Restoring a Site from a Backup in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Sometimes, bad things happen, even on the internet. You’ve learned about how to create a backup and Managed WordPress Portal automatically backs up your site. So luckily, if anything goes wrong with your site, you will be able to restore it easily from your Managed WordPress Portal. Continue reading “Restoring a Site from a Backup in Managed WordPress Portal”

Finding Your SFTP/SSH Credentials in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Managed WordPress Portal provides user credentials for both Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) for your FTP client and Secure Shell (SSH) access credentials to log in via command line. See the steps below to locate your SFTP and SSH credentials for login. Continue reading “Finding Your SFTP/SSH Credentials in Managed WordPress Portal”

Creating Stencil Sites in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

With the Managed WordPress portal, you can create a copy of any site and save it for another deployment without having to redo all the hard work you’ve put into customizing the site. This saves time when you need to quickly get a site up and running, using a design that works for the end user. Let’s take a look at how to create a Stencil Site in Managed WordPress Portal. Continue reading “Creating Stencil Sites in Managed WordPress Portal”

Creating a Staging Site in Managed WordPress Portal

Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Portal allows developers to create a staging site to test design, plugin and configuration changes without affecting the performance and look of your the live site.

Once your staging site is created, you have the same functionality as you do with your live site to make changes, use SFTP/SSH for file management and run updates to view changes before making them to your live site. Continue reading “Creating a Staging Site in Managed WordPress Portal”

Accessing Your Database in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

One important facet of WordPress development is the ability to reach the back-end databases and interact with them. Managed WordPress Portal gives you access to your databases using phpMyAdmin. Once you login you will have access to view, edit and delete database items. Continue reading “Accessing Your Database in Managed WordPress Portal”

Going Live With Your Site in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Going live with your site is the last step in the process of migrating your WordPress sites into Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress portal. These instructions are for domains registered at Liquid Web, if your domain is registered with someone other than Liquid Web, see our DNS Tutorials for instructions to update the DNS for other domain registrars. Continue reading “Going Live With Your Site in Managed WordPress Portal”

Using iThemes Sync Pro in Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web Managed WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Liquid Web partnered with iThemes to bring you their Sync Pro plugin, included in your Managed WordPress Portal for no additional charge. With iThemes Sync Pro you can:

Within 24 hours of purchasing Managed WordPress Platform, you will receive an email from iThemes Sync Pro with login information and setup instructions. iThemes Sync Pro users have access to step-by-step getting started materials in the article How to Set Up iThemes Sync.

Note:
If you have issues with the plugin, please contact iThemes by opening a Support Ticket by clicking Support within the plugin dashboard. iThemes support is available Monday – Friday 8AM-5PM Central Standard Time.

Click the iThemes Sync Pro link in the menu on the left hand side of your portal and a new tab will open in your browser with the login page for iThemes Sync Pro.

Migrating to Liquid Web with Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Migrations to Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress portal are made easy using a custom plugin created specifically for Liquid Web by BlogVault. With this plugin, you can migrate any WordPress site into your portal in just a few easy steps.

Step #1: Create a Site

You will need to create a new site in your portal to act as a destination site for your migration to Liquid Web.

  1. Log into your portal and click Create New Site
  2. Once the Create a Site page opens, enter the site nickname. 
    Note:
    The site nickname (short name)  is only a nickname for easy organization of your sites within the Managed WordPress portal. It is not the domain you will be using for your public-facing site. It can be changed at any time.
  3. Enter your email address. This is the email address you will use for all notifications for your site. 
  4. If you want to create your site from a stencil you saved, choose the stencil from the drop-down. 
  5. Click Create Site to have the site begin to create. Once it is finished, it will show up in your site list on the main page of your portal. 
  6. You will need the SFTP credentials for the site to copy/paste into the migration plugin. Click the Manage Site button for the site you created to access the information you will need. 

You will now prepare the site you want to migrate over. This is called the source site.

Step #2: Source Site Preparation

Warning: If you are using a platform service like Rainmaker, you will need to open a Support Ticket to complete your migration.

To prepare your source site, log into your WordPress admin page for the site you want to migrate.

  1. From the admin portal of the source site, click the Plugins link. 
  2. Click Add New to be navigated to the WordPress plugins page. 
  3. Begin typing Liquid Web in the search bar. The migration plugin for Liquid Web should appear in the list of plugins. 
  4. Select Install Now to download the plugin to your site. 
  5. After the plugin installs, click Activate. This will direct you to the BlogVault plugin page.
  6. Your source site is now ready for migration.

Step #3: Begin Migration

You are now ready to begin the migration process.

  1. When you activate the migration plugin, it will automatically direct you to the migrations page. 
    Note:
    Once you activate the plugin, a link to the plugin will show up in the menu on the right hand side of your WordPress admin portal. If you are not immediately directed to the page, use the link to get to the BlogVault migration plugin home.
  2. You will need to enter the following information from your Liquid Web Managed WordPress site management page into the plugin form to begin your migration:
    • Email address, this is the email you will use to receive all site notifications.
    • Site URL, make sure you use https:// with the domain name. This is the domain name that is found at the top of your site management home page in your portal.
    • SFTP Hostname which is the IP address in the SFTP information section of your site portal. Use the convenient Copy link to copy the information from your portal and paste it into the plugin.
    • SFTP username and password also found in the SFTP information section of the site portal. To create a password, click the Generate Password link in your portal.
  3. Once you enter the required information, click the Migrate button to begin. 
  4. You can watch the progress of your migration with BlogVault’s migration progress site. Here you can watch the progress of your migration. 
    Note:
    Depending on the size of the files and tables in your site, your migration can take a few moments or a few hours. Please be patient during the migration process.
  5. Once the migration is complete, a success message will show on the migration page and you will receive an email notifying you of the migration as well. 

Step #4: Test Your Site

Your site is now successfully migrated! There is just one more step to complete before you make your site go live by changing the DNS. If you are hosted with Liquid Web, you will need to create a DNS Zone, see our article How to Add or Modify DNS Records in Manage for more information.

Before you go live with your site, it is important that you test your site and make sure everything works the same way as it did before the migration.

  1. Using the link at the top of the page in your site manager, open your new site.
  2. Test all pages, links, redirects and post a comment.
  3. Log into the WordPress admin page and create a new page and post to make sure they create properly. Import an image or two and make sure they display correctly.

Step #5: Go Live with Your Site

Once you’ve verified that all parts of your site are working as they should, you are now ready to go live with your site.

Adding a Site in Your Managed WordPress Portal

Note: The instructions in this tutorial are for the Managed WordPress Portal client, these instructions do not apply if you have a Liquid Web WordPress Server Optimized Template account.

Adding a site in Managed WordPress portal is an easy process that just takes a few steps. Whether you’re adding a site to get ready to migrate your site over to your dashboard or creating a site from scratch, the steps in this tutorial will walk you through how to add a new site to your dashboard.

  1. Log into your Managed WordPress portal.
  2. Click Create/Import New Site at the upper right-hand corner of the page. 
    Note:
    Managed WordPress plans have a maximum limit of sites allowed. You can see how many sites are left at the top of your portal home page. If you need to increase the number of sites, contact our Heroic Support team and they will be happy to help you.
  3. Enter the site nickname and your email address. 
    Note:
    The site nickname (short name) is a nickname to help you organize your sites from the home page of your Managed WordPress portal.
  4. If you are creating this site from a stencil you made of another site, use the drop-down menu to choose the stencil you want to build from. 
  5. Click on Create Site to start the creation process. 
  6. Your site will begin creating. 
  7. When it is complete, you will see the new site added to the list on your home page. 

Featured Video: Setup an SSL Site with Managed WordPress

There was once a time on the Internet where there were many valid reasons to avoid using an SSL all the time. For example, using an SSL sometimes meant your website isn’t indexed as thoroughly. Or maybe certain types of caching were broke.

It’s 2017 now though and those days are long since passed. Almost any reason to not use an SSL on your site has been changed or fixed. In this Knowledge Base article we feature a video provided by Chris Lema to show how quick you can setup an SSL on Managed WordPress. Continue reading “Featured Video: Setup an SSL Site with Managed WordPress”