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Conclusion

Clean WP installation VS WP MU

The main problem on which we must think about is the PERFORMANCE. We know that all our sites (subdomains) will be very popular and with a lot of traffic. We also know that our sites will have a lot of posts. So all of our sites will be heavy with a lot of traffic. Any small performance issues in our case will be visible. The main problem of WP MU is that all of the sites are sharing one single DB and all of them are connected somehow. From the articles below all of the Prons are good and easy management, which is true. But any software or product which is more complex, he it is more heavy and slow, too. In our case we will have slower websites, if they are with different installation. I will give one simple example. After 1 year all of our sites (which are sharing one db) will be 5 or 10GB. The whole backup process will be slow and heavy. During the backup all of the sites will be slow or not working. I know that we are going to do that backup during the night. But the whole process will be 30min. In that time all of our sites will be slow or offline. If we use 8 DBs, every of them will be about 1GB. The whole process will be faster. The upload process will be faster, too. And the main feature is when one of the sites is slow, the rest will not suffer. The same problem will be happen, if one of the sites are under attack, all of them will suffer.

Some of the tables (like posts and categories)  are different for every different installation, but another tables as wp_options or wp_users will be shared. On heavy traffic websites there will be queries to them. On big and heavy DBs it will be easy to crash (and they will need repeair). If we use different DBs the chance is smaller.

 

Another issue is the rendering the page. More complex software will need more RAM and it will have bigger rending time. For example – one clean WP installation without plugins will render the home page for 0.5s. WP installation with template and 30 plugin will render the page for 2s. Imagine if we have template 30 plugins on 7 different sites linked somehow.. In best case it will need 30% more resources.

 

Clean WP installation vs The alternatives

The alternatives admin panels looks good. We must decide how much effort will be to support 7 different instances (installations). We also need to think how much time we will need to investigate, choose and setup one of the alternatives.

I think it is not so much effort to support 7 different instances.We have good team and we can share our knowledge and share the work between three of us. Some of the alternatives are paid, the free one had some not goodreviews. I think the rest of them will have bugs and problems, which can costs us more time.

The other problem is that we have custom plugins and when we update them, we will make that manual again.

 

In conclusion I suggest to use Clean WP installation. We need to decide if we will use self-hosted admin panel like InfiniteWP. It will save us time. Or we will go on manual on everything. We always can switch between the two ways.

 

References

 

WordPress Multisite vs Multiple WordPress Installations

Credits: Narga

You’ve probably heard about the powerful WordPress Multisite — the WordPress configuration that lets a user launch several sites off their main site. And I’ve been reading a lot of questions here regarding about multiple blogs/sites in one WordPress installation.
If you’re new to WordPress or feel confusing about Pros & Cons of WordPress Multisite versus Multiple WordPress Instalation. Read on, I will explain about the problems / benefits of a single multisite install, versus several separate installs.
Then I will you help me take the right way out.

WordPress Multisite vs Multiple WordPress Installations
WordPress Multisite vs Multiple WordPress Installations

Multisite is a feature of WordPress 3.0 and later versions that allows multiple virtual sites to share a single WordPress installation. When the multisite feature is activated, the original WordPress site can be converted to support a network of sites. The WordPress Codex

In short, a multisite allows you to run many sites from a single codebase.
I’ve got it installed WordPress with 5 unique domain, 2 domains running WordPress separated and 3 domains combined in WordPress Multisite.

Benefits of WordPress Multisite over many standalone WordPress installations

  • The advantage would appear to be a smaller footprint on the server for multiple websites, a single update to manage version upgrades of wordpress and plug-ins, maybe a single back up to manage multiple websites and perhaps a slightly faster way to manage existing sites and roll out new sites. You install new or update all the themes, plugins and sites at once within one MU installation instead of updating each one separately.
    Shared Plugins and Themes
    Shared Plugins and Themes
  • Each WordPress installation takes a significant amount of resources on your server, you need pay more money and time to make multi WordPress installation run fast and optimize as the same.
  • Quick access to several blogs is convenient. You can manage all your blogs from one control panel. It is maybe the biggest proof of using WordPress Multisite as there is no need to upload a new installation of WordPress for each blog or website.
    Quick access to several blogs
    Quick access to several blogs
  • It is much simpler to backup since WordPress Multisite is a single SQL database. Just create one back up folder for all your websites. It is now not necessary to keep a backup folder for all your sites.
  • SEO is not affected by a multisite installation because the search engines recognize these sites as just another WordPress site.

