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3. Managing a Website in Hub 2.0

Written by Luke Britt | Last updated: September 30, 2021

This document provides an overview of features available for managing an individual site along with a detailed guide of the site Overview tab for checking, testing, and managing site health.

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3.1 Getting Started

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To access the Overview section of any of your sites from the Hub 2.0 My Sites page, click on the site you would like to manage and the Overview tab for that site will be opened by default. To get to it again from any other section in the site manager, click Overview in the site manager menu.

Site overview screen

3.2 Site Dashboard Overview

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The site dashboard Overview screen is an overview of available options & configurations for your site’s hosting, performance, plugin & theme updates, SEO, security, backups & reports according to plugins & features that you have enabled.

Modules on the Dashboard include:

  • Hosting
  • Performance
  • Uptime
  • Analytics
  • Updates
  • Security
  • Backups
  • Reports
  • SEO
  • Client Billing
Manage Sites With The Hub

With The Hub, you can easily manage and monitor each of your sites – all from one place. To learn more about what The Hub has to offer, read our blog on how to Get the Most Out of The Hub.

3.2.1 Hosting

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The Hosting module appears at the very top of this section. If your site is currently hosted with WPMU DEV, you’ll see some basic info about your site including:

  • Quick access to the WAF Security logs
  • Quick access to clear the Object Cache
  • Quick access to clear the Static Server Cache
  • An indication of whether Password Protection is enabled
  • The usage level of your WPMU DEV account storage

Click Hosting to go straight to the main Hosting tab for that site in your Hub.

Hosting module

If your site is not hosted with us, you’ll see a friendly prompt there to migrate the site to our hosting. Click Migrate if you wish to proceed with migrating your site to WPMU DEV hosting. If you don’t want to do that just yet, click No, not right now to dismiss that module.

Hosting module (3rd party)

Not sure if you want to migrate your site to WPMU DEV hosting? Check out our hosting info here.

3.2.2 Performance

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The Performance tab appears if the WPMU DEV Hummingbird Pro plugin is active on the site. You’ll see your latest performance test score  for the site in that module, and you can run a performance test right from there by clicking Run test.

Click Performance or the gear icon to go straight to the main Performance tab for that site in your Hub.

Click Desktop or Mobile to view the latest performance test score for the corresponding mode.

If Smush Pro is active on your site, click either Image optimization or Super-Smush savings to be redirected to the corresponding Smush Pro screen in your site’s wp-admin.

Click Asset Optimization to be redirected to the Hummingbird Asset Optimization screen in your site’s wp-admin.

Click Run test at the bottom to start a new performance test right from your Hub.

Performance module

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage the Performance of your site right from your Hub. Options include:

  • Run test – Click to start a full performance test of your site.
  • Save Performance Config – Save your current Hummingbird Pro setup as a custom configuration. See the Configs documentation for details on this feature.
  • Apply Performance Config – Apply any custom Hummingbird Pro config to this site.
  • Save Image Optimization Config – Save your current Smush Pro setup as a custom configuration. See the Configs documentation for details on this feature.
  • Apply Image Optimization Config – Apply any custom Smush Pro config to this site.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the Hummingbird Dashboard screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • View Full Report – Click to be redirected to the Hummingbird Performance Test screen in your site’s wp-admin to view the latest test results.
  • Ignore Warnings – Run a performance scan but ignore any recommendations.
  • Tutorials – Click to be redirected to Hummingbird tutorials on our blog.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to Hummingbird documentation.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate Hummingbird on your site.

Performance module settings dropdown menu

If Hummingbird Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Install & Activate that plugin. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the performance features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Performance documentation.

3.2.3 Uptime

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The Uptime module displays data from the Uptime feature that can be enabled either in the Hummingbird Pro plugin, or from the Uptime screen in your Hub.

You can view site data for the last 24 hours, or the last 7 or 30 days, by clicking the date range filters at the top.

Click Uptime or the gear icon to go straight to the Uptime screen in your Hub for more info.

