How To Manage Multiple WordPress Websites from One Dashboard: 6 Tools

Looking for a tool to help you manage multiple WordPress websites from one dashboard?

Once you start getting beyond a few WordPress sites, it can be a pain to log into each individual dashboard to manage updates, plugins, comments, etc.

Thankfully, there are plenty of quality tools that let you do all that stuff, plus more, from one unified dashboard for all your sites.

This is helpful for both your own network of sites, as well as sites that you might be managing for clients.

In this post, I went hands-on with six of the best tools to manage multiple WordPress websites. For each tool, I'll share:

  • Its features
  • How you set things up and what the dashboard looks like
  • Pricing information

Let's dig in…

InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP is a freemium tool that lets you manage multiple WordPress websites from one dashboard.

The free version helps you with updates and backups, while the premium versions add on a lot more functionality.

One unique thing about InfiniteWP is that you self-host the InfiniteWP dashboard on your own server. With a lot of the other tools, the dashboard functionality sits on someone else's server. It's not like one approach is inherently better than the other – it just depends on your preferences.

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

The free version of InfiniteWP does three things:

  • One-click admin access
  • One-click updates (core, plugin, and themes)
  • Backup and restore

From there, the premium version adds a lot of new functionality that lets you:

  • Install and migrate WordPress, including the ability to create staging sites
  • Run malware scans
  • Monitor uptime
  • View Google Analytics data
  • Manage users
  • View Wordfence or iThemes Security reports
  • Publish new content
  • Manage comments
  • Run code scripts
  • Check broken links
  • Upload files to multiple sites at once
  • View Google Search Console crawl reports and Google PageSpeed scores

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

Again, you'll self-host the InfiniteWP management dashboard on your own server. There are a few different ways to install this software, but the easiest is to just use the installer plugin. The plugin lets you install the software from inside WordPress, but the actual software sits outside your WordPress install.

From there, you'll install the InfiniteWP Client plugin at each WordPress site that you want to manage in InfiniteWP. Then, you just copy over some information to add that site to the dashboard.

Speaking of, here's what the dashboard looks like. You can switch between sites on the left and run updates from the main area:

InfiniteWP dashboard

The Backups area also lets you run backups for one or more websites:

InfiniteWP backups

All in all, pretty easy to use!

Pricing

InfiniteWP gives you some basic functionality for free. After that, you'll pay for the premium features based on how many sites you want to manage:

  • 10 sites – $147 per year
  • 20 sites – $247 per year
  • 50 sites – $347 per year
  • Unlimited sites – $447 per year

More Info / Download

iThemes Sync

iThemes Sync

iThemes Sync is the WordPress website management solution from iThemes, which was recently acquired by Liquid Web, a popular host.

While all of these tools are helpful to manage client sites, iThemes Sync focuses on that a little more than the others, with features that let you manage site activity and control what individual users can see from their WordPress dashboards.

Like ManageWP, you'll manage your sites from the hosted iThemes Sync cloud dashboard.

It's important to note that iThemes Sync is integrated into the rest of the iThemes ecosystem. That is, it's built to work with BackupBuddy for backups and iThemes Security for security. If you don't have those tools, you'll miss out on some functionality.

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

The free version of iThemes Sync (called Sync Standard) lets you:

  • Apply core, plugin, and theme updates
  • Manage backups but only with the BackupBuddy plugin
  • Manage posts, pages, comments, etc.
  • View security data but only with iThemes Security Pro
  • View and manage users
  • Check update logs

And if you upgrade to Sync Pro, you'll be able to:

  • Send clients white-labeled reports on their site
  • Control what clients see in their WordPress dashboards
  • Monitor uptime and performance
  • Automatically share posts to Twitter
  • Monitor Google Analytics and Yoast SEO data

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

To get started with iThemes Sync, you'll first register for an account via the iThemes website. Then, you can add your site using the free helper plugin at WordPress.org.

