WordPress is by far and away the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. It’s the go-to solution for many website owners not only because it’s so versatile and easy to use, but also because of the enormous community that supports it.
Even if you don’t know how a particular WordPress task is done, you’re never more than a Google search away from the answer. There are forums full of people who are ready to help you with all your questions, and experts have written step-by-step tutorials that can guide you.
Despite the readily available support, however, some tasks are still pretty intimidating for many users. Manually installing WordPress, for example, involves uploading and extracting an archive, creating and configuring a database, and then connecting that database to the WordPress installation by editing the wp-config.php file. Plenty of inexperienced website administrators are reluctant to try and do it on their own, and for those who have done it dozens of times, it’s a hassle they can definitely do without.
We know that most people who are starting work on their new projects are eager to get going as quickly as possible, which is why customers who go for one of our managed VPS hosting solutions get the SWordPress WordPress management tool. With it, they can install WordPress with a couple of clicks and configure it to run reliably and securely.
Installing WordPress with SWordPress
To install WordPress, log into SPanel’s User Interface and click the WordPress manager tool. SWordPress first asks you to pick where you’d like to install WordPress. From the drop-down menu, you can choose your main domain, any of your addon domains, or an existing subdomain, and if you want to install it in a subfolder, you need to specify its path in the Folder name field.
Next, you need to enter the username that you’ll use to log into the WordPress dashboard and pick a password. Because the security of the entire website is dependent on the admin password, it needs to be at least eight characters long and must contain at least one letter, one number, and a symbol.
The integrated password generator can help you create a strong, unique password that is impossible to guess, and for your convenience, it also lets you see it and copy it so that you can store it with your password management solution of choice. Finally, you need to enter the WordPress administrator’s email address.
Important notifications about updates and the creation of accounts will be sent to this address, so you need to make sure that it’s valid. The Install WordPress button starts the automatic installation.
In a few seconds, SWordPress will display a message confirming the successful installation and will send the confirmation email to the administrator’s address.
Manage your WordPress installations with SWordPress
WordPress is not just a WordPress installer. At the bottom of the page, you can see all WordPress installation currently located on your account. Next to each of them, there are a couple of toggle switches.
The Auto Updates switch ensures that any updates for the WordPress core and the installed plugins and themes are automatically applied. Keeping this feature enabled is highly recommended because updated software is the only real way of ensuring that known security vulnerabilities don’t affect your website.
Speaking of security, next to Auto Updates, you have the Security Lock toggle. It’s a unique SWordPress feature that locks your website’s files and prevents anyone from modifying them. When it’s turned on, third parties can’t inject malicious code or upload new files.
By default, it’s turned off because it could hamper the installation of new plugins and themes. We do, however, recommend that you enable it as soon as you have your website up and running. If the automatic updates are turned on, SWordPress will turn off the Security Lock feature whenever updates are available and will re-enable it when their installation is complete.
From the Actions drop-down menu, you can also delete the WordPress installation, change its admin password, or clone it in a different location on your account.