2. My Sites Overview
This document is an overview of the features available in your Hub for managing multiple WordPress websites from one place.
The Hub makes it easy to manage, view, and configure:
- Plugin, theme, and core updates
- Security settings
- Uptime monitoring
- Preset plugin configurations
Already a member? Visit your Hub dashboard to get started.
If you haven’t set up your WPMU DEV account yet, visit the Hub page, where you can explore the features, see pricing packages, and start a free trial.
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If you have not connected a site to the Hub visit the Adding a site to Hub 2.0 documentation to learn how to connect your site. Use the plus icon in the upper right-hand corner of the My Websites screen to add additional sites to the Hub.
Before we get into the details of how you can manage your sites in the Hub, let’s touch base on some of the features available in the Hub itself. The main menu bar at the top allows you to navigate between the different modules:
- Client Billing
- White Label
You can also access several WPMU DEV resources, check out what’s new, view notifications, and manage your account.
Click on Support, Community, Blog or Roadmap to navigate to the respective pages. If you want to keep up with the latest news at WPMU DEV, click on the gift icon. You can also configure your Hub settings by clicking on the gear icon. This will trigger a dropdown menu with options to edit your Hub Preferences.
Click on your current language to access a list of available languages for the Hub. Select your new language and click Save.
Click Configure to open the Show & Hide Services window, which allows you to customize your Hub interface. Toggle individual features on or off to show or hide them in the Hub.
For example, if you hide the Hosting service, then the Hosting module will be removed from the main menu bar and all links and prompts to migrate to WPMU DEV hosting will be hidden.
These settings only affect your own Hub interface, and do not affect team members that you invite to join your Hub team. For information on controlling team member access to the Hub, see our Team documentation.
To manage your account settings, click on your gravatar icon.
In the rest of this document, we will explore the layout and features available for connected websites.
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The My Sites screen is your Hub Overview. The default Grid view lists all of your websites with a thumbnail of the home page for quickly visualizing all of your sites and sites that have actions waiting to be implemented.
You can switch to a List view if you prefer by clicking the toggle at the far right of the menu. See the Grid and List View chapter below for more info.
Use the Search field at top-right to quickly locate any site. Just start typing and your Hub will refresh automatically to show the results that match your search.
If you have several websites that you are managing in your Hub, the pagination feature will kick in to aid your site organization. More specifically, if you have more than 50 sites connected to the Hub, you will see the pagination feature at the bottom of the page. Use the left and right arrows to navigate between your site pages.
You can filter and sort the display of sites in your Hub in multiple ways. Click the All tab at top-left to display all your sites or click the Hosted tab to display only the sites you have hosted by WPMU DEV.
- All – The “All” option lists all the websites connected to the Hub. The number listed next to the All option is the total number of sites connected to your Hub account.
- Hosted – This option lists all the sites connected to your Hub account that are also hosted with WPMU DEV.
Use the Sort by filter at top-right to display sites in ascending or descending alphabetical order or by the date when the site was connected to the Hub.
- Recently added – This puts the sites in order of when it was added to the Hub with the most recently added sites at the top.
- A-Z – List your sites domain names in alphabetical order.
- Z-A – Puts your sites in reverse alphabetical order.
- Pin favorites to top – See the Favoriting a Website chapter below for more on this feature.
The other tabs you see at the top-left – Updates & Configs – are powerful additional Hub features to help you better manage your sites, and are each covered in separate chapters below.
- Updates – Enables you to filter your sites by which have plugin/theme updates available, and bulk update all or only a few. See the Updates chapter below for more info.
- Configs – Enables you to create preset configurations for any of the connected Hub plugins/services, and apply them to any/all of your sites in a couple of clicks. See the Configs chapter below for more info.
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The filters and labels feature enables you to selectively order groups of sites based on several standard categories as well as labels. Note that the Sort by feature will be blocked while the Filters & Labels feature is in use, to avoid any crossover grouping issues.
To access this feature, click on Filters & Labels above your listed sites.
Click on a category to view the sites relevant to that category, or click on a label to view sites that you have associated with that specific label. Filters and labels can be cleared by clicking on Clear selected filters.
