WP Cloud Server Documentation

This section provides detailed guides to using the FREE WP Cloud Server Plugin available from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

NEW! The ‘WP Cloud Server’ plugin now includes a powerful setup wizard:

A Quick Guide to the WP Cloud Server Set-up Wizard

WP Cloud Server Set-up Wizard

In version 2.0.0 of the WP Cloud Server Plugin we added a powerful ‘Set-up Wizard’ which is displayed when the Plugin is installed on a WordPress installation for the first time. This article takes you through how to use it and what information you need to successfully complete the set-up process.

The screen shot below shows the initial screen. This will be shown when you click on any of the ‘WP Cloud Server’ menu links in your WordPress Admin Dashboard for the first time.

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What is required?

The purpose behind the set-up wizard is to get a minimal configuration for the ‘WP Cloud Server’ Plugin set-up as quickly as possible. The set-up wizard is designed to take into account the different needs that users will have!

So. What information is needed? The set-up wizard consists of three sections. The first allows the DigitalOcean API settings to be entered, the second section is for entering ServerPilot API settings and the last is for entering an SSH Key that will be used when creating new Cloud Servers.

No settings are mandatory. This means that if you’re using DigitalOcean on it’s own without ServerPilot then you can enter API settings for DigitalOcean as well as an SSH Key, and just by-pass the ServerPilot settings.

The settings that you can chose to add are;

  • An API Key for your DigitalOcean Account
  • An API Key for your ServerPilot Account
  • An SSH Key generated on the machine you will logging into servers with

That’s all you need.

Using the Set-up Wizard

Now that you have all of the information that you need, we can now work through each section of the set-up wizard and enter the relevant details.

At the moment we will assume that you looking at the welcome screen of the set-up wizard. This page provides an introduction to the set-up wizard. To move into the set-up process simply click the ‘Next’ button.

Configuring DigitalOcean Settings

You should now be seeing the screenshot below. This is the first section in the set-up process and is for configuring the DigitalOcean Module.

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If you’re not using DigitalOcean then simply click ‘Next’ to move on to the next section.

If you are going to be using the DigitalOcean functionality of the Plugin then paste your DigitalOcean API Key in to the input field and click ‘Next’.

Configuring ServerPilot Settings

Next up is the section for configuring the ServerPilot Module. The screenshot below shows the page you should see now. It differs slightly to the previous one in that you need a Client ID and an API Key.

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As before, if you’re not using ServerPilot then simply click ‘Next’ to move on to the next section.

If you are sing the ServerPilot functionality then paste your ServerPilot Client ID and  API Key in to the appropriate input field and click ‘Next’, which will take you to the final section of the set-up wizard.

Configuring a Public SSH Key

By far the most convenient way to log-in to a remote server using SSH is with an SSH Key, generated on your own local machine. This section allows you to enter the public key.

The screenshot below shows the page for entering your SSH Key. It has two input fields. The first is simply a name that is used to reference it. This is the name that will be displayed when selecting an SSH Key to be installed when creating a server.

The second field which is the larger text box is for pasting in the Public SSH Key that you have previously generated. As with all sections once you have completed the section click ‘Next’.

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Save Settings and Exit

At this point you should have completed all of the different sections of the set-up wizard that are relevant to you. Maybe you’ve completed all sections, maybe just one, that’s fine.

The screenshot below shows the final page. This page just confirms that you have completed all sections. It gives you the opportunity to step back through previous screens if required to make alterations, or to add new settings.

Once you are happy that the settings are correct then click the ‘Save’ button. You will see a confirmation box for the settings entered and will be taken to the ‘Module Overview’ page from which you can start using the plugin.

Updating or Adding Settings

All of the settings that you entered are accessible from the various settings pages for each module. You can add new settings or edit settings as you see fit.

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