Uptime module

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage the Uptime feature right from your Hub. Options include:

  • Refresh Data – Click to refresh and ensure the most recent data displays.
  • Save Config – Save your current Uptime setup as a custom configuration. See the Configs documentation for details on this feature.
  • Apply Config – Apply any custom Uptime config to this site.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the Hummingbird Uptime screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • Settings – Click to be redirected to the Uptime Settings screen in your Hub.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate the Uptime Monitoring feature on your site.

Uptime module settings dropdown menu

If Uptime is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Activate if you wish to do so now, or click Learn More to review the feature’s documentation.

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For more info on Uptime features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub 2.0 Uptime documentation.

3.2.4 Analytics

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The Analytics module displays data from the Hub2 Analytics feature that can be enabled either in the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin installed on your site, or from the Analytics screen in your Hub.

You can view site data for the last 24 hours, or the last 7, 30 or 90 days, by clicking the date range filters at the top.

Click Analytics, the gear icon, or any metric to go straight to the Analytics screen in your Hub for more info.

Analytics module

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage the Uptime feature right from your Hub. Options include:

  • Refresh Data – Click to refresh and ensure the most recent data displays.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the WordPress Dashboard screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • Settings – Click to be redirected to the Analytics Settings screen in your Hub.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to Analytics documentation.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate the Analytics feature in your Hub and on your site.

Analytics module settings dropdown menu

If Analytics is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Activate if you wish to do so now, or click Learn More to review the feature’s documentation.

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For more info on Analytics features that you can manage in your Hub, see the Hub 2.0 Analytics documentation.

3.2.5 Updates

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The Updates module displays quick info about the number of updates available for your site, including plugins, themes and core WordPress.

If any updates are available, you can click Update all button to update everything right from the Overview screen.

You’ll also see which options of the Automate feature are enabled for your site, and when the next scheduled Automate Check is to take place.

Click Updates or any displayed Automate option to go straight to the corresponding screen in your Hub.

Updates module

Note that if the Automate feature is not enabled for this site, this module will not appear on the Overview screen.

For more info on the Automate features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Automate, Plugins & Themes Updates documentation.

3.2.6 Security

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The Security tab appears if the WPMU DEV Defender Pro plugin is active on the site. You’ll see the number of available Recommendations for the site as well as which of the main plugin features are enabled or not. You can also run a security scan right from there by clicking Run scan.

Click Security, the gear icon, or any displayed feature to go straight to the main Security tab for that site in your Hub.

Security module

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage the Security feature right from your Hub. Options include:

  • Run scan – Click to start a full security scan of your site.
  • Save Config – Click to save the current Defender configuration of your site as a preset that you can apply to any other site in your Hub.
  • Apply Config – Click to select and apply any saved preset Defender configuration to this site.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the Defender Dashboard screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • Tutorials – Click to be redirected to Defender & security tutorials on our blog.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to Defender documentation.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate Defender on your site.

Security module settings dropdown menu

If Defender Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Install & Activate if you wish to do so now, or click Learn More to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the security features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Security documentation.

3.2.7 Backups

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The Backups module displays quick info about when the last backup was made and the backup schedule that is currently set for the site. For 3rd-party hosted sites, it will also display the total backup storage used by the Snapshot plugin.

Click Backups or the gear icon to go straight to the Backups tab for that site in your Hub.

Click Run backup to run a manual backup of the site right from the Overview screen.

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For a site hosted by WPMU DEV, the storage space used is not indicated in this module as it is a negligible amount and is included with your hosting plan. See also the Storage tab under Hosting > Analytics for a detailed breakdown of space used.

Backups module

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage the Backups feature in your Hub. Options include:

  • Create backup – Click to start a new manual backup of your site.
  • Refresh Data – Click to refresh and ensure the most recent data displays.
  • Tutorials – Click to be redirected to backup tutorials on our blog.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to backup documentation.

Backups module settings dropdown menu

Snapshot

For a 3rd-party hosted site using our Snapshot plugin for backups, the storage indicated is the space used according to the total available in your current Snapshot backup storage plan.

