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InstaWP allows you to create a new WordPress site which gives the benefit of testing different configurations and settings without affecting the live website. It operates in a safe environment where users can experiment with different themes, plugins, and codes without any risk of breaking the live website.

In this documentation, we will explore the steps to:

Create New Site
Access WP Admin Panel

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Create New Site



InstaWP allows you to create a new WordPress site through any of the following two methods:

As a Registered User
As a Guest User

As a Registered User



You can create a site as a registered user by completing the signup process with InstaWP. For more information, please refer to the Create Account Document.

After signing up, you can follow the below steps:

Step 1: Sign In to your InstaWP account and you will navigate to its dashboard.



Step 2: Click on the Create Your First Staging Site button from the middle right of the interface.



A new modal window will appear providing you with the following three options for creating your new WordPress site:

From Scratch
From Template
Store



From Scratch


InstaWP allows you to build your WordPress site from scratch by allowing you to define various configurations as described in the table below:

ConfigurationsDescription
Your ConfigurationIt is the default WordPress configuration (pre-selected). You can also customize your configuration, refer to this doc.
Curated ConfigurationTo choose from the admin’s predefined configuration which automatically set PHP & WordPress versions, some of them are: ⚙️Multisite, ⚙️Woocommerce, ⚙️Devstack.
Themes/Plugin CategoriesIt allows you to select themes and plugins from the available categories: ⚙️Popular, ⚙️Security, ⚙️SEO, ⚙️Social Media, ⚙️Speed, ⚙️Forms, ⚙️Backups, ⚙️Page Builder, ⚙️Marketing, ⚙️Utility, ⚙️eCommerce.




From the bottom panel, you can configure the following values for your website as per your preferences:

ValuesDescription
WordPress versionTo select different versions of WordPress for your site ranging from (3.7 to Nightly).
PHP versionTo select different PHP versions for your site ranging from (5.6 to 8.2 ”7.4 recommended”). Available in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.com/pricing/
Server LocationTo change the server location. Available in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.com/pricing/
Custom site nameTo add a custom name for your WordPress site. Available in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.com/pricing/
Reserved SiteTo reserve the site as it will not expire and will stay in your account forever (unless manually deleted). Available in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.com/pricing/




From Template


InstaWP allows you to build your WordPress site by using templates. Templates are your formerly built WordPress websites which are saved as templates to be used again.
You can use these templates as a design and structure foundation for creating a new website.

In this way, you will have an option to directly perform iterations/modifications on the existing templates to create a site instead of creating it from scratch and observing all the configurations again, hence, allowing you to save time and effort.

For more information, you can refer to the Template documentation.

After selecting the template, you can configure the same options (that are available when creating the site from scratch) at the bottom panel.



Note: The WordPress version cannot be changed while creating a website from a template because it was already defined when the template was created. Rest of the values can be configured such as PHP version, Server Location, Custom site name & Reserve Site in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.to//docs/app-pricing

Store


InstaWP allows you to build your WordPress site by using the publicly monetized templates that are available in the store. For more information, please refer to the Monetize Shared Templates document.



Then, you can configure the same options (that are available when creating the site from scratch) at the bottom panel.



Note: The WordPress version cannot be changed while creating a website using a template from the store because it was already defined when the template was created. Rest of the values can be configured such as PHP version, Server Location, Custom site name & Reserve Site in paid plans only. View Pricing: https://instawp.to//docs/app-pricing

Step 3: After selecting template & observing all the configurations, you can proceed to click the Create Site button from the bottom right corner of the window.



You will navigate to your dashboard with the message “Your new WordPress website is ready!” alongside with website URL and your login credentials.



You can view your WordPress site by clicking on the link provided alongside your website URL.



Further, you can give your site name (label) according to your preference. Simply click on the generated site name, followed by the edit label and then save the changes.



As a Guest User



Navigate to the onboarding page of InstaWP- https://app.instawp.io/onboard.



On this page, you'll go through four simple steps to establish your first WordPress site using InstaWP:

Step 1: Choose Website Settings

Here you will find the following options which are set to default but can be changed according to your preferences:

CategoriesOptionsDescription
SiteStaging SiteIdeal for building dev sites for client projects.
Hosted SiteProduction websites for yourself or your clients.
StagingTemporary StagingExpires in 7 days, switch to permanent anytime.
Permanent StagingBuild a dev website that never expires.
VersionWordPress VersionTo select different versions of WordPress for your site ranging from (3.7 to Nightly ”6.2 recommended”)
PHP VersionIt allows you to select different PHP versions for your site ranging from (5.6 to 8.2 ”7.4 recommended”)
Data CenterData CenterTo choose a primary data center from the following countries: US, UK, DE, CA


After selecting the options, click on the Next Step button.



Step 2: Select Plugins

Here you can select plugins from the available categories and then click on the Next Step button.



Step 3: Create an account

Here you can enter the values into the following fields:

FieldsDescription
NameEnter your Name
EmailEnter your E-mail address.
RoleTo select one of the following alternatives that best describes you or your work. ⚙️Business Owner, ⚙️Agency, ⚙️Hosting Company, ⚙️Product Company, ⚙️Freelancer.




After entering the preferred values in the fields, accept the terms and conditions.



After that, click on the Next Step button.



Step 4: Activate InstaWP Pro

Here you can enter your card information to activate your InstaWP Pro subscription, which includes additional features such as more active sites, disc storage (in MB), templates, and so on.



Alternatively, you can create a free account with a temporary site (which expires in 7 days). To do that, tick the checkbox from the left bottom corner of the interface.



At last, click on the Sign Up button and you will directly navigate to the InstaWP dashboard.



This is how the dashboard would look like with the message “Your new WordPress website is ready!” alongside with the website URL and your login credentials.



Access WP Admin Panel



When the WordPress site is created, you can access the WP admin panel and manage everything on your website you would like to. There are two ways to access the Admin Panel:

Auto Login (Magic Link)
Manual Login

Auto Login (Magic Link)

Click on the Magic Login button to automatically log in to the WordPress admin panel without using credentials.



Manual Login

You can also do a manual login (using credentials) to the WP admin panel of your website by following the below steps:

Step 1: Navigate to the Staging page and click on the Three dots icon corresponding to the site you would like to login to manually.



Step 2: Select View creds from the dropdown list.



A new dialog window will appear providing you with the credentials and URL of your website.



Step 3: Click on the Login button to access the WordPress admin panel.






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Using template

Updated on: 22/02/2024

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