How To Manage Multiple WordPress Websites Effectively
Managing multiple WordPress websites can be a challenge. In addition to updating each website to the latest version of WordPress, you also have to update plugins and themes regularly.
Performing other tasks, such as moderating comments, can also be time-consuming because you have to constantly switch between websites and log in and log out.
Thankfully, there are a number of services available that help you manage multiple WordPress websites effectively. In this article, I would like to give you a quick look at seven of the best WordPress management solutions available online.
Owned by WordPress plugin developer Vladimir Prelovac, ManageWP is the most well-known WordPress management service online. The main interface is intuitive with all websites listed down the left hand side of the page and an overview section that lets you quickly update plugins and themes, delete post revisions and remove spam comments.
All ManageWP plans allow you to manage up to five websites free of charge, with statistics and website scans being featured in free plans too. Premium plans start from only $0.80 per website per month and includes many additional features such as backup and restore functionality.
2. WP Remote
WP Remote lets you monitor an unlimited number of WordPress websites for free. Through the WP Remote dashboard you can update WordPress and update your plugins and themes. You can also download a snapshot (backup) of your websites.
Premium plans cost around $5 per website per month. additional features include automatic backups to their servers (or S3 or Dropbox), daily notification emails and a complete record of all activity on your websites.
In my opinion, CMS Commander has one of the most practical interfaces for managing multiple websites. From the main dashboard you can see a list of all of your websites, a stats overview and details of what needs to be updated. Updates can be performed for all of your websites by utilizing the “Update All” button.
CMS Commander has a lot of unique features such as the ability to integrate affiliate networks into your website and the ability to clone your websites. You can also bulk edit posts across your whole portfolio and copy whole articles from one website to another. Automatic backups are available too.
Prices start from only $4.90 per month for up to five websites, however a free plan is available with limited features.
iControlWP has a lot of great features such as an automated update option, bulk actions for all websites, a malware scanner and automatic backups. The main dashboard also lets you performs manual updates and moderate comments.
iControlWP charges $0.60 per website. The cheapest plan is $3 per month for five websites. Beyond that, you will only pay for what you use e.g. $3.60 for six websites, $4.20 for seven websites etc. This should work out cheaper for most WordPress users as other services use fixed pricing plans. They offer a 30 day free trial that lets you try out the service.
InfiniteWP is a free application that you can install on your server to manage all of your WordPress websites. It allows you to create a master login that accesses all of your websites. One click updates are available and you can bulk install favourite plugins with a single click. You can also use InfiniteWP to backup and restore your websites.
Although InfiniteWP is free to download, the basic version lacks many features that can be found on other services such as managing users, uptime monitoring, website cloning and scheduled backups. All of these features can be purchased for a fee. Unfortunately, they are very expensive. For example, it will cost you $69 to purchase the addon that lets you manage posts and pages across your websites and $49 to manage comments. All addons can be purchased for $586; which is a discount from their full price of $837.
Whether InfiniteWP is good value for money depends on how many websites you own and what features you need. InfiniteWP does not charge a monthly fee and the application can be used on an infinite number of websites; therefore, those of you who would have to pay a high monthly fee on a comparative service for the same features may be better off. As InfiniteWP is free to download, I recommend testing the application before you buy.
6. WP Pipeline
WP Pipeline is a WordPress plugin that lets you manage multiple websites. It has some good features such as the ability to group certain websites into groups, user management, backups and easy updating.
The basic option costs a one off fee of $27 and allows up to five websites to be controlled. The standard option offers more value; allowing up to one hundred websites to be controlled for a one off fee of $67.
Sadly, the look and feel of WP Pipeline leaves a lot to be desired, and there is no option to try the plugin before choosing to buy.
MainWP is a WordPress management plugin that offers easy upgrading, backup scheduling and website cloning. Additional functionality can be added by purchasing extensions.
MainWP lets you control up to five websites free of charge. Unlike other website management solutions, MainWP does not limit the free plugin in any way. It has all the same features as the premium premium plugin.
The standard option retails at $24 and allows up to twenty five websites. Up to one hundred websites can be managed for $49 and an unlimited number of websites for $79.
Managing a high number of WordPress websites individually is both time-consuming and impractical. A good WordPress management can streamline your administrative duties and potentially save you hours of work every week.
Except for WP Pipeline, all solutions noted in this article offer a free account or a free trial. I recommend taking advantage of this and trying each option out before you hand over any money. Be sure to pay attention to what functionality each solution offers and do not underestimate the power of a good user interface.
What is your favourite solution for managing WordPress websites? Please let us know in the comment area.