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Getting started

The principle behind HardyPress is quite simple: your WordPress installation only runs when an editor enters the Admin area to make some changes. For the rest of the time, visitors access a totally static version of the website: blazing fast, and no attack surface for malicious users.


Create a new site

Once you log-in click “Create new site”. You will be asked to enter a site name (feel free to choose whatever you like), and the credentials for the admin user on your new WordPress site. The default username for the administrator user will be “admin”

We will install the last WordPress version available, and we will instantly create the first “deploy”. A “deploy” is a static version of your website.

Create an empty static WordPress

Import an existing site

You can choose to use our FTP importer, or if you don't want to leak your FTP credentials, you can install All-in-One WP Migration plugin® a top-rated trusted plugin (600,000+ active installs)

Use All-in-One WP Migration plugin® (recommended method)

  • On your website install All-in-One WP Migration plugin® and activate it.
  • Click on "All-in-One WP Migration" on your sidebar
  • Click to "EXPORT TO" and select "FILE".
    The plugin will now generate a full backup of your website. It can take some minute for large website.
  • One done right-click on the green download button and select "Copy link address"
  • Past the URL of the generated backup on our importer.

After the import complete, we will instantly publish the first “deploy”. A “deploy” is a static version of your website

Import existing WordPress

Use the FTP importer

Once you log-in click “Import an existing site”. You will be asked to enter the following fields:

  • URL of the WordPress website to import: this is the URL where your actual website lives. HardyPress can automatically import only websites that are public reachable.

  • Host: the hostname of your FTP server

  • Port: the port of your FTP server

  • Username: your FTP username

  • Password: your FTP password

  • Path: the folder where your WordPress files are stored

You can now click on “Proceed with the import” button.

We will try to connect to your FTP server and we will check if a WordPress installation exists. If everything is OK we will start copying the files to our servers. We will also import the database seamlessly. The time needed for the import depends on the size of your website. It can take few minutes to some hours for sites of several GB. In this case maybe HardyPress could not be the best choice for your needs.

After the import complete, we will instantly publish the first “deploy”. A “deploy” is a static version of your website in a specific instant, that can be reached on a random generated domain.

Import existing WordPress

The interface

The live site area

This area is always visible and contains information about your live website. Remember that your website is always online even if WordPress is switched OFF. Every page of this website is pure static HTML that has been generated by HardyPress during the last Deploy event (see below)

Here you can find:

  • The Homepage thumbnail

  • The URL where your static generated website lives.

  • The timestamp of the last deploy

  • The actions you can perform on your live site, like configure the custom domain or generate the SSL certificate

Static generate website

The toggle switch

You can use the toggle switch to bring your WordPress to life, or to put it to sleep with just a click.

Remember that your WordPress is automatically swiched OFF after 15 minutes of inactivity.

WordPress switch

Log into dashboard

Through this button you can access a special login page where your WordPress users can authenticate themselves and turn WordPress ON without access the HardyPress dashboard.
Think to this page like a replacement of the usual wp-login.php page.
You can manage the users allowed to to so through the “users” section on your WordPress backend, like you are use to do. The default username for a new created website is "admin".
Share this link only with the editors of the website. They can even independently Deploy a new version of the website clicking on the “publish website” button on the WordPress backend, thanks to our automatically installed WordPress plugin.

Services

In this area you can find important information about your WordPress status and how you can access your backend, files and database.

When WordPress is switched OFF the area is grayed-out and you cannot access the services.
When WordPress is switched ON you can access the following service:

WordPress

Here you find the links to reach your dynamic website forntend and your WordPress admin area.

Remember that your WordPress is automatically switched OFF after 15 minutes of inactivity.

SFTP

Here you can find the information needed to reach your files via SFTP

PhpMyAdmin

Here you can find the information needed to access the PhpMyAdmin web interfaces.
You can access your database only if WordPress is switched ON. For the rest of the time your database simply doesn’t exists.

WordPress services

Deploys

Here you can trigger a new deploy and see the history of your deploys.

A deploy is the action of generate static (HTML) copies of your WordPress pages. It works a bit like a web crawler, starting at the main page of your website and looking for links to other pages to create static copies of. It also includes any images, CSS & JS files, and any other files that it can find a link to.

Once the scarping ends, HardyPress puts all the generated files online e serve them through our CDN

Publish a static Wordress

Remember that is also possible trigger a new Deploy clicking on the “Publish changes” button on the WordPress backend, thanks to our automatically installed WordPress plugin, without the need to access this dashboard. This is useful if you want you editor to be autonomous managing the website.

Publish a static Wordress

Backups

HardyPress saves snapshots of your WordPress file and database.

A snapshots is automatically generated every time you deploy a new version of your website. You can restore it anytime, just be sure your WordPress is switched OFF before restore a backup.

Remember that restoring a backup only restore your WordPress files and database, but not automatically generate a Deploy, so your live site wont change unless you manually generate a new Deploy

WordPress backups

Settings

Here you can find some information about your website, you can download your website, change the name and the PHP version.

Remember that changing the PHP version will be effective only the next time your WordPress is turned ON

Settings for HardyPress

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