If you have multiple websites or if you’re a web designer managing several client websites, you probably know how time-consuming it is to log into each website to perform updates and check the health of your site.
Luckily, there is a way to manage all of your websites from one location. You can update themes and plugins, check the performance, and much more using ManageWP. This service is especially useful if you’re a designer and developer because it also allows you to send beautiful client reports easily so you can keep your clients in the loop and boost your income with maintenance plans.
In this post, I’ll cover what ManageWP offers, explain the features they have, and cover the pros and cons so you can decide whether this service is the right choice for you. Let’s dig in!
What Is ManageWP
ManageWP markets itself as a dashboard that allows you to monitor and manage all of your WordPress websites in one central location. When you sign up for the service, you can add all of your sites and then perform updates, backup sites, monitor uptime, see how your site is performing in terms of SEO and more. Let’s take a look at what all can you do with ManageWP.
ManageWP offers both free and premium and features, however, it’s worth mentioning you won’t be charged unless you decide to activate a premium feature.
The free features include:
- The ability to perform theme and plugin updates
- Vulnerability checks which include real-time information about what plugins are vulnerable so you can update or uninstall them
- The ability to collaborate with others on your site without giving them access to your site’s backend
- Integration with Google Analytics
- 2-factor authentication so you can prevent any hackers from gaining access to your site using brute force attacks
- And more.
Premium features include:
- The ability to monitor your site’s SEO rankings
- White labeling so you can re-brand ManageWP tools and make them your own or hide them entirely
- The option to clone your website to a staging area or an existing website or to migrate to a new host
- And more
Some of the features offer both free and premium versions and those include:
- Backups which are stored offsite and can be run on a schedule
- Safe updates which allow you to backup your site before updating and then easily roll back if an update is causing problems
- Sucuri Security Check which means you can scan your site for malware
- Performance Checks so you have an instant overview of how fast your site is loading
- Client Reports so you can keep your clients up to date on how their site is doing
The difference between addons that have free and premium versions is mainly in the fact that paid versions allow you to set backups, updates, or scans to run on a set schedule or to have them run automatically.
Backups and Updates
Two of the most important features ManageWP offers include backups and updates.
While you can update the themes and plugins as well as WordPress core and apply security updates for free, there is always the risk of an update going wrong.
With ManageWP, you can update your site the safe way which means this plugin will allow you to create a restore point, perform an update, and then roll back your site if any issues are found. The safe updates are a paid feature but well-worth investing.
When it comes to backups, the free version is a great way to get into the habit of backing up your sites but you still have to remember to do it manually. When you upgrade, you have the ability to set an automatic daily or weekly schedule for all your sites.
Another useful feature that ManageWP offers is the uptime monitoring. Once you activate this feature, you’ll be able to get a notification when your site goes down so you can monitor the situation and get in touch with your hosting company.
With an increase in online threats and the number of websites getting hacked, it pays off to be diligent about your site’s security. Activate Security Check and you will be able to stay on top of your site’s health. The Security check will check your site for malware and other threats and immediately notify you so you can act accordingly. Premium version of this addon comes with the ability to set a daily or weekly security checks.
Lastly, with ManageWP, you can generate beautiful client reports that you can send to your clients immediately from your ManageWP dashboard. By doing so, your clients can see how their site is doing as well as what you’re doing to keep it running smoothly.
This also allows you to start selling WordPress care or maintenance packages to supplement your earnings with a recurring income stream. You can even customize the reports to include a welcome message as well as the list of next steps or recommended actions.
How to Get Started With ManageWP
If you like what you’ve seen so far and want to start using ManageWP for your own websites, it’s easy to get started.
First, log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins > Add new. Search for ManageWP Worker plugin, install and activate it.
When the plugin has been activated, you’ll need to add your site to the ManageWP dashboard. Simply click the link in the dashboard and when ManageWP site loads, click the Sign Up for Free button.
Once you’ve gone through the sign-up process, your website will be available within your ManageWP dashboard.
From there, you can add all the other websites you manage by entering their URLs. You’ll need to enter your login credentials and allow ManageWP to install and activate their plugin on your site.
After you have added all of your websites, you’ll be able to see them in your ManageWP dashboard and manage them from one central location.
ManageWP offers all of their core features for free on an unlimited number of websites. You can also purchase premium add-ons which start at $1/site/month. This plan is suitable for freelancers or website owners that want to monitor up to 25 websites.
If you’re an agency or a developer with more than 25 sites, you can sign up for one of their bundles which gives you the ability to turn on a premium add-on on up to 100 websites for a flat monthly fee. Bundles range from $25-$75 or you can enable all of the premium add-ons for a flat fee of $150.
ManageWP Video Overview
If you want to see ManageWP in action, check out the video below. In it, I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes look of how I manage 15 of my websites with ManageWP.
As you can see, managing multiple websites is easy when you use a service like ManageWP. You can easily update all of your sites, back them up, check how well the sites are doing, and even let your team members or clients access your ManageWP dashboard without sharing your password.
Use this post as a guide to sign up for ManageWP and to decide if this is the right investment for you.
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