It’s been a while since we last released a new version of the WP Cloud Server plugin. But we’re delighted to be able to announce a new release today! We are very pleased with this release because the biggest new feature is the new ‘Ploi’ module! This provides you with many features that you will be used to from the other modules;
- Manually create new Ploi servers
- Manually add new sites to an existing Ploi server
- Create server templates for selling server hosting with WooCommerce or EDD.
- Create site templates for selling web site hosting with WooCommerce or EDD.
- View details of your Ploi servers from inside the WordPress dashboard.
- View details of sites deployed on Ploi servers.
- Use the new GitHub add-on module to deploy sites from a GitHub repository.
As you can see we have been very busy! In fact the Ploi module has introduced many features that will find their way back into other modules, including the ability to create both server and site templates. This gives you the power to sell shared hosting using site templates, server hosting using the server template, or dedicated site hosting where the server template also configures an application such as WordPress or Nextcloud!
It’s early days and we know that not all Ploi features have been included, but with each update to the plugin we will add more and more features!
So what else have we added? If you look at the Cloud Provider modules such as DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode, AWS Lightsail, or UpCloud you will see more menus. This. is the start of us switching from adding new modules, to expanding the functions available in the modules. At the moment these new menu items simply provide a view of existing backups, snapshots, DNS settings, etc. But the plan is to add new services such as restoring a backup!
We have also made improvements to the control panel that is viewed from inside the WordPress Admin Dashboard. With each release we are putting in more and more work in to improving stability. There is a lot happening under the hood and we have been aware that the plugin hasn’t always handled the deactivated modules very well.
The set-up wizard also behaves much better now! Only the main WordPress menu is displayed when the plugin is first installed which loads the set-up wizard screen making things easier to follow. Adding API credentials for a single module, or skipping the set-up wizard is now much more reliable!
Fixing bugs is very high on our priority list, and we have tested and tested and as a result spotted and fixed some of the most obscure bugs! This hopefully will make the overall user experience much better! Of course if you spot something please let us know! We are always very grateful to hear from users who spot issues and go to the trouble to tell us!
You will spot a new menu item in the main plugin menu. It is called ‘Add-on Modules’ and takes you to a page which shows add-on modules by category. At the moment the categories include ‘Development’, ‘Monitoring’ and ‘Pro’ modules.
At the moment you will see one module in each category. The three modules include the ‘StatusCake’ module, a ‘GitHub’ module, and finally the ‘Vultr Pro’ module. These are just a selection of many new modules that we are working on!
The ‘Pro’ modules extend the built-in modules. The first release is the Vultr ‘Pro’ module which brings the ability to install applications when deploying a new server. When the module is installed and activated you will see an additional server image called ‘Application’ and then a drop-down for selecting the application to deploy! These new features work for both manual deploys and from inside templates.
The ‘StatusCake’ module available from the ‘Monitoring’ category allows new websites to be automatically added to the StatusCake Uptime monitoring service, giving you alerts that you know and love when a website goes down!
Finally, our current favourite module, the ‘GitHub’ module, is available from the ‘Development’ category. This module allows you to deploy an application with RunCloud or Ploi from a GitHub repository. You can also set-up server start-up scripts by selecting a file from inside a repository! These scripts can then be selected for use with Vultr, Linode, DigitalOcean, UpCloud, or AWS Lightsail when deploying servers!
Anyway, we hope you like the new release. We are hoping to bring in more frequent releases going forwards. We would love your feedback!