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Getting Started With Managed WordPress

Mananging a WordPress installation can be complex. A2 Hosting Managed WordPress simplifies every part of the process. This article introduces the tools available in the the A2 Hosting Managed Wordpress product.

Login to Plesk

To start using the Managed WordPress features, log in to Plesk.

If you do not know how to log in to your Plesk account, please see this article.

Installation

Managed WordPress comes with WordPress pre-installed so installation may never be needed, but if it is, a step-by-step option is provided.

  1. Click on the Websites and Domains tab at the left.

    Websites and domains tab from Pleask sidebar.

  2. Scroll to the management area for the domain where WordPress will be installed.
  3. Click the Install button in the management area.

    WordPress installation link and graphic.

  4. WordPress is installed with default options and then a dialog box is presented offering to install additional plugins. Click Install Plugins or No, thanks.

  5. If No, thanks is chosen, the installation is complete.
  6. If Install Plugins is chosen, further steps are presented.
  7. In Step One, choose the type of site being created by clicking on the appropriate button.
  8. In Step Two, several appropriate plugins are offered. Click the green checkmarks to de-select any plugins not wanted and then click the Install & Continue button.
  9. In the Confirm Installation dialog, click the OK button.
  10. After confirmation, the selected plugins are installed and additional plugins are offered.
  11. Install any additional plugins desired and then click on the Websites & Domains tab at the left side of the control panel.

The WordPress Toolkit

Managed Wordpress includes the WordPress Toolkit which provides many helpful options directly from the Websites & Domains tab.

Simplified Login

To log in to the WordPress admin interface, click the Log In button. The toolkit logs in without requiring an additional password.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Check Security

To check the security of the site, click the Check Security button. The security check includes nine security checks to keep your site secure and optimized.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Manage Plugins

To manage Plugins, click the Plugins button. The Plugins feature enables installation, update, activation and removal of plugins all without logging in to the WordPress admin panel.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Manage Themes

To manage Themes, click the Themes button. The Themes feature enables installation, activation and removal of themes without the necessity of logging in to the WordPress admin panel.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Clone a Site

To Clone a WordPress installation for backup or for development, perss the Clone button. The Clone feature creates a complete copy of a WordPress installation and makes all the necessary configuration changes to create a working site at a subdomain of the original installation.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Sync a Site

To Sync a Cloned site with another WordPress installation, press the Sync button. The Sync feature offers options for syncing files, database or both.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Keep a Site Up-to-date

The WordPress toolkit presents a notification when updates are available. To review and apply updates, click on the Details link.

The WordPress Toolkit button bar.

Additional Toolkit Features

For additional WordPress Toolkit features, click the WordPress tab at the left side of the control panel.

Iamge of wordpress tab

Jetpack

Jetpack is a powerful toolkit/plugin loaded with resources to enhance your WordPress account and site. It bundles a number of fantastic tools to help you design, secure, and grow your site. Jetpack includes:

  • Daily Automated Backups - Easy to use!
  • Photon Unlimited Image CDN
  • Lazy Loading Images
  • Brute Force Protection
  • Automated Spam Filtering
  • Website Stats
  • 100’s of Free WordPress Templates

Jetpack is installed automatically and you can set it up in WordPress the first time you log in.

ServerShield by Cloudflare

Get started by clicking the ServerShield by Cloudflare icon at the right side of the Plesk control panel.

  • Easily sign up for your free Cloudflare account directly from the Plesk control panel.
  • Turn on Cloudflare with a single click.
  • Control Cache, Security Level, Always Online and Development Mode directly from Plesk or login to Cloudflare for even more features.

More Information

Why Our Managed Wordpress Platform

Our Managed WordPress platform is the culmination of over a decade and half of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining scalable hosting solutions for high traffic and resource intensive WordPress websites. We worked directly with our development partners, community experts, and clients to get feedback and design, tailor, and optimize our Managed WordPress platform. The entire Managed WordPress hosting environment is built with the sole purpose of allowing your site to run as fast and as secure as possible. Most importantly, we built the solution with scalability in mind.

We understand that the term “Managed Wordpress” has been abused by other service providers. Our platform is built without gimmicks or gotchas. We strive to deliver the best service and support surpassing whatever “industry standards” currently exist.

At our core, we are infrastructure providers. With our Managed Wordpress platform, we fully manage the hosting environment, maintain it, and continuously secure it.

Although we do not debug core WordPress functionality or maintain third party plugins, rest assured we do have resident wordpress experts on staff that can work with you or your developer troubleshoot issues. Our support team embodies the “Can Do” mentality. We see complex technical issues as opportunities to learn something new and impress our valued clients.

You've invested time, effort, and money into your WordPress website. You can count on our Managed WordPress platform along with our support team to host and protect your investment. Each of our hosting packages are backed by our Anytime Money Back Guarantee.

Here are some built-in features of our Managed WordPress platform:

  • Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • CDN
  • Web Application Firewall
  • PHP7
  • Staging
  • FTP, SSH and GIT
  • Daily Backups
  • Application level Cache
  • Server Level Cache
  • Patchman for Security
  • Wordpress Multisite Compatible
  • WP-CLI access

Here are some available features:

Sucuri - Firewall, Monitoring, and Clean-up