WordPress® Manager


Last modified: April 6, 2020

Overview

The WordPress Manager interface allows you to manage new or existing WordPress® sites on your cPanel account. You can use this interface to view your WordPress database name and user, and view and change each site’s automatic updates configuration. In addition, you can view each site’s basic WordPress configuration, change the WordPress administrator users’ passwords, and back up or restore your WordPress site.

Note:
  • This interface will not appear until you install the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon in WHM’s Install cPAddons Site Software interface (WHM >> Home >> cPanel >> Install cPAddons Site Software).
  • WordPress Manager only supports WordPress version 3.7 or higher.

Create or discover WordPress sites

Create site

To create new WordPress sites, click New Site at the top of the interface. cPanel’s Site Software interface (cPanel >> Home >> Software >> Site Software) will appear and allow you to complete the site.

Discover existing sites

Note:

The Discover Sites feature is available in cPanel & WHM version 70 and later.

To locate and manage existing WordPress sites on your account, click Discover Sites at the top of the interface. The system will search for any existing WordPress sites and add them to the list. After the system adds them, you can use this interface to manage those sites.

Sites list

The list of sites displays each WordPress site that exists on your cPanel account. To search for a specific site, enter that site’s domain name or file path in the Search text box.

The following table contains a description for each section of the list:

Item Description
Domain The site’s domain.
File Path The site’s directory path, relative to the cPanel account’s home directory.
Actions The site’s configuration settings.

Manage site

To manage a WordPress site, locate it in the list and click Manage. The Manage Site interface will appear and display the WordPress site’s configuration. Tabs at the left side of the interface categorize the features.

Overview

The Overview tab displays the site’s basic settings.

Item Description
Site URL The URL for the site’s home page.
Location on Disk The site’s directory path, relative to the cPanel account’s home directory.
Current Version The site’s WordPress version.
Automatic Updates
Warning:

Third-party WordPress plugins may prevent automatic updates.

The Automatic Updates section allows you to configure the WordPress site’s update settings.

  • To enable only minor and security updates, enable the Enable minor and security updates only. setting.
  • To enable all updates, enable the Enable all updates. setting.
  • To disable all updates, disable both the Enable minor and security updates only. and Enable all updates. settings.
Note:
  • For more information about versions, read WordPress’s Version Numbering documentation.
  • This feature migrates WordPress (legacy) cPAddon sites to use the RPM-based WordPress cPAddon.
  • The Enable all updates. setting includes minor and security updates. You cannot exclude minor and security updates when you select the Enable all updates. setting.

Admin

The Admin tab allows you to update a WordPress administrator’s password.

Update the WordPress administrator’s password
Important:

Use a secure password. A secure password is not a dictionary word, and it contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

To update a WordPress administrator’s password, perform the following steps:

  1. Under WordPress Administrator Username, use the menu to select the username for which to update the password.

    Note:

    If your WordPress site only has one administrator account, this interface will not display the menu.

  2. Click Change User’s Password.

  3. Enter and confirm the new password in the appropriate text boxes.

    Note:
    • The system evaluates the password that you enter on a scale of 100 points. 0 indicates a weak password, while 100 indicates a very secure password.
    • Some hosting providers require a minimum password strength. A green password Strength meter indicates that the password is equal to or greater than the required password strength.
    • Click Password Generator to generate a strong password. For more information, read our Password & Security documentation.

  4. Click Change Password to store the new password. If you do not wish to change the password, click Cancel.

Database

The Database tab contains information about the WordPress site’s database. You can view the database server’s hostname, database name, database username, and database table prefix.

Update the WordPress database user’s password
Important:

Use a secure password. A secure password is not a dictionary word, and it contains uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

To update the WordPress database user’s password, perform the following steps:

  1. Under Database Username, click Change User’s Password.

  2. Enter and confirm the new password in the appropriate text boxes.

    Note:
    • The system evaluates the password that you enter on a scale of 100 points. 0 indicates a weak password, while 100 indicates a very secure password.
    • Some hosting providers require a minimum password strength. A green password Strength meter indicates that the password is equal to or greater than the required password strength.
    • Click Password Generator to generate a strong password. For more information, read our Password & Security documentation.

  3. Click Change Password to store the new password. If you do not wish to change the password, click Cancel.

Backups

The Backup tab contains the WordPress site’s backup information and backup features.

Item Description
Backup Location The site’s backup directory path, relative to the cPanel account’s home directory.
Last Backup The name of the last backup file.
Backup Date The time and date of the last backup.
Note:
  • You can manage other sites in the WordPress Manager interface while the system performs your site backup or restoration.
  • The system can only process one site backup or restoration at a time.
  • WordPress Manager stores your site backups in the /home/example/wordpress-backups directory, where example represents your cPanel account name.
Create a site backup

When you back up a site, the system performs the following tasks:

  • Performs a backup on the WordPress site’s MySQL® database.
  • Creates a .tar.gz file that contains the WordPress site’s files and MySQL database backup.
  • Stores the .tar.gz file in the Backup Location.

To back up your WordPress site, click Backup Now. The system will start the backup and notify you when it completes the backup.

Restore a site from backup

To restore your WordPress site from a backup, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the the desired backup from the Available Backups menu.

  2. Click Restore Now. The interface will prompt you to confirm your selection.

  3. To confirm your selection, click Confirm.

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