The main iThemes Sync dashboard gives you a look at your sites, as well as updates that need to be applied:

iThemes Sync dashboard

And if you click on a site, you'll be able to manage a lot of settings for that specific site (look at the tabs):

iThemes Sync management

Pricing

iThemes Sync lets you manage 10 sites for free with limited functionality.

Sync Pro adds more features and charges you based on the number of sites you want to manage:

  • 10 sites – $130 per year
  • 25 sites – $300 per year
  • 50 sites – $550 per year
  • 100 sites – $1,000 per year

More Info / Download

MainWP

MainWP

MainWP is a popular WordPress management tool that, like InfiniteWP, you'll host on your own server.

MainWP is significantly more affordable than most of these other tools, letting you manage unlimited sites for $199.99 per year or $399 one-time (lifetime support and updates).

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

MainWP gives you a number of core features for free:

  • Update core, plugins, and themes
  • Uptime monitoring
  • Backup integration for various plugins, including UpdraftPlus
  • Plugin and theme management
  • User management
  • Content management
  • Security scans

After those core features, you can add new functionality with extensions. There are 43 different extensions, so there's a lot of functionality (though some of the extensions are for the free features).

Some of the premium highlights are:

  • White-label branding
  • Broken link checker
  • Client reports
  • Comment management
  • Custom post type management
  • Google Analytics
  • File uploader
  • Post scheduling
  • Article spinner
  • Staging
  • WooCommerce insights

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

To create your self-hosted MainWP dashboard, you'll use the MainWP Dashboard plugin, which makes the setup process super easy.

You'll actually use this WordPress install as your MainWP dashboard, so I would recommend creating a fresh WordPress install for the MainWP dashboard.

Then, to add individual sites to your dashboard, you'll install the MainWP Child plugin at each site you want to manage.

Here's what the dashboard looks like – you can see how it sits “inside” the regular WordPress dashboard:

MainWP dashboard

Pricing

Again, MainWP is definitely the most affordable tool to manage multiple WordPress websites from one dashboard.

Beyond the free core features, all the plans offer unlimited sites. You can pay:

  • $29.99 per month
  • $199.99 per year (much cheaper than monthly billing)
  • $399 one-time for lifetime support and updates

You can also purchase individual extensions, rather than the all-in-one plans above. Those extensions vary in price.

More Info / Download

ManageWP

ManageWP

Acquired by hosting/domain giant GoDaddy back in 2016, ManageWP is one of the most well-known tools to help you manage multiple WordPress websites from a single dashboard.

ManageWP comes in both a free and premium version, and its free version is a little more generous in functionality than InfiniteWP.

Unlike InfiniteWP, where you host your overall admin dashboard on your own server, you'll use the ManageWP website to manage all of your sites.

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

Here's what you get with the free version of ManageWP:

  • Manage updates (core, plugin, and themes)
  • Monthly cloud backup (but not on-demand like InfiniteWP gives you for free)
  • One-click login
  • Performance checks
  • Security checks
  • Manage comments
  • Manage users
  • Vulnerability updates
  • Maintenance mode
  • Client reports
  • Analytics

Then, there are seven premium add-ons that you can tack on:

  • Backup – this enables on-demand backups, more frequent automatic backups, and advanced features like cloning/migration and staging
  • White Label – lets you hide or rename the worker plugin
  • SEO Ranking
  • Uptime Monitor
  • Advanced Client Report
  • Automated Security Check
  • Automated Performance Check

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

To get started, you'll need to sign up for a free ManageWP account. Then, you'll install the ManageWP Worker plugin at each site that you want to manage.

From there, you'll be able to manage all of your sites from the ManageWP cloud dashboard:

ManageWP dashboard

Pricing

The core ManageWP service is free. After that, you'll pay for each premium addon and how many sites you use that premium addon for.

You can see the monthly price for each addon below (remember – these prices are per site):

ManageWP pricing

More Info / Download

CMS Commander

CMS Commander

Unlike the other tools on this list, CMS Commander does not offer a free plan, though it does give you a 30-day free trial to test everything out.

