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How To Manage All Your Websites In 1 Dashboard FREE – MainWP Tutorial


This video is super important for anyone that
has more than one website in this tutorial want to show you how to consolidate control
from a for of all your websites in one control panels you’re going to be able to log into
one control panel see all the updates that are available for all your websites you could
click one button and they will all be updated plug-ins themes even WordPress itself there’s
also other options in this tool it’s a completely free tool to walk you through everything in
this tutorial and like this it is perfect for anyone that has more than one website
especially if you’re an agency new or managing multiple websites hi my name is Adam from
WPCrafter.com where I teach non-techies how to use WordPress and this is actually very
timely tutorial because just yesterday I was on Facebook and someone that I know of and
when those Internet friends you know people you haven’t met in person but you talk to
them on Facebook or whatever I saw him close that his all his websites were hacked into
and he didn’t know what to do and since IEM Facebook friends with the guy I said you know
what just message me I’m in a help you out and when I jumped into his web hosting account
to try to see what the heck happened the reason all of his websites were hacked was because
he was using an outdated version of a plug-in called ultimate shortcodes and so I went to
ultimate shortcodes of words listed on WordPress.org and I saw there was a serious security problem
and they patched it like three weeks ago and whoever hacked into his websites use that
vulnerability and so I helped them cleaned it all out it took about two hours of time
but it was no big deal because I wanted to just help this guy out and get him back in
business that being said my advice was him to start using this he’s not a web agency
just has more than one website and this is a tool for anyone that has more than one website
so you can keep tabs on it so the name of the tool is main WP is go to main WP but it’s
in the WordPress repository to show you how to install it and configure it I just wanted
to go through their website they do have some extensions that you may want to consider down
the line I was just looking through the list today and even though I’ve been using this
tool for the last three years and I have access to all of the extensions you don’t need the
vast majority of them so I think the vast majority of people aren’t you need any of
these paid extensions but some of them you might want to know about for the future so
this is what this control panels can allow us to do you can connect in unlimited WordPress
websites you can manage unlimited WordPress websites through this one tool one thing I
really like the most is yet one click admin access so right now if you want to log into
one your website you have to type in that URL and then manually login but when it’s
connected and with this tool you just go to the dashboard and you click one button on
the site that you want bam you’re immediately logged in I really love that feature it’s
super convenient because I know about you but I tend to forget websites that I have
been that’s what ends up happening you forget you have a website it doesn’t get updated
in that’s when things start to break loose centralized management multiple backup solutions
all talk about that plug-in and theme management this is big user management content management
I don’t use it for that uptime monitoring that I use it for that and security and vulnerability
checks so you can see the list of the features that it has now let me go here to show you
the various extensions that are available and I’ll just talk through them a couple of
them that you will need their actually free so I’ll show you those but I just want to
talk through the various add-ons extensions that should you are available just you know
that there there I think there’s a couple that are really good if you’re an agency but
you can maybe purchase an downline once you’re managing like 10 or so websites so here’s
an advance uptime monitor this is free and it integrates with uptime robot this is actually
kinda cool but is a little duplicating because you still have to manually add the website
into uptime robot but it is really cool you can see had 10 websites you can look at the
uptime just by glancing article upload or I don’t use this backup WordPress now some
of these plug these extensions with her can add to it is the ability to use a third-party
plug-ins on your website and you know for example updrafts it’s a backup plug in and
there are several settings you need to click what this will allow you to do is automatically
configure all those settings in one click so you can have all you’d also you say you
have 10 websites and they’re all using up traps and you think I want to change a setting
instead of manually going to each website and changing the setting you can just do it
in Maine WP that will push that change out so there’s some time-saving features so here’s
a free extension that works with a free plug-in called back up WordPress that’s nice that
it’s actually free here’s another one with that works with a different backup solution
here’s a free one that works with blog vault here’s a boilerplate extension what this does
is it I don’t use this either it allows you to create commonly used pages on your sites
like a privacy support policy term review stuff like that I don’t necessarily use that
branding this is actually for for people that have clients that are actually logging into
the websites you may want to consider this will allow you to change the branding of the
plug and you have to have installed on the website you’re managing it’s cool and you
can also I think with this you can also change other things in word press the kind of change
the look of a little bit adds up to you if you’re one of those people that really likes
white label stuff but I find even when you give up a website over to client and your
managing and form I find that they don’t ever login so I don’t necessarily see this is crucial
but it’s definitely up to you broken links check I’d never use that bulk settings manager
this is actually really good to change settings in bulk across all of your websites clean
and lock this is free this is one that you’re gonna want essentially since main WP the main
decentralized dashboard just gets installed on a WordPress website I like to have a dedicated
WordPress install for it so what this will allow you to do is when someone if someone
was to visit item I demonstrated was the visit that separate WordPress websites they wouldn’t
see anything it would just redirect them to the main one and I’m and explain that and
in configure that in this video client reports as is when you’re probably going to want if
you are an agency and you have several clients what this will do is allow you to it’ll automate
generating reports and all do cool things like pulling analytics and changes and updates
made in all that so and send an automated fashion that way your clients know you’re
actually doing something if you’re charging them a monthly fee to manage the website and
you are clone I don’t actually use this this will allow you to clone a website that you
have I had some problems with it I rather just manually do with updrafts or some or
all in one migration code snippets this is nice I’ve actually never used it and this
allows you to add little snippet codes snippets to the various websites that you’re managing
comments I don’t use this you know I get an email notification from my WordPress website
when there’s a comment and then I log in and respond to it maybe if this is helpful if
you’re managing a lot of websites for clients and those notifications aren’t coming to you
