How do I manually install mods?
In the case of all WhateverDev mods, after downloading, simply open the mod’s zip file and follow these steps:
Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim (or wherever you have Skyrim installed on your system).
Merge the Data folder from the mod’s zip file with the Data folder in the Skyrim directory.
You can easily do this by just dragging the zip file’s Data folder into the Skyrim folder.
Launch Skyrim and click on Data Files, then make sure the mod is enabled and in the correct load order.
Is load order important?
In some cases, yes. Some mods have load order requirements in order to interact with other mods or the game properly. Some WhateverDev mods, such as Dread Prison, have load order requirements if you are using certain other mods or additional mod files (e.g. patches, add-ons). Refer to the description of a given mod for information on load order.