Getting Started with WordPress Pro

With the Multisite Management option of WordPress Pro, you can manage all of your WordPress projects through Plesk. Plesk, a web server management software suite, further simplifies the updates and testing processes of your WordPress installations. You can find an introduction for your first steps with WordPress Pro below.

Additional Information

Creating a WordPress Installation with WordPress Pro

To install a WordPress installation with WordPress Pro, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your IONOS account.
  • Click on the Hosting tile and, If necessary, select the desired WordPress Pro contract.
  • Click the Manage WordPress Projects with Plesk button. Plesk opens in a new browser window.
  • Select WordPress in the left menu bar. The WordPress toolkit tabs will be displayed.
  • Click on the tab: Installation > Install. A palette with pre-set options of your installation will appear.
  • Change these parameters as desired and add your email address in the data group WordPress Administrator > Email.
  • Start the installation with Install.

After a short time, your new WordPress installation will be displayed as a tile in the WordPress Toolkit overview.

Importing an Existing WordPress Installation into WordPress Pro

To import an already existing WordPress installation into WordPress Pro, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your IONOS account.
  • Click on the Hosting tile.Optional: Select the desired WordPress Pro contract.
  • Click the Manage WordPress Projects with Plesk button. Plesk opens in a new browser window.
  • Select Websites & Domains > Website Importing in the left menu bar.
  • Enter the URL and FTP access data of your existing WordPress installation and click OK to start the process. Plesk will now scan the domain.
  • Click Import to import the detected WordPress installation.

When the import is complete, the WordPress installation will appear as a tile in the WordPress Toolkit overview.

WordPress installations that were moved to the Plesk-managed webspace without the WordPress toolkit or the import feature must be added manually. To do this, choose the Scan function in the WordPress Toolkit. Any WordPress installations that are found will be displayed as tiles.

Click on the desired WordPress tile on the tab: Information & Tools > General Info > Administrator > Setup to create a new administrator password. This allows this WordPress instance to be used by WordPress Pro.

Securing Your WordPress Installations

Whenever you manage a new WordPress installation through Plesk, it is recommended that you check the security status.

  • Log in to your IONOS account.
  • Click on the Hosting tile. If necessary, select the desired WordPress Pro contract.
  • Click the Manage WordPress Projects with Plesk button. Plesk opens in a new browser window.
  • Select WordPress Toolkit > Security in the left menu bar. A palette with the current security status of your WordPress installations will appear.
  • Select the installations for which security measures are to be applied and click Secure.
  • Click Window: Security Measures > All (critical and recommended) to apply the suggested security measures. You can undo individual settings if problems occur.

Updates for Wordpress, Plugins, and Themes

WordPress Pro extends the update process for WordPress and its components with a pre-test for the stability of the updates.

  • Log in to your IONOS account.
  • Click on the Hosting tile. If necessary, select the desired WordPress Pro contract.
  • Click the Manage WordPress Projects with Plesk button. Plesk opens in a new browser window.
  • Select WordPress Toolkit in the left menu bar. WordPress installations with available updates indicate this by the Updates: Available checkbox.
  • Click View next to the indicator. A palette with the current update status of your WordPress installations is displayed.
  • Activate Smart Update. This creates a copy of your WordPress installation before each update and applies the update to it.
  • Select the updates you want to apply and start the process with the Update button. Smart Update checks the update results and displays screenshots with a before and after slider for visual control.

Creating a Test (Staging) Environment for WordPress installations

WordPress Pro allows you to test major content and structural changes to your WordPress installation outside of your production environment. To do this, click on the Clone button of the desired WordPress tile.

On the palette that now appears, create a copy of your WordPress installation in a subdomain where you can make your changes. Use the Copy Data button on the tile of the created test environment to copy your changes back to your productive environment.

Backing Up Your WordPress Installation

The Plesk Backup Manager allows you to quickly and easily back up your Plesk configuration and WordPress installations. This procedure is described in the article Using HiDrive as Backup Storage for Plesk.