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Host with InstaWP live

InstaWP Live is a service where users can create a fully functional WordPress website ready for live traffic. This means that InstaWP not only provide staging solutions it now, streamlines the process of website development, ensuring that the site is ready for public access.

You can choose from different hosting plans and those hosting plans typically include services such as CPU, server space, bandwidth, and other resources. This service takes care of providing and managing the hosting infrastructure for users. This simplifies the user experience, as they don't need to handle the technical aspects of hosting like managing servers etc.

In this documentation, we will explore the steps to:

Create InstaWP Live Hosted Site
Manage Live Hosted Site
Migrate WP Site to Live Site
View Hosting Subscription
Create New WaaS

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Create InstaWP Live Hosted Site

Step 1: Sign in to your InstaWP account to access the dashboard and click on the Hosting button from the top navigation bar.

Step 2: You will be redirected to the hosting page. Click on the + New Site button from the top right corner of the interface.

Step 3: Select the InstaWP Live option from the modal window to host a new site with InstaWP and click on the Next Step button.

Step 4: The pricing plan page will appear. Select a pricing plan according to your preferences and click on the Next Step button.

Note: You can view the pricing of the websites that you can host with InstaWP. For more information, visit this link.

Step 5: Configure website settings by defining the values (as described in the table below). Once done, click the Next Step button.

Data centerThis allows you to select different data centers from Burbank, Washington, Dallas (US) & Amsterdam (NL).
PHP versionThis shows the current PHP version of your website, you can also change it according to your preference.
Domain nameEnter your new Domain name.

If you have purchased our Whitelabel addon, you can use the domain such as from this screen.

Step 6: A modal window for Plugins & Themes will appear, allowing you to select themes and plugins from the available categories:

β†’ Popular
β†’ Security
β†’ SEO
β†’ Social Media
β†’ Speed
β†’ Forms
β†’ Backups
β†’ Page Builders
β†’ Marketing
β†’ Utility
β†’ eCommerce
β†’ Translation

After selecting plugins & themes according to your preferences, click the Go Live button.

Step 7: Click on the Yes button in the modal window to proceed further.

This will create your new WordPress Live site alongside the URL and login credentials.

Note: This WordPress live site will have the InstaWP Connect plugin installed, allowing you to auto-login the WP Admin panel or create staging sites and host them on your InstaWP cloud servers. For more information, refer to this document.

Manage Live Hosted Site

Manage your newly created live hosted site by configuring the following from the hosting settings:

Map Domain


You can view your InstaWP Live-hosted website’s space & cores used with basic information such as PHP, WordPress version, or database size.

You can also use the Edge Caching feature that saves your page cache (which is only stored in your site's server center) to any of the operated data centers worldwide such as: Dallas, San Jose, Ashburn, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, New York (US), Toronto (CA) Singapore, Sao Paolo, (BR), London (UK), Vienna, Sydney (AU), Hong Kong (CHN), Stockholm (SE) Madrid (ESP), Paris (FR), Frankfurt (GER) Johannesburg (SA), Osaka (JP) & Mumbai (IN).

Note: When visitors load your website in their browser, cached replies are provided from the closest location to them.


InstaWP allows you to create a new SFTP/SSH user and utilize the following two connection types to establish a single sign-on for your live website without any login credentials of that user.

SSH Key Pair

SSH Key Pair

To use an SSH Key pair as a connection type, paste the SSH Public key that you generated on selecting the repository type as private to add a new deployment. For more information, refer to the Add Deployment document.


To use a password as a connection type for adding an SSH/SFTP user, enter the password.

After choosing a connection type for adding an SSH/SFTP user, click on the Add User button.

This will add a new SSH/SFTP user which allows you to access the website without any login credentials of the added user.

Now that your public key has been connected to the InstaWP live site, you may copy the SSH command and paste it into your terminal to get a password-less login.

Hit enter and then type yes to execute.


You can download the backup file of your hosted live site as InstaWP automatically keeps a backup every day.

Map Domain

You can map your live website with a new domain. For more information, refer to the Map Domain document.


You can also delete your InstaWP live-hosted site when not in use anymore.

Migrate WP site to Live site

InstaWP allows you to migrate your WordPress site to the InstaWP Live site-managed WordPress Hosting with CDN, Security (WAF), and Backups in-built.

Note: The user needs to enable the beta program to get the latest features and updates including migrating the WP site to the InstawWP live site. For more information, refer to this document.

Step 1: Navigate to your dashboard and click on the Go Live icon corresponding to the WP site you want to migrate.

Step 2: Select the InstaWP Live option from the modal window to host your WP site with InstaWP.

Following that, repeat the steps outlined in the Create InstaWP Live hosted Site section beginning from Step 3.

View Hosting Subscription

View the InstaWP Live subscription for hosted sites by following the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Click on the Profile icon from the top-right corner and select the Subscription option from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Select the Hosting Subscription option from the Plan & Billing dropdown list.

This will redirect you to the Hosting subscription page.

Here, you can view your InstaWP Live subscription for hosted sites such as usage, bill date, or total hosted sites under subscription.

Create a New WaaS

InstaWP enables you to scale up your agency's WaaS (Website as a Service) on its Live server, allowing you to offer a pre-templated website under the InstaWP live hosting plan to public users. The creation of a WaaS involves the following steps:

Step 1: Create a new WordPress site, if you have already created one then save it as a shared template.

Step 2: Once the shared template is set up, you can monetize that shared template.

Step 3: Once monetize shared template is set up, you can connect InstaWP Live hosting.

Step 4: Once hosting is connected, now you can create your WaaS and select InstaWP Live as the hosting partner. For more information, refer to the Create WaaS document.

Updated on: 22/02/2024

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