and you just want to see the comments and maybe respond to them from the centralized
control panel however I find most websites don’t really get any comments Lester spam
comments which you wouldn’t get as long as you put some kind of spam blocking plug-in
here is an extension for managing custom post types this would be creating and publishing
content to custom post types never use that favorites this is actually kind of neat so
you can have a favorite plug-ins that you want to install on the website so it makes
it easier to install a bunch of plug-ins on a brand-new website you’re adding to main
WP to manage I’ve use that a couple times actually file upload or this is just the upload
a file to a website analytics this is cool I just manually log in analytics you can see
I’m saying showing you intentionally a lot of these extensions you probably don’t need
so iThemes Security I do like this one when I install iThemes Security on a new site that
I’m adding to the network it’ll configure just the way I like it so it saves me the
manual hassle of manually configuring iThemes security I do like this and it is helpful
if you want to change a setting you just change it in Maine W Pinot pushes that change out
to all your sites if you have iThemes Security on links manager don’t use that maintenance
this is okay but I use maintenance from a different plug-in so I’ve never use the maintenance
actually for this but if you don’t have a plug in that’s already providing these basic
maintenance type of see processes it would be nice to have okay main body remained of
everybody this is to manage backup buddy page speed I don’t use this either because you
have to have a plug-in installed on the site and this kinda pulls in that information P
Wick it’s like Google analytics poster for I don’t use main WP to push content out I
rather just go to these websites and put the content indirectly so post-stripper you can
have it Post plus WP rocket that I do use and I do like because I use that caching plug-in
I have that on all my websites if I want to change something or pushing configuration
I can easily do that right here spinner don’t use that I don’t like spending Securi this
is actually cool that it’s here for free and it will do a like a malware scanning I don’t
use the free service anyway team control if you do have an agency and you want someone
else to be able to login and manage it without given the whole king’s keys to the kingdom
you might want the team control that is pretty cool when you’re on all your websites and if you have been
paying attention is channel I recommend everyone use up dresses free backup plug and that’s
fantastic URL extractor never use that vulnerability checker that’s probably cool in that’s also
free WooCommerce shortcuts WooCommerce status this might be cool if you’re managing a lot
of WooCommerce websites and you want to see snapshots of sales and things of that nature
Wordfence I don’t use Wordfence but that will control that’s sorry guys WordPress SCO for
same thing managing that and here’s something for getting some help so sorry’s videos get
a little long ledges get into the meat and potatoes of it but I just wanted to show you
this for a reason I wanted you to know that this tutorial and everything I’m showing you
you it’s all free there’s no cost anything and later down the line if you wanted one
or two these you can get it they also have a membership plan and you know I’ve been you
I do have the lifetime membership was 400 bucks I think while it’s pretty expensive
but I’ve been using it for three years so I definitely think I’ve received my money’s
worth out of it okay so here there’s two ways to install this essentially that the control
panel is just a plug-in now you could put it on your main website if you want I don’t
like doing then I like to maybe keep it separate but it’s your choice okay so there’s a couple
things you can do you can install it on your main website if you wanted to number two if
you have you heard me talk about local by fly Willits this app right here let me pull
it up local by fly will and it installs WordPress on your local machine you can actually use
this for reaching out and managing your websites out on the Internet if you want and I actually
did this for some of the time that I all that I’ve used main WP or the third option was
something to show you in this video is to create what’s called the subdomain install
WordPress there and install main WP there and that’s how I use it so I would do dashboard
that you are a would be dashboard.the name of the URL.com and that’s where I would go
to manage everything so I’m logged into a web hosting account that I have with InMotion
and this is where I’m in a do something to jump into cPanel and so any hosting account
you probably Artie know how to install WordPress but I want to show you how to I add a subdomain
and then install WordPress so essentially all BC panels remote the same so you just
want to scroll down to where it says subdomains it right here and so I’m in a create a subdomain
know what happens is first we enter what we want the first part of that domain to be and
then right here we have the second part of that domain which is your domain name now
if you have more than one domain name on your hosting account this will show you a list
of them so I’m to go ahead and enter dashboard okay now when I enter that and I click away
it’s can show me what it’s gonna look like dashboard.show the demo and all I have to
do is go ahead and click on create and it’s gonna go ahead and create this subdomain for
me and then I’ll be able to install WordPress on it so here it is success dashboard.show
the demo.com has been created some and click on go back and actually I don’t need to do
that I want to click on home I’m sorry I want to get back into my cPanel okay so now you
can install WordPress the way you like to do it I like to do it with soft calculus and
it is right here soft tactless moment click on WordPress it takes me right in the soft
calculus on the go ahead click on install now for here what I would suggest if your
Webhost provides free SSL certificates and InMotion is one of those website hosting companies
that does provide free SSL certificates I would go ahead and installing on HTTP so for
me I think I can go to go back here to see panel actually was right here I’m sorry so
I go here and I can go to manage free SSL basic like this and I can actually enable
the free SSL certificate right right here actually it’s automatically going to install
it sorry because I had this enabled souls automatically to put that free SSL certificate
in for me okay sorry for getting sidetracked there I’m just wanted to show you that is
probably good idea to use the SSL certificate if your Webhost provides a free one you can visit order new hosting.com to see
a list of them okay click on install now HTTPS is perfect so now many choose the domain but
I need to choose that subdomain that I just created so it’s dashboard showed a demo and
so I’m in a scroll down here I’m a go ahead and fill this out I just need to put a username
and a password in and then I’ll go ahead and click on that install button okay I’ve filled
that out my admin account right there and subtitle is depending on what host you have
might try to install an additional plug-in or so and so this was trying to install WP
forms light, and uncheck that because I don’t want to install anything I go ahead and click
on install it just can it take a moment or two and it’s going to install that for me
I will say sometimes when you add a new SSL certificate it might take a little bit of
time to propagate or go into effect soreness if it’s working for me if not I might get
some warnings temporarily okay so looks like my installation is done and so I want to go
ahead and click where it says administrative URL and hopefully this works yes my SSL certificate
is not working just yet but I can click on advanced and I can click on proceed which
is totally fine and it’s can it take me right in so here we go now I’m in a go ahead the
plug-ins click on add new and let’s do a search for main WP okay when you do the search working
to see the various plug-ins that are available so main WP dashboard is what we want to install
here now on each of the sites that were going to manage through main WP we want to install
this main WP child so’s I’m on the dashboard and venues in Maine at the BP dashboard now
as I scroll down we have these two additional plug-ins that are freely available here those
free ones that I showed you roaming to his website except to get an account on their
website in order to install those okay so we have made a VP child reports I actually
do not know this is I think I know what it is this will track the changes that actually
happen from a settings lot level like auditing everything on the child websites and then
we have this thing called main WP key maker surprise actually offer this for free this
is more advanced I’m knocking to go over in this video and that’s because I haven’t even
really used it myself but the concept behind it is with this and it’s a little complicated
to use you can actually automate the settings configuring the settings of any plug-in you
use in WordPress using this free plug in right here it looks like that’s it somehow to go
ahead and install this dashboard and give you a quick look around on that it’s just
gonna take a moment to install and then I’m in a go ahead and install the child plug-in
on a website and automate some backups okay I just activated it while this is actually
new that glad what more plug-ins are doing this having some kind of an onboarding process
never gone through the main WP because I installed it three years ago so looks like it’s going
to take us through all of these steps so let’s just go through it together I go ahead and
click on let’s go and it’s asking me all this is very good where I’m installing this so
I’m actually installing it on the Webhost but I told you could also do it on a localhost
so go ahead and click on continue now what it’s doing is it’s checking certain things
on your web hosting account and it’s basically saying what is the PHP version is there SSL
all this kind of stuff it’s all there checking all your versions I’ve got a pass on all of
them sweet let’s click on continue now there’s little tweaks it’ll make based upon your hosting
account so by default you would choose the type of hosting you have so I am on a shared
hosting and this is where you tell it how many child sites you’re going you’re planning
on managing Stephanie less than 50 a click on continue and so now were going to optimization
know what this is seeing is asking is if I want to hide it from Google or a bot that
I’m using it main WP I actually do have this enabled on my where I use it so many click
on yes but you would want to read this and make that decision for yourself now what this
is is asking and this is one of things I really like about Maine WP and why I wanted on the
Internet is it can automatically do these updates for you you don’t have to log into
it and click on update it’ll manually scan these websites daily and I will manually add
these updates and what you can do is you can say I don’t want you can mark plug-ins as
do not update which means you’re considering it one of those things you don’t want to automatically
update is maybe you’ve had problems with it in the past so what this is saying is for
the main WP child plug and you want this to be a trusted update meaning you’re saying
this update you’re free to update this automatically without me so let’s leave that to yes of course
notifications this your definitely going to want to turn on essentially what happens is
when it maned a VP automatically scans all your child websites to find updates to let
you know if there’s update you’ll get an email I like that so put on yes and put in your
best contact email where you know you’re going to see it sometimes I don’t like you getting
automatic emails I’ll tell you that I can get a little annoying but something is important
is this I think it’s really good so right now it’s actually asking you if you’re going
to use main WP for backups and it’s giving you the option of one of these free extensions
to manage these backup plug-ins little back story main WP used to do its own backups and
over time is not an easy task to have a backup plug-in because there’s so many different
hosting environments so what ends up happening is it was problematic and so they instead
decided to allow you to use these free plug-ins and then just control the settings remain
WP so here are the various plug-ins I recommend updrafts on a leave that enabled and it’s
a free extension I’m assuming it’s automatically can add it for me so let’s go ahead and click
on continue now right here is what I was saying when I was showing you those free extensions
on main WP’s website that you actually need an account there that you would put in here
in order to download those free extensions and if you bought something in the future
those as well so because I said yes we want to make backups and I chose the updrafts right
here it’s essentially saying you just gotta make a free account in order to download these
kids are not in the repo for whatever reason and that’s okay so you just want to click
on this green button and it says it’s going to take you over to their website so when
I click on it it opens in a new tab so you’re still here at this step and right here if
you didn’t want to you can click here to well actually didn’t really read this is as if
you put it prefer to register later I can click here to automatically download and install
the extension that’s pretty cool let’s just do that for sake of time although there’s
no problem with using the plus the set up an account with them in getting the plug in
that way and it’s good because kind help and it doesn’t look like it actually worked that’s
okay, click on continue will will get will circle around back to this now on the step
where it’s talking about the WP crime this is a technical thing that all kind of web
apps have it’s called the Cron now what a crime does is it basically it automates processes
and so one of the automated processes and here is to go to the child sites and to see
what updates need to be done are available and to do it and so that’s called the Krohn
now crimes need triggers and so right here the way WordPress triggers crayons is WordPress
as soon as it gets a some traffic on the website that’s when a crime gets triggered this is
saying let’s instead since is again to be separate sites you’re knocking to get any
traffic on it that Krohn might trigger at irregular times so what this is saying is
why don’t you set up and uptime robot accounts went up to uptime robot does is it it checks
your website every five minutes to see if it’s online that would be the traffic that
would trigger the Cron I would actually skip this step I would recommend that you set up
uptime robot in fact I have a video if you search my videos or my website for how to
monitor uptime or just search for monitor uptime I have a full tutorial video on how
to set up a time right robot and I strongly urge you have uptime robot on all of your
websites so that you can know immediately if there’s any downtime also get to know how
well your web hosting company is doing so I’m going to just click on continue let’s
see if it lets me move forward now I really like this step so what this is saying is since
I’m using this plug-in on a dedicated web of WordPress installation I’m not getting
use posts and pages in media and appearance in all those normal WordPress settings so
if you’re doing it like I am I can actually just have it automatically hide these unused
portions of WordPress that I’m not to use so I don’t need to see the dashboard the posts