If both a category and a label have been selected, you can click the CLEAR ALL button to remove the applied filters and labels.
It is also possible to remove individual categories and labels by hovering over the specific filter and clicking on the x icon.
2.3.1 FiltersLink to chapter 3
The filters feature allows you to hone in on a specific group of sites that need attention.
The available categories include:
When you select a category, any sites that are experiencing issues related to that category will be listed. The relevant sites will appear with an icon associated with the issue and a status giving more information about the problem. Clicking on the icons will take you to the Hosting Overview dashboard page in the Hub.
If this category is selected, the sites that require updates will appear. The update icon will be visible in the site row with a counter indicating how many updates are available for that site.
Select this category to view sites with security issues that need to be tweaked. The security icon will be accompanied by the number of security issues to be resolved. For more information on resolving security issues picked up by our Defender plugin, visit the Security Tweaks document.
Choose the Speed category to group sites that have performance opportunities to be actioned. The performance icon will display your site’s current performance score in our Hummingbird plugin.
Click on the SEO category to view sites with optimization issues that need attention. This is based on your SEO performance in the WPMU DEV Smartcrawl plugin.
If the Backups category is selected, sites that have backup problems will be listed. The listed sites will show the backups icon with an informative status message.
When the Uptime category is chosen, any sites experiencing downtime issues will be listed. The Uptime icon will appear with a status describing the issue.
2.3.2 LabelsLink to chapter 3
Hub 2.0 includes 6 preset color-coded labels for grouping and sorting websites. To select a label for a site in the List view, hover over the space next to the three-dot icon for the site, and click on the label icon that will appear. You can customize these preset labels and add your own as well. See Customize Labels below for more on that.
A drop-down menu will appear with the different color-coded labels available and all you have to do is click on the desired label to assign it to that site.
Only one label can be assigned to a site at any given moment but labels can easily be changed by simply selecting a different label, or removed by selecting None.
The default available labels are:
Labels can also be assigned to sites in the Grid view, through a similar process. The only difference being that the label icon is located to the bottom-right of the site thumbnail.
Fliter by Label
To filter sites associated with the same label, click on Filters & Labels and select the label you want to action.
Multiple labels can be selected which will display all sites associated with any of the chosen labels. In the example below, both the orange and blue labels have been selected, meaning that sites labeled with either the orange or blue tag are listed.
In order to give you more control over the organization of your sites, the Hub allows you to customize your labels. Click on Filters & Labels and click the Edit link to access the configuration panel.
The configuration panel allows you to add, remove, rename, change colors and change the order in which the labels are listed.
New labels can be added by clicking the plus icon next to Add label.
Remove labels by clicking on the minus icon.
All labels can be renamed by clicking on the existing name and replacing the text with the new name.
To choose a unique color for your labels, click on the circular color icon.
You can then move the color picker to choose the desired color or you can type in the hex color code for a specific color. Click Save to select the new color or Cancel to exit without making any changes to the original color.
Labels can be moved around to any order you would like. This can be done by clicking on the icon with three stacked horizontal lines and by dragging the label to its new position.
Remember to click Save to keep all of the changes you have made to your labels. Click Cancel to exit the configuration panel without changing any labels.
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The Hub has both a Grid view and List view. As noted in the My Sites chapter, the first time you visit the Hub it is set to the Grid view. After the first visit, your Hub will remember the last selected view used and default to that on your next visit.
The Grid view pulls a thumbnail screenshot of your site’s home page as a visual representation of the site along with the domain name.
Click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of any site in the grid to open a menu of options for that site.
- Visit site – Opens the wp-admin of the site in a new tab, and logs you in automatically if Single Sign-On is enabled in the WPMU DEV Dashboard Settings on that site.
- Re-Sync Site – Enables you to re-sync site data with your Hub if things don’t appear right.
- Migrate site – Appears for 3rd-party hosted sites only. Shortcut to the Migration tool in your Hub.
- Clone site – Appears for WPMU DEV hosted sites only. Shortcut to the site Cloning tool in your Hub.
- Reports – Shortcut to the Reports section for that site in your Hub.
