WordPress is the most flexible Content Management System, making it easy for anyone with little or no coding or HTML experience to create and run any website successfully.
It’s the first choice for freelancers and bloggers. As companies begin to embrace blogging as part of their growth strategies, the number of WordPress sites/blogs created daily increases remarkably.
One of the reasons for this mass adoption is the ease of setup. For the most part, it takes less than 3 minutes to have a WordPress blog installed.
While the tool (WordPress) makes it exceptionally easy to create and publish content, it becomes increasingly difficult as the number of sites you run grows.
You may not have any real issues with just one blog. Maybe you have three or four and you are not under any pressure. Trust me the more blogs you add to your list, the more your days become busy and uncomfortable.
I run a social media agency and a series of Internet based businesses with multiple websites all powered by WordPress. With over 10 active WP websites, I’m becoming less and less productive with having to manage different password, login to different dashboards to update themes and plugins, publish posts and moderate comments, etc
Fortunately, there is a solution if you have too many blogs and your days are driving you crazy as you jump from one dashboard to the other. All your sites can be managed from a single dashboard.
Note however that your sites may be hosted by different WordPress Hosting companies. That’s not the issue we are trying to resolve. We are dealing with having one WordPress dashboard manage the number of WP sites you have.
I wanted to know from other WordPress users if they’ve had the experience of using a single dashboard to manage many more WordPress websites.
So I conducted this interview and I’m happy to share the results with you here.
What are the advantages of managing Multiple WordPress Sites From One Dashboard?
This is the exact question I asked some experts and avid WordPress users. As you read through their responses, I hope this helps you decide on what to do next.
A. Shyam Bhardwaj
The auxiliary technical and recurrent whacks for managing multitudinous WordPress blogs are always overwhelming for all of us. Although WordPress is the gold mine platform for bloggers due to its easy-to-use interface, it needs a lot to keep just one site up and running. You update WP version, install/delete/update plugins, configure SEO optimizations, frequent backups and attempt everything requisite to secure it. It consumes a lot of your time, which should rather be invested into writing blog posts and promoting your blog. Right?
On the other side, many services enable you to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard, without having to log in to each site individually.
So, it saves me a ton of time and transforms the blogs management process much easier; as a result, I can go out and focus primarily on the writing side.
A. Adam Connell (Founder of Blogging Wizard)
I’ve been using a single dashboard to manage all of my sites for a few years now.
At first I thought it would be an added complication – another tool to add to the long list of existing tools I already used.
But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Centalised site management has benefited me by saving time, and giving me piece of mind.
For the most part, I a single dashboard to update themes, the WordPress core, and the essential plugins I use across my sites.
The more sites you have – the more time you’ll save, and time is money.
And while I do mostly use a single dashboard for running updates, most of these tools also offer other features like:
- Ability to publish content
- Ability to change WP settings
- Uptime monitoring
- Automated backups
- Comment management
- Intergrations with other platforms (e.g. Google Analytics)
Overall – it’s a huge time saver!
A. Donna Duncan (SEO / Content Marketing Consultant)
The main advantage of being able to manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard is being able to do routine maintenance efficiently. Because WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms in use today, it is also a target for hackers who want to have fun or exploit weaknesses. Similarly, every WordPress site uses plugins that enable added features / functionality. Those plugins and your core WordPress code need to be updated regularly in order to keep your site secure. Updates take time, and having the ability to update multiple websites simultaneously is a time saver and distinct advantage for those managing multiple websites.
A. Ronald Segura (CEO & Founder of Web SEO Marketers)
Managing multiple WordPress sites can be a little challenging.
One of the advantages of being able to manage multiple sites from one single dashboard is that you can easily take care of any routine tasks pretty quickly without needing to login/logout repeatedly. This way you actually save time that you can then invest in other things that may be more productive.
You also have more control over what happens to every site. If you have multiple editors you can easily manage multiple users from one single dashboard. You can also upgrade all your sites at once without going through the hassle of updating each site individually.
In general, managing one single blog by yourself can be very difficult sometimes depending on how many tasks you need to take care of. Therefore, if you have multiple sites, it’s a really good idea to have them all in one single dashboard so that it can make things much easier for you.
A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)
I find that managing multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard allows you to quickly switch from strategizing and doing work for one site to doing work for another without interrupting your thoughts. This allows for more efficient work, given that interruption to work has shown to be extremely unproductive. By seamlessly allowing users to switch from one site to another, users can move from site to site seamlessly and save precious time that would have been spent trying to log in and log out. Also, having all your sites in one dashboard will make things more organized – you have all your sites in one place and there is no need to remember multiple passwords. This will allow you to focus on what is important – your work!
A. Helvis Smoteks (CEO at Market Me Good)
Time is money and just this one simple reason is why having one dashboard for all your WordPress sites is a must.
On top of that, knowing when someone comments, links, or if there’s an increase in traffic lets you always stay on top of the game and pay your attention to the website where it’s needed.
Just imagine if you could log in all your WordPress websites with one log-in, manage the sites straight away and view all the metrics in one dashboard. Wouldn’t that be cool?
That’s exactly what I am talking about and the best part is there are Free solutions that can save your time and help you focus your attention where it matters.
I hope this helps you out with deciding how to manage your multiple blogs. Kindly drop a comment and let me know what you think.