WPCloud Deploy is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create WordPress servers at cloud server providers such as DigitalOcean, Linode, AWS and others.
But it does so much more than just create servers. Once a server is created you can:
It is extensible with hooks and filters that allow developers to add their own cloud server providers.
Additionally, products such Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) and Admin Columns Pro can be used to customize the data that appears for each server and site.
And, because it’s a WordPress plugin developers can integrate data from other popular WordPress plugins or send data from it to those other plugins. This allows developers and admins to create a centralized dashboard that pulls together data that includes their server and site data – something that isn’t possible or would be quite difficult with SAAS products.
One of the funky things with a plugin such as this one though is that you need an existing WordPress site in order to use it. Which makes it a little bit meta! You can learn more about this on the Requirements Page.
The WPCloud Deploy plugin is in a “loosely coupled” connection to your cloud server. This means that you or your cloud provider can make changes to the server without the WPCloud Deploy plugin knowing about it. It is important that you do not do this unless instructed to by one of our support staff.
Still, stuff happens and the plugin can sometimes recover. Some examples where recovery is possible are:
As we communicate with the server to deploy new sites and perform other tasks, we sometimes need to connect back into the plugin’s site to update status and error data. This means that you cannot install it on a local server. The server must be accessible via the internet – there’s a little more information about this at the bottom of our requirements page.
To get started, you need to:
These steps are explained in more detail below.
Before proceeding with installation, please read the full requirements here.
Installing the plugin is performed just like any other WordPress plugin:
At this point the plugin is installed and ready to connect to DigitalOcean. But first though, you should add an encryption key to wp-config.php.
Once the plugin is installed and activated you should add an encryption key to your wp-config.php file. If you don’t do this now, api keys, private keys and other sensitive data will be stored without encryption in your database. If you add the key later you will have to re-enter your api keys and private key information. The wp-config.php setting required for encryption is documented in the first entry on this page.
For this section, we’ll assume you’re using DigitalOcean as your cloud server provider – if you’re using a different provider and have installed and activated the plugin for them, just substitute your provider for DigitalOcean in the instructions below:
Now you’re ready to quickly run through the steps to get your first server and site up and running.
To create your first server:
To create your first site after creating your first server: