1. Removing the Free version of the plugin before installing the Pro
If you wish to upgrade and currently have Social Free active on your website, you will have to remove it before attempting to install Pro to avoid any possible conflicts between the two.
To completely remove the Free version, navigate to the Plugins page in your WordPress admin area and firstly deactivate the plugin. After deactivation, from the same page delete the plugin.
This process will not remove any of your current saved settings. All settings will be available after the upgrade process is complete.
2. Downloading the .zip file for Social Pro
Once your Social Pro purchase is complete, an account and a unique license key will be automatically created for you. Alongside these, you will also be granted access to the .zip file of the pro version.
To download the pro version file, navigate to your downloads page.
You'll want to download the zip file for the Social Pro plugin.
The downloaded file should have a .zip format. If you find that the file is actually a folder, please make sure your browser doesn’t automatically unzip downloaded files. If your browser does unzip files automatically, please see this article for more help.
3. Installing the .zip file of the Pro version
From your WordPress admin area, navigate to Plugins -> Add New. Here click on the “Upload Plugin” button near the page’s title, as shown in the below screenshot.
A box where you can upload the .zip file will appear. Click the “Choose file” button and select the .zip of the Pro version from your computer. Once the file is selected, click the “Install Now” button.
4. Registering your Social Pro plugin
Once installed and activated, to have access to Social Pro updates, you will have to register your plugin.
To do this, navigate to your account page and scroll to the bottom to see your license key.
Then navigate to your WordPress admin area, to Grow -> Settings -> General Settings tab. Scroll until you reach the “Register Version” section. Paste the license key and click the “Save Changes” button.
Your license key will be validated by the Mediavine Marketplace website and access to Social Pro updates will be granted.