OK, so what’s the problem with running WordPress Multisite

Don’t think that combining those two WordPress installs into one is not worth it… it absolutely is.

  • Multisite is awesome for a specific industry or focus, but usually not for totally separate business entities. If you need users to be on different sites, but not aware that they’re on a network, don’t use MultiSite because it’s security risk with difference themes and plugins. I would use something like ManageWP.com to launch and manage several unrelated sites.
  • User profiles are the same for all sites. And logged in users are logged in for all sites.
  • Plugins, Themes, Widgets may not work on WordPress Multisite as they are created for a regular WordPress.
  • If a theme / plugin is changed, it is changed for all networked sites using it. It’s hard to keep multi version of your themes / plugins for separate websites.
  • Since the sites will share plugins and themes, the needs of the sites should overlap in functionality. Otherwise, the only plugins that will be visible to the site owner in Plugins are those that are network-activated. The site owner can access the plugin and configure it, but cannot delete or deactivate it. It is hard for networked-site users to experiment with plugins.
  • The sites in a Multisite network are all sharing one single database. This can tax system resources on high-traffic sites, affecting all sites in the Multisite network.

WordPress Multisite vs Multiple WordPress Instalation

So if you are managing a lot of different websites, WordPress Multisite might be an appropriate option for you. However, if you are managing just a few websites each with different functions, purposes, and goals, then it may be better just run them on separate installations of WordPress, as long as you keep them all up to date.

Manage Multiple WordPress Websites Effectively

Think Carefully Before You Start WordPress Multiste or Multiple WordPress Installations. But in my opinion standalone sites are far better, due to the complex nature of the multisite structure..
Managing multiple WordPress websites can be a challenge. Thankfully there are a few third party services out there that allow you manage multiple WP installations from one central location.

ManageWP

ManageWP is the most well-known WordPress management service online. With all these powerful features at your fingertips, the amount of time saved and effort reduced that traditionally goes into keeping up-to-date with all your sites will be very noticeable.

ManageWP
ManageWP

Features

  • Bulk add new posts and pages (all packages).
  • Manage and add users and define their roles as you would from inside your sites own WordPress dashboards (Professional and Business).
  • Google Analytics Widget to view your site stats according to Google (Professional and Business).
  • Search Engine Rank Tracker to see where your sites are ranked in the search engines (Business).
  • Traffic change alerts to notify you spikes in visitor number (Professional and Business).
  • Create backups including delivery to S3, Dropbox or Google Drive (all packages).
  • Scheduled online backups (Professional and Business).
  • Clone or migrate your sites to other locations on your list of managed sites (Professional and Business).

WPRemote

WP Remote provides a single place to monitor and update all of your WordPress sites. It can handle updates to installed plugins and themes remotely via the WP Remote website, and also provides quick access to core updates. In addition, you can enable Automatic Backups or download a full copy of your site in zip file format.

WPRemote
WPRemote

WP Remote provides a single place to monitor and update all of your WordPress sites. It can handle updates to installed plugins and themes remotely via the WP Remote website, and also provides quick access to core updates. In addition, you can enable Automatic Backups or download a full copy of your site in zip file format.

While you do need to install the WP Remote plugin for each WordPress installation, your administration panel for managing your sites is in one central location on the WP Remote site.
WP Remote Premium now offers these features

  • Automatic Updates gives you the ability to enable the automatic updates for Plugins, Themes and WordPress Core. You can also specify minor or major releases for Core. They support Dropbox and AWS S3 as automatic backup destinations.
  • WordPress Extend allows you to manage Plugins and Themes from the site view of WP Remote — Install, Activate, Deactivate and Remove Plugins and Themes are all actions you can perform
  • Remote Logging enhances what the history tab of a site will track. Enabled for all Premium Sites, it will track creation of new admin accounts, admin password changes, theme changes, and other actions.
  • The long awaited Email Notifications are now here. Optional daily email summaries are now available for Premium users. Check out the Email Notification page for more details.

InfiniteWP

 

InfiniteWP Dashboard
InfiniteWP Dashboard

InfiniteWP is a free, self-hosted multiple WordPress management platform that simplifies your WordPress management tasks into a simple click of a button. InfiniteWP itself is not a WordPress plugin, it is a web application, just like WordPress is a web application. However they do have paid add-ons. There are some very useful add-ons like Uptime Monitor, Google Analytics, Malware Scanner, and manage comments. These addons can make it even easier to manage multiple WordPress websites with single master login.

InfiniteWP allows you to jump between your WordPress sites, switch dashbords, and quickly jump to write posts without signing in for any of these websites. This is a real time saver for web publishers and website administrators who not only manage the website but are also responsible for editorial tasks.
There are several third party services which allow you manage multiple WordPress websites effectively. For example:

  • MainWP: is a self-hosted WordPress maintenance suite. It contains tools and plugins that allow you to effectively and efficiently manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard.
  • iControl WP is another WordPress management service that allows you to work with a number of sites from one central location. This isn’t a self-hosted service like Infinite WP so getting started is simply a case of registering with the iControl WP and then installing the free plugin on the sites you want to manage.
  • CMS Commander, in addition to letting you manage multiple WordPress sites, also lets you manage multiple Drupal, Joomla, and phpBB sites as well.You can use CMS Commander free for up to five sites.

 

 

WordPress Multisite… Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Credits: TheBlogPress

 

Most anyone who’s started a blog has at some point felt the urge to start yet another blog – on some different topic or another. You know, we may be passionate about something, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be passionate about other thins as well.

For example, we started Ask Dan & Jennifer to focus on all topics love & sex, but not long thereafter we also started Blog Success Journal to share all the fun stuff we were learning about blogging. And a while after that we kicked off yet another site, Today Is That Day, which is about all topics personal development.

See the trend? They’re multiplying!

So what’s the problem with starting multiple blogs?

Nothing really, it’s a great idea and in some cases works great, i.e. for us it’s a great thing. But even we have to be careful in balancing our time and effort between the 3 sites… you only have so much focused time you can invest every day.

Then there are the technical gotchas: managing the tech behind all those websites. Let’s say you have a great web host and they keep your server running smoothly (here’s the ONLY web host we recommend if you’re just getting started).

But you still need to install and run your website software, which for most blogs is (and really should be) WordPress. And until recently, you could only run 1 single blog / website from a WordPress installation. That means that every time you wanted to create a new blog / website  you had to do a brand new WordPress install… which leaves you with a bunch of WordPress installs to run. We have about 10 WordPress installs at this point, but more on that.

OK, so what’s the problem with running multiple WordPress installs?

No big deal right? Sure it may take 30 minutes to get it up and running, but that’s just the “down payment”; here’s where it gets hairy: you’ll have to maintain yet another new WordPress install going forward. That means regular WordPress updates, installing and configuring all the required plugins, updating those plugins regularly, etc. Pretty soon you’re a support slave to your several sites – argh! If only there was a better way…

So what is WordPress Multisite (formerly known as WordPress MU)?

Great news.. now there IS a better way! As of WordPress 3.0, the previously separate project called WordPress MU (WordPress Multi-User) has been fully integrated into WordPress so now it’s much easier to install and manage for the rest of us.

So that means that when you install WordPress you can now choose to install as a single site, OR create a “network” – meaning you can run and manage all your WordPress websites from one place. Awesome!

