ManageWP Plugin Review - WPHub
ManageWP is an “all-inclusive WordPress management console” for WordPress users who want to safely and efficiently manage multiple websites. Whether you’ve got two WordPress sites to manage or 500, ManageWP can help you keep everything updated, backed-up, secure, and much more. All from one dashboard.
Below I’ll show you how to create an account, add new websites to your ManageWP dashboard, and begin effectively managing your WordPress Empire like never before.
Creating a ManageWP Account
To get started just head over to the ManageWP Pricing and Plans page where you can choose the plan that best fits your needs. In this example I’ll be demonstrating on a Business Account capable of managing 10 websites.
Once you’ve created your account and successfully logged in, you’ll find a ManageWP dashboard that looks like the one below. Obviously the first thing you’ll want to do is add some websites. First though, you need to install the free ManageWP Worker Plugin on any site you’d like to add.
Installing the ManageWP Plugin
The quickest and easiest way to install the ManageWP Worker Plugin is simply by going to your WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New and search for it there. If you type in “ManageWP” it will be the first result (as seen below) and all you have to do is click “Install Now.”
After activating the plugin you will notice the above warning. Basically this is just warning you that it’s a security risk to install this plugin and then NOT add it to your ManageWP account. So once this plugin is activated, it’s best to complete the process of adding it to your ManageWP account right away.
Adding Websites to ManageWP
Now that you’ve installed and activated the ManageWP Worker Plugin on your WordPress websites you can quickly and easily add them to ManageWP.
Begin by clicking the “Add Your First Website” button in the ManageWP Dashboard.
You’ll see a pop-up that looks like this (below). Enter the requested info and click the “add site” button.
Easy as that! You now have remote access to the entire back-end of that particular WordPress website from your ManageWP Dashboard. If you have a relatively small amount of websites still to add just repeat that process a few times (url and admin username + “add site”) until you’re done. If you have a larger number of websites to add, follow the equally simple instructions in the “Bulk Add or Export Websites” section located in the sidebar.
ManageWP Dashboard Overview
The ManageWP service would be incredibly useful if all it did was allow you to remotely access the back-end of multiple WordPress websites from one location. Thankfully it not only does that but a lot more too. Beginning with the Tools section of the ManageWP sidebar and working through feature and section, we’ll take a look at just how much ManageWP has to offer.
On the Dashboard page, which is the first option under Tools, you have the ability to review updates and stats on all or a filtered group of websites. In the overview sub-section you are notified as to which plugins need updated, how many comments you have, if those comments are spam, and much more. You can also update themes and plugins right from that subsection.
There’s also a sub-section for viewing site statistics (page views), another for backup tasks (which you can schedule), another for recent posts, and finally one for uptime monitoring.
Next under the Tools section in the ManageWP sidebar is the Add Website page. Seeing as we already covered how-to add an individual website we can skip that and move on to Posts, Pages, Links, Comments, Plugins & Themes, and Users – which all have an extremely similar user interface.
In all of the sections just mentioned you will notice a layout similar to the image below. Since this particular section is for Post management and creation I’ll explain that, but they all basically work the same way.
You’ll notice two tabs: Manage and Add New. Under the manage tab you can select which websites you’d like to manage posts on. Once one or a group of websites is selected you can move down to search posts by keyword or date and/or display posts by status (published, pending, etc.). When ready click “Show posts” and the results will appear below. You can then edit and make changes to those posts just like you would if you were in that site’s admin section.
If you want to create a brand new post you can do that easily too. Simply click over to the Add New tab and create a post like you normally would. When finished you can select which site or sites you’d like the post to be published to. This feature is really great for multi-site announcements.
Moving on to Backups. When you click on the Backups option in the Tools section of the sidebar you will be brought to a blank backups archive. Click “Add New” and a popup like the one below will appear.
Here you can create customized (and automated) backup tasks for all of your various WordPress websites. When finished just click “Save Settings” and let ManageWP take care of the rest.
Under the next option in the Tools section of the sidebar we find the Install/Clone WordPress feature. In this section you can select a WordPress website to clone, migrate, or re-install a ready made installation. The finer points are covered in a easy to understand and thorough video tutorial linked to at the top of the page.
Next up is the SEO tool. This tool is great, it allows you to track specific keywords by website as well as pull in stats from all the services listed below. You can get updates from those services every time you refresh the reports tab and keyword stats are automatically updated every Monday.
With Uptime Monitoring, our next tool, you can track the reliability of your hosting service. First you select which sites you want to monitor, what type of monitoring you want done, and then click “Save Monitors.” No news is good news but if you do have downtime or errors, this tool provides the information you need to fix problems and determine if your host is actually doing a good job for you.
Next we have the Code Snippets tool. This tool is a really neat option for advanced users. Here you can enter PHP code snippets (or choose from ManageWP’s existing library) and run them on one or a group of your WordPress sites.
The Bulk Add or Export Websites tool is something I’ve mentioned by haven’t showed yet. Well, here it is (below). With this tool you can use a CSV file to quickly add or remove up to 500 websites to your ManageWP account!
Next up is the Alerts tool. This is like the WordPress version of setting a reminder on your phone. Just click “Add new” fill in the alert you want and add it to your Alerts page.
Lastly, for the Tools section, we have the Notifications tool. As you might expect you can check off the items you wish to be notified via email about, how often you want to receive those notifications and click “Save Changes.” And that’s all for the Tools section of the sidebar!
Up next we have the Websites section. This section allows you quick access to all of your websites. You can choose to display all websites or create filtered groups. When you hover over a website it shows you different management options in a convenient pop-up. If for some reason you need to get into that particular site’s admin you can just click on that site and it’s admin will appear inside the ManageWP window.
The final section is the Options section. Under options you have the ability to tweak settings, create and manage sub-users, manage multiple ManageWP accounts, customize your profile and submit trouble tickets.
Summary & Review
In conclusion I found ManageWP to be an incredible service for anyone looking for a better way to manage multiple WordPress sites. As I said above this service would be valuable if all it did was allow you to remotely login to various WordPress websites from one location, but as you can see it do so much more and in doing so provides insane amounts of value. We highly recommend this service.