- Enable Automate – Appears only for sites where Automate is not yet active.
- Rename – Shortcut to the Rename feature in the site Settings.
- Settings – Opens the Settings options for that site in your Hub.
- Disconnect site – Appears for 3rd-party hosted sites only. Logs you out of the WPMU DEV Dashboard in the site’s wp-admin and disconnects the site from your Hub.
- Delete site – Appears for WPMU DEV hosted sites only. Click if you need to delete the WPMU DEV hosted site from your account. You will be prompted to enter your WPMU DEV password and confirm the action.
Each site in the grid also contains several icons representing the current state of features or actions that can be taken for that site.
- The Updates icon (dark gray with a down-pointing arrow) displays information about available core/plugin/theme updates for the site (if that icon is absent, that means there are no updates available).
- Hover your mouse over the icon to reveal the available updates for your site. You can update things individually, or update everything on the site with a single click, right from this screen.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Updates screen for that site in your Hub for more detailed information and features.
Labels & Favorites
- Just beneath the Updates icon, you’ll see a star icon if you’ve Favorited that website).
- The label you may have applied to the site (if any) also appears here.
- The cloud icon will appear green if the site is on WPMU DEV hosting, or dark gray if hosted by a 3rd-party.
- If your site is hosted by WPMU DEV, hover your mouse over the icon to reveal basic info about the site’s hosting plan.
- Click on the icon to be redirected to the Hosting overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The Security icon provides information about the Defender plugin configuration for the site. It appears gray if the plugin is not active on the site, green if there are no issues, and red if there are issues needing your attention.
- Hover your mouse over the icon to see basic info about the security of the site.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Security overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The Performance icon provides basic info about the Hummingbird plugin configuration for the site. It appears gray if the plugin is not active on the site, green if there are no issues, and red if there are issues needing your attention.
- Hover your mouse over the icon to see basic info about the performance of the site.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Performance overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The SEO icon provides basic info about the SmartCrawl plugin configuration for the site. It appears gray if the plugin is not active on the site, green if there are no issues, and red if there are issues needing your attention.
- Hover your mouse over the icon to see basic info about the SEO score of the site.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the SEO overview screen for that site in your Hub.
Backups / Snapshot
- The Backups icon provides information about the backups for the site. If your site is hosted with WPMU DEV, a server stack icon will display to indicate Hosting Backups. If your site is hosted with a 3rd-party. the Snapshot plugin icon will display.
- It appears gray if the plugin is not active on the site, green if backups are available and scheduled, and red if backups are failing or are not configured for the site.
- Hover your mouse over the icon for info about the latest backup.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Backups overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The Uptime icon indicates whether your site is currently available or if it is down.
- It appears green if the site is up red if it is down, or gray if the feature is not yet active on the site.
- Hover your mouse over the icon for basic Uptime info.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Uptime overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The Analytics icon provides basic information about your site’s traffic.
- It will appear green if the feature is active on the site, or gray if it is not.
- Hover your mouse over the icon for basic Analytics information. You can adjust the data displayed to show the last 1, 7, 30 or 90 days right in that info bubble.
- Click the icon to be redirected to the Analytics overview screen for that site in your Hub.
- The Reports icon displays basic information about the next scheduled report for that site.
- It will appear green if there is a scheduled report, or gray if there is none yet.
- Hover your mouse over the icon to view the name and date of the next scheduled report.
- Click on the icon to be redirected to the Reports overview screen for that site in your Hub.
You’ll also notice a couple of features at the top-right of each site in the grid.
- Click the WordPress logo to be redirected to the wp-admin URL of that site in a new tab.
- If you have also enabled the Single Sign-on feature in the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin on that site, clicking this link will automatically log you into the site’s wp-admin.
Click the List view icon to switch to a List view of your websites. The List view displays your sites without the thumbnail and displays the color-coded icons for available actions without having to hover over your site.
This view gives you a quicker overall view of your connected websites.
Whichever view was used on your last visit will be used next time you log on to the WPMU DEV Hub.
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The Favorites feature allows you to group sites by priority, high activity, or any other criteria you deem important.