Benefits of WordPress Multisite over many standalone WordPress installations

1.) One WordPress is much easier to manage than 10 = better use of your valuable time

Installing, configuring, managing, and upgrading one instance of WordPress and all its plugins at one time for all your websites is a GOOD THING… much easier for you to do and keep track of than say, 10 WordPress installs. And when managing a system is easy and straightforward, you’re much more likely to do it right and do it consistently. :-)

Time, friends, is the most valuable commodity you will ever have. You don’t so much spend your time as you invest it. And as the stock market has shown us all, some investments net better returns than others…

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of.”
– Benjamin Franklin,
Inspirational Quotes from Today Is That Day

“To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.”
– Bruce Lee, Inspirational Quotes from Today Is That Day

2.) Better site performance = faster response time = more search engine traffic

Each WordPress installation takes a significant amount of resources on your server (that means CPU cycles and RAM, and a little disk space)… and you can pretty much multiply that requirement by the number of WordPress installations you’re running. Think of it this way: they leaner you run, the less your hosting bill will be, and the FASTER your website will be. Faster website = more search engine traffic – because Google absolutely cares and takes site response time into account when ranking your site compared to others.

Have you actually seen a working WordPress Multisite in the wild? Is it stable?

Absolutely! In true Dan & Jennifer fashion we put our money where our mouth is so to speak, and went “Multisite” on our site Today Is That Day.

Previously, Today Is That Day was made up of two WordPress installs:

  1. The Today Is That Day Magazine – articles, videos, etc.
  2. Inspirational Quotes from Today Is That Day – our hand-picked selecting of hundreds of the best Inspirational Quotes

Today those two WordPress installs have been combined and are running smoothly as 1 WordPress Multisite.

And don’t think that combining those two WordPress installs into one is not worth it… it absolutely is. Today Is That Day “for now” only had two WordPress installs running it, but we’d already planned two more for features to be added in the coming months.

And Ask Dan & Jennifer, which has been around significantly longer and is far more complex, is currently running on 4 WordPress installs, with more planned. So moving THAT to Multisite will be a great help.

One minor clarification: a Wordpres Multisite install an be for different domains (www.site1.com, www.site2.com), or for different “sections” of one website, which is how we use it (see example above for Today Is That Day: one is a “subdirectory” of the other).

You can also certainly install a single Multisite to manage your different WordPress domains… and at some point we’re going to do that for the several simpler WordPress website we’re running. But our current goal is consolidating all the different WordPress installs for each of our main websites into one WordPress per site.

So how DO you upgrade your existing WordPress installs to WordPress Multisite?

So now that we know about WordPress Multisite, the obvious next question is… how do I migrate my 10 WordPress installations into a single “easy to manage” WordPress Multisite?

Yes, between Ask Dan & Jennifer, Today Is That Day, and Blog Success Journal, we really do (or rather did) have about 10 active WordPress installs. And yes, it was quite a pain staying on top of them all. So we’re quite pleased to be migrating them all to the Multisite model.

First, you’ll want to be running the latest version of WordPress. You can even use WordPress auto install (or auto upgrade) for that, very easy.

But then comes the more involved process… enabling your “Multisite” and then migrating your other sites INTO it. Stay tuned, that answer along with all the gory and magical details of “how to do it” is coming up shortly…

WordPress Multisite Pros & Cons – When Is Multisite the Right Choice?

Credits: HyperArts

What is WordPress Multisite?

The WordPress Codex describes Multisite:

Multisite is a feature of WordPress 3.0 and later versions that allows multiple virtual sites to share a single WordPress installation. When the multisite feature is activated, the original WordPress site can be converted to support a network of sites.

WordPress Multisite — Sometimes, but Not Always, the Right Choice

WordPress Multisite, which replaces Multi User, allows WordPress admins to set up a network of similar related WordPress websites and blogs, allowing all the networked sites to run under one installation of WordPress.

Although WordPress Multisite might be the right solution for integrating some suites of WordPress sites, it may not be the right option for others, depending on a number of factors which I explore below. When WordPress Multisite is not a good choice, as discussed below, there are other ways to centralize the administration of your sites, one of which, InfiniteWP, I discuss below.

WordPress Multisite is ideal for companies that want to spin up micro or niche sites quickly. Perhaps the site hosts a multi-faceted community such as departments in a university, or the site owner is an event promoter, or owns a string of boutique eateries. With Multisite the administrator can control and maintain the individual sites in a batch, and new sites can be created quickly, with limited or zero need for technical support.

For instance, a realtor might set up Multisite for agents to have their own networked site. The realtor would be able to maintain control of the branding and the site building tools and features offered to the agents. With a click, the realtor IT administrator can add a new agent website. With another click the administrator can add a plugin and make it available to all the micro-sites in the agent network. And each agent can have their own domain name for their business site within the Multisite network.

