We are not going to tell you how important time is to your business, because you already know. The simple formula of “less time taken = cost savings” is consistent across all business types. Any business owner who isn’t interested in saving time has got their priorities all wrong.
Which brings us to WordPress – the world’s most popular content management system. Do you remember the days of creating HTML files in a text editor? Or painstaking hours spent constructing a complex HTML table for your website’s layout? Such archaic methods have been made extinct by WordPress. Its primary value is determined by the time it saves you.
So if you are aware of and thankful for the time saving features that WordPress offers, you will be ecstatic with the introduction of one of the most powerful new services available for WordPress users. If you create and/or manage multiple WordPress sites and have yet to hear of ManageWP, get ready to take the next evolutionary step in content management efficiency, and find out the 10 ways in which you can save your business time and money.
1. One Click Updates
Updating themes, plugins, and even WordPress itself across multiple sites is the worst nightmare of many a WordPress developer. But it is a necessity – a WordPress site that isn’t kept up to date is highly vulnerable to compromise.
However, it no longer has to be an unfortunate necessity, with ManageWP’s powerful one click update feature. Imagine how much time you have spent in the past accessing each of your WordPress sites’ dashboards to make sure that all themes and plugins are up to date. That can now be a thing of the past. With one click updating, you can keep all of your sites up to date with just the click of a button.
Life is too short – why click more than once if you don’t need to?
2. Centralized Access To All Dashboards
Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to log into each of your individual WordPress sites in order to have access to the dashboard? Well, to put it simply, you don’t.
With ManageWP, you can access each dashboard from one centralized location. No logging in and out, no switching from one site to the next. Just pure time-saving.
3. Mass Theme/Plugin Install
We’ve all been there. The discovery of a fantastic new plugin that you know should be installed across your entire portfolio of WordPress sites. It only takes a few moments for you to realize that doing so is going to take a great deal of time. If you have a large portfolio, such a task could literally take hours.
Unless of course you are a ManageWP user. Just like one click updates, you can choose to install themes and plugins across multiple sites with just the click of a button. Finding that great new theme or plugin no longer needs to be a mixed blessing.
4. Integrated Analytics & SEO Statistics
Many an hