Gather ‘round Sumo-lings. I wanna tell you a tale—call it a cautionary tale—about a buddy of mine. A tale about saving LOADS of time designing awesome sites using WordPress, only to WASTE it by maintaining them all individually through separate dashboards.
This friend—he’s a smart enough guy, cranking out great-looking sites for clients with WordPress’s quick installation, easy themes, and simple content management. He’s even got a handful of personal and professional WordPress sites of his own. Sometimes even I’m surprised at how quickly he can get off the phone with a client, get to work choosing a theme and laying out the site framework, and have something to show them that looks pretty damn good.
The funny (read:stupid) thing is, he takes all this time he saves using WordPress and flushes it down the toilet, every single morning, doing basic daily maintenance and upkeep.
Here’s how it goes:
“9AM—time to check how my clients’ sites are doing…wonder if there’re any new comments?”
Login to dashboard #1…check for updates…look at previous day’s traffic…see if anything’s broken…reply to a couple of comments…log out.
Login to dashboard #2…check for updates…look at previous day’s traffic…see if anything’s broken…reply to a couple of comments…log out.
Login to dashboard #3…check for updates…look at previous day’s traffic…see if anything’s broken…reply to a couple of comments…log out.
He does this for as many as a dozen sites every day, sometimes more than once, and it’s enough to make me facepalm…and this Sumo’s got BIG palms.
One of the biggest advantages of building with WordPress is the ability to quickly turn out a site that doesn’t look like crap. Wasting so much time constantly checking in on every site separately is like buying a Ferrari and pushing it down the highway—it’s pretty much an all-around bad idea, and a huge waste of time and potential.
At first, I thought it was kinda funny. I liked watching him brag about how fast he could build a WordPress site that his clients loved, only to turn around and waste so much time toiling with the upkeep. Toiling with something that could so obviously be done in a much simpler and more efficient way.
But even I could only let him dangle for so long. So, being the sometimes-gentle giant that I am, I let him in on a little secret that would put an end to his woes. My secret weapon for saving time and energy keeping up with a bunch of separate WordPress blogs.
I told him about ManageWP—an online platform that makes it easy to manage all of your WordPress blogs from one central location.
Ponder with me, Sumo-ling.
Imagine if you could have instant access to all of your WordPress blogs with the click of a button—not only giving you a quick glance of how they’re all faring, but letting you handle batch actions across all of them at once or drill down into each one individually? What if you could organize them all into custom groups and see group analytics for, say, all your personal blogs, or your clients’ blogs? Picture being able to jump back and forth between blog dashboards without the hassle of logging in and out, not to mention remembering a bunch of usernames and passwords.
That’s just a taste of what ManageWP gives you, and you’d probably agree that it’d be a nice little improvement to your WordPress workflow. Being able to manage your sites all in one place is preeeetty cool…but here’s where this thing gets powerful.
This platform won’t just make you faster in your blog maintenance and upkeep. No—it’ll actually help you be more successful in your blog management by showing you trends and insights you might have otherwise missed. It’ll help you be more aware, more responsive, and more in-control of all of your sites—you’ll be running a much tighter ship in no time.
With so many themes and plugins available, and new ones constantly hitting the scene, it’s easy to fall behind the curve. Set notifications for the things you care about get and be the first to know whenever there’s something new. Whether it’s an update for themes, plugins, WordPress, or ManageWP itself, all your sites will always be equipped with the latest and greatest.
You’ll also be able to easily take advantage of prominent links back to your site or viral sharing by getting a heads up about big traffic spikes.
Paying an SEO pro to come in and trick out your content is really expensive, and high-ranking keywords require constant attention and tweaking. Good thing you won’t have to, ‘cause ManageWP handles a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Its keyword research and ranking tools will let you know what keywords your sites are ranking well for, and point out where you need to pick things up.
Ever been working on a big important project, forgot to save, and some dweeb trips over the power supply you lose everything? The RAGE!!! It’s enough to make a grown Sumo cry. Well…almost...I mean, if that ever…you know what I mean.
With ManageWP’s automated backups, you’ll never have to know that pain. Just schedule daily, weekly, or monthly data backups for your sites, and rest assured that everything is safe and retrievable. How you get to that data is up to you, too, with a slew of storage options including Dropbox, Amazon S3, FTP, and email.
Say you have a bulletin you want to post across all your sites, or you want to make a change to your blogroll links across the board. Usually, if you have a bunch of sites to update, that’d take a looong time (know where this is going?). With bulk posting options, you can just write your content once, choose the blogs you want to post to, and publish.
If you develop a lot of content and new sites for your customers, you’ll love this. ManageWP lets you save your favorite theme and plugin loadouts as templates, and create new sites from those templates in seconds with the clone tool. You’ll also be able to handle mass-migration, moving all of your sites at once to a new web host, saving you all the time it’d take to do them individually.
Bottom line, Sumo-ling—THIS STUFF WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER. No one likes clicking in and out of accounts constantly, remembering all the login information that goes with them, or using clumsy workarounds like having a bunch of separate browser windows open.
ManageWP keeps everything in one tidy place for you, and makes it really easy to do the things you do ALL THE TIME. You’ll save a lot of time and have better, more secure control over your sites’ performance.
So I told these guys the story about my sorry WordPress developer friend, and they insisted—no, DEMANDED—that he shape up his workflow with ManageWP. In fact, they were so pained to think about all the people like him, that they’re basically giving it away to the time-wasting masses as a public service. Just how pained were they?
So much so…that they want you to have a FULL YEAR of the ManageWP Standard Package for just...
That’s a year of faster, better workflow for up to 10 WordPress sites for about half of what you’d normally pay. Who says this Sumo doesn’t have your back?
But you gotta be quick—this one’s going fast!
The Chief Sumo
P.S. A lot of people really love this product. Here’s what a few of them are saying:
“We have had the pleasure of using or recommending hundreds of products and services for WordPress. It is a rare thing indeed when we find something that is “perfect” in conception and execution. ManageWP accomplishes both.”
—Spencer Foreman, Founder, LabSecrets
“Thanks to ManageWP, I can now monitor all my clients’ websites from a single, easy-to-use dashboard, and apply updates to every site at once with a single click. What used to take hours to complete now takes less than two minutes!”
—Shawn Hesketh, Owner, LeftLane Designs
“I no longer have to wonder which sites are up to date. With the click of a button, all my websites’ platforms and plugins are updated and cleaned up. Also, with ManageWP’s Backup option, I’m able to back up my sites very easily.”
—Diego Velasquez, Co-Founder, LocalStrong
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