WordPress Multisite — the Pros

  • Growth: Community members with the right access permissions have the ability to set up new sites when they need them, without relying on a potential bottleneck in the IT department. A multisite has a Network Admin, and each micro-site has its own local admin. Local admins can be given the ability to add sites for new events, product campaigns, gallery openings, etc. — whatever is needed.
  • Streamlined site updates: For the administrator of a multisite, one WordPress update applies to all the sites, and the same is true for plugin updates. The administrator of multiple standalone sites has to update each site separately. There exist tools for managing multiple standalone sites, designed to make the update process less burdensome.
  • Control: With Multisite, the Network Administrator installs the plugins and themes that the sites can use. For standalone sites, plugins can be loaded at any time from any source by the site administrator.
  • Content Syndication: Sites in a Multisite network do not automatically share content, but plugins can be set up to read content from one site to another, without having the overhead of making an HTTP request to a remote site. Be wary of duplicating content, though, since duplicate content can hurt your site rankings in search engines.

WordPress Multisite — the Cons

  • Some plugins do not work with Multisite.
  • Individual site admins cannot add plugins to their site; they must request them from the network administrator.
  • Individual site admins cannot edit the theme files available to the multisite network. They can use plugins such as the Custom Style plugin to make CSS changes to their individual sites.
  • If a theme is changed, it is changed for all networked sites using the theme. If a plugin is added or deleted, it will affect all sites that are using that plugin.
  • It is hard for networked-site users to experiment with plugins, since they have to go through the Network Administrator to have them loaded.
  • Multisite uses more memory per page than a standalone site.
  • The sites in a Multisite network are all sharing one single database. This can tax system resources on high-traffic sites, affecting all sites in the Multisite network.

When WordPress Multisite is the Right Choice

  • If you or your community members need to be able to create and delete sites frequently, eg universities, real estate agencies, rock band promoters, etc.
  • If you have multiple sites with similar content, but different “personalities,” eg conferences, book releases, garden shows, etc.
  • If you are providing branded hosting for similarly structured sites, eg professional services, real estate, art galleries, photo journalists, music teachers, etc.
  • If your community is willing to accept that they will not be able to add plugins or to explore themes.

When WordPress Multisite May Not Be the Best Option

  • Do not pick Multisite just because it is easier to update. Constraints about plugins and themes create additional work for the network administrator, and can create annoying and unnecessary limitations for certain types of site owners.
  • Do not pick Multisite if you have sites with significantly different needs. Since the sites will share plugins and themes, the needs of the sites should overlap in functionality. Plugins create overhead for websites so you could be adding unnecessary additional resource requirements to your sites.

One of Our WordPress Gurus on WordPress Multisite

Rachel Tietjen of Hyperarts shared her in the field experience with WordPress Multisite saying that yes, there is extra overhead, but organizations who need to create related sites quickly can do so, and most of our clients do not feel that the Multisite structure inhibits them in anyway.

The Importance of Planning

However, Rachel says that when the sites get large they are trickier to copy or setup for staging and development. She recommends that site owners consider the requirements of their current projects and future plans before deciding whether to go with individual WordPress sites or with WordPress Multisite, since it can add extra overhead when adding enhancements.

WordPress Multisite and Development

A developer creating a “staging site” for work on a site included in a WordPress Multisite has to grab all of the sites in the network, since they are joined. The developer working on the project has to be mindful that a change could affect more than one site, and take steps to avoid that.

Backing Up WordPress Multisite Networks

Not all backup programs work with Multisite. WordPress’s own VaultPress — perhaps the best WordPress backup service — charges per site inside each Multisite network, so a Multisite with 10 sites would have to pay for ten VaultPress subscriptions.