the media Pages appearance the comments users are tools because I’m just using this WordPress
install for main WP this is going to clean it all up for me and then there’s this separate
sidebar navigation just for main WP this is how I use it you can actually change this
later in the settings if you want but you wouldn’t want to do this if you’re putting
main WP like on your main website is the now you’re in an not see those options in the
sidebar summit click on continue I do think it’s best to use it main to BP on its own
WordPress installation though okay so were at the end here and it’s is at a new site
so let’s click that and here we are so this is now what this WordPress installation looks
like and it’s taking you into her tour so essentially what we need to do as we need
to put the URL here of the site were adding we need to put the username right here for
it right here you would put a friendly name so this is when you’re looking a list of websites
this can be the name that you actually see there and this is good if you have tons of
websites you can group your websites right here but we need this child unique security
I the right here I’m actually going to end this tour and I’m going to go ahead and add
this first website actually you know what I’m in a show you how to do it from from scratch
so here is what your main WP dashboard now looks like it’s pretty slick if you ask me
let’s go ahead and get rid of some of these notices so right here and saying do we want
to allow auto updates of Maine to BP child let’s just turn that on and try to get rid
of this notice right here it is oops let’s go up here and here’s the last one is basically
saying it’s funny that saying it now basically say my advice of install this on its own WordPress
installation so I’m just going to go ahead and click there so now we kind of have a free
clean website so I can click on overview and see an overview of my websites and right here
let you know when the last sink was done this is sinking is when it checks the website your
child websites for you for updates and things like that and here’s some snapshots of it
I don’t have any websites in here so when I’m in a dues him to go right here it says
sites and I’m in a click on add new and this is the process of adding a new website so
I’m to go ahead and start filling this out but I’m not can have this unique security
ID because I need to get that from the child site number to show you what I mean okay so
I just put in my URL and I put in my username and my friendly site name which is auto generated
that that’s fine okay Sonoma to show you how to add the main WP client plug-in so here
I am on the website and get a add show the demo.com been using this for a lot of demos
using the website need some updates to so many go to plug-ins add new and I’m in its
type in Maine WP now this time I need to install the child plug-in this is what you’re going
to install on all the website you want to manage a go ahead and click on install now
and then when activated it’s going to give me a unique code that I need to copy and paste
in to the dashboard plug-in app or whatever were calling it so here it is Edson giving
you this warning now as soon as you activated and that’s because now anyone that has that
unique ID which no one would even have it anyway they can like now connect into your
websites you don’t want to activate the child plug-in and and then not do the other part
which is actually finish connecting it to the dashboard okay so it’s giving you that
warning so EA use actually show the ID I needed to copy and paste right here but it’s actually
not doing that summer to go to settings mean a child and see if that’s words can you give
me my ID oh I see I could actually connect it without the unique security ID that’s what
this is saying so I forgot that the unique security ID was actually an optional thing
but I would actually think you would want that by default so I’m assuming I can click
add new site and it will connect but I rather use that unique ID so I think I want to go
ahead and click here require unique security ID click on save changes and I’m assuming
it’s there it is is going to give it to me and then when I take this code I can go ahead
and paste it right here like this and then click on add new site now what it’s going
to do is right here it will let you it’s checking the website and it will let you know if it’s
connected properly now it’s not connecting properly for me because I actually put an
email address for the administrator username I didn’t actually use the username and that
is because I don’t remember what the username is which is a big problem so let me go here
and get the username real quick and it’s this right here some to go ahead and copy and I’m
at a pace that username and you should know what your usernames are I just use that for
test things I’m been a bad example here right now when I click on add new site it’s saying
adding the site to main WP and there it is so now I have my site here and so what can
happen is your idiocy right here a list of your websites and right here will be the name
of the sites and the URL if I wanted to jump right into the admin I can do that right here
and what this for means is this so if I’m here on the WordPress website you see right
there I have four updates that need to happen here now actually if I do a refresher to see
this attention go away because it knows it’s now connected two main WP all of it done I
now have connected this website to mean WP so here I am on main WP I can click on overview
again and check this out when I click on overview right here it says there’s four updates available
and so if I had this connected to 10 websites and there’s 30 updates available that’s what
it would show me says there’s three plug-in updates and one theme update and when I click
on this I can see what the plug-ins are and so here’s the three plug-ins that need an
update and the same goes for theme updates right here also if I had any WordPress updates
it would show that right here now it’s nice as I can just click on update everything went
when I do that all click on update everything and then I’m in a click on okay and what it’s
going to do is it’s now going to go into my child websites that have updates that are
needed and it’s going to go ahead and do those updates all automatically for me I love that
and so in the beginning of this video I told you about that situation where I help someone
whose websites were hacked wolf he was using main WP he had known about it was using main
WP then he would’ve easily been able to’s you have an easier way to keep tabs on all
of his websites one click update everything like you just saw me do and here it is it
says you’ve just updated one site for total updates and 22 seconds so here I am if I do
a refresh we should see this go away let’s do that and that’s because main WP just updated
everything on this website for me so I close out that tab and close out this tab here’s
one of the convenience features that I like a main WP I can click on sites right here
and I can click on it manager sites will it automatically takes me there and I can see
my list of websites what I can do right here’s click on open WP area and it just takes me
straight on into the website so if I have 20 websites is kind of a pain in the butt
to have to type in the unit URL for your further website want to go and then type your username
and type your password when you haven’t done this way you one click and you’re right on
in there to the website so there it is so here is all of the various settings that we
get with that main WP let me just go through some of them really quick if you want to add
a new website you go to sites add new and you saw how I connected it you basically fill
out the information then you install the client plug-in on the website you want to control
