You can either download the plugin from WordPress.org or install it directly through your WordPress plugins admin page (if you’re using version 2.7+). To install directly go to the Plugins -> Add New page in your WordPress admin and search for “WP Geo”.
To upgrade you can either download the updated version of the plugin and replace the files or upgrade automatically from your WordPress admin plugins page.
If you replace the files manually you MUST deactivate and reactive the plugin to ensure that it can automatically upgrade itself correctly.
Google API Key
In order for the WP Geo plugin to function to must obtain a Google API Key. A single Maps API key is valid for a single web site domain.
Once you have an API Key, go to the WP Geo options page in your WordPress admin, enter the API key and customise the settings.
- Download the wp-geo plugin and uncompress it.
- Put the “wp-geo” folder in “wp-content/plugins”.
- Enable the plugin in WordPress by visiting the “Plugins” admin page and activating it.
- Go to the WP Geo options page and enter your Google API Key.
- Deactivate the WP Geo plugin.
- Replace the plugin files.
- Reactivate the plugin.
- Visit the settings page after installing the plugin to customise any new options.
You must always deactivate and reactivate the plugin to ensure it can perform any necessary upgrades to the database.
When installing WP Geo it creates a new folder at wp-content/uploads/wp-geo into which it will copy a default set of custom marker images which you can edit if you wish. This means that when you upgrade automatically, these marker images will not get overwritten.
You may find that your server’s permissions may prevent this folder from being created in which case your markers may not show. To fix this simply create a folder at wp-content/uploads/wp-geo and copy the contents of wp-content/plugins/wp-geo/img into it (it is best to keep the copy in the wp-geo folder in case you need to revert to these images at a later date).