An alternative to Multisite — InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP is a free Admin Panel that you install on your server and from which you can admin all your WordPress standalone sites. Although you can’t generate a new WordPress site from InfiniteWP, you do have great flexibility in the admin of your sites, including the ability to:

  • SINGLE MASTER LOGIN
    No more logging into individual sites
    One-click access to admin panels
  • ONE-CLICK UPDATES
    Update WP, Plugins & Themes
    Update based on Websites
    Hide/Show Update Notification
  • INSTANT BACKUP & RESTORE
    Create Instant Backups
    Restore Backups in a single click
    Download Backups
  • MANAGE PLUGINS & THEMES
    Bulk Install Plugins & Themes
    Bulk Activate & Deactivate

The alternatives – InifniteWP, ManageWP and MainWP

InfiniteWP – the best way to manage multiple WordPress sites

Credits: DoItWithWP

Introduction to InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP allows you to remotely and securely manage an infinite number of WordPress sites, enabling you to keep them updated and backed up among other things. The core software itself, like WordPress, is free and has no restrictions on the number of sites that you can manage.

It has boatloads more features as well, some as part of the core software, and some as premium addons. For example, with InfiniteWP, you can check for malware, manage plugins and themes (individually or in bulk), check for broken links, upload files to sites, check on each site’s Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools and PageSpeed, schedule automatic backups, install WordPress and clone sites at the click of a button, manage users, monitor uptime, optimize your database, publish posts and pages, manage comments, and then get a weekly or monthly report saying what was done on each site.

Using InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP control panelThe control panel is very neat and tidy, which makes life really easy. Colored prompts guide you to things that need your immediate attention and a simple traffic light system tells you when tasks have failed, or when everything is running smoothly.

 

I haven’t tried all of the addons, but the ones that I do use are all really well written and work flawlessly time and time again.

I love that I can schedule backups and just have them done automatically every day, so that me and my clients needn’t worry if something should ever fail. I should also note that the backups addon can send your backups to multiple off-site locations (I use Amazon S3, but Google Drive, FTP and Dropbox are all options too).

InfiniteWP activity logI also use the malware scanning add-on to regularly scan for malware across all the sites that I manage, which has turned up a few things before that I otherwise would not have known about. This allowed me to get them fixed before they came bigger issues.

The activity log allows you to review which tasks were run and where problems may have occurred so that you can see what caused the failure and make the fixes suggested.

 

A few really nice features about InfiniteWP that make it simple to do my job are the ability to group websites together, and the plugin management system. Grouping websites together enables me to update the right websites at the right time: for example, on a Monday, I update all sites that need weekly updates, but then on Friday, I only update those sites that need twice-weekly updates.

InfiniteWP plugin managementWith the plugin management system, I can manage plugins in bulk across all of my sites. So for instance, if a security vulnerability is announced in a plugin, I can look for that plugin across all sites and instantly deactivate it, or upgrade it if an upgrade is available, eliminating the security threat. Pretty neat! Furthermore, I have premium plugins that I like to install on many sites, so I can just upload them to Amazon S3 (or wherever), and with a simple click, the plugin is installed and activated on as many sites as I want. The same interface is available for themes, so you could keep your library of premium themes ready for immediate and mass deployment.

 

InfiniteWP uptime monitorThe uptime monitor gives an excellent graphical representation of the uptime of all sites in the past 24 hours. In the screenshot below, no sites had any downtime, but the overall uptime percentage is quoted.

 

These are just a few of the features of InfiniteWP, but you can see that by the way they have designed the software (both how it looks, and under the hood), they make the management of multiple sites a real breeze.


Why it’s better than ManageWP et al

One of the first differences you’ll notice between InfiniteWP and ManageWP (and others) is that InfiniteWP is a self-hosted, rather than a managed solution, so you install it on your own server and manage it yourself. This means that it can be as cost-efficient as you want. I just whipped up a VPS on Digital Ocean and within a few minutes, I had InfiniteWP installed on my own server for just $10/mo. It’s really easy to install by the way: if you can install WordPress, you can install InfiniteWP.

At this point, InfiniteWP is already leaps and bounds better than ManageWP. As you start looking into ManageWP, it quickly becomes apparent that if you’re looking after anything more than just your own sites, it’s going to start costing you a lot of money. With InfiniteWP, you just need the software (free) and somewhere to host it ($10/mo in my case, but could be just a few dollars a month) and you can manage as many sites as you want.

