ManageWP is an online system that allows you to manage all your WordPress sites from one central administration area.
This is NOT a sales pitch and I don’t have any affiliate links in this post. I stumbled across ManageWP when I was looking for an alternative to BackupBuddy.
Or even Robert Plank’s take with BackupCreator.
Importantly, does it do what it says on the tin without unleashing a new host of problems? I’ll find out, but first…
What does ManageWP allow you to do?
- Manage all your WordPress Sites from one central area.
- Upgrade all your wordpress sites, install/upgrade themes and plugins with a few clicks.
- Backup your sites and databases (even to DropBox). You can also schedule backups.
- Select the website you want to access and work on directly from Manage WP
- Manage users on your sites
- Install or *CLONE* your WordPress sites, see below…
Plus a LOT more!
The best thing with MangeWP is that at the moment it’s totally free. It’s in final beta testing stages but the final pricing when released seems well worth the time and hassle it will save us all when installing new blogs, updating WordPress, Themes, Plugins etc.
Well, I signed up and gave it a trial run (still in Beta stage), lets see how I got on…
As you can see below it’s easy to just add a site by clicking “Add Website“.
All you have to do is enter the Website URL and Admin Username.
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*NOTE: I’ve found that occasionally the wordpress plugin needs to be deactivated and reactivated in order for Manage WP to pick it up in the dashboard correctly. Below is my initial error…
After I had disabled and re-enabled the plugin the site was successfully added – see images below:
Tried again –> Success!
Manage WP then automatically added my website (as above).
You can see it’s been successfully added to my dashboard with my other domains.
So there you have it.
Once you have your site added there’s a whole host of things you can do including more that I have haven’t mentioned here.
So is Manage WP a worthy contender of what else is out there?
Simple answer is: YES!
I think it’s a great way to backup, clone and upgrade your wordpress websites. Yes, there may be some teething problems, but doesn’t everything have these?
There’s a new “final version” out and the final plans and pricing of Manage WP has been revealed (not an affiliate link).
You do get a 14 day free trial to test it out yourself.
It’s worth it for the time and headaches it saves managing multiple sites.