Virtual Cloud Providers is the mechanism by which multiple accounts can be handled for the same cloud service.
Before the release of the Virtual Cloud Providers add-on feature, WPCloudDeploy could only make use of a single account at each cloud provider. This meant that admins could not set up multiple accounts for different branches inside a company or use a customer-owned account with better rates.
The Virtual Cloud Provider add-on addresses this issue.
Some reasons you might need this:
The Virtual Cloud Provider add-on is just a regular WordPress plugin – upload and activate it from the WordPress PLUGINS screen.
When the add-on is activated a new option will appear under the WPCloud Deploy menu item. Click on it and then click the ADD NEW VIRTUAL CLOUD PROVIDER button at the top of the screen. This will bring you to a screen that looks like this:
The two important items here are:
All other fields are optional.
Click the PUBLISH or SAVE button and the virtual provider will be created.
Once you have created the virtual provider, you will need to connect it to an account, just like you would for any other provider. This can be done under the SETTINGS screen.
Go to WPCLOUDDEPLOY->SETTINGS->CLOUD PROVIDERS tab. Your new virtual provider should be listed just like regular providers – other than the name, there is no distinction between them.