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Client Websites: Quickly install WordPress using Installatron and its clone feature

Installatron is an application that runs on your WHM and in this tutorial I am going to show you how you can install WordPress using Installatron. Installatron is great because you can leverage it to clone your websites and, in the process, set it up to automatically update your Themes, Plugins and WordPress Core, as well as automatically schedule backups of your WordPress website to cloud storage like Dropbox.

This is exactly how I automate all my client websites and their updates and backups.

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In this tutorial today I want to show you how I have one main WordPress install that I call my Master Install. I clone my Master Install each time I start a new project.

Here’s how to create a new WordPress Install for your website clients using Installatron.

Things you will need to be able to follow this tutorial on how to install WordPress using Installatron

Here is what you’ll need to follow this tutorial. If you don’t have everything it will benefit you to still read this tutorial to learn how easily you COULD be creating website if you had Installatron.

  1. WHM: This us a GUI for your server and it usually comes with Reseller hosting and VPS. I know InMotion Hosting have this and so do VentraIP for Australia.
  2. Installatron on WHM: This is the software we’re going to be using. Available usually on Reseller hosting and VPS. Again, I know InMotion Hosting have this if you purchase a VPS (recommended hosting) and so do VentraIP for Australia.
  3. A WordPress install already set up using Installatron as you can only clone WordPress Installs using Installatron that are also running on Installatron. NOTE: You can import an existing WordPress install INTO Installatron. This means that if you are just switching to installatron and your website is not currently running with installatron, you can import it into installatron and then clone it using this tutorial. I won’t delve into how to import an Existing WordPress install into Installatron (let me know if you’d like this tutorial in the comments on this post).

Step 1: Create the new Hosting Account for the new WordPress Install using WHM

To do this, log in to your WHM account as per the instructions from your web host. For me, I go to my domain name (or any domain name that is on the reseller hosting / VPS) and the forward slash whm.

For example, I host my websites and I know one of my websites www.onedaywebsitedesigns.com.au is on this hosting, so I type into my browser URL bar the following

www.onedaywebsitedesigns.com/whm

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Login to your WHM by entering your Username and Password and clicking the Log in button.

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Type “Create” in the top left search bar and then click on the result Create a New Account as per below.

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Enter the details for your new website such as the domain name, email address and most importantly use a strong password. I like to use the Password Generator button below.

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Scroll down a bit on this screen and select the WHM Package you’d like this new website to have.

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And then select the nameserver details you need to use.

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Choose your Email Server (we always recommend Remote Server because we recommend you set up your emails with Google Apps).

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Then click the Create Account button and you’ll see the completed account creation page which looks similar to the below.

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Step 2: Use Installatron to clone your WordPress Master Install into your new hosting account

In WHM, type “Installatron” into the search bar at the top right of the page and then click on Installatron Applications Installer. Shown below.

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Next, click on the My Applications tab.

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Click on the icon with the two users if you do not see the Install you’d like to clone. Clicking this icon with two users shows all the WordPress installs you have running on Installatron.

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Then scroll down until you see your Master Install or the WordPress install running on Installatron that you’d like to clone into your new hosting account. Below I have my master install located at https://master.onedaywebsitedesigns.com.au so I have scrolled to this below.

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Then click on the Clone icon which is shown below with the two arrows forking out.

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Search for the website you wish to clone your WordPress install into (for me I am cloning my WordPress Master Install from master.onedaywebsitedesigns.com.au into my new hosting account for beyondawebsite.com). installatron-whm-clone-cloning-domain-destination

Select your backup settings and then click the Clone button.

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On the top left you can click on open task manager to see the progress of the clone.

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And once the clone process is complete it will say The clone is complete and the loading bar will be static at 100%.

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And that’s it!

Now, if you view your new website it will look identical to your Master Install (or the WordPress install you were cloning).

For me, below is the new beyondawebsite.com domain.

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And it looks exactly like my Master Install (pictured below).

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And best of all, because I have global default set in my Installatron configuration, my new WordPress install that I’ve just cloned is already scheduled to be backed up daily, weekly and monthly. Not only that, WordPress and the plugins and themes will all be updated automatically also.

Everything is set up and ready for me to start building this new website.

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If you have any questions on this article, or want to know more about this process, please comment below 🙂

4 Comments

  1. doublemint2x on November 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Does Installatron come included in the WHM (for InMotion Hosting for example) or is that something that has to be installed? Installatron doesn’t appear to be free from their website, or is it? I was also thinking about using Desktop Server’s export feature to get a site up quickly with all the plugins and templates. But in that scenario, I guess wordpress would have to be installed separately before the .zip file that Desktop Server spits out could be implemented. Plus that version of Desktop Server is $100. Thanks for the input.

    • Grant Ambrose on November 12, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Installatron you need to buy a license for http://installatron.com/plugin/buy but it is only $25 for a year which isn’t too bad. I don’t have experience with Desktop Server. How are you using it currently in your workflow?

  2. doublemint2x on November 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    With Desktop Server, it makes it super easy to get a wordpress site up using your machine as a local server. I find it faster than designing and making changes to a site that is being hosted.

    • Grant Ambrose on November 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Ah right like WAMP / XAMP / MAMP. I’ll check it out!

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