For a few months now, I’ve been using a new WordPress network management plugin. Initially there were quite a few bugs but now they’ve ironed them out… which reminds me to mention that their support is superb. So it’s time I wrote about this blog network management tool so others can also benefit from this.
In the past, I’ve handled the blog updating process in various ways. In my early days, I did all the updates manually by logging in to each site from time to time to upload whatever needed to be updated… plugins, themes, WordPress itself.
When you have just a few sites, that manual process may be okay. But with over 200 sites, that’d be a killer.
So last year I started paying for ManageWP. It works well (it really is a good tool) but it is very costly. I was paying about $200 per month, as I now recall. OUCH.
Manage Multiple WordPress Blogs
Understandably I’ve kept my eyes open for alternative ways to manage multiple WP blogs and I have tried out most of the new releases that have come out through the WarriorForum. None of them proved satisfactory to me.
When the well known but strangely named crowd at Sick Marketing [update: in August 2013, they rebranded themselves as MainWP] released their new blog network management plugin several months ago, I decided to give it a go.
Glad I did. And let me tell you why. Here is my…
User review of the MainWP plugin
* UNLIMITED SITES. You can have it manage as many sites as you own. All from one dashboard on one of your sites.
* ONE PAYMENT, NO MONTHLY FEES, LIFETIME UPDATES.
* ALL UPDATES. You can update all your plugins, as well as all your themes (or just some of them). You can update the WordPress core whenever a new version is released. With one click to update all your WP installations.
* And there’s a delightful feature that wasnt there in the original release. It’s this magic button that does all the updates in one shot…
A huge time saver
* Better still, you can set MainWP to AUTOMATICALLY handle the entire process of updating plugins and themes. If there’s an update for a plugin, it updates it. If that plugin is installed on 50 of your sites, it updates all 50 sites – HANDS FREE. If there are errors, it identifies and describes them on your dashboard and it usually gives you a link to click to fix it or to inspect the error.
* ADD / DELETE / EDIT posts and pages too. You can bulk add new posts to multiple sites – or new pages to multiple sites. I havent used this yet.
* AUTOMATIC BACKUPS. Either daily, weekly or monthly. Either full backups or database only.
* ONLINE CHECKS. The plugin will check whether your site is online, and again you can choose to have this monitored every hour, every day or every week – with an emailed alert if there’s a problem. I’ve got mine set to daily.
* CLONE OR MIGRATE. This plugin also handles site cloning and migration. You need to create a database before you the plugin migrates your files (or during the process). They explain how to do that using CPanel.
* MANAGE THE COMMENTS. Approve, delete. Easily delete all those spam comments in a few clicks.
* GROUPS. If you work better with your sites in groups, you can easily do that too. Eg, you can set up groups for affiliate sites, client sites, .com.au, etc…
Oh yes, there’s a money back guarantee too. And that’s my affiliate link, of course.