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.

Step #1: Create DNS Record

  1. Log into your Liquid Web account.
  2. Click on Domains to open the domain page. 
  3. Select the DNS tab to open your DNS management screen. 
  4. Click on the [+] to expand the DNS records for that domain. 
  5. Once the DNS records are open, you will need to add an A Record to point your WordPress site to the correct domain.
  6. Click Add New Record to create a new A Record for your site. 
  7. Enter the domain name, TTL of 3600, select A for the record Type from the drop down menu. 
    Note:
    For this tutorial, I am leaving the domain name empty, as I want the A record to apply to the entire lwtrainingmwp.com domain name. For more information on what information goes into your A Record, see our article DNS Record Types.

     

  8. The IP address to add to the A Record can be found in your Managed WordPress portal on the home page. Click Copy to copy the IP address from your dashboard. 
  9. Paste the IP address into the A Record for your domain. 
  10. Click the green check mark to create the A Record.
  11. The A Record will appear in your DNS zone list. 

Step #2: Change Your Domain

  1. Once the A Record is created, go back to your Managed WordPress Dashboard site home page. 
  2. Change the Primary Domain to the domain you want to use for the site and click Update
  3. When you click on the site link under Domain at the top of the page, your site will open and is now live. 

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. 

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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”

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In this Knowledge Base article we feature a video provided by Chris Lema. Chris shows how the Managed WordPress Platform makes upgrading to PHP 7 simple and quick!

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Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and Image Compression

The key to running a successful blog or website is having great content and making it easy for your users to find what they need. Part of providing great blog content usually involves using images and graphics to enhance your articles, posts and pages. Doing so will provide your readers with visual context and can help break up large blocks of text. Using lots of visual elements and images isn’t without its trade-off though.

The more HD photos you use, the more data a user has to download when reading your articles. This can mean longer load times for users, and higher disk and bandwidth usage for your server. That’s why you should always optimize your website’s images since long page loads can cost you views. In this featured video Chris Lema shows how our Managed WordPress improves this with a default plugin. Continue reading “Featured Video: Liquid Web Managed WordPress and Image Compression”