WordPress is incredible, and it brings some benefits that you might not get from a content management system (CMS). From new blogs to press releases, managing everything on WordPress is easy. That’s why it’s so popular across many different channels. Plus, any niche has additional features thanks to easy-to-use plugins and tools.

You have several options when it comes to running WordPress on your website. Hosting companies like WP Engine make things easy and install WordPress for you. But for those using shared hosting, you can usually choose cPanel, Ubuntu or Plesk.

Plesk is a web hosting control panel that can be installed on Linux and Windows servers. If you use Media Temple VPS, you may have seen it before. But you can also install it yourself and use it to more easily manage your WordPress installation on your own server.

Plesk 17 WordPress Toolkit is an extension for Plesk to add a range of WordPress features. This is a useful (and simple) option to easily manage your WordPress themes, plugins, security, updates, and more.

WordPress Toolkit in Plesk

Plesk is a complete, versatile and secure WordPress toolkit that provides a dashboard to easily manage multiple WordPress instances. With Plesk, it’s very easy to test new plugins, features and design ideas in the sandbox before you publish them to your live website. For this, you don’t need any extra plugins or separate servers – the WordPress toolkit in Plesk manages it all.

You can also use the WordPress Toolkit to remove some of the complexity of managing your WordPress site. Staging, cloning, syncing, updating, migrating and other complex tasks – all with one click.

WordPress Toolkit in Plesk

The WordPress Toolkit provides a single administrative interface for easy installation (one-click installation), configuration, and management of WordPress. You need to install the WordPress Toolkit extension in Plesk and start using it.

The WordPress Toolkit does require Plesk (of course) and server PHP version 5.3 or higher.If your server is still using a PHP version lower than this, then you need to add Custom PHP handler. To enable this feature, you need to specify the path to the PHP binary and switch your subscription using the WordPress Toolkit to a custom PHP handler.

Also, the WordPress Toolkit is free for owners of Plesk Web Host and Plesk Web Pro editions. Different SE versions with fewer features are available for Plesk Web Admin users.

Now let’s see how to use the WordPress toolkit in Plesk.

Install WordPress with Plesk

First you need to log in to your Plesk panel. From here you should be able to use the following installation options:

  • Websites & Domains > WordPress > Installation
  • Applications > WordPress > Install
  • Subscriptions > WordPress > Install

Install WordPress with Plesk

click Website and Domain Name tab, you should see a WordPress icon at the top right of the Plesk dashboard.click WordPress Icons then click Install button to install WordPress in your Plesk panel.

Manage WordPress installations

After successfully installing WordPress with Plesk (or via Websites & Domains > WordPress > Import), the next step is to go to the WordPress Toolkit dashboard to get a complete overview of the WordPress site running on the server. On this home page, you can view all installations at a glance.

You can easily switch between cards, lists or tiles according to your visual preferences.

Manage WordPress Installations in Plesk

from Information and Tools Cards tab, you will have access to your website’s controls and tools. Use toggles to quickly disable search engine indexing, enable maintenance mode and debugging, turn on caching, or restrict public access by turning on password protection.

You’ll also find quick links for syncing, cloning, managing files, and backing up/restoring files.

Hint: use clone button to quickly launch a staging site for testing.

Manage WordPress plugins

Management is also easy with the WordPress Toolkit plugin in Plesk. You can install, activate and remove all plugins from the dashboard.

Manage WordPress Plugins in Plesk

Install the plugin

There are two options for installing plugins. To add plugins to a specific site, go to: WordPress > Plugins tab for your site > Install

Or, if you want to install the new plugin on all WordPress sites, navigate to the more general: WordPress > Plugins > Install

In either case, click the search icon and search for plugins. By default, when you install a plugin using the WordPress Toolkit, it is automatically activated.

You can also upload third-party plugins (such as those you purchased on CodeCanyon, or new extensions from WooCommerce). Just visit: WordPress > Plugins > Upload Plugin

Then select your plugin zip file and click Upload. To install and activate plugins, visit: WordPress > Plugins

Click to install your new plugin and choose the WordPress site you want to add it to.

remove plugin

However, you can choose any plugin to remove from WordPress by selecting it and clicking the remove icon to remove it from the selected installation.

Now, select the WordPress installation to activate and deactivate any installed plugins.

go to Server Administration > WordPress > Plugins tab and select the plugin to activate or deactivate.

Manage WordPress themes

With Plesk, it’s easy to add, remove, activate or deactivate any WordPress theme.

Manage WordPress Themes in Plesk

Install the theme

go with WordPress > Themes tab > Install Add new themes. Use the search to find a topic, then tick the checkbox for the topic you want to add.

Just like with plugins, you can add the same theme to all WP instances, or add a specific theme to a specific instance (or more). To do this, you need to click on the drop-down menu and select the instance you want to add or remove themes from.

Add WordPress Themes in Plesk

Additionally, you can easily WordPress > Themes Label. Just choose the theme you want to update for your installation (though we always recommend updating to be on the safe side – don’t worry if you’re using a WordPress child theme for customization).

WordPress Security

You can use Plesk’s WordPress toolkit to perform security checks on your website. You will be able to see if all/readme.html/files is empty. You can also easily change security settings and view security status.To do this you need to go to column S in that section Websites & Domains > WordPress.

Plesk WordPress Security

Click the “Check Security” link to see the status of all WordPress installations. Select the check box with the security improvement you want to implement, then click the Security button.

Plesk WordPress Security Check

This is how you can greatly reduce the chances of someone breaking into your site by ensuring the highest level of WordPress site security.

Backup and restore

In addition to general WordPress site security, the WordPress Toolkit in Plesk can also be used to back up your site.

Plesk Toolkit for WordPress makes it easy to create scheduled backups of your website. Follow these steps to make sure you have the latest data to restore if needed from a location you can back up:

  • First log in to the Plesk Dashboard
  • Click on the domain name
  • Then click Manage Domains or Manage Hosts
  • Now click on Websites and Domains
  • Click Backup Manager
  • Click Schedule Backup Settings

Plesk Backup Manager

Here you can select options in your backup settings, including prefixing the backup name, choosing a multi-volume backup, backup storage location, and setting backup limits (Number of copies backed up) on your server. You can even set notification alerts.

if you go schedule section, you can also activate and automate your backup tasks. Choose the backup frequency for your website, you will back up your website on a regular basis. Just choose a time to start the backup process and save it.

Edit global settings

Finally, in Global Settings In this area you can configure the maintenance page, as well as the default subdomain prefix for cloning, which will allow you to change the staging site URL.

Plesk Global Settings

in conclusion

Manually managing a WordPress site can be quite complicated. A powerful control panel like Plesk makes it easier, and with the WordPress toolkit in Plesk, you can manage all your sites from one dashboard.

If you’re an agency hosting multiple client sites, or an avid writer with blogs in various fields, the WordPress toolkit in Plesk is one of the best options for managing all your sites. Work smarter, not harder, and manage your WordPress site effectively without fuss.

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