WordPress is really easy to use and broadly secure but expert website managers will know that WordPress management still requires time, while maintaining full WordPress security is becoming more and more difficult. Besides, as WordPress has grown, the CMS has become relatively complex and beginner users can find WordPress baffling. Plesk WordPress Toolkit aims to solve all of these issues and more.
Introducing Plesk WordPress Toolkit
Plesk knows website hosting inside out and understand where WordPress can be difficult to manage – so we address the biggest WordPress pain points with our toolkit. For a start, our toolkit offers a single-click installer which both initializes and configures your WP instance.
We offer a single dashboard where you can manage all your WordPress websites and which also allows you to test new website ideas in a staging and testing sandbox, without the need to install additional plugins for testing.
In essence, Plesk’s toolkit removes the complexity that is inherent to running WordPress websites – whether you are updating, syncing, cloning or staging. Migration is made easier too, it’s just one click with Plesk toolkit. The result is a more relaxed development environment and less chance of a major problem or data loss.
WordPress security is a big issue, but Plesk’s WordPress toolkit hardens WP sites by default and offers a security scanner too. Updating WordPress and its plugins are also made much easier, it’s all available from one dashboard.
Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit is not just suitable for beginners, we offer plenty of professional tools as well including full control using the WordPress command line interface. Our toolkit also offers search engine management plus full debug facilities. Let’s take a closer look at what’s included with the Plesk WordPress Toolkit.
Using Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit when building a WP site
Everyone can use Plesk WordPress Toolkit to help launch a site, but the toolkit is particularly useful where developers are building a lot of sites.
Installation and staging
Our WordPress Toolkit offers an installer that sets up a new WordPress site with just a single click. The installer downloads the latest edition of WordPress, creates a new database include user credentials and also sets up an admin account for WordPress. Once done it initializes WordPress so users can simply get started publishing right away.
Likewise, staging your WordPress site is made much easier with the Plesk WP toolkit. The toolkit clones your site for you so that you can use it as a staging environment, making it easy to try and now features. Once you are sure everything is working just fine you can synchronize the staging site to your production environment with a single click.
In several ways the WordPress Toolkit makes managing your website a lot easier. For example, we make it simple to find and install themes and plugins to one WordPress instance, or indeed across all your WordPress instances. Similarly, you can activate and deactivate plugins on a single or multiple WordPress sites – and you can bulk remove the themes and updates you no longer need.
Now in beta, we also offer remote management of WordPress instances using the Plesk toolkit – version 4.0. With this feature you can bring into your WordPress Toolkit management area any of the WordPress websites that you currently host on a remote Plesk Onyx-based server.
Securing your WP site with Plesk WP Toolkit
Everyone knows how crucial security has become in a world where cyber attacks are no longer the exception to the rule. WordPress is very popular so hackers often target WP sites, but Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit has a couple of tricks up its sleeve.
First, we allow you to automatically harden your WordPress instances against the most common exploits with just a single click. The toolkit can scan your sites and identify areas that need to be protected. Simply click “Secure” and the items you checked will be hardened automatically.
It’s not just the basic hardening tactics we offer: we implement all the most important security suggestions from across the WordPress community, including some of the top WordPress security experts and of course the WordPress Codex.
How Plesk’s WordPress toolkit helps with day to day WordPress tasks
Whether you have just one site to manage or hundreds, Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit aims to make managing your WordPress instances far easier.
Backing up and restoring WordPress instances
Regular backups are an essential aspect of good website management: backing up ensures that you can restore your website in case something happens that breaks your website – whether it’s an error, or due to a new feature.
With our WordPress Toolkit you can easily restore your site to a restore point of your choice, putting it back in a fully functional condition with just a single click.
Site indexation management
Don’t want Google and other search engines to index your WordPress site? You can use our toolkit to disable and enable site indexing for every WordPress instance individually.
Debugging and maintenance mode
Plesk’s toolkit allows you to manage all the debugging facilities included in WordPress in a much easier way, allowing you to use a single interface to manage debugging on individual WordPress instances.
We also allow you to activate the useful WordPress maintenance mode whenever you are in the process of updating either the CMS, or specific themes and plugins. You can activate maintenance mode with just one click.
Use the command line
Finally, sometimes the command line is simply the easiest way to achieve your WordPress goals. With the Plesk WordPress Toolkit you have access to the WP command line for every instance so that you can create users, import databases and perform updates.
All-in-all Plesk’s WordPress Toolkit just makes it much easier to manage WordPress. It’s a huge help whether you are in charge of one site or hundreds. Besides, it’s included with Plesk so there’s no reason not to check it out.