If you're willing to pay, though, you get some unique features when it comes to bulk content posting and auto-posting, including integrations for article rewriting and spinning.

CMS Commander is from the same developer as the WP Robot autoblogging plugin, so these features make sense in that context.

Because of those features, I think CMS Commander is definitely targeted towards managing your own network of sites, rather than client websites.

CMS Commander is a hosted solution, which means you'll manage your sites from the CMS Commander website.

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

On the site management front, CMS Commander helps you:

  • Manage updates
  • Create regular backups and restore if needed
  • Clone sites
  • Manage users, comments, and content
  • Monitor uptime and Google Analytics stats
  • Run malware scans

And then where CMS Commander is a little more unique is when it comes to content creation. You can:

  • Bulk post content
  • Rewrite or spin articles
  • Automatically insert affiliate products

And it also includes a nice backlink checker feature.

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

To get started, you'll need to register for your CMS Commander account and enter your payment details. Then, you can use the CMS Commander helper plugin to add sites.

From there, you can use the dashboard to manage all of your sites:

CMS Commander dashboard

Pricing

CMS Commander gives you a 30-day free trial to test everything out.

After that, you'll pay based on the number of sites you want to use CMS Commander on, with a bunch of different plans.

Plans start at $8 per month for up to 5 websites and go all the way up to $125 per month for 400 websites.

More Info / Download

WP Remote

WP Remote

WP Remote is a 100% free WordPress management solution. It's now part of the Maekit platform, which is a tool to help web design companies run their business.

Because of that, WP Remote is definitely suited for web design freelancers/agencies looking to manage client sites, rather than individuals looking to manage their own sites.

WP Remote is a hosted tool, which means you'll manage your site from a dashboard on WP Remote/Maekit's servers.

What You Can Manage (Key Features)

WP Remote isn't quite as feature-rich as some of the other tools, but it's also free and covers most of the important stuff:

  • Update core, plugins, and themes
  • Automatic scheduled backups + offload backups to AWS or SFTP
  • Manual backups
  • Install and activate plugins

WP Remote also provides a “JSON based RESTful API” if you're a developer and want to integrate its functionality into your own processes.

A Look At The Interface And Setup Process

To get started, you'll need to register for a WP Remote account.

From there, you can add individual sites using the WP Remote plugin. Then, you'll add your account's API key to the plugin to connect the two.

Here's what the dashboard looks like:

WP Remote dashboard

Pricing

WP Remote is 100% free for one user.

If you want to add more users, you'll need to pay, starting at $20 per month for 2-5 users.

More Info / Download

What's The Best Tool To Manage Multiple WordPress Websites?

Now for the fun part – which is the best tool for your needs?

Well, first let's recap the hosted vs self-hosted situation, as I know that's an important consideration for some people.

Two solutions let you self-host your dashboard. Those are:

  • InfiniteWP
  • MainWP

Both of them are easy to install thanks to dedicated WordPress installer plugins. InfiniteWP is on your server but outside your WordPress install, while MainWP actually works from inside a WordPress install.

Then, these four tools are all hosted on outside servers:

  • ManageWP
  • iThemes Sync
  • CMS Commander
  • WP Remote

As for free versions, I'd say the most generous free versions are (roughly in this order):

  • MainWP
  • ManageWP
  • InfiniteWP
  • WP Remote

iThemes Sync has nice functionality and a solid free plan, but you need to be integrated into the rest of the iThemes ecosystem to really benefit from it. That is, you need to use iTheme's BackupBuddy and Security plugins.

Finally, I think CMS Commander is a good option if you're looking to run your own content network, but it doesn't seem to be as focused on managing client sites.

Do you have any questions about these tools? Ask in the comments!

Colin Newcomer

Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer for hire with a background in SEO and affiliate marketing. He helps clients grow their web visibility by writing primarily about digital marketing and WordPress. You can hire him to write for your website.
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