Main Features

Main Features

The ‘WP Cloud Server’ plugin has been designed to be as straightforward and logical to use as possible. The menu in the left-hand dashboard menu has only three options, ‘All Modules’, ‘Reports’, and ‘Settings’. Let’s take a quick look at all three;

'All Modules' Page

This is probably the first page that you will see when you first activate the plugin. It is accessed by clicking the ‘All Modules’ menu option, but is also accessed by clicking on the Menu Title – ‘WP Cloud Server’.

This page is very simple but also very powerful. Across the top of the page you will see three tabs labelled ‘All Modules’, ‘ServerPilot’, and ‘DigitalOcean’.

The ‘All Modules’ tab is the default tab and contains a table listing all of the installed Modules. For the standard FREE version of the ‘WP Cloud Server’ plugin this will list the ‘ServerPilot’ and the ‘DigitalOcean’ modules. On a standard WordPress install you will find that they are both activated. If you just want to create and manage DigitalOcean Droplets then you could decide to deactivate the ‘ServerPilot’ Module.

The remaining two tabs are for managing the two built-in modules. The functionality available from inside these tabs will be covered in their own sections later in the support documentation. It is worth just mentioning that if you did deactivate the ‘ServerPilot’ module then the relevant tab will be hidden, and not accessible, until you reactivate it at some point!

'Reports' Page

The ‘Reports’ page is where you can access messages that are related to the plugin core functions and the modules. The ‘General’ tab displays all of the activity related to the plugin itself such as messages about modules being activated or deactivated or warnings if problems occur.

Tabs will also be shown for all modules installed and activated. So. As an example the ‘DigitalOcean’ tab will show messages related to the DigitalOcean module. Messages include API health, Droplet creation, etc.

'Settings' Page

At the moment the settings page is very basic. It currently has three tabs;

‘General’ – this tab contains a single checkbox labelled ‘Enable Debug Mode’. If you check this box and save the changes then you will find that each modules tab gains an extra sub-menu option called ‘Debug’. This option gives you access to data related to the API and the responses received from creating servers, etc. It is intended as an aid to developers if you are experiencing problems.

‘Reports’ – this tab is another one with a single option at the moment. This allows you to clear the Report Data. Check the box and click the confirmation and the data will be deleted.

‘SSH Keys’ – the last tab is a relatively new addition. It allows you to enter a Public SSH Key which is then uploaded on to a new DigitalOcean Droplet. This aids access to the server via SSH. Note at the moment this only works with ServerPilot servers.