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 (Coming soon!)
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.
2.1 Getting StartedCopy chapter anchor to clipboard
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:
- Users & Roles
- 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 on the Hosting option to select whether you want to Show or Hide WPMU DEV Hosting information in your Hub. Selecting Hide here will remove the Hosting tab from the main navigation and from individual site overviews, as well as all links & prompts to migrate to WPMU DEV hosting.
Note that this setting only affects your own view of The Hub. It does not affect whether hosting info is shown to users you add in the Users & Roles section. That still depends on the access you’ve granted to the user role. For more on that, see our Users & Roles 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.
2.2 My SitesCopy chapter anchor to clipboard
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 in the bottom-right corner of the site block.
Group by Label
To group 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 Websites 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.
A red notification icon (•) in the upper righthand corner of a site’s thumbnail indicates there are actions pending for that site.
Hover over one of the thumbnails to reveal color-coded action icons for a view of site health and performance.
These icons represent:
- Updates – The first icon is the updates icon
- Grey – Everything is up-to-date.
- Red notification badge over the icon – There are plugin or theme updates available.
- Hover – Hovering over the icon reveals how many updates are available.
- Click the icon to visit the updates screen
- Hosting – This provides information about your site’s hosting
- Grey – The site is hosted elsewhere
- Green – The site is Hosted with WPMU DEV
- Hover – Hovering over the hosting icon reveals the selected hosting plan, domain name, and server location
- Click the icon to visit the hosting tab.
- Security – This is information about your Defender settings. More about the security tab is located in the Hub 2.0 Security usage docs
- Grey – Defender security is not setup
- Green – Defender is active and there are no actions that need to be taken.
- Red – The site has been scanned and there are security actions that have not yet been addressed
- Hover – Number of security issues detected by Defender
- Click the icon to jump to the security tab for the site for activating or managing Defender settings
- Performance – Performance scans, reporting, and monitoring is activated with Hummingbird
- Grey – Hummingbird is not active and configured on your site
- Green – Hummingbird is set up and all actions have been taken
- Red – Performance issues have been detected by Hummingbird and need to be actioned
- Hover – display the websites performance score
- Click the icon to visit the Performance section of your site in the Hub. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 performance section.
- SEO – Activate Smartcrawl on your site to scan, manage, and track SEO for your site
- Grey – Smartcrawl SEO is not set up on the site
- Green – Smartcrawl is active and all actions have been taken
- Red – Smartcrawl has detected opportunities for improving your sites SEO
- Hover – This will display the SEO score from your scan
- Click on the icon to visit the SEO tab for your site. For more information about the SEO tab visit the Hub 2.0 SEO usage doc.
- Backups/Snapshot – If your site is hosted with WPMU DEV the Server icon is used. If your site is hosted with a third-party the Snapshot backups icon will display.
- Grey – there are no backups scheduled or connected
- Green – Backups are connected and scheduled
- Red – If the backup icon is red the backups failed
- Hover – Reveals the last backup and your backup schedule
- Click on the icon to visit the backups tab for your site. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 Backups usage doc.
- Uptime – This icon covers Uptime Monitoring.
- Grey – Uptime is not connected
- Green – Your site is connected and up
- Red – Website is down
- Hover – Verifies the site status
- Click on the icon to visit the Uptime tab for your site. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 Uptime usage doc.
- Analytics – This icon indicates the status of the Analytics module in the Hub
- Grey – Analytics is not active on the site.
- Green – Analytics is active.
- WP Admin – Clicking the WordPress icon will take you to the dashboard for your site. If Single Sign-on (SSO) is enabled for the site, you are able to securely log on without having to re-enter your username or password. For more information about setting up or deactivating SSO, visit the Secure One-click Logins documentation.
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.
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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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).
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.
The selectbox for any services that have no custom configuration set up yet will be disabled (greyed out) and will display only “No saved config”. That means that if that service is selected in the Quick Setup, the default WPMU DEV configuration will be applied.
Services for which you have already set up at least one custom config will have an active selectbox where you can choose which of your custom configs you want to apply for that service. 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, click the Reset link beneath 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 Security/Defender is supported at this time for custom configs. Support for additional services/plugins will become available as they are integrated into each plugin.
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.
If you have not yet created any configurations, you’ll just 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.
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.
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.