One of the first things a WordPress developer realizes after managing multiple sites is the huge advantage it’d be to have one-stop management tool. There are several viable options available to do just this, with varying features and functionality. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
CMS Commander manages multiple types of Content Management Systems (CMS), not just WordPress. It will also manage Drupal, Joomla and phpBB websites. This is a great option if you are managing various types of ontent management systems.
Beside the standard functionality that comes with a typical multi-site management tool, CMS Commander includes an auto-posting option to retrieve content from over 15 different sources.
Here’s a quick look at some of CMS Commander features:
- Create categories
- Create new user
- One-click plugin updates
- Install plugins and themes to multiple sites with one click
- Modify or create new posts to any of the CMS websites
- Approve or delete new comments
- Conveniently backup all your CMS sites
- Powerful affiliate content generation capabilities
- Manage affiliate ads for all your websites from one place
CMS Commander is currently in open(free) Beta.
InfiteWP differs from other options in that it runs on your own server vs on another website. You’ll need to upload the files to your server. Then add the InfiniteWP client plugin to each WordPress site you want to manage.
InfiniteWP was released just a few months. It has developed a strong support community and looks very promising. It is the only multiple site management tool that can run locally which allows WordPress developers to update their local test sites and their live remote sites simultaneously.
- One master login for all WordPress sites
- One-click updates for plugin on multiple sites
- Instant backup and restore
- Install multiple plugins on multiple sites simultaneously
- Activate & deactivate multiple plugins and themes instantly
- Manage local sites and remote site
The basic services of InfiniteWP are free. Additional add-ons are available at additional cost. They are currently determining their pricing structure for these add-ons and welcome any suggestions you might have.
- Google anaytics
- Manage and post comments
- Scheduled backups
- WordPress install and clone
- Bulk create posts, pages & links
- Front-end editor
- Backup to amazon s3 and dropbox
- Manage users
Easily monitor and manage all your WordPress sites from one dashboard using WP Remote. Add your WordPress sites to your WP Remote account and easily glance through each site for status, backups, and history (changes to site).
After setting up an account at wpremote.com, the wpremote plugin needs to be installed on each managed WordPress site. There is no limit to the number of sites you can add.
- Core WordPress updates
- Plugin updates
- Theme updates
- Full off-site backups
- Smartphone app
- No limit to number of sites
WP Remote is free.
ManageWP lets you manage all your WordPress sites from one location, keeping them updated and secure. Their interface is intuitive and one can easily find any detected issues.
ManageWP is free for the basic services. Additional services and functionality can be added to the basic services for a fee.
- One-click access to any site
- Manage themes and plugins with one click
- Upgrade to latest version of WordPress instantly
- Monitor uptime
- Sends out notifications when there is an update to a theme, plugin, backup, or WordPress
- Receive an alert when traffic suddenly changes
- SEO analysis tools
- Powerful keyword research and ranking tools
- Integrate with google analytics
- Backup services with automated scheduling
- Clone option
- Write and publish content to multiple sites
What has been your experience with multi-site management tools? Which one do you recommend?
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