Installation Templates have been on our to-do list since we launched iControlWP (Worpit) back in 2012.
Rapid WordPress deployment is how we saw WordPress management going (and still is).
Why has it taken so long to get there? Lots of reasons, the world’s most awesome backup service is just one of them.
Read on to discover what WordPress Installation Templates are, and how you can use them to kit-out your WordPress sites quickly.
What are iControlWP WordPress Installation Templates?
WordPress Installation Templates are basically just how they sound – they’re templates that you design which let you cookie-cutter your WordPress sites.
The long term goal is that by using iControlWP you’ll be able to deploy brand-new WordPress sites exactly how you want within a few seconds, with the absolute minimum amount of effort.
How is this possible?
With services like WP Roller you can already create installation bundles that help you do this, but with iControlWP we want to let you make these kinds of bundles and deploy them from a central management system – iControlWP.
And that’s the principle behind iControlWP WordPress Installation Templates – organised collections of WordPress Plugins, Themes and Settings that you can quickly deploy to any WordPress site.
How do WordPress Installation Templates work?
Very simply we’ve provided an interface that lets you to search WordPress.org (as you would when you’re going to install a plugin or theme) and then click to add that to your installation template.iControlWP will store that plugin/theme into your template. Then, when you deploy a template, iControlWP will take each plugin and theme listed within it and install it on the given site.
To get more info on Installation Templates within the iControlWP User Interface, check out the FAQ section here.
A few limitations with version 1.0 of Installation Templates
As with anything new, there are some limitations. These are temporary, and as follows:
- Only WordPress.org plugins are supported at the moment. We will add support for themes in a future release, but for now we think you the most important is there for you to use – WordPress Plugins.
- There is only 1 template available per-account. In the future, we will effectively offer unlimited templates that you can select, modify, and install etc. by name. For now, there’s only one.
- There are currently no “sub options” – for example, you cannot yet specify to install a plugin and then activate it. This, again, will come as the system evolves and based on your feedback.
iControlWP is what you make it!
As with any product or service you use, you can only shape the development of it by using your voice. So, either below, or in our help centre, please tell us what else you need from installation templates.
It’s early days, and we have lots of ideas on how we’d like to see these used, but of course we need your feedback. Let us know what you think of the implementation so far, and what you’d like to see.