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Thank you for buying the Turbo Admin Extension. I hope you love it. This is your guide to getting started.

The Turbo Admin browser extension runs on Chrome - and other browsers based on Chromium such as MS Edge and Brave - and on Firefox.

Installing on Chrome, Edge, Brave and other Chromium browsers.

For Chrome, you should have, in the bundle that you can download after purchase, a link to install on Chrome or Chromium. This will take you to the extension's page on the Chrome Web Store. Just follow the link and click the button to install it.

Installing on Firefox.

For Firefox, the bundle that you get access to when you purchase includes a download of the extension's .xpi file. To install it:

  • Enter "about:addons" in the browser's search bar, or select "Add-ons and Themes" from Firefox's "Tools" menu.
  • Click the small cog icon towards the top-right.
  • Select "Install Add-on from file"
  • Select the downloaded .xpi file
Screen grab of installation of a browser extension from a file in Firefox
Installing an extension from a file in Firefox

Enter your license key

Once the extension is installed you will need to enter the license key that you received when buying the extension.

To do this you will need to click the extension's icon in the extension bar (it's the ironic snail). On Chrome you may need to click the jigsaw/puzzle piece icon to see the extension's icon. If this has happened you can click the pin icon to "pin" it to your extensions bar.

Screen grab of Chrome extensions bar
Chrome sometimes hides extensions behind the puzzle-piece icon.

You can activate the extension on up to 6 browsers.

Once activated, you will need to re-load any WordPress sites before the extension will work.

Opening the Turbo Admin Palette

The Turbo Admin extension tries to detect WordPress sites and inject the command palette into those sites.

To open the command palette, the default keyboard shortcut is:

  • On Windows/Linux: Ctrl-Alt-Shift-P
  • On MacOS: Cmd-Option-Shift-P

Pressing this combination on a WordPress site should open the command palette.

You can close the command palette with the escape key, or by pressing the Turbo Admin keyboard shortcut again.

I know this is a clumsy/awkward default shortcut, but I had to choose something that wasn't already used by the browser itself, and you can customise it if you want.

Customise the shortcut

You can customise the keyboard shortcut by clicking on the snail icon in the browser's extensions bar. This will open the options panel for the extension where you can select modifier keys and the letter, number or symbol to press to open the command palette.

You will need to re-load any WordPress sites that you already have open for the change to take effect.

Updates

Both Chrome and Firefox versions of the plugin will automatically update if and when I release newer versions.

It doesn't work!

If the command palette is not opening then here are some trouble-shooting steps you can take. These may seem like "stupid questions", but they will often help you solve the problem.

  • Check that the extension installed in this browser.
  • Check that you have activated the extension with the license key in this browser. Click the snail extension icon and see if it's asking you for a license key.
  • Check that you are using the right keyboard shortcut, and that it's not a shortcut already used by the browser for something else.
  • If you recently activated your license key, or changed the keyboard shortcut, try re-loading your WordPress pages.
  • It may be that the extension has failed to detect WordPress. Do you have a "non-standard" WordPress directory structure? Are you removing headers that WordPress sends? Are you hiding the WordPress admin toolbar? All of these things can hinder Turbo Admin. Contact me for help and maybe we can figure it out.
  • Check the browser's console for errors, if you know how. It may be that an error is reported there.

If Turbo Admin has a short list of commands when you're on the front-end of the site, this is, currently, normal. It's scraping the menu items from the currently visible web page, and on the front-end of the site it only has some items in the toolbar to detect. In future I hope to "cache" menu items to allow more commands to be used on the front-end.

If Turbo Admin's "Login" command takes you to the wrong place, this is probably because you're admin is not on /wp-admin. For very good security reasons, WordPress doesn't broadcast the admin URL on the front-end of the site. And Turbo Admin has no way to detect it. So if you're site uses anything other than /wp-admin this command item won't work. I'm sorry. I did my best!