4 Effective Tools to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites

Leefke Krönke Last updated 23.01.2020
6 Min.
Dashboard article

Agencies and Web designers usually have to deal with an increasing number of WordPress projects. As you know, that often means an enormous administrative effort. Today I will compare the most popular management tools to maintain your WordPress sites. And beyond that you will learn how RAIDBOXES can help you manage multiple WordPress sites from one single dashboard.

Multiple WordPress Managingsites is not an easy task. Although we love working with WordPress , it takes a lot of effort to manage a single site at a high level. Keeping the WP version up to date, updating Plugins and Themes , creating new content, replying to comments, managing backups while maintaining security and performance takes time.

With many sites your effort multiplies

If you multiply this work by the number of sites , it becomes not only time-consuming, but in the long run business-damaging. If you have to log into several WordPress backends for every small change, your resources will quickly reach their limits.

From a certain number of web pages it becomes simply impossible to manage WordPress professionally without tools. 

Until now, the obvious answer to this was to use services like ManageWP and co., which help you manage multiple sites from a central dashboard. However, some host , like us, now offer many development and management features that make an additional dashboard provider unnecessary in many cases.

That's why today I'm going to show you

In which areas are WordPress management tools the greatest help?

Before I go into detail about the different dashboard solutions, you should consider which administrative tasks are causing you the most work and how a tool can solve these problems.Before I go into detail about the various dashboard solutions, you should consider which administrative tasks cause you the most work and how a tool can solve these problems.

The free features of most dashboard solutions are very similar and usually cover the following areas:

  • Login: Login management or Single Sign-on
  • Update Management: WordPress , Plugins and Themes update centrally
  • Plugin- and Theme-management: Install, (de)activate and delete WP extensions.
  • User administration: Assignment of various access and user rights


The right management dashboard for your needs 

Because of these similarities in the basic features of most providers, you should especially compare the differences that go beyond these basic functions. After all, it's important that a management tool meets your personal needs - and those of your customers, of course. Most management dashboards can also be customized to your needs with additional paid features, such as security checks, backups, or customer reports.

When it comes to add-ons, however, you should consider what you really need and make sure that you don't pay for services that you already have covered elsewhere. For example, if you already use a paid backupPlugin , an additional backup service from a dashboard provider makes little sense. 

Another criterion you should consider is the number of websites you want to manage centrally. This is because most providers charge per site for the additional features. So it can quickly become expensive here if there are no discounted special rates that correspond to the number of your managed sites . 

When choosing a suitable tool, the design of the user interface and simplicity is also important, so you should consider what you prefer to work with and what is the most intuitive presentation method for you.

Four management solutions at a glance

 RAIDBOXES ManageWPInfiniteWPWP Remote
Administration    
Plugins & Themes


WP Single Sign-on


WP User Roles

X


Automatic Updates    
WP versions


X

Plugins & Themes


X

Backups    
Daily automatic backups


Backup Download


X

Security & Performance    
Security check


X

performance Check

X


X

Uptime Monitor

X


X

Dev Tools    
WordPress staging


X

WordPress Cloning


X

WordPress templates

XX

X

SSH (incl. WP-CLI & Git)

XX

X

Support    
Support within a few minutes

XX

X

Analysis/Reporting    
SEO ranking

X

X

X

Google Analytics

X


X

white label

X


Customer reports

X


X

Hosting Features    
Free SSL Setup

XX

X

Server-side NGINX cache

XX

X

Prices of the administration tools at a glance

After that feature overview, here come some numbers. Imagine you're looking for a management tool for your 35+ WordPress sites . Besides the basic features for managing your sites , you also need daily backups, Staging , and reliable customer support.

4 Effective Tools to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites


For your 35 sites , the add-on bundle for 26-100 sites for 150 dollars per month would come into question at ManageWP . Alternatively, you can book individual add-ons to the free version. For the backup feature, for example, you pay $75 for 26-100 sites .

This price is set so that the add-on bundle is only worthwhile from 38 sites . If you manage several sites and book different add-ons, you will quickly lose track of which option is really the cheapest for you due to this pricing model.

4 Effective Tools to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites


At InfiniteWP, you can get all the add-ons for around $29 a month at plan for 21-50 sites . This plan also includes customer support via email within one day. Here you just have to keep in mind that the provider is located in the USA and therefore not necessarily available if you need support during European working hours. Unlike other providers, InfiniteWP only issues annual licenses for all tariffs and add-ons.

4 Effective Tools to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites


With WP Remote, rates are based on the number of users, not the number of pages, so there's little room for customization to meet your needs. For a small team of 2-5 users, you pay $20 per month for the offer with all add-ons. The same applies here in terms of support: The provider Maekit is located in Australia, which is why you should expect a long waiting time for inquiries.

Disadvantages of separate management tools

Of course, these management solutions do not include the hosting of your 35 sites. Surely you could keep your expenses as low as possible by choosing a generic hoster for your WordPress projects. However, this often means: Moderate to poor performance, little codetermination, no management features, and impersonal and slow support.

If your customers have problems with their sites , these shortcomings will reflect on you. As a result, your support efforts increase and your reputation suffers.

Another downside is that with a separate management tool, in addition to your host , another third-party vendor comes into play, leaving you to manage multiple dashboards, contacts, and billing processes.

4 Effective Tools to Manage Multiple WordPress Websites

WordPress Hosting and sites -Management from one source

If you have a high quality standard and communicate this to your customers, you should not only choose the most necessary, but the best possible setup for your WordPress projects. On the one hand, this includes a web host that has specialized in the special requirements of WordPress and offers additional features for the administration and development of your WordPress projects.

For the optimal management of your 35+ WordPress websites the RAIDBOXES Agency XL plan is most suitable. (300 Euro per month, i.e. less than 9 Euro per site). Here most of the administration and dev features are already included. There is no need to manage performance and security at all. 

With our integrated features for web designers and agencies, an intuitive management dashboard and lightning-fast support, you get a trusted partner that largely eliminates the need for an additional management tool. 

The alternative - pay nothing at all for tools

Reselling hosting and management usually only makes sense for large agencies. Here, a corresponding volume of sites is built up, through which regular revenues can be generated.

For independent web designers and web developers, arranging hosting is usually a better option. The hosting and the use of the tools are free of charge in our FREE-DEV program. If the contract is passed on, a commission is paid according to our attractive referral model. paid. Specifically, DEV partners can recommend Fully Managed plan for 20€ instead of 30€ per month.

As an affiliate you will receive 60€ commission and your client will receive all updates, including Plugin and Theme updates. The websites all remain in your dashboard and you can continue to support the customer through the hosting.

For more tips, tools and recommendations on how to manage your WPWordPress projects more efficiently, check out our free e-book.

Conclusion: It all depends on the claim

At the latest from a dozen WordPress sites manual management becomes a productivity killer. Here, management tools like ManageWP and co. can be the solution. For the lowest cost, you can combine them with an offer from a generic hoster. However, you then accept a loss in the quality of the service. And sooner or later this will have a negative effect on the reputation of your work.

If you want to impress large and demanding customers with above-average performance and excellent support and increase your productivity, you should consider the RAIDBOXES dashboard. It offers you lightning fast WordPress Hosting and many integrated features to manage your WordPress projects from one source. This saves you the management of an additional platform and you always have a personal contact person in case of problems. Convince yourself and test our service free of charge and without obligation.

What's your experience with management tools or your hoster's features? We welcome your suggestions and feedback because we are constantly working on new dev tools and features so you can focus on your business.

As Head of Content Marketing, Leefke always has the RAIDBOXES magazine "wp unboxed", the newsletter & the social media channels in her sights. That's why she always knows the latest developments in the WP community. Unfortunately she is rarely to be found in Münster nowadays. But Hamburg is said to be rather nice too.

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