InfiniteWP has a different revenue model than most other services, which works really well for anyone who’s managing more than a handful of sites. They sell premium addons for some of the features, which you just pay once for (continued support and upgrades will require renewing your addon license every year), so you can pick and choose which addons you really need and just pay once for them, and when you consider how useful each one is and how many sites you can use them on (as many as you want!), they’re really reasonable, with most being either $49 or $69 each.

I’d rather pay a single fee once and know that it’s good to go, especially given that I continue adding new clients all the time, so that my costs don’t keep escalating.

Conclusion

I entrust InfiniteWP with my WordPress maintenance service, The WP Butler, which is a pretty big deal. I need to know that when I sell a service to update, back up and maintain sites, that I’m able to deliver that promise, and InfiniteWP hasn’t let me down yet.

I love that I can keep growing my business without incurring additional fees just because I have more sites to manage. It’s definitely the best solution for me, and I think it’s well worth considering whether it could help you save some time managing your WordPress sites.

 

ManageWP vs InfiniteWP Comparison

Credits: WPScoop

Which management plugin is the better alternative for my blog? With more and more competing premium WordPress plugins it gets harder and harder to answer that question. This article takes a look at two popular management plugins: It compares ManageWP with InfiniteWP in order to help you with your decision in choosing one.

There are several other alternatives to ManageWP and InfiniteWP on the market which I have compared in separate articles. Go to my main WordPress Management Software comparison to start your search.

Please note that this comparison only looks at the features on paper as reported by either plugin’s developers. It does not and can not tell you if or how well a certain feature will work for you. Because such a verdict would depend on too many variables, including your server setup and personal preference, I have decided to stick to the hard facts for this feature comparison between ManageWP and InfiniteWP.

ManageWP And InfiniteWP Feature Comparison

In my comparison I track 35 different features for all the WordPress management plugins. In ManageWP you can find 32 out of 35 of those features. InfiniteWP on the other hand offers 27 out of the 35 features in total.

ManageWP InfiniteWP
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WordPress Management Features
The main point behind it all: These features save you time by allowing you to manage multiple weblogs simultaneously from a single dashboard.
Manage Posts and Pages

(free)

(free)

Bulk Posting

(addon)

1-click Theme Updates

(free)

(free)

1-click Plugin Updates

(free)

(free)

1-click WordPress Updates

(free)

(free)

1-click Admin Login

(free)

(free)

Bulk Edit WordPress Posts and Pages
Bulk Plugin and Theme Installation

(free)

(free)

Manage Comments

(free)

(addon)

Manage User Accounts

(addon)

Bulk Create User Accounts
Edit WordPress Settings
Configure Automatic Updates

(free)

WordPress Backups + Restore

(free)

Automatic Scheduled Backups

(addon)

Save backups to Amazon S3

(addon)

Save backups to Dropbox

(addon)

Save backups to Google Drive

(addon)

Website Cloning

(addon)

Maintenance Mode

(free)

ManageWP InfiniteWP
Security Features
Security features are essential for all WP managers since the services have direct access to all your WordPress blogs.
Secure SSL Encryption

(free)

(free)

Uptime Monitoring

(addon)

Sucuri.net Malware Scanner Integration

(free)

(addon)

2-Factor Authentication

(free)

ManageWP InfiniteWP
Other Features
Several management services have implemented new features in order to provide more value to users and differentiate themselves from the pack.
Google Analytics Integration

(addon)

SEO / Keyword Tracking
Automatic Content / API Integration
Self Hosted

(free)

Custom Client Plugin Branding

(addon)

Activity Reports

(addon)

Storage Space for Plugins, Images or Files
DB Maintenance and Optimization

(free)

(addon)

Code Snippets

(addon)

Sub Users

(addon)

Premium Support

(free)

ManageWP And InfiniteWP Interface Comparison

the ManageWP WordPress management dashboardEven if many of the features compared above overlap between those competing products there is one very important difference: ManageWP as well as InfiniteWP both provide a unique interface and dashboard from which you will manage all your WordPress blogs (pictured below). Since it is hard to rate the quality of such an interface objectively I recommend that you try both products yourself by signing up for the free trial offered by either service.

the InfiniteWP WordPress management dashboard

ManageWP vs InfiniteWP Price Comparison

WPscoop indexes the exact prixing plans of all compared plugins. Please refer to the table below for a quick overview of the prices of ManageWP and InfiniteWP.