generate that security key copy and pasted and connections done you now have a centralized
place to stay on top of everything okay you can group them if you want posts and pages
I don’t actually use this to create a post or page and push it out to the child websites
you can do that if you wanted to and that’s what this is you can manage themes so I just
clicked on themes so you can manage the themes on these websites you can install you can
do so many things with it I think the plug-ins one I want to take a look at because that
is a bit more practical so it’s click on manage plug-ins so right here I can do a search for
a plug in and I can manage it on these websites so I can disable or delete plug-ins plug-ins
on all of my websites on my neck network if I wanted to I like this install tab right
here what this is going to allow me to do is literally install a new plug in on all
of the websites I select so right here on the rights I was so sure the left I would
choose the plug-in here on the right I would choose the websites that I wanted and if I
had 10 websites I could just click all and it will install this plug-in automatically
on all of these websites for me so if you have 10 websites in here they don’t have backup
you can you can enter updrafts right here where it says search plug-ins so I entered
updraft I can go ahead right here click on install this plug-in and then I can should
click on this checkbox and then right here I can click on complete installation and it’s
going to go ahead and install it on all the websites that I checked the box on and also
if we had the main WP updrafts plug and I could configure them all at the same time
as well alright so I think there’s a way to their it is this is really cool and I’ve use
this so not only can you mass install a plug-in from the WordPress repository you can also
mass install a plug-in where you have the zip file downloaded so you just click right
here it’s his upload zip drag and drop it drop here and you can push it out this is
good if you are wanting to update a plug-in manually what you can do is you would do the
same thing you would upload it but there’s this box right here that’s is overwrite existing
plug-in if already installed so what that means is so you have an old version of a plug-in
on all these websites a new version is out you don’t have auto updates you can automatically
update them all through this it will just update them all for you with the version that
you upload here that I think is a huge huge time saver okay so there’s some other tabs
here for that I really love it user settings assist take a quick look the settings and
kinda wrapped this video up I think you’re seeing the power of using this the simplicity
of it it’s really simple you’re just installing the dashboard and installing one plug in on
the websites and now you can manage them all and it’s worth your time so we can have lots
of options here that you can tweak now a lot of these options we actually set and configured
in that onboarding process where we went through all the various steps okay so there’s nothing
really new here there is something that I want to find and that is the option to automatically
perform the updates for you so let me just spend a minute click around find that setting
for you okay I found it sorry this is where was and I’m assuming the same setting would
be available in themes to go to plug-ins and then you would go words as auto updates obviously
and here’s the tab on auto updates and give you some information on how you want the auto
updating to work so right here it says we have this option tell the dashboard what to
do we trust the plug is okay plug-in automatically daily updates installed trusted updates or
do you not wanted to automatically install the updates you want to instead to email you
a notification or do you want it to automatically not exit that makes no sense you wanted to
not automatically install updates and some of you might want that fine control to have
it not automatically install updates and this is where you would go ahead and set that I
have been using the automatic updates and I actually like it a lot so looks like right
here it’s automatically good new update trusted updates and so I don’t realize if you have
to mark one trusted or not I think they’re all trusted and less you market as on trusted
you actually have to use it to see how that works for you actually if I would just read
a little further it’s right here decide which of your plug-ins to markets trusted so this
is actually interesting so I want to click on show plug-ins in this progenies this will
show you all the plug-ins you have installed across your network of websites and you can
choose what would be trusted in automatically updated automatically for you so if you wanted
them all you can just check here in all of these will be automatically updated for you
so say you wanted to remove one of these you don’t want it automatically updated say Elementor
you check this box and now Elementor will not be automatically updated your typically
maybe if you wanted you would be not automatically updating a plug-in that might is have had
some issues updating in the past where there is an update and something breaks maybe it’s
a plug-in you’re dependent upon but sometimes the developer doesn’t release reliable updates
than you might in those scenarios you might not want it to automatically update and this
is what you’d want to do to choose what gets automatically update I love the flexibility
in the power there so okay this videos already way longer than I wanted it to be will go
ahead and wrap it up right now I really want you to consider using this if you have more
than one website it’s going to be a lot easier don’t be like my friend my poor friend on
Facebook who didn’t he had like 1010 or 15 websites and he didn’t have a centralized
way of managing itself a certain uplink dates did not happen and because of that all his
websites got hacked into because of the vulnerability that was there and it took a lot of time to
clean it up but worse off his websites were down for two days because the Webhost has
to take those websites down I don’t want that to happen to you I want you to control all
your websites in one location I want to use updrafts and have a backup I want to use iThemes
Security and you have all your websites have that extra layer of security and the best
best thing is all those three things I listed they don’t cost you a penny is just gonna
take a little bit of time to implement it but you’re in a be set up right it’s the stack
that I’ve been using for years so since I didn’t say the beginning of the video if you’re
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let you know when I upload new tutorials like this so if you have any questions about main
WP or you want to suggest an alternative solution go ahead and leave that in the comments section
down below I do want to say there are alternatives I made a video on all the alternatives before
and I I said why I chose to use main WP and I’ve used other solutions but I think maned
a VP I really like it and I’ve been using it for years and I’ve used other solutions
you can check out the video if you want it’s how to manage more than one website with WordPress
and the centralized dashboard something along those lines anyways this video is Artie been
too long thank you for watching sticking with me for this long and I will see you in the
next tutorial video drip feed outposts to your websites at that size are needed up drafts
plus I do like this so I didn’t actually realize it’s free so this is actually good and be
really good I didn’t know it was free that is sweet so essentially this can allow you
to configure updrafts an emotion does go daddy doesn’t there’s so many that don’t but there’s
good ones out there that do all the holes that I recommend I will only recommend the
Jos’e9 gives you free SSL certificates

