Create your own reusable WordPress installation for each new project

I have to admit, I never took this idea to full implementation until my dear friend and colleague, Ann Marie Gill suggested it.  I had always installed WordPress, then loaded in my favorite themes and plugins one at a time.  I thought that connecting to and having my favorite plugins handy was all I needed.  Boy, was I wrong.

Ann Marie advised me to place every theme, plugin, and Beaver Builder template that I use into one installation and clone it for each site I start.  It took me over an hour to set it up the way I wanted, but I’m so excited to use it now!  I use BackupBuddy to install it on each new website mock up I’m working on.

Here’s what a WebCami standard WordPress installation includes:


BB Plugins:

Premium Plugins:

BackupBuddy – The most complete WordPress solution for Backup, Restoration, Migration, and Deployment to the same host or a new domain. Backs up a customizable selection of files, settings, and content for a complete snapshot of your site.  I deactivate this after moving the site.  I have back ups running through ManageWP.

ManageWP – We help you efficiently manage all your WordPress websites. This I white label for all clients.

Gravity Forms – Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.

Video User Manuals – A complete video manual for your clients – has Beaver Builder and Gravity Form tutorials.

White Label CMS – A plugin that allows you to brand WordPress CMS as your own.  This I use to add my own branding, blog feed and custom messaging to the client dashboard.  Just started using it and I love it.

WP Rocket – The best WordPress performance plugin.

WP101 – A complete set of WordPress video tutorials for beginners, delivered directly in the dashboard.  I upload my own videos when the client needs them here.  I like these tutorials for basic WordPress instruction and Yoast SEO.

Other Plugins:

Classic Editor – Enables the WordPress classic editor and the old-style Edit Post screen layout (TinyMCE, meta boxes, etc.). Supports the older plugins that extend this screen.

Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd – The #1 Coming Soon Page, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode plugin for WordPress.

Disable Comments – Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type.

EWWW Image Optimizer – Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress including NextGEN Gallery and GRAND FlAGallery. Uses jpegtran, optipng/pngout, and gifsicle.

Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator – Create and install your favicon for all platforms: PC/Mac of course, but also iPhone/iPad, Android devices, Windows 8 tablets, etc.

Widget Options – Additional Widget options for better widget control. Get Extended Widget Options for WordPress for complete widget controls. Thanks!

Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan – I leave this deactivated on the mock up.

Yoast SEO – The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.  I leave this deactivated on the mock up.

In addition, with my Beaver Builder saved templates, I load what I call a prototype design that helps me get every client site started.

Taking the time to set this all up has been invaluable for the last few months.  I know I can always install, adjust and back up again when I need to make changes.

Do you have a basic installation for all the WordPress sites you build?  If you do, share the method to your madness!

RESOURCES:  WP Elevation – CREATING PROTOTYPES (I did the Blueprint training and loved it!)


About WebCami

Cami MacNamara has been designing websites since 2002 from her home office in Seattle, Washington. Her career started as a way to be a stay-at-home mom. Certification soon followed and persistence paid off. Cami has designed 500+ websites and wants to share what she learned along the way. Look for her at WordCamp Seattle. Follow: / Twitter / Instagram