Managing WordPress Installations

Go to WordPress to see all your WordPress installations.

WordPress Toolkit groups information about each installation in blocks we call cards.

 

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A card shows a screenshot of your website and features a number of controls that give you easy access to frequently used tools. The screenshot changes in real time to reflect the changes you make to your website. For example, if you turn on the maintenance mode or change the WordPress theme, the screenshot of the website will change immediately.

Note: Changes you make directly in WordPress are synchronized with WordPress Toolkit once every 24 hours. To sync manually, click the image-79475.png button.

When you move the mouse cursor over the screenshot of the website, the Open Site button appears. Click the button to open the website in a new browser tab.

Security

WordPress websites are frequently targeted by hackers. WordPress Toolkit analyzes how safe your installation is by checking the following security aspects and showing the result below the screenshot of the website:

If you see “warning” or “danger” next to one of these aspects, click “View” and fix it.

General Information

In the “General Info” section, you see the WordPress website’s title and its WordPress version. Here you can:

  • Click “Change” next to the default title to give your website a custom name.
  • Click “Log in” to log in to WordPress as an administrator.
  • Click “Setup” next to “Log in” to change general WordPress settings.
  • Click the domain name to go to the domain’s screen in Websites & Domains.

Tools

In the “Tools” section, click to access the following WordPress Toolkit features:

 

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The controls below give you easy access to the following settings and tools:

On the remaining three tabs you can manage the installation’s plugins, themes, and change the database username and password.

Website Labels

Website labels are preconfigured identifiers that you can give to your websites (for example, “staging”, “production”, “testing”, and so on).

Depending on your project, it might be necessary to host multiple copies of a website for various purposes. Labels will help you distinguish one website from another.

By default, a website has no label. To label it, click “ADD LABEL” (on the website card next to the website name) and select the desired label. Labels are optional and you can change or remove a label at any time.

 

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Managing Cards View

You can choose the way WordPress Toolkit shows cards. The default “Cards” view is best suited for a small number of installations. If you have a large number of installations, collapse cards image-79466.png, or switch to the “Tiles” or “List” view.

 

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You can also Sort and Filter installations to manage them easier.

Removing and Detaching Installations

You can detach WordPress installations that you do not want to see and manage in WordPress Toolkit. Detaching does not remove the installation, merely hides it from WordPress Toolkit. A detached installation will be attached to WordPress Toolkit again after you scan for WordPress installations. You can detach WordPress installations individually or multiple installations at a time.

To detach WordPress installations:

  1. Go to WordPress, choose one or more installations you want to detach, and then click the  image-79476.png button (to detach an individual installation) or click Detach (to detach multiple installations).
  2. Click Detach.

Unlike detaching, removing completely deletes a WordPress installation. You can remove any installation, no matter how it was installed: using WordPress Toolkit, through the Applications page, or manually. You can remove WordPress installations individually or multiple installations at a time.

To remove WordPress installations:

  1. Go to WordPress, choose one or more installations you want to remove, and then click the image-79477.png button (to remove an individual installation) or click Remove (to remove multiple installation).
  2. Click Remove.

Search Engine Indexing and Debugging

By default, a newly created WordPress Toolkit website is shown in search results of search engines. If your website is not yet ready for public viewing, turn off Search engine indexing.

If you are installing WordPress for testing or development, you can enable Debugging to automatically find and fix errors in the website code. To do so, click “Setup” next to “Debugging”, select the WordPress debugging tools you want to activate, and then click OK.

Updating WordPress Installations

To keep your website secure, you need to regularly update the WordPress core, as well as any installed plugins and themes. You can do this either automatically or manually:

  • Manual updates give you control over when updates are installed. For example, you can wait and see if installing a particular update caused issues for other WordPress users. However, you need to remember to update regularly to avoid falling behind.
  • Automatic updates give you peace of mind by keeping your WordPress installation up-to-date. However, updates can sometimes break your installation, and with automatic updates, you may not learn about it right away.

For security reasons, we recommend that you configure automatic updates.

To update a WordPress installation manually:

  1. Go to WordPress. If your WordPress installation needs updating, you will see “available” next to “Updates” (below the website screenshot).

     

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  2. Click “View” next to “Updates”, wait for WordPress Toolkit to load the list of available updates, and then select the updates you want to install.

    Note: If an update of a WordPress core is available, you will see the “Restore Point” checkbox. Keep this checkbox selected to create a restore point you can use to roll back the update if something goes wrong.

     

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  3. Click Update.

The selected updates will be applied.

To configure automatic updates for a WordPress installation:

  1. Go to WordPress and choose the WordPress installation that you want to update automatically.
  2. Click “View” next to “Updates”, and then click “Settings”.
  3. Choose the desired automatic update settings. You can configure automatic updates separately for WordPress core, plugins, and themes (for example, you can choose to enable automatic updates for plugins and themes, but not for WordPress core). Follow these recommendations:
    • Selecting “No” next to “Update WordPress automatically” turns off automatic updates of WordPress core. This is insecure.
    • If your website is publicly available (production) and you are concerned that applying updates automatically may break it, select “Yes, but only minor (security) updates”.
    • If your website is a non-public (staging) version of a WordPress website, select “Yes, all (minor and major) updates”. This will keep your staging website up-to-date and ensure that, should an update break something, it happens to the staging website and not to the production one.
  4. Click OK.

If you are concerned that WordPress automatic updates may break your website, use Smart Updates. With Smart Updates, WordPress installations are always updated safely without breaking your website.

 

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