To find the cheaper management plugin for your individual needs please go to my main comparison article. There you can search for the features you need and then see the exact price you would need to pay for ManageWP or InfiniteWP (as well as other alternatives).

Price ManageWP InfiniteWP
Minimum (1 Site) 0.00 USD 0.00 USD
Maximum (1 Site) 239.99 USD 759.50 USD
Minimum (10 Sites) 70.00 USD 0.00 USD
Maximum (10 Sites) 419.98 USD 759.50 USD

Explanations: The minimum price compared above is the lowest price a product is available for, e.g. the version with the least features. The maximum price listed is for a version of the product that includes all features. For plugins that charge per addon it factors in the cost of all available addons. For some products the price increases if you want to use it on more than 1 WordPress site – the listed price for 10 sites shows if that is the case.

Disclaimer: While we update this comparison regularly we can not guarantee the prices displayed above are still correct and take no responsibility if they changed.

More Information

Visit the developers website to learn more about each of the management plugins and order or download the software.

Most WordPress plugins have an option to test their service for free, either thrhough a basic free version, a trial period or online demo. Check if such an offer exists for ManageWP and InfiniteWP and if so: Make use of it! By doing so you can compare both plugins directly and find out which one is the better alternative in you situation.

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Other Alternative Management Plugins

But wait, there is more! Besides ManageWP and InfiniteWP I have compared several other WordPress management plugins on WPscoop. I recommend you start your search for ManageWP alternatives or InfiniteWP alternatives in the main comparison article. There you can filter all different products and search for the features you need.

ManageWP vs. other management plugins

InfiniteWP vs. other WordPress management plugins

InfiniteWP vs MainWP vs ManageWP?

Credits: WpMuDev

 

Just wondering what people are using for remote management of WordPress sites – either your own, or clients?

Around 6 months ago I set up a hosting server and started to offer hosting to a bunch of my clients. As part of the service do managed WordPress updates for core WP and plugins (from WP.org, not premium plugins in general) for a small extra monthly fee.

This is super easy to do with a centralised management control panel that notifies of any updates required and let’s you easily and effortlessly update all of your sites from the one management control panel.

I started off using ManageWP.com but was put off by the monthly cost. While it’s not much per site it adds up quickly.

For the last 4 months I’ve been using InfiniteWP (http://infinitewp.com). Overall I quite like InfiniteWP but have experienced some strange issues with certain client sites refusing to update plugins and backups failing. Unfortunately I missed out on the lifetime deal by a week so the other downside is the cost of all of the addons which are currently $799 up front and then 50% again each year. This cost will continue to rise with each new addon released. 🙁

However, today I just stumbled across a new player I hadn’t heard for before – MainWP – http://mainwp.com/redirect/getresults.html

In many ways it’s similar to InfiniteWP – offering remote management, one click admin logins, uptime monitoring, automated backups to Amazon S3 etc. The major differences are that it runs in WordPress (as opposed to InfiniteWP which is a custom php script) and all the extensions are a one time fee each with lifetime updates.

So for approx $200 I picked up all of the extensions for MainWP today. After testing if I decide to switch from InfiniteWP for client site management I’ll be saving at least $350+ each year ongoing.

MainWP doesn’t yet offer a client reporting extension (send to clients so they can see the updates & backups that have been made) but one is in development.

So far I’m extremely impressed with MainWP but need more testing to make sure plugin upgrades and remote backups to Amazon S3 etc run smoothly.

Has anyone else here used MainWP and InfiniteWP? Any thoughts on the pros and cons of each?

In particular I’m interested to hear from anyone who has experienced problems with MainWP – particularly failed remote backups which I’ve been frustrated by with InfiniteWP.

Final note: if anyone is interested in MainWP the 25% coupon offer that was supposed to end a few days ago is still working although it might stop working at any time. Drop me a line if you would like the coupon code.

 

 

 

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