When hovering over a site in both the Grid and List view an empty star icon will appear. In Grid view, it is in the bottom left corner. In the List view, it is next to the domain name.
Clicking the star icon adds the site to your favorites list. If a site is added to your favorites list it will be marked with a gold star. To remove your site from the favorites List click the gold star and the site will be removed.
As seen in the Sort By feature detailed in the My Sites chapter above, sites that have been favorited can be pinned to the top of your sites List or Grid view so they’re easy to spot at a glance.
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The Updates section in the Hub enables you to manually manage all available updates for all your connected sites. The number in that tab indicates the total number of available updates (themes, plugins, core WordPress) for all your sites; if no number appears there, you have no updates, congrats!
The Updates section is divided into 4 tabbed sub-sections:
- Sites – displays the sites with available updates, and what they are.
- Plugins – displays just the plugins in need of updating, and on which sites they’re installed.
- Themes – displays just the themes in need of updating, and on which sites they’re installed.
- Core – displays a list of sites with outdated versions of WordPress installed.
You can choose to update whatever you need to, however you want to. You can update everything by site, or update only selected plugins or themes on some sites, or update only core WordPress on selected sites.
Once you’ve selected whatever you want to update under any one tab, click the Update button at top-right of that tab to update everything you’ve selected under that tab.
Note that all available selections under each tab are selected by default. If you switch to a different tab and come back to the one you were on, it will again default to all options selected.
You can also choose to ignore any selected updates by clicking Ignore updates.
This will stop any current and future updates from running until they are unignored, which can be done at any point by selecting the desired update under the Ignored tab and clicking Unignore updates. The Ignore feature also applies to Automate updates.
Navigate between unignored and ignored updates with the Available and Ignored tabs at the top of the module.
Note that ignoring updates in your Hub only affects updates from the Hub; it does not block any automated updates in your site’s wp-admin if you have that enabled.
Check out our blog on Ignoring Updates For WordPress Core, Plugins, and Themes for more information on why you might want to ignore updates on your site.
Under the Sites tab, click the checkboxes for any site to select/deselect that site, or use the bulk select option at top-left to select All, None, or only your Favorites.
You can use the Sort By filter at top-right just like on your My Sites screen to show the list of sites Alphabetically in ascending or descending order, by Recently Added or by Updates available.
Note that the button to Enable Automate will appear for any site listed that does not yet have Automate enabled on it. Click that button to be redirected to the Automate screen for that site to enable that feature if you wish. See the Automate doc for more info on that.
Hover your mouse over the number next to any site to see which plugins/themes need updating on that site. Click the checkboxes in the list to select/deselect any you want to include/exclude.
If you want to see all available updates for all sites, click the up/down arrow icon at the top to expand all sites. Here again, you can click the checkboxes to select/deselect any plugins/themes you want to include/exclude in your updates.
Under the Plugins tab, the functionality is much the same as above. But here, instead of listing the sites that have updates available, the list shows the plugins with available updates.
Hover your mouse over the number next to any plugin to see which sites have this update available.
Check or uncheck any sites or plugins you want to include or exclude. Use the Sort By feature at top-right to sort the list of available updates Alphanumerically or by number of sites that have Updates available.
Under the Themes tab, the functionality is again much the same as above. But here the list shows the themes with available updates.
Hover your mouse over the number next to any theme to see which sites have this update available.
Check or uncheck any sites or themes you want to include or exclude. Use the Sort By feature at top-right to sort the list of available updates Alphanumerically or by number of sites that have Updates available.
The functionality under the Core tab is much the same as above. But here, you’ll see a list of any sites that have outdated versions of WordPress running. Check or uncheck any site to include or exclude as needed.
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Instead of making painstaking manual adjustments to new sites, simply apply your preferred WPMU DEV plugin and uptime config with a click! Check out our blog post on building sites with one-click configs via The Hub for a complete overview.
The Configs section in your Hub is where you can manage preset configurations of your WPMU DEV plugins, and apply those configurations to any or all of your sites in just a few clicks.
When applying a preset configuration to a site, that configuration will instantly overwrite all the corresponding settings & options for that plugin on the site. This means you can set things up on a site just once, save that configuration in your Hub, and apply it to any or all other site(s).