Backups module (3rd party)

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options to manage Snapshot Backups right from your Hub. Options include:

  • Create backup – Click to start a new manual Snapshot backup of your site.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the Snapshot Settings screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • Refresh Data – Click to refresh and ensure the most recent data displays.
  • Tutorials – Click to be redirected to backup tutorials on our blog.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to backup documentation.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate Snapshot on your site.

Backups module (3rd party) settings dropdown menu

Note that this module will appear by default for sites hosted by WPMU DEV. But it will only appear for 3rd-party-hosted sites if the Snapshot Pro plugin is installed & activated there.

If Snapshot Pro is not yet active on a 3rd-party-hosted site, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Install & Activate if you wish to do so now, or click Learn More to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the backup features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Backups documentation.

3.2.8 Reports

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The Reports module displays a summary of all reports you have scheduled for this site.

Click Reports to go straight to the Reports tab for that site in your Hub.

Click the gear icon for any displayed report to go straight to the Settings screen for that specific report in your Hub.

Reports module

3.2.9 SEO

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The SEO module appears if WPMU DEV’s SmartCrawl Pro plugin is active on the site. The module displays the score from your site’s latest SEO scan, the date of your next scheduled scan, and additional scan details.

NOTE

The SEO module interface will differ depending on whether the SmartCrawl installation on your website is configured to perform SEO Checkups or Lighthouse Audits. For more information on SmartCrawl’s SEO test modes, click here.

If SmartCrawl is configured to perform SEO Checkups, click Run checkup to run a full SEO Checkup directly from The Hub.

Hub overview SEO widget (checkup)

If SmartCrawl is configured to perform Lighthouse Audits, click Run test to run a full Lighthouse Audit directly from The Hub.

Hub overview SEO widget (lighthouse))

For both SEO Checkup and Lighthouse Audit configurations, click the module title or the gear icon to view additional SEO details in The Hub’s SEO tab.

Click the menu button (three dots) for additional options, including:

  • Run scan (SEO Checkup) or Run test (Lighthouse Audit) – Click to run a full SEO scan of your site directly from The Hub.
  • View in WP Admin – Click to be redirected to the SmartCrawl Dashboard screen in your site’s wp-admin.
  • Tutorials – Click to be redirected to SEO tutorials on our blog.
  • Documentation – Click to be redirected to SmartCrawl documentation.
  • Deactivate – Click to deactivate SmartCrawl on your site.

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If SmartCrawl Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear, and instead you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Install & Activate if you wish to do so now, or click Learn More to review the plugin documentation.

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3.2.10 Client Billing

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The Client Billing module appears if there is a client attached to the site you’re viewing. It displays summary information about the billing activity associated with the site.

The icon in the module will appear green if the client has no outstanding invoices, or if the client has just been added and there are no invoices created yet.

Client Billing module

If the client has any outstanding invoices, the module icon will appear red.

Client Billing module showing outstanding invoices

Click the module title, the gear icon, or any metric displayed to go straight to the Client Billing overview screen for that site in your Hub.

Click the ellipsis icon ( … ) to pop open a dropdown with additional options for frequently used site billing activities. Options include:

  • Bill Client – Click this option to be directed to the Client Billing section of that site where the Bill Client modal will be opened automatically so you can create and send a new invoice to the client.
  • Create Product / Service – Click this option to be directed to the Client Billing section of that site where the Create Product or Service modal will be opened automatically so you can create a new product to bill the client for.
  • View Invoices – Click this to be directed to the main Invoices page of your Client Billing portal where the list will be filtered automatically to display only invoices associated with the site you’re viewing.

Client Billing module options

If there is no client yet attached to the site you’re viewing, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to activate the feature. Click Activate if you wish to add a client to the site now, or click Learn More to review the feature’s documentation.

Client Billing module inactive

For more information about Client Billing in your sites, see the Site Billing chapter in our Client Billing documentation.

Note that the module your clients see is slightly different, and there is only one option under the ellipsis icon to View Invoices.

Client Billing module client view

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