Installing the Contest Code Checker Plugin
To use the Contest Code Checker Pro plugin, we must first install it on your WordPress instance. To do this download the zip file from your welcome email. It should be named something like “contestcodechecker_pro.X.Y.Z.zip” where X, Y, and Z are version numbers.
Once the file has been downloaded login to the admin area of your WordPress instance then go to “Plugins” -> “Add New.”
Click the “Upload Plugin” button.
Select your file via the “Choose File” button or by dragging the file to the upload area.
Once it is selected, click the “Install Now” button, which will lead us to a page showing the plugin being installed.
Finally, we will click the “Activate Plugin” button. Which should then show you this message.
Entering in License Information
Now that we have the Contest Code Checker Pro installed the next step will be to specify the license. The reason we want to enter in the license is to allow for updates via the normal admin plugin area. To do this, we need to go to the “Contest Code Checker Pro” -> “Licensing” sub-page in the admin area.
Once on the page enter in the license key, you received in your email and then click “Save Changes” once you do that your screen should look like the one below.
Now that we have all of the administrative tasks out of the way we can set up our first contest.
Setting Up Your First Contest
First, we need to click on the “Contest Code Checker Pro” area.
This will bring us to a page that should list our current contests, but since we don’t have any, it is empty.
To add a contest, we need to click the “Add New” button by the header of the contest listing page.
Which will then take you to a screen with a form that starts like the one below.
The only field that must be entered is the name of the contest. Everything else is optional. Once you have entered in all of the information that makes sense for your contest scroll to the button and click “Save Changes.”
Once that is done you will be back on the contest listing page with the new contest.
Adding Contest Codes
A contest would not be very useful if there were no contest codes to type in. There are two different ways you can populate a contest with contest codes. The first is to manually enter in the codes which you can do by clicking on the “contest codes” link under the specific contest line.
And then clicking “Add New.”
You will then be presented with a form to add in the prize code.
The other way to get contest codes entered into the contest is by importing them. To do this click on the “Import Contest Codes” link under the contest.
Which will then allow an Excel or CSV file to be uploaded for the contest. Make sure to have the file setup based on what the page specifies.
Publishing the Contest
When the contest has been created and setup it is ready to publish the contest. To do this go to the contest listing and select and copy the contest code shortcode.
Then go to the page or post and paste in that shortcode and then click on publish.
The contest is now ready for people to submit to see if they have won!
If you have questions about this feature or have suggestions on how to improve it, please get in contact with us. We love to hear from you.