September 1, 2014

Save Time When Managing Multiple WordPress Sites

ManageWP, a management console that allows users to control multiple WordPress sites, just launched a new redesign that aims to save users time by keeping all the available features and functions more organized and simplified.

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The photo above shows the new ManageWP 3.0 dashboard, which includes an overview of all your websites, plugins, pageview statistics and themes. On the left side, the column labeled “favorites” is a new feature that allows users to organize the functions they need to access most often on the dashboard. You can add favorite sites, pages, tasks, and links to the list of favorites, and then drag and drop them into whatever order makes the most sense for you.

Another new feature, which had been highly requested from users, is the ability to open all your WordPress sites in different tabs with just one click. So if you’re working on editing projects and need to go back and forth between multiple sites to make sure your updates are correct, there’s no longer a need to manually open each site.

ManageWP also added a new client reporting feature that allows you to create customizable and professional looking reports that can be converted to PDF files and sent via email or secret links so that site managers can easily keep their clients updated about site information and statistics.

Other added features include selection filters and shortcuts to save time when editing multiple sites and account action logging to keep tabs on what actions you’ve used. While some of these new features might not seem like major upgrades, together they have the potential to help you save time when updating multiple sites.

ManageWP offers a free plan to manage up to five sites, and other plans priced based on number of sites and additional features such as bulk publishing and SEO analysis.

ManageWP was founded in 2010 and officially launched to the public just one year ago. Since its launch, the tool has gone through a lot of changes aside from this new redesign, including a website performance scan tool and an iOS mobile app.

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles and feature stories. She is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, social media, and creative topics. When she’s not writing for her various freelance projects or her personal blog Wattlebird, she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Why would I use this over MU??

    • Hi Timmy, Good question, but in my opinion, there are times when MU makes sense, but there are also times when it doesn’t. MU or multiple user WordPress is best used when you decide to set up “individual yet related” blogs. Example: When you have multiple people posting and you want to give them their “own” blogs, or when you want to have distinct sections of a blog on a single domain. We have a site at TweakYourBiz.com like the latter.

      However, as we’ve learned, MU has downsides. You’d be surprised how many regular WordPress plugins don’t work with MU. Also, MU can be confusing to administer — you might change a setting in one “child” blog thinking you are changing settings sitewide, but you aren’t. Or vice versa. Finally, you may simply have different WordPress sites that are not related, and so have no need or reason to use MU.

      While I’ve never used this tool myself, it seems like it could be useful for those who publish several blogs.

      - Anita

  2. Now, this is really neat. I’ve just started a second wp membership site and I’m interested to see how this ill help me. Thanks for sharing.

    Ti

  3. Thanks a lot, Annie.
    This looks like a great time-aver.

    Funny; I was just thinking about looking for an all-in-one WP site manager…

    The Franchise King®

  4. I have been running 5 websites with ManageWP and they are great :) It’s much better than MU with plenty of functions and great support.

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