One of the best features that everyone is sure to love is the fact that after you set up ManageWP to manage your sites, it will now take only one password to have access to all your sites within a single dashboard.
No need to track down passwords or usernames every time. Just add your site to the ManageWP Dashboard once and that’s it. After that, all you have to remember is the one password for your ManageWP account and you can now manage multiple WordPress sites from a single window!
The features within ManageWP are amazing, and the interface is easy to navigate. Plus, the price for using it isn’t half bad. With ManageWP you can literally manage every aspect of your site.
You get one-click access to:
- The Admin Dashboard. No more scrambling for usernames and passwords. After you’ve set up ManageWP and installed the Manage WP Worker Plugin on your desired site(s), you never need to use them again to access that particular WordPress Dashboard. Simply click on the site you need access to in the lefthand sidebar. Navigate down to “Site Admin“, and click on it. Then, tah-dah! Your dashboard awaits! You can add a post, media and even plugins without ever leaving the ManageWP dashboard.
- Updates and Upgrades. You can update WordPress as well as all your themes and plugins at with a single click.
Other features include being able to:
- Monitor and Optimize. You can manage Uptime, Traffic and get notifications for when things need to be updated. (Traffic notifications also include being made aware of your site being attacked by spam bots.) You also have the option to analyze the SEO on your site, check keyword rankings plus integration of Google Analytics into your dashboard for easy viewing.
- Secure and Backup. This may just be my favorite feature that ManageWP has to offer. They are integrated with Sucuri.net which means that you can run a security check on any and all of your websites to make sure things are doing okay. Even better than this is the fact that you can back up all the files from your site to common cloud drives (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive). You can also just email it to yourself.
Another great feature that is seldom mentioned is that ability to clone an entire site. This comes in handy for designers. Say you’re working with a framework or a flexible theme like Responsive by Cyberchimp.
You can go through and design a few different styles of a theme to use as a showcase for a client and add those sub-domains to ManageWP.
Once your client sees one he likes, then all you have to do is clone the site from your Manage WP dashboard, tweak a few things and you have just built a new site in under an hour. Its an amazing feature and designers should seriously look into it.
Getting setup is easy.
- Sign-up for free at ManageWP.com
- Click on “+Add New Website” in the bottom left corner of the sidebar
- Enter your WordPress URL and your username so that the Manage WP Worker plugin is automatically added and activated. (Alternatively, you can first add the plugin manually in your WordPress dashboard and have it activated already, but the above option is faster.)
That’s pretty much it. You just repeat that to any other site that you’d like to have access to.
But now I’m sure that you’re probably wondering how much it will cost to use ManageWP. Well, the beauty of ManageWP is that it’s free to use.
The free version of ManageWP is limited though.
You can sign up for a free 30 day trial of their premium version to give you access to the backups, cloning, SEO analysis and web analytics.
After that, you don’t have access to those, but you can still use a large majority of the features. (including: admin dashboard access, updates, security checks, performance checks, adding posts and plugins.)
If you want access to the premium features, you have to pay some money but you’ll pay less for a whole month on one site than you would on your daily coffee break at Starbucks.
For example, if I had 5 websites that I managed and I purchased the Professional level plan, I would be able to back up all those sites, clone anything on my domains or subdomains, and integrate Google Analytics for only $12 a month. Plus, if you sign up for the annual billing, you get two months free!
I charge for this kind of monthly maintenance on my client’s sites, so I never lose money when using ManageWP and it’s a product that has more than paid for itself in both time and money.
Besides that, it has an easy to navigate interface, and there wasn’t much of a learning curve, which I also really like about it.
- Basic features are always free
- One password for all sites
- Interface is clean and easy to learn and navigate
- Performance and Security/Malware checks built in
- Add, manage and edit users, pages/posts from a within ManageWP Dashboard
- Add, manage and update Themes, Plugins and WordPress core
- Unlimited amount of sub-domains count as a single site
- Brokenlink checker
- After 30-day trial, the backups, Google Analytics and SEO analysis are no longer available and you’ll have to upgrade
- You also lose the ability to clone sites
- If you want uptime or update monitoring, you’ll need to upgrade
- Due to the pricing structure, if you want Google Analytics and SEO analysis, it’s rather pricey…
To me I feel the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot, but even though I truly love ManageWP, its not the only one available.
I’ve played around with some of the other WordPress Website managers out there, and though not all of them offer everything that ManageWP does for the same price, you may find that the others will suit you better.