100 thoughts on “How To Manage All Your Websites In 1 Dashboard FREE – MainWP Tutorial

  1. Ive used ManageWP by orion for a year -couldnt be happier! free version is fully packed, i used mainWP as well but ManageWP is awesome w great support! 🙂

  2. Really great plugin… Ita just the perfect almighty thing what i want.. thank you so much for that.. some time i just wondering how you know what we need and u deliver perfect thing to us for free

  3. Hi Adam. You stated that you have installed MainWp on a local install that you created using Local By Flywheel. I have attempted to do the same but am getting an error stating that the OpenSSL.cnf file is not configured properly and will not be able to connect to child sites. Did you ever run into this issue? I am not able to locate this file.

  4. Another great video Adam, thank you. I have found a slight conflict in using Managed WP Hosting (Flywheel for example) in that to then provide monthly maintenance reports to clients becomes tricky. Most of the things you would need plugins for.. Caching, Security and Backups etc (and manage the updates via MainWP and the MainWP client reports add on etc) is done by, and may cause conflict with, the managed hosting.. who don't currently offer monthly white label reports. Does that make any sense? Any work arounds or best practice etc, please let me know 🙂 I feel like I'm duplicating alot of stuff just to provide the monthly client reports (though, that are invaluable in my opinion for selling the maintenance plans and gaining recurring revenue etc)… Sorry they was a long rant LOL..

  5. love the videos. got a good one on security because that is the reason i don't want to use wp. too many hackers!!!

  6. Nice Easy To Understand Your WordPress Tutorials Really Appreciate What You Help Others Thanks For Your Time To Making Really Good Good WordPress Video Tutorial

  7. Thanks for the great video Adam! 🙂 I have been meaning to do something like this for a while now as I have, as you say, sites that I sort of forget about, and those are the most "dangerous".

    I prefer a self-hosted solution for this type of functionality. Call me paranoid, but I really do not care for the fact that all of my site login credentials are on someone else's server as it is with other solutions. Sure, I have them all now on my specific WP site for MainWP, but its on MY hosting account! 🙂

  8. Would you suggest installing a security plugin like iTheme Security on the main dashboard site?
    I'm worried if the main site got hacked, wouldn't it give access to all my child sites?

  9. Hey Adam, I was able to actually get as far as you did in your video on my own, just following the help and such. I haven't messed around with it for a while, but as I recall, I was trying to set up backwpup at the time, and I remember there were so many settings and screens and tabs it was really confusing. I'll take a look at updraftplus for mainwp, maybe it's easier to configure. In other words, getting the mainwp dashboard and child site added seemed like the easy part. The hard part was actually configuring the addons.

  10. Wow, I was using cmscommander, that was offering the same features for 30 bucks a month. Thanks for input and the saving

  11. Thank Adam for this awesome tutorial. But what I would like to know if someone manages different company hosting, can he add those sites in mainWP dashboard?

  12. Absolutely incredible – I’ve been looking for something just like this!
    Thank you once again Adam – you’re the best!
    Saving me so much time

  13. Woo, I'm half way through the video, and it's a little overwhelming, but being able to manage four sites, and by next year five sites, would be a really good time saver.

