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If you run more than one WordPress install, or if you have clients that run WordPress sites that you’re responsible for, then you know how much of a pain it can be to log in to each site every time you need to do things like update plugins, themes, or WordPress core itself.
With the release of WordPress 3.0, we now have the ability to create a network of WordPress sites with one installation through the multisite feature.
Managing multisite WordPress Domains is getting easier.
With the release of WordPress 3.0 and its multisite feature, you can run multiple sites from a single WordPress installation and create a network of sites. However, if you run several websites with a variety of requirements, your needs may exceed what multisite allows you to do. Fortunately, there are a number of available solutions.
Here is a list of tools for managing multiple WordPress websites from a central location. There are WordPress dashboards, as well as multisite tools to manage domains, themes, campaigns, and more. Nearly all of these tools have a free option.
WP Multi Network adds a network management user interface for super admins in a WordPress multisite environment. Turn your multisite installation of WordPress into many multisite networks, all surrounding one central user base. Create new networks of sites, allowing for many site, network, and domain arrangements. Price: Free.
ManageWP has an array of free features (e.g. one-click updates and a centralized admin dashboard). This tool allows you to manage up to five websites for free. There are also three premium plans that start at $4.00 (for up to five websites) that give you access to ManageWP’s premium features.
ManageWP is a WordPress management console that includes one-click access, monitoring, backup, deployment, publishing, and security features. Review which of your sites have themes and plugins that need attention. With one click, update all of your plugins, themes or core WordPress software. Get uptime monitoring, traffic alerts, SEO analysis, Google Analytics integration, and more. Manage your sites from your smartphone with the free iOS app. Price: Free plan for up to five websites; with paid plans, choose how many websites you want to manage
Here’s a video from ManageWP to help give you an overview of the tool:
ManageWP Free Features
- One-click updates
- All sites in one dashboard
- One-click automatic login to your WordPress sites
- Install and manage plugins and themes
- Remove spam comments, post revisions, optimize databases
- Pageview site traffic statistics
- Email notifications for available updates
- IP address access restriction
- Two-factor login authentication via email
ManageWP Premium Features
There are three paid plans above the free plan. With each paid subscription plan, you can have as many sites as you like. The difference comes in the features available. Check out ManageWP’s plans and pricing web page to see the difference between subscription plans. (By the way, you can try all the features for free for thirty days.)
Below are a few of the more important premium features available.
- Manage users
- Bulk add new posts and pages
- SEO analysis
- Integration with Google Analytics
- Uptime monitoring
- Scheduled backups
InfiniteWP is on a freemium model. (In other words, basic features are free, but you’ll need to pay for other feature upgrades such as auto-scheduling of WordPress site backups.)
Below is a video by the creators of InfiniteWP that will give you an idea of what the tool looks like:
InfiniteWP Free Features
The basic features of InfiniteWP are basic indeed, but they’re also pretty handy, and so many of us may not need the premium/paid features this plugin has. The basic features include the following:
- One-click updates for the latest version of WordPress
- Install and manage themes
- Install and manage plugins
- The ability to restore, download, and delete backups
InfiniteWP Premium Features
There are currently six available premium features available (with three more in the works). These are the currently available addons:
- Install WordPress
- Clone a WordPress installation
- Schedule automated backups
- Back up to repositories
- Manage WordPress users
- Save and run custom PHP code on multiple sites
- Brand the InfiniteWP plugin with your company name or hide the plugin altogether
The premium addons currently in the works are the following:
- Integration with Google Analytics
- Manage posts and comments on multiple sites
- Bulk create Posts, Pages, and Links
InfiniteWP allows you to manage multiple WordPress sites with single master login, one-click updating and managing for plugins and themes, and instant backup and restore. The basic features of InfiniteWP are free, but expanded features are available as premium add-ons.
Currently there are six add-on packages, with an assortment of features for multiple sites, including schedule backups, manage user groups across sites, run custom code snippets, and client plugin branding. Additional features are in the works, such as Google Analytics access, manage comments, and bulk pages and links. Price: Basics are free; add-ons start at $49.
4) WP Remote
WP Remote is a simple and free solution that will allow you to do a few basic tasks related to managing multiple WordPress sites.
While you do need to install the WP Remote plugin for each WordPress installation, your administration panel for managing your sites is in one central location on the WP Remote site.
Here’s a look at the simple control panel on the WP Remote site:
WP Remote Features
- Bulk update all WordPress installations
- Create off-site backups
- Update plugins that can be updated via the WordPress plugin page
- Update themes that can be updated via the WordPress themes page
WP Remote is a free tool to monitor and manage all of your WordPress sites. Add an unlimited number of sites. Organize sites into groups for quick search. Monitor and update WordPress, plugins, and themes. Backups are stored on encrypted servers. WP Remote site is now optimized for managing from mobile devices. Price: Free.
CMS Commander enables you to bulk manage your WordPress sites, as well as your Drupal, Joomla and phpBB websites. Manage comments, bulk create new users, install one-click updates of plugins and themes, and compare Google Analytics statistics. Automatically create and schedule backups of all your WordPress websites. CMS Commander also includes content generation tools and auto-posting features. Price: Plans start at $4.95 per month for up to five websites.
CMS Commander Features
- Plugin management (update, activate and deactivate)
- Theme management (update, activate and deactivate)
- Automatically create site backups
- Clone a site
- Automatically insert affiliate links
- Post management (view recent posts, approve/delete drafts, etc.)
- Comment management (review, approve or put comments in spam)
- User management
- WP Settings management
- Categories management
- Autoblogging and bulk posting (not available for free accounts)
CMS Commande, in addition to letting you manage multiple WordPress sites, also lets you manage multiple Drupal, Joomla, and phpBB sites as well.
You can use CMS Commander free for up to five sites. After that, prices go from $9.90/month for 10 sites, all the way up to $64.90/month for 200 sites.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to add WordPress sites to your CMS Commander account:
Worpit allows you to manage a network of WordPress sites in one central location. A couple of Wordpit features are instant backup and recovery and bulk updating of WordPress plugins and themes.
You can manage one site for free with Worpit. There are six different paid subscriptions, ranging from five sites for $1.60/month, up to 500 sites for $160/month.
Below is a video of at Worpit in action:
- One-click login for each site under a single admin dashboard
- Update your installations with the latest WordPress versions
- Automatic daily backups
- On-demand backup and restore
- Built-in WordPress installer (install new sites in 60 seconds)
- Auto-install your preferred plugins and themes to new sites
Worpit provides key solutions for WordPress and domain management. Manage all your sites in a single dashboard. Jump to each individual WordPress site admin at any time. One-click update plugins and themes. The premium product, WorpDrive, provides backup and recovery for your WordPress sites. Price: Plans start at $1.60 per month for up to five WordPress sites.
7) WP Pipeline
WP Pipeline is another tool that allows enhanced multisite management from one location. Update or manage themes and plugins individually or for multiple sites. Manage groups of sites or users. Backup once or on a schedule from one central location. Price: $25 for up to 5 sites; $67 for up to 100 sites; $147 for unlimited sites.
8) xMark Pro
xMark Pro is a tool to manage all aspects of your WordPress sites, including mass posting, drip feeds, SpinTax integration, plugins, themes, categories, users, blog rolls, widgets, one-click login and more. Centrally create and manage hundreds of domains on multiple servers. View traffic reports and sales statistics. Centralize your promotional material and campaigns. Price: $49.95 per month.
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