Flywheel’s Blueprints allow you to save time by whipping up WordPress sites more quickly! When you create a Blueprint of an existing site, your theme and plugins will be saved as a template you can use for building out future projects. When you create a new site, you’ll have the option of starting from one of your existing Blueprints.
Blueprints offer designers, developers, and agencies a way to improve their workflow. Does your team use a standard set of themes and plugins at the beginning of each project? Blueprints allow you to save that configuration for future use to eliminate the initial set up time.
Some agencies also use Blueprints for different types of sites they typically build. Use our Blueprints features to create your “WooCommerce” Blueprint, your “Small Business” Blueprint, or maybe your “Coming Soon” Blueprint.
If your agency or company offers clients a turnkey solution for their new website, Blueprints are a great way to cut down on the time needed to take your new client live. For each design or configuration option you provide, create a Blueprint to store for future use.
When a client selects their next starting theme, simply select that Blueprint to spin up your next site on. Your configuration and set up time is fully removed so you can focus on the customizations your client requested.
To create your first Blueprint, follow these simple steps:
That’s it! Blueprints only take a few seconds to save. You’ll now have access to the Blueprint on your Blueprints dashboard and from the new site page.
Blueprints make it simple to launch new sites with common themes, plugins, and settings you often use.
Once you’ve created your first Blueprint, you’ll have a couple of ways to access them. First, all of your Blueprints are available from your Blueprints dashboard. You can access that by hovering over Manage on the Flywheel navigation. From this dashboard, you can delete, rename, or create new sites from an individual Blueprint. Those options are available via the cog dropdown on each Blueprint.
Once you’ve created Blueprints, you’ll also have access to them from the new site form. When creating a new site, you can select which Blueprint you would like to start with. If you would like to start fresh, you can select “none”.
Once a Blueprint is created, there isn’t any way to make any kind of changes to it directly. There is a workaround to accomplish the same thing.
To get started, just create a new site using the Blueprint you’d like to edit.
There are two ways to do this. You can either: 1) click the “New site” button in the Flywheel dashboard and then check the Blueprint you’d like to use on the next screen, or 2) head to Manage > Blueprints, and click “Create site” from the dropdown menu of the Blueprint you’d like to use.
Either way, you’ll fill in the new site options, being sure your existing Blueprint (the one you want to update) is checked in the “Select a starting Blueprint” section of the form (see screenshot below). You can select “Create demo site & pay later” as the billing option to set it up as a temporary demo site, if you like. Site creation should just take a few minutes.
Once the site’s ready, just log into WordPress using the credentials you chose a moment ago during the site setup. Make all the edits you’d like: add, update or remove plugins, themes and settings.
When you’re ready, head back to the Flywheel dashboard of the site you’ve been editing. Hover over the gear icon in the upper-right to find the “Create Blueprint” option.
Give your new Blueprint a name, and you’ll have an updated version of your original Blueprint! You can leave the old one for reference or feel free to delete it.
Right now, the answer is no. Blueprints are only available to the user that created them. There are plans to support sharing Blueprints with others in the future, but there is no timeline as of yet for this feature.
Yes. All non-core files get saved and restored by the Blueprint feature.
No; the site will be created at the current version of WordPress just like normal. The files stored in the Blueprint will be restored over top of the base install.
No. If you need to modify an existing Blueprint, you will have to create a new one from scratch.
Yes, there is a limit of 15 Blueprints per user, though accommodations can be made in certain situations. Just ask!
The most probable cause is that the site was password protected with Privacy Mode. We use a third party service to capture screenshots, and if the site is not “live” then we will not be able to capture a screenshot.
We don’t currently offer blueprints for Multisite installations. If Multisite Blueprints would be useful for you, please contact our team and let us know. We’re still understanding all the ways our customers could utilize Blueprints, and would appreciate your feedback!
No, since Blueprints are tied to your user account and not a specific site, your Blueprints will not be deleted or removed unless you remove it yourself.
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