  14. Adam, your walkthroughs are invaluable. All the step by step hand holding is ideal for me but more than that when you take a wrong turn and then show us what to do to sort it out, well, that's ultra helpful. For example when you make a mistake and then correct it in realtime like at 31 minutes in. Thanks.

  15. Hey Adam, I am trying to use Main WP on local by flywheel local host… but there is a problem with a OpenSSL.cng file. I am trying to fix it but i cant find the solution. Can you look at it? 🙂 Thanks!

  16. You did it again Adam. There's always an workflow aproach that makes your videos unique and special. You don't resume to the wordpress technical side. You teach wordpress integration in our lifes.

  17. Adam, do you have iThemes Security plugin installed and running on your dashboard site? One other question – what do you do about themes in your Dashboard site? I see the options to update the default installed themes, but no options to delete. Do I even need themes if everything is done via the back end?

  18. 2 problems I have found. 1st When tying to login to Thesis platform You must enter Name and password. 2nd I am using a Windows machine and i cannot enter the child information in the fields starting with Administrator it jumps to a screen that states don't know what to do here. I have determined that it has something to do with the location of the openssl cnf file in the xampplite . Any suggestions would be gladly recieved.

  19. any suggestions for setting up a windows machine with localhosting by Local by Flywheel. specifically location of openssl.cnf file?

  20. I just found your channel. I really like the way you present the material. I look forward to seeing more of your videos.

  21. Ok something is driving me nuts with MainWP. How do you change the email address that the Trusted Updates email notification comes from? I went through the trouble of setting up an email address in my cPanel, and configured an SMTP plugin in the dashboard site (and tested it). I changed the administrator user email to the newly created email address on the dashboard site domain, but the notifications are still coming from my private email address. What gives? Save my sanity!

  22. I am using Siteground. After installing the domain I got the same message as you did (17:17) but when I clicked on proceed got and 404 error (page can not be found). I am stack, can you help? Great videos!

  23. Hi Adam. Can I edit the UpdraftPlus plugin settings of a child site through the MainWP dashboard? Or would I have to log in to the child site to edit the settings? I want to change my cloud storage provider. Thanks!

  24. Is there any way to put your primary Subdomain as the login page directly? Because I don't like the thing that the WordPress Page still there. Please let us know if this can be posible. Thank You!

  25. +WPCrafter.com 40:40 "This video is already way longer than I want": Your videos are absolutely not too long – not even the very long ones – because every minute is really informative and helpful. "too long" videos are those where people waffle and spend 5 minutes on something that hardly justifies 1 minute. You don't do that! Also I can play them at double speed and still follow you (slowing down and skipping back as necessary) – not many posters are so clear.

  26. Hello WPCrafter. Thanks! Watched the vid, got the plugin-in great stuff. One thing I don't understand tho, not sure if I missed it. Would you recommend installing a security plugin for the 'empty WP site' Main WP sits on? Alongside all your actual websites I have already installed security for. Seems like if someone hacks that they got all your content?

    Thanks

  27. Do you only need one dashboard URL for all sites? And should the dashboard.website-name.com URL be the main account with my host or does it matter?

  28. If you have an ssl on a domain, do you need another ssl for a subdomain or are you already covered with the ssl that is attached to the main domain?

  29. Thanks for showing this, I have several websites to manage and I can do it through my root whm cpanel but this seems way easier, especially with the updates. And, it works even if some of them are on different servers.

  30. Great video… Can you control user access on the child sites? I am setting up a portal that will have between 500-700 sites. Ideally I would like to set permission levels i.e. disable the ability for the client to add their own plugins, edit HTML, etc. Basically they will have access to add more users with various permission levels, but will not have access to modify the site beyond the existing active plugins. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

  31. 2 Questions for ya: what if all of the sites I want to manage already have Updrafts Plus installed? Also do you get a notification if an update fails and does it tell you which web site the update failed on? Your stuff is great, thank you for taking the time!!

  32. Hi. I have now switched from "ManageWP" to "MainWP" for all my Clients (Long Process …). But ManageWP works much faster and has many more opportunities that my customers will also appreciate. Thanks for a great YouTube-Channel. Greetings from a faithful follower from Norway 🙂

  33. Hi Adam, first of all, thank you for your time and work.

    I have a problem that was already posted in this comment section by (#JohnWagner, #MotionPointe, #RudolfŠomšák).

    You said at 12:50 a method to install wordpress locally with Local by Flywheel and manage the live websites from a local perspective.

    I have a windows 10 pro os, installed already Local by Flywheel, installed a new wordpress website – ready for MainWP.

    So, here is the problem… after i activate the plugin, it takes me to the MainWP steps process (19:10 in your video)… at the first step you choose Web Host, but we, that have the problem selected Localhost… after that a question appears: What operating system do you use? (MacOS, Linux, Windows) in my case, I choose Windows.

    Here is a screen with the problem: https://www.screencast.com/t/KzmGgv4yv5aN

    Bcz. we don't use Xampp, Wamp or other local server… bcz. we have Flywheel… we don't know where is that file located.

    Can you help?

  34. Wow, What a fantastic tutorial video. You explain it plain for everyone to fully understand. Unfortunately, too many youtubers assume that their viewers know specific stuff, so they often skip key sections that we need! Thanks again!

