Right after installing the MainWP Dashboard plugin, the Quick Setup Wizard will be initiated. It is designed to quickly walk you through MainWP Dashboard settings and optimize your MainWP Dashboard plugin for the best user experience.
On this step, you will be asked if your MainWP Dashboard plugin is installed on a Web host or Localhost. Select the correct option and proceed.
In case your MainWP Dashboard plugin has been installed on a Localhost, you will need to select your Operating System.
Due to a bug with PHP on Windows in case you use Windows, you will need to enter your OpenSSL Library location so MainWP Dashboard can connect to your child sites.
In most cases, the openssl.cnf file is saved to the default path; however, if you use custom setup, you will need to verify the file location and enter the correct path in the field.
MainWP Dashboard will check the most critical server configuration settings. If any of the listed checks don’t meet MainWP System Requirements, it is HIGHLY recommended to resolve the issue(s) before trying to connect your first child sites.
- Select a hosting type that your MainWP Dashboard site is on
This option will appear only in case your MainWP Dashboard is hosted on a Web host. In case it is on a Localhost, this option does not matter.
- Select if you are planning to manage less or more than 50 child sites
If you are starting with less than 50 and later end with 50+ sites, it is not a problem. Just a reminder, you can start the Quick Setup Wizard again from the MainWP > Settings > MainWP Tools page.
- Select if you wish to enable automatic updates for the MainWP Child plugin on your child sites.
- Select if you want to receive important notifications from your MainWP Dashboard
- If you enable notifications, provide your email address
- Select if you are planning to use the MainWP plugin for backing up your child sites
- If you choose to use it for backups, select one of the free Backup extension you prefer.
If you already have MainWP Account, enter your login credentials. If not, click the Register for MainWP Account button, and after successful registration, proceed to the next step.
After that, the selected backup extension will be automatically installed on your Dashboard.
If you want to make sure that WP-Cron jobs are regularly triggered on your MainWP Dashboard, you can Authorize the Uptime Robot service and add your dashboard site as a monitor.
The Uptime Robot will ping your Dashboard site regularly and make sure that all scheduled events are occurring.
The MainWP Quick Setup Wizard can be activated at any time from the MainWP > Settings > MainWP Tools page.
If you are not sure about any of the options, you can always use the Skip this Step button.
If you need to go back and tweak any of the options from previous steps, use the Back button.