Do you have three or four websites? Do you have WordPress as their CMS? Then you must be experiencing the hardest part of frequent login and log out to your CMS’s backend. Every time you want to login to the backend of a website, you will have to sign in, login and logout. This spoils time and limits work speed. For owners of multiple WordPress websites, the best way to save their time is to manage the administration of all their websites under a single dashboard. How can you do it? How can you bring all your website and blogs admin panel in a single dashboard? This article will explain it all. By first of all, your WordPress hosting should allow you to host multiple websites in one account.
Managing Multiple Websites in WordPress with Plugin
You can use few WordPress plugins to administer multiple websites in WordPress; few of those plugins are:
- CMS Commander
- WP Remote
CMS Commander: The CMS Commander is a popular multiple website manager plugin for WordPress. In its main dashboard all the websites links will appear with their full information details and performance statistics. So, once you login to the backend you will quickly come to know which site or blog you need to update and what changes you need to make with your website. From the dashboard you can make selective and group changes at a time. It is a premium plugin and integrates easily with your website.
ManageWP: The ManageWP is another plugin in that can let you manage and administer multiple websites. It comes in a brilliant interface from where it is very easy to manage each single website. Starting from posting, editing a post, deleting it, managing the comments and managing subscription; you will find ManageWP to be a good quality plugin in to fulfill your needs. It is a plemium plugin and will require users to pay for the service.
WP Remote: The last plugin we are reviewing here to give you complete control on how to administers multiple websites in WordPress is the WP Remote. This premium plugin starts working on your websites and blog by creating a backup. Therefore, there is nothing to fear for loss of information or content from it. With WP Remote you can monitor the post performances on your websites and blogs, share them on social media and edit them and post them.
Managing Multiple Websites in WordPress And The WordPress Multisite
Since WordPress 3.1 upgrade, a newer concept has emerged which is known as the multisite management. The WordPress Multisite stands for managing different sites from a single installation and using single user and password. Now by default all the sites operated under single administrator can be added in the admin panel and manage from the same dashboard selecting a site.
While the WordPress Multisite feature is targeted towards users owning and operating different sites, the administrative arrangements in the admin panel have received some shortcoming from the experienced developers. According to them, if a single site is down then all the sites come down and the management of the sites in terms of traffic building and acquisition are difficult for new user. If a site gets hacked it will affect the entire network. At the same time, for multisite arrangement it is difficult to run different plugins. Considering these cases, it is important to gain advance skills in managing the websites.
Few technical aspects one need to consider here like for managing multiple sites from single dashboard or admin panel, he or she will do better with a dedicated VPS. The new sites or sub sites will always link up like a subdomain; there is no way to separate them as single domain. Users need to set the subdomain from the cPanel using the wildcard subdomain (*). Then you need to install the WordPress and make sure to insert (‘wp_allow_multisite’, true) in the configuration file and set it back in the FTP or cPanel. With that edit in the configuration file for multisite the domains will start working as a multisite. Next step is to create the network by deactivating all plugins and going to the network setup section under tools tab. There you will be able to structure up your network and network setting under network admin panel. This way you can form the network in multisite under WordPress. For managing the themes, posts, users, plugins; the option will come as built in on the panel and then you can moderate them further.
Keep in mind that managing multiple sites under single admin panel can give you some advantage over your time management but at the same time it will take away some functional capabilities from you. The chances of managing single site from their root level are still prominent. Plugins can make it even easier however, most of these plugins are premium and they have cost associated with it.