Getting Started With Softaculous WordPress Manager in 3 Steps

Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Steve

Our shared hosting accounts featuring cPanel come with a unique and powerful WordPress Manager, powered by Softaculous, that simplifies the management of WordPress installations. This guide gets you started quickly in the effective and productive use of this powerful tool.

Step One – Login to cPanel

First thing to do is login to cPanel by typing your domain name in your browser followed by the port 2083.  For example https://yourdomain.com:2083. Please make sure to replace https://yourdomain.com with the domain name of your WordPress installation.

 

change domain cPanel login

Step Two – Scroll Down to WordPress Manager by Softaculous

Softaculous WordPress Manager

Step ThreeClick on Dropdown to Access All Options

By clicking on the dropdown arrow next to Up To Date Button all options that are available for WordPress Installation become visible. Please note the button may not say Up To Date if your WordPress installation is in fact not up to date!

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softaculous up to date button

All Options Now Visible

Softaculous Dashboard

Auto Login to WordPress Admin Panel

Click on the Login Button next to your site URL to automatically login to your WordPress panel as admin user without having to enter the password.

Softaculous Auto Login WordPress Dashboard

Upgrade Installation

If your installation has an update available you will see the Upgrade Now Button next to the version number. Just hit that button and it will take you to the upgrade page. Since my installation is up to date the upgrade option is not available.

Softaculous Upgrade Button

Auto Upgrade Core Settings

Choose your auto upgrade settings for WordPress core. You can choose from the following options and Softaculous will perform the updates accordingly:
1. Do not Auto Upgrade
2. Upgrade to Minor versions only (i.e. 5.5.1 will be upgraded to 5.5.x and not 5.6.x)
3. Upgrade to latest version available Major as well as Minor (i.e. 5.5.1 will be upgraded to 5.5.x until there is a new major version available and 5.6.x when available)

Just choose your preference and it will be automatically saved and you will see a success message.

Softaculous Auto Update WordPress Core

Auto Upgrade Plugins/Themes Settings

Choose to enable/disable Auto Upgrade for Plugins or Themes. If you enable Auto Upgrade plugins or themes, updates will be checked once every 24 hours and will be upgraded. Just tap on Enable/Disable button and it will save the preference and you will see the success message.

Softaculous Auto Update Plugins Themes

Enable/Disable Search Engine Visibility

The Search Engine Visibility setting in WordPress Reading options can also be customized. If you are cloning your live site to a dev site or your website is still not complete and you do not want Search Engines to index your site you can set this setting as disabled. If you want Search Engines to index your site you can enable this setting. Just tap on Enable/Disable button and it will save the preference and you will see the success message.

Softaculous Search Engine Visibility

Enable/Disable WordPress CRON

By default WordPress has a CRON job enabled which performs various tasks on your site. Sometimes with huge sites this can consume your server resources. If you would like to enable/disable this wp-cron setting you can tap on Enable/Disable button and it will save the preference and you will see the success message.

Softaculous WordPress Cron

Enable/Disable WordPress Debug Mode

WordPress debug mode (disabled by default) is very useful if you run into any issues on your site and want to know the reason. You can enable/disable the debug mode from Softaculous WordPress Manager. Just tap on Enable/Disable button and it will save the preference and you will see the success message.
Note: It is not recommended to leave debugging mode enabled on your production site. On production site disable debug mode once you have finished debugging.

Softaculous WordPress Debug Mode

 

Change Website URL and Website Name

The Site URL for your website can be changed from Softaculous WordPress Manager. If you have changed the site URL from your WordPress admin panel to something invalid and you are locked out from your panel you can revert it from Softaculous WordPress Manager. Change the “Website URL” value in the field and hit the “Save Site Info” button. The URL will be changed in your WordPress database as well.

The Site Name for your website can be changed from Softaculous WordPress Manager. Change the “Site Name” value in the field and hit the “Save Site Info” button. The Site Name will be changed in your WordPress database as well.

Softaculous WordPress Site URL

Change Password

Forgot Password for your account on your WordPress site ? Or want to reset the password for a user ?

Change the Password for any user account on your WordPress site from Softaculous WordPress Manager page.

  1. Go to Change Password Utility
  2. Enter the Username and the New Password you want to use.

Softaculous Change WordPress Password

Conclusion

Our WordPress Manager powered by Softaculous is quite powerful and easy to use. It has all the features you need to maintain and administer all your WordPress installations from cPanel. This post covers the features that most people will need to get started with their WordPress installation. Later posts will go into more advanced features and options such as backups, staging, cloning etc. so stay tuned!

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