WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS for websites. A lot of sites and blogs are powered by WordPress. It is very easy to use, everyone can get started in several minutes. If you do not have a WordPress site or blog yet. The difficult part would be setting up WordPress at the first beginning, backing up WordPress later and moving WordPress to new server in the future. If you do not want to learn all these technical stuff and still want to create a site using WordPress, you can use an auto-installer. Softaculous and Mojo Marketplace are two great options. Softaculous is the leading Auto Installer having 396 great scripts, 1115 PHP Classes currently and more to come. In this article, we will discuss how Softaculous can help you build and manage WordPress sites.
Find the best WordPress hosting service
Softaculous is widely used in the Web Hosting industry. It can help you install WordPress and many others applications by the click of a button. Softaculous can be easily integrated into all kinds of Control Panels. We recommend Linux server and cPanel for WordPress hosting. WordPress runs best on Linux servers and cPanel is the easiest control panel for beginners. It would be perfect if you can find a web hosting service that offers Linux PHP hosting and provide customers with cPanel to manage their sites and Softaculous is integrated in the cPanel. Inmotion web hosting is such a web host that can suit all your needs. They offer reliable web hosting service with very lost cost. Even their shared hosting plans are now with FREE SSDs which means your sites would be hosted on SSD drive which is up to 20X faster than normal servers.
Build a WordPress site using Softaculous
The installation of WordPress on web servers through Softaculous auto installer is extremely easy. We are not going to discuss further about this issue here. You can refer to this guide to create a WordPress site using Softaculous. You can find all the details you will need about WordPress setup and configuration. With only 5 to 10 minutes, you can build a live WordPress site and start publishing posts and pages.
Upgrade and Back up WordPress sites via Softaculous
Upgrade WordPress is very easy. You can simply log on WordPress dashboard as administrator, then go to Dashboard >> Updates to upgrade WordPress. Normally this will not cause any problems. However to be safe than sorry, we recommend you back up WordPress first. Softaculous has made the WordPress upgrade and backup really easy. You can upgrade WordPress and back up WordPress separately, you can also back up and upgrade WordPress at the same time.
Log in your cPanel, find and click to access Softaculous, you can then find a tool bar at the top right corner. Click Application Installs, you will then find the details of all your installed scripts, applications or CMS via Softaculous. Find the WordPress site from this list. You can click to upgrade to new WordPress version when available. You can also backup WordPress sites, edit WordPress configuration details here.
Upgrade WordPress via Softaculous
To upgrade WordPress to the latest version, click the Upgrade button, you will open a screen like this.
From the Upgrading WordPress screen shot above, you can find the Create Backup option, if you check to enable it, you will create a back up of your WordPress site before upgrading automatically. You can choose to create WordPress backup here or go to back it up separately. Click the Upgrade button, Softaculous will perform an upgrade using its own upgrade utility automatically. To complete the upgrade, you will need to visit the URL that will be shown once the file files have been copied, after the upgrading, you will be provided with this link and prompt like below.
You are one more step away from completing the upgrade process
Please visit below link to complete the upgrade process.
Visit above link as provided, you will open the WordPress upgrade page. If any WordPress database update available, simply follow on-screen tips to upgrade it in just one click. If your WordPress database is already up-to-date, you do not need to do anything.
Back up WordPress via Softaculous
Return to the Application Installs overview page in Softaculous. Find the WordPress site you like to back up and click on the Backup button, you will be taken to the Backing Up WordPress page like below.
At the upper section of this page, you can select backup operations. For example, you can choose to back up the entire folder of WordPress site, you can back up WordPress database, or choose both Backup Directory and Backup Database to create a full backup of WordPress. Other than that, you can also create a Backup Note. This could be very helpful sometimes. In this demo, we saved a note “back up before upgrading WP from 4.5 to 4.5.3”. So if you like to restore WordPress to an earlier version, you can quickly find out which backup was created on certain WordPress version. If you plan to perform dramatic change on the site, you can also create a backup note for your reference in the future so in case of any site error or failure you can restore the site back to its status before the change.
At the lower section of this WordPress backup page in Softaculous you can see the WordPress site details, such as version, installation time, install path, URL, database name, database user, database host and so on. You do not need to change or select anything here.
Click the Backup Installation button at the bottom to back up WordPress via Softaculous instantly. Once Softaculous has finished creating a backup of your WordPress, you can find your backup file from Backup/Restore in Softaculous.
At the Softaculous Backup/Restore page, you can check WordPress backup notes, download WordPress backups to computer, restore WordPress backup, delete old backup files, etc.