Watch this introductory video to get a good feel for how Configs can help speed up the installation of plugins and deployment of new sites.
2.7.1 Quick SetupLink to chapter 7
The Quick Setup feature in your Hub enables you to configure all premium WPMU DEV plugins & services on a site in a single operation. You can apply either our default configurations, or use your own custom ones that you set up in the Configs section of your Hub.
To launch the Quick Setup, click either the Try Now button in the feature’s hello bar, or click the ellipsis icon at top right to open the site options, then click the Quick Setup link there.
Clicking either option will open the Quick Setup screen where you’ll see all the services that can be enabled and configured at once on that site.
By default, all services are pre-selected. If there are any that you do not want to configure with the Quick Setup, simply uncheck them.
The image above shows the Quick Setup for a site where none of the services have been activated yet. If any are already active, they would be disabled (greyed out) as their configuration cannot be overwritten by this feature. In that case, you’d want to first deactivate the desired service in your Hub. Then launch the Quick Setup again, and it will then be available for selection.
Available services will have an active selectbox where you can select either the default WPMU DEV config, or any custom config you may have already set up. See the My Configs chapter below for more info on creating custom configs.
If you have already selected a custom config for a service, and want to revert back to the default WPMU DEV config, simply select the default config at the top of that service’s configs list in the dropdown.
Once you have selected the services you want to configure with the Quick Setup, and have selected any custom configs you want to apply to those services, click the Start Setup button at the bottom.
The configs column will change to display which services have Completed their configuration, which one is currently Activating, and which are still Pending configuration.
The whole process only takes a few seconds. Once the Quick Setup has completed, your Hub will automatically refresh and you’ll be directed to the Overview screen for that site.
Resetting the Quick Setup
You can dismiss the Quick Setup either by clicking the [x] icon in the hello bar to close it, or by clicking the Skip quick setup link at the bottom of the Quick Setup screen.
If you had previously dismissed the Quick Setup and wish to get it back again, click the ellipsis icon at top-right to open the site options, and select Settings. Then click the Reset link for the Reset quick setup option.
2.7.2 My ConfigsLink to chapter 7
As this is a brand-new Hub feature, only SmartCrawl, Defender, Smush, Hummingbird, and Uptime support custom configs. Documentation for additional services/plugins will become available as they are integrated.
To access all your preset configurations, go to the Configs screen in your Hub by clicking that menu item on your My Sites overview screen.
The first thing you’ll see are the available default WPMU DEV configs. These are designed to get you up and running quickly with the selected plugin/service.
Click the My Configs tab to get started on creating your own custom configs. If you have not yet created any, you’ll first see the initial welcome message.
Once you have created at least one config (see below), you’ll see them listed under the My Configs tab.
If needed, you can edit the name of a configuration, duplicate it, or delete it, by selecting the appropriate option from the dropdown that appears when clicking on the ellipsis icon. Note that you cannot rename or delete the default WPMU DEV configs.
Clicking the Details option there will pop open a modal to display exactly what has been included in that config.
Creating a new config
There are two ways to create custom configs for any service:
- From the My Configs screen
- From the Overview screen or applicable plugin/service for any site in your Hub
Creating a config from My Configs
To create a new config for any service from the My Configs screen, click the Create Config button at the top-right of that screen.
In the modal that pops open, give your config a Name, select the Site you want to create it from, and select the Plugin the config should apply to. Click Save when you’re done.
Creating a config from a site service
You can create a new config for any plugin/service from a site’s Overview screen, or the specific plugin/service screen.
From the site’s Overview screen
Click the ellipsis icon in the plugin module you want to open the options, and click Save Config.
Enter a Name for your configuration in the modal that pops up, and click Save.
From the plugin/service screen
On the plugin/service screen, click Config in the main module on that service’s screen, and select Save Config. Enter the desired config name as above and click Save.
Applying a configuration to a site
Applying a config from the Configs screen
You can apply any of your available configurations to any or all of your sites in one go from the My Configs screen. Click the Apply to site link for the configuration you want.
Then select the site(s) where you want to apply this configuration.
