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Deploy Pre-Configured WordPress Sites with Jetpack and InstaWP

Does your agency handle multiple clients, and as a result, multiple websites? Managing plenty of sites can be time-consuming.

Does your agency handle multiple clients, and as a result, multiple websites? Managing plenty of sites can be time-consuming. For example, setting up Jetpack alone — an essential step in making a website more functional and secure — isn’t exactly simple.

Thankfully, there’s now a way to streamline the process of configuring a site for each client you serve. You can just do the initial setup for one website and just deploy the same configuration across all the other sites you will make, thanks to InstaWP. This not only makes the repetitive task faster but also ensures consistency in all your projects.

In this post, we’ll show you how to do exactly just that.

Why install Jetpack?

You might be wondering why you should install Jetpack in the first place when setting up a site. Well, Jetpack provides a variety of features for WordPress sites, such as better site security and site performance, as well as backups. You don’t have to turn on everything — Jetpack offers plugins that allow you to install only what you want and need.

Ultimately, it really depends on you and/or your client. But it is highly recommended if you want to improve your site’s security, performance, and speed. Jetpack can help you attract more traffic.

The question is, how do you make sure that you only set up Jetpack once and just copy your settings to every website you make? This is where InstaWP comes in with its test site/sandbox feature.

How do you use InstaWP to generate a test WordPress site?

Go to InstaWP and sign up for an account. Alternatively, use this link for quick onboarding.

Once you sign in, you will see this screen:

When you have a test site ready, install the Jetpack plugin by following any of these procedures.

  • Via the test website dashboard

From your Dashboard, hove over Plugins and click Add New. On the next screen, type Jetpack in the search bar.

What features of Jetpack should you activate?

As mentioned earlier, Jetpack has plenty of features that will benefit your website and keep it safe, but you don’t have to turn them all on. If you feel confused about what to activate, here are some of our recommendations:

  • Brute Force Attack Protection – This feature will protect your site from brute force attacks when a hacker tries to guess your login credentials by repeatedly using diverse username-password pairs until they succeed. If a hacker ever attacks your site, Brute Force Attack Protection will limit the number of login attempts from the hacker’s IP address. And if the hacker keeps trying, the feature will temporarily block that IP address so that no new attempts can be made.
  • Downtime Monitoring – With this feature, Jetpack will continuously monitor your site and let you know if any downtime is detected. You’ll get notified via email.
  • Jetpack Scan – Anything that involves security, you can now view it in one location. You can also fix problems and restore backups. You’ll be notified via email.
  • VaultPress Backup – Whatever changes you make on your website, you can save them. And if your site gets broken for whatever reason, you can restore the original site in one click, even if you’re offline. 
  • Activity Log – Get a complete record of everything that happens on your website. This is especially important if you have a team with multiple people working on it. This is a clear way to monitor changes and remove the guesswork from the equation.