Manage Multiple WordPress Sites; a nightmare
If you have to maintain more than one WordPress site regularly you already may know that having to go through every single site, login in, checking for updates, etc can be a really painful task. On the past I used to maintain more than 50 WordPress sites for different clients and I facing one of the most time-killing tasks when it came to updates, install plugins, etc.
Some time ago they started appearing different tools to solve this problem and make our live easier for WordPress administrators and developers. Originally we had the WordPress MU , that then got merged into the Wordpress core, that it allowed us to create a network of blogs. Although it was a great improvement, it wasn’t enough.
Most of the time we need to maintain sites that are spread across different hosting providers, with completely unrelated content and so on. The market was still lacking another tools to be more flexible and easy to use. This is where it came InfiniteWP.
InfiniteWP to the rescue!
InfiniteWP is an awesome tool that is making WordPress developers and administrator our life way easier. On their website they define the products as follows:
InfiniteWP is a free, self-hosted multiple WordPress management platform that simplifies your WordPress management tasks into a simple click of a button.
The tool is a PHP application that needs to be installed on our own server and will help with the tasks of login in, updating WordPress, plugins and themes and managing websites. Here is an overview of the most important features
One Master Login
One-click access to all your WordPress dashboards. Forget your passwords once and for all. More info.
Click the Update All button like a Boss and update everything – WP core, plugins and themes. More info.
Instant Backup & Restore
Create backups of all your WordPress sites simultaneously. Restore backups instantly. More info.
Manage Plugins & Themes
Activate, Deactivate and delete plugins and themes in bulk. Bulk install favorite plugins with a single click. More info.
How does InfiniteWP work?
The working mechanism is really simple and easy to setup, let’s have a look.
First of all you need to install the application on your server, similarly as you would do with a new WordPress site. it has a wizard that will guide you through the installation process, quick and easy.
After the install of the application we need to link our sites with InfiniteWP. In order to do that we need to install the WordPress plugin InfiniteWP Client in all the websites we want to link with our control panel. Once the plugin is installed we will prompted with a few data we need to fill in back on the InfiniteWP application dashboard.
On InfiniteWP server application the form to add a new site looks like the following image:
This is the window where you should fill in all the information about the WordPress site you are going to add. Once this is done the new site will appear on the site’s list and it will refresh automatically, searching for updates for your WordPress version, plugins installed or themes.
Every time you open the InfiniteWP dashboard it will try to automatically fetch all the information about updates on all your linked sites. If there are any updates you can easily bulk select all at once, or just choose the ones you want to be applied and schedule the update to be done for you.
Another handy feature that helped me to really speed the process of setting up a new site, or more than one at the same time, was the ability of managing themes and plugins for all your sites linked on the dashboard.
Once again you can search on installed themes and plugins, or bulk install new ones at once, on all the selected sites, or just the ones you choose. I find it a really time saver, as only these feature saved me hours of my precious time.
InfiniteWP comes out of the box with all the previously listed features, plus an intuitive and really easy to use interface. In within minutes you get used to the application and start boosting your productivity by automating some painful maintenance tasks.
It also comes with the possibility of scheduling site backups automatically, following a wizard that will guide you through the steps. You can schedule backups for all your sites at once from the backup configuration window.
Free, you said?
The application is totally free, with all the outstanding and time-saving features I described before. You can use it as long as you want, without a limit on the number o sites, or actions taken through the dashboard.
If you want more functionality they offer premium addons, that will install easily using the InfiniteWP control panel. The addons are set to an affordable price and include all kind of exciting features, such as security mechanisms, statistics, optimization, cloud backups, users and comments management, publishing modules and many more possibilities . You can learn more following this link.
After some time using the product I can tell that installing it was the wisest decision I made lately. I’m saving hundreds of hours updating and maintaining sites on my network, as well as making the process of setting up a new site effortless and time limited.
Do you use it? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment!