Install Your Plugins

Next, let’s install the plugins you need for your website. Installing the parent Elementor theme keeps your custom child theme up to date and working correctly.  When you see that your theme has an update, it’s always a good idea to update it.

Files:

  1. Download the latest version of WPForms Lite here.
  2. Download the latest version of Insert Headers and Footers here.
  3. Download the latest version of Essential Addons for Elementor here.

Installation Steps:

  1. From the WordPress dashboard, scroll down and click on ‘Plugins’ in the WordPress sidebar.
  2. At the top of the area, click ‘Add New’.
  3. Click the same area again to choose to ‘Upload Theme’.
  4. Click ‘Choose File’.
  5. Grab the first plugin from the folder it’s saved in on your computer.
  6. Click ‘Install Now’, then ‘Activate’.
  7. Repeat steps #2-6 with the each plugin.

WPForms:

WPForms is used in the contact and lead magnet sections. If you choose use your own email provider for the newsletter, you can find those instructions here.

Setting Up the Contact Form:

  • From the WordPress dashboard, scroll down and click on ‘WPForms’ in the WordPress sidebar.
  • At the top of the area, click ‘Add New’.
  • Click ‘Simple Contact Form’.
  • On the far left, click ‘Settings’, then ‘Notifications’.
  • Replace {admin_email} with the email you want the notifications to go to.
  • In the ‘Email Subject’ area, change the wording to indicate that the email is from the contact form on your website. This is just a personal preference, but I find that if the subject line reads “New Contact on Coffee Content & Clicks” I notice it more than what WPForms has written there.
  • Save the form and it’s ready to add to your page.

Setting Up the Newsletter Form:

  • From the WordPress dashboard, scroll down and click on ‘WPForms’ in the WordPress sidebar.
  • At the top of the area, click ‘Add New’.
  • Click ‘Newsletter Signup Form‘.
  • On the far left, click ‘Settings’, then ‘Notifications’.
  • If you don’t want to get notifications, turn them off here.
  • If you do want notifications, replace {admin_email} with the email you want the notifications to go to.
  • In the ‘Email Subject’ area, change the wording to indicate that the email is from the contact form on your website. This is just a personal preference, but I find that if the subject line reads “New Newsletter Registration on Coffee Content & Clicks” I notice it more than what WPForms has written there.
  • Save the form and it’s ready to add to your page.

Insert Headers & Footers:

To access this plugin, hover over ‘Settings’ on the WordPress Dashboard sidebar and click ‘Insert Headers & Footers’. 

This area is where you’ll copy and paste script for things like Google Analytics, Pinterest, Flodesk, and anything else that says to add the code to your header area. I like to push enter a few times to add some space and keep each set of code separate in case I need to change it in the future.

Essential Addons for Elementor:

This plugin adds some of the widgets used in the theme’s layout. After uploading and activating it, it’s ready to go.