Changing from Managed WordPress Safe Mode to Standard Mode

For Managed WordPress installations

If you require even more flexibility with your Managed WordPress installation, you can easily switch from managed mode to standard mode at any time. The switch retains all of your content and settings.

When is Switching to Standard Mode Necessary?

You may need to switch to standard mode if you require custom plugins or themes that can't be installed in managed mode, or if you plan to make changes to the WordPress code or database. Most users are able to able to make the necessary changes within Managed WordPress, without switching to standard mode.

Please Note:

It is not possible to change back to Managed Mode after switching to Standard!

After the switch, we will continue to inform you when there are updates and security patches for WordPress, but you are responsible for carrying out the updates.

Step 1

Log in to IONOS and select Websites & Stores.

Step 2

From the list of websites, find your Managed WordPress site and click Manage website.

Step 3

At the bottom of the website overview, click Switch to Standard.


Step 4

Read the disclaimer and click Switch to standard mode.

Step 5
  • Under Installation Settings, enter a name for the website and select an existing domain or subdomain. Alternatively, you can create a new subdomain.
  • Under Application Settings, choose the Administrator's login (username), a secure password, an email address, the public website name, and select a language.

Once you have filled in all the fields, click Continue.

Step 6

You can choose to transfer the site data to a new or existing database.

The easiest way to do this is to create a new database. Enter a description that will help you identify the database in IONOS and enter a secure password.

If you want to use an existing database instead, select an existing database.

Click Continue.


Step 7

Select the directory where you want the WordPress site files saved. Then click Continue.

Step 8

You are presented a summary of the details. Check them to confirm and then click Switch to Standard.

The migration to standard mode will begin and you will be taken back to the Websites & Stores overview when complete.

You can find your FTP connection data by accessing the Hosting section. Then click Manage under SFTP & SSH.