By default, this list will display the first 20 sites in your Hub. If you have more than than that, click the Load More button to load an additional 20. You can also use the Find a website search form to locate the specific one(s) you want.
You’ll see the Apply to “x” sites button will update dynamically with the total number of sites you select. Once you’ve selected the site(s) you want, click that Apply button to apply your chosen config to those sites.
Note that if you apply an Uptime config to a site where Uptime is not yet active, it will be activated automatically. You’ll see a reminder of this when you select the site(s) where you want to apply the config.
Applying a config from a site service
You can apply any one of your preset service configurations to a site while on the site’s main Overview screen, or the service’s screen for that site.
From the site’s Overview screen
Click the ellipsis icon in the plugin module you want to open the options, and click Apply Config.
That will pop open a modal displaying all the custom configs you have created for that plugin/service. Select the one you want and click Apply.
As on the My Configs screen, clicking the Details option here will pop open a modal to display exactly what has been included in that config.
From the plugin/service screen
On the plugin/service screen, click Config in the main module on that service’s screen, and select Apply Config.
In the modal that pops open, select the configuration you want, and click the Apply button.
Again, clicking the Details option here will pop open a modal to display exactly what has been included in that config.
When applying a custom config from a site’s Overview or plugin/service screens, a modal will pop up prompting you to confirm the action. Click Yes to confirm, or Cancel if you do not wish to proceed just yet.
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The Site Templates area in your Hub is where you can create and manage your own custom site templates, as well as preview the preconfigured templates from WPMU DEV.
Check out our Create and Sell Your Own Site Templates For Free With WPMU DEV Hosting post in the blog to see how they can help get you one step closer to a fully automated WordPress SaaS business.
Any site template here can be used when you choose to create a new WPMU DEV hosted site, or clone an existing one. Please see our Create From a Template or Clone From a Template documentation for more information on those processes.
Your custom templates will be located under the My Templates tab, and the preconfigured WPMU DEV Templates can be found under their own tab.
If you have not yet created any custom site templates, the My Templates screen will prompt you to create one now.
Click the Create Template button at the top-right of that screen to pop open a modal window where you’ll be prompted to select the Site you want to use as a template. Then enter a template Title and optional Description.
Click the Create Template button to start the process. A progress indicator will appear so you can estimate how long it will take.
The actual time needed to create the template will depend entirely on the size of the site used for it. You’ll receive an email as soon as your template is created.
Once the template has been created, the progress indicator will be replaced by the date it was created. Click the ellipsis icon to reveal management options where you can Edit the Title and optional Description, or Delete the template.
To create another template, simply click the Create Template button at top-right again and repeat the process.
Note that you can also create a template by clicking the Create Template option under the ellipsis icon for any WPMU DEV hosted site on the My Sites screen of your Hub.
A modal window will pop open prompting you to enter a Title for your template as well as an optional Description.
2.8.1 Custom Templates FAQLink to chapter 8
Will these templates cost me anything?
Nope. Each custom template that you create is actually a full backup of the selected site which we store on our AWS servers. It does not affect your hosting storage at all. When you choose to use a custom template to create a new site, that backup is fetched and restored at your chosen new site URL.
Is there a limit to how many templates I can create?
Yes. You can have up to a total of 25 custom templates in your account. Note that you can only create one custom template at a time though; the create template buttons will be disabled while a template creation is in progress.
Can I create a template from any site connected to my Hub?
No. It is only possible to create custom templates from sites hosted by WPMU DEV.
If I create a template and then delete the site from which it was created, does the template get deleted as well?
No. Your template would not be affected if you delete the site is was made from.
Are all the users, license keys, settings, site data, etc. preserved in my templates?
Yes. The template is a full backup of the source site, so everything is included in it.
Can I edit or update the content of existing templates?
No. As the templates are backups, it is not possible to edit or update anything in them once they’re created. If you do need to edit or update your template, you’d need to create a new one from your updated source site, then delete the outdated template.
Why don’t I see a screenshot or preview button in My Templates?
Since the templates are backups, they cant be previewed live. However, a future update of this feature might include the option to upload custom thumbnails for your templates.