necessary to register Toolset in their development environments.

Since our Basic Account plan only includes a single site key, we recommend Basic Account holders do not register Toolset in their development environments. Instead, follow the Manual Installation process to download and install the necessary plugins. Register the live site to generate a site key bound to the live URL, where you can use the automatic update feature.

Migrating Registration to a Different Domain

Sometimes it is necessary to migrate an existing site key, for example, if you decide to change your site’s URL, or if you are a Basic Account holder and you need to register your development environment for testing purposes. Regardless of the reason, you should delete the old site key and create a new site key for the new domain. The process is as follows:

  1. Go to https://toolset.com/account/sites, find the old site domain in the list of sites, and click the trash bin icon in the right column to delete the old domain site key. Don’t worry, your old site won’t stop working. The automatic update process for Toolset plugins on this site will simply be discontinued.
  2. Click Add new site and register a new site domain to generate a new site key.
  3. Copy the new site key.
  4. In the new site, go to the Plugins page and click the Add New button. Then, click the Commercial tab to expose the Toolset plugins panel.
  5. Scroll to the Toolset plugins panel and click Unregister Toolset from this site if it is visible, and confirm the action.
  6. Click the blue Register Toolset button and paste the new site key you copied in Step 3, then click OK to complete the registration update.

Installing beta versions of Toolset plugins

For your live, production sites, you should use the official, stable release of Toolset plugins. However, sometimes, you may want to test one of our pre-release versions.

To learn how to do this, visit our page about installing beta versions of Toolset plugins.

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