  35. Hey Adam i was wondering how do i use my paid theme on two different sites and both get updates with out having to buy another key Thanks

  36. Adam, on a dedicated sub-domain (e.g., dashboard.showthedemo.com) should we have any other plugins installed along with MainWP? for security? anti-spam? -Thanks for this great content!

  37. Can we use this for WordPress multisites? and if its gud idea should I install main wp on the main site with multisite feature

  38. WOW, WOW, freaking WOW Adam, what a life changer, my GOD, thank you, thank you, thank you. Setting up all my sites and WOW, I'm jumping up and down like a kid at a candy store, you know how much time you've saved me? If you were anywhere close to me I would take you out to lunch, thanks. I sincerely appreciate all your tips, they are no nonsense, straight to the point, from a real person experiencing the same problems we all do and you tell it like it is, I appreciate that and it's a breath of fresh air. THANK YOU.

  39. ADAM THERE ARE A LOT OF THANK YOU TO YOU HERE ALREADY AND TO EACH OF THOSE THANK U’S, IM ADDING A +1 BIG THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC, HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE VIDEO TUTORIAL. MAY YOU RECEIVE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS DAILY . I APPRECIATE! I JUST SUBSCRIBED TO YOUR CHANNEL

  40. Thanks adam – liked it. I hop one can use it for subdomains too 🙂
    I'd request you to make one on multisite ( i know its relatively far complex, but iin some scenarios like a school with say 4-5 departments, you'd need to have a main site and then departments as child sites) vs subdomains. Thank you so much <3

  41. I very rarely post a comment, but this time I must do it because you really saved my life!
    Thank you, Adam! I really appreciate your tutorials and I wish you all the best!
    I supported your work by clicking on your referral links to buy a couple of stuff from your reviews but I don't think it is enough to thank you for all the useful information you shared.
    Grazie mille! 🙂

  42. Thank you! A million times, thank you!

    I have recently started managing more than one WP site and have spent far too much time comparing management tools, until I saw your channel… and now my life is happier! This video certainly didn't feel like it was 40 minutes long. You were insightful and informative and all the information was easy to understand. I will be watching more of your videos on my journey with WP. Thank you! 🙂

  43. niiiice!!! can you also push your standard plugins and settings (and maybe even code in your functions) to a fresh wordpress install?

  44. adam! i cant get my subdomain to have a trusted ssl certificate. ive tried a lot of thinks, but i always get trouble with those.

  45. This is so wonderful Adam, I just discovered something new today that will save me a lot of time managing my clients sites. Thank you so much. Despite the length of your videos, I always feel very comfortable watching them to the end, because of the so much value they deliver. I am grateful for you help.

  46. Hi, great video, love your work. Great asset to the WordPress world. I'm just wondering at this current time in 2018 moving into 2019. Do you still use MainWP or have you started using something else? I am stuck between deciding on MainWP or InfinteWP. I really love that InfiniteWP is it's own CMS and not WordPress, and their client reporting seems beautiful compared to MainWP client reports.

    But MainWP offers some great Pros. Lifetime one-off purchase. Ability to apply plugin settings to multiple websites so you don't need to configure each one multiple times via the keymaker addon you mention (I don't think InfiniteWP can do this)?

    Great to hear where you're at coming into 2019 and if you still believe MainWP is the best option. Of course, I know it comes down to preferences and it's subjective to each users requirements.

    Thanks again.

  47. Hi! Sometimes while i watch your videos only one thought comes up my mind: "Amazing!"
    I did install MainWP and i want to use it for some sites that i'm creating. In this video you said in the beginning that you would explain the configuration of the "clean & lock" feature.
    Are you going to do this, or do you have already? I think i would like to see some short settings overview from the free features that come with MainWP. I know this video is a little bit older, but i'm new to this and i think your videos have really good content and you explain things very well. Altough my native language is not english, i have no problems to understand what you are showing in the videos. Thank you

  48. Yeah, great…. ManageWP works like a charm. MainWP gives "invalid request" on adding the first website… Can't find what i'm doing wrong. Staying whit ManageWP for now..

  49. What are we supposed to do with the frontend of the "dashboard" website? Right now my dashboard[dot]url[dot]com is showing as a generic wordpress page that I don't want anybody seeing

  50. Do you know any way to make this work for Elementor pages Adam? Have a big 90 site project and we have a bunch of elementor built pages we keep needing to manually update, it's a huge headache. If I could set them up with dynamic content and apply it to all the pages that would be way easier.

  51. Hi Adam, thank you for the video. You mention something about hiding the mainwp installation (subdomain). However, I don't think you showed us how. I will appreciate it if you showed us how to do this. Thanks

  52. Hi, very informative. Can anyone clarify if you need to ad the standalone site to mainwp or is that redundant?

  53. Keys to all your houses, I prefer to run it locally. Can we use mainwp + local by flywheel??

    You dont use Wordfence, why?

  54. I'm learning a lot from you… it was help full a lot…. hope one day to use all this tools at once…

  55. Hi ! I have over 30 websites for Tourism Agency and now i want to convert all of these in WordPress. But they are now online with old and another CMS, how to work offline with these and then to upload all new websites online ? Thank you

  56. I changed my wp-admin and wp-login url names yesterday after weeks of alerts for brute force efforts. I hardened a lot of other things, as well, but MainWP can't connect with my website if the login url has been renamed, right?

  57. Good afternoon Adam. I have 1 site set up already. By using these plugins will i still have to add the other plugins or will they be added thanks just found your channel

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