WordPress Toolkit in Plesk
- WordPress Toolkit is a single management interface that enables you to easily install, configure, and manage WordPress.
Note: WordPress Toolkit requires PHP version 5.3 or higher. If the system PHP version on your server is lower than 5.3, add a custom PHP handler of version 5.3 or higher, specify the path to the PHP binary, and switch the subscription with WordPress Toolkit to this custom PHP handler. To learn how to add a custom PHP handler, refer to the Custom PHP Handlers: php_handler Utility section of the Command Line Reference guide.
You can completely switch off the WordPress Toolkit by editing the Plesk configuration file. For details, refer to the Advanced Administration Guide, section Switching off WordPress Toolkit.
All WordPress installations installed using the Application Catalog are automatically registered in the WordPress Toolkit. This integration increases the time required to install WordPress. If you want to avoid this, you can switch off automatic integration of new WordPress installations. For details, refer to the Advanced Administration Guide, section Switching Off Automatic Integration of WordPress Installations.
To install a new WordPress copy on a subscription, open the corresponding subscription for managing, go to Websites & Domains > WordPress and click Install.
The following installation options are available:
- For an express installation, click Install. The latest version of WordPress will be installed, and default settings will be used.
- For a custom installation, click and select Install (Custom) from the menu. This enables you to select the domain on which WordPress will be installed, set up the administrator user, specify the database name, and more. The latest version of WordPress will be installed.
- To install a particular version of WordPress, click > Install Version, and select the desired WordPress version from the menu. This results in a custom installation, as described earlier, but the chosen version of WordPress will be installed instead of the latest one.
Integrating WordPress Installations with the WordPress Toolkit
All WordPress installations added using the WordPress Toolkit, or as an APS application, appear in the WordPress Toolkit automatically; those installed manually need to be attached to WordPress Toolkit. If you have upgraded from an earlier version of Plesk and you used WordPress, you should also attach existing WordPress installations to the WordPress Toolkit.
To attach WordPress installations to the WordPress Toolkit, go to Server Management > WordPress and click Scan. Note that if you or your customers install new copies of WordPress manually after the scan, these WordPress installations will not be attached to the WordPress Toolkit. For this reason, we recommend that you perform a scan for new WordPress installations from time to time.
All WordPress installations added using the WordPress Toolkit, or as an APS application, are permanently attached to the WordPress Toolkit. You cannot detach them from the WordPress Toolkit; you can only remove them completely. To remove such a WordPress installation, go to Server Management > WordPress, click the WordPress installation name, and then click Remove.
Manually added WordPress installations cannot be removed by means of the WordPress Toolkit; you can only detach them from the WordPress Toolkit. To detach a WordPress installation, go to Server Management > WordPress, click the WordPress installation name, and then click Detach. Note that a detached WordPress installation will be attached to the WordPress Toolkit again after you perform a new scan for WordPress installations.
Logging in to WordPress
To log in to a WordPress installation, go to Server Management > WordPress, and click the Log In button corresponding to the desired WordPress installation. Note that for a manually added WordPress installation, you will need to provide the administrator’s username and password, unless you specify them in Server Management > WordPress > installation name > Access Credentials first.
Managing WordPress Installations
To change the database user name, the administrator's email, the site name, or the interface language for a WordPress installation, go to Server Management > WordPress > installation name > Change Settings.
To change the administrator's access credentials, go to Server Management > WordPress > installation name > Access Credentials. Here you can specify the password for the administrator account of the WordPress installation - it will be used to log in to WordPress from Plesk. If there is more than a single administrator account created for the WordPress installation, select the one that will be used for logging in to WordPress from the list. If you do not remember the password for the administrator account, you can reset it here.
Updating WordPress Installations
To check if updates for WordPress and installed themes and plugins are available, go to Server Management > WordPress > Check for Updates.
To update one or more WordPress installations, go to Server Management > WordPress, select the checkboxes corresponding to the WordPress installations you want to update, and click Update.
To set up automatic updates for the WordPress installations, go to Server Management > WordPress > Auto-Update, select the WordPress installations for which you want to set up automatic updates, and click Switch On Auto-Update.