How To Manage Multiple WordPress Sites
Trying to manage multiple WordPress sites can become a tall order pretty quick. First, you need to log into one site after another. Then, go through plug-in updates and make sure they’re compatible with your chosen theme. And doing this over and over again can end up sucking up your time – big time!
Saving time with a single-interface solution
The thought behind single-interface solutions is that they’d overcome this time-wasting process. By allowing you to manage multiple WordPress sites from just one location. That’s why they provide the convenience of a single login. And one interface in one central location, letting you get in all your WordPress sites’ dashboards, without the big run-around.
Moreover, having a single login point helps you update plug-ins. And this can be really useful if you’re managing clients’ websites. They aren’t always diligent about this kind of thing. So having overall control like this wins you back lots of precious hours.
Features of a good multi-server management solution
A good interface should be able to handle core updates as well as plug-ins – so always look for that. And you also want to be able to do offsite backups. Because hackers and malware scum are always keen to compromise your systems. Therefore, having the ability to safely back up offsite can be a lifesaver.
Uptime monitoring is another useful feature because it’s a great way of showing whether your host is doing what they say they’re doing. And that your clients are getting their value for money.
Some platforms even include SEO tracking, giving you access to analytics without the need to go hunting through Google Analytics.
These are just a few of the essentials and extras on offer with the platforms listed below to manage multiple WordPress sites.
The most user-friendly multi-server management solutions
Calypso is Jetpack’s own offering to help you manage multiple WordPress sites. It’s for WordPress.com users, but self-hosted sites running Jetpack can also be looked after using the same dashboard.
But even more, Calypso is perfectly capable of editing a large number of WordPress.com websites from one central point. And with .com sites being such a sprawl of disparate applications, this platform offers a great way to keep them all under control. In the end, JS and the WP Rest API make it very quick – quick enough that you can watch changes you make in real-time.
- Pages load straight away
- Desktop UI
- Real time working
- Manage multiple WordPress Sites
- Take care of self-hosted and .com sites
- Easy-to-use dashboard (some prefer it to the wp-admin panel)
- Not yet fully-integrated with self-hosted websites
- Not great for theme developers who build bulky panels
InfiniteWP has a lot to offer, which is perhaps why it’s so popular amongst those who manage multiple WordPress sites. The upgraded version gives users access to Utilities, Analytics, Maintenance, Managing, Reporting, and Security. There’s a risk-free 14-day moneyback policy. So it’s well worth taking for a test drive – no obligation to buy.
- One dashboard covers multiple WordPress sites
- Simple staging and cloning
- Site cloning using FTP authorizations
- Plug-ins and core updates and management
- Check broken links
It’s “freemium” so you have to pay extra for the good stuff.
3. The WP Toolkit
Then there’s the WordPress Toolkit, an alternative way on how to manage multiple WordPress sites. It makes it easy to install, configure and manage multiple WordPress installations. All using its user-friendly interface. We must admit here that WordPress Toolkit is more suitable for experienced system administrators. And developers who are passionate about having top-notch flexibility, and absolute control over the infrastructure that they own.
WP Toolkit Pros
- Single dashboard to manage multiple WordPress instances
- Simplified one-click installation procedure
- Cloning of WordPress instances. Synchronisation of selected data between existing instances
- Remote WordPress instances migration
- Plugins and themes management
- Simplified security check with ability to harden security on all instances in one click
- Password protection
WP Toolkit Con
Current and upcoming versions of WordPress Toolkit are fully dependent on the Plesk Onyx control panel.