Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4: Tweaks + Plans for cPanel

Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4: Tweaks + Plans for cPanel

If you pay for a hosting service or sell hosting/resell hosting, Plesk is one of the most common tools you’ll find to manage your server, applications and websites.

If you use Plesk and WordPress at the same time, you get access to some goodies to help you manage your WordPress site(s) from inside the Plesk hosting dashboard. These goodies are called the Plesk WordPress Toolkit.

We previously wrote about Plesk WordPress Toolkit back in 2018, but the Plesk team has been hard at work since then on further improving the WordPress Toolkit, culminating with the recent release of Plesk WordPress Toolkit version 4.4.

In this post, we’ll take a detailed look at everything new in Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4, plus a look at what’s coming in 2020 (spoiler alert – the ability to use WordPress Toolkit with cPanel).

But first, let’s do a rapid-fire primer on Plesk WordPress Toolkit in general…

What Does Plesk WordPress Toolkit Do?

In this post, we’re specifically focused on the new features in Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4. But in case you’re not familiar with Plesk and/or WordPress Toolkit, here’s a quick rundown.

First, Plesk is a hosting control panel. It’s either something that your host provides you with. Or, if you’ve set up your own hosting or reseller hosting, it’s something that you purchase and install yourself.

WordPress Toolkit is a specific feature/module in Plesk that lets you perform WordPress-specific actions like:

  • Managing WordPress installations.
  • Managing extensions (themes and plugins).
  • Controlling basic WordPress settings, like whether or not to index a site in Google.
  • Smart Updates clones the site and tests updates there – not affecting production.
  • Creating staging sites.
  • Backing up your sites.
  • Creating “sets” of extensions to quickly install a set of plugins, for example.

Again, if you want to learn more, check out our full post on Plesk WordPress Toolkit.

What’s New in Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4

Plesk WordPress Toolkit 4.4 brings improvements to the user interface and performance, as well as some new features.

Let’s go through them…

Improvements to the UI

Though there aren’t any huge front-end changes, the Plesk team made some important behind-the-scenes changes that should improve performance and set up some cool changes in the future.

First, WordPress Toolkit no longer uses any general Plesk front-end code, which means that WordPress Toolkit can work as a separate product from the general Plesk hosting dashboard, which should open up some interesting options in the future (cPanel!).

Additionally, the tweaks should make the interface faster, more responsive, and more consistent across different interface options, which should offer a more pleasant experience.

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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.

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