Blogs seem to be like tattoos: As soon as you have one, you want to get another one. Yet managing multiple blogs can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. You have to log in and out of your different accounts, update the same plugins across multiple sites, and end up doing dozens of other tasks for each site, causing you to duplicate your efforts and take up a lot of your time.
There are plugins that can help you to manage multiple WordPress blogs and make these tasks a bit easier. Here are our picks for the best plugins for managing multiple WordPress blogs.
Manage WP Worker
Install this plugin to get one-click access to the admin of any WP site that you manage. You can use it to bulk install themes and plugins; update WordPress, themes and plugins on all your sites; bulk publish posts; track your analytic; and more. You can also use the plugin to schedule automatic backups of all your sites using a cloud storage service. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/worker/
Once you install the WP Remote plugin on each of your sites, you can log into the online dashboard and manage all your sites from one location. You can create off-site backups of all your sites instantly and can bulk update all your themes and plugins. You can add as many sites to WP Remote as you like, and the service is free.
Networks for WordPress
You can use this plugin to manage multiple networks from one WordPress login. Each network can have its own plugins, themes, users, and special rules, and this plugin can manage them all from the same location. You can also use the plugin to share resources and users between the networks. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/networks-for-wordpress/
Multisite User Management
Maybe you have one blog that is open to new subscribers, while you have another blog that has specially recruited contributors each with their own level of authority. This plugin can help you to manage all your users across all your sites, adjusting the permissions that you grant each, according to each site. The plugin also allows you to add a user once and then provide permissions for multiple sites. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-user-management/
You don’t have to spend hours duplicating your efforts across each WordPress site that you manage. You can use one or more of these handy plugins to make your work easier and to cut down on the amount of time you spend managing your sites.
What are some of your favorite plugins or tools for managing multiple WordPress sites? Share your picks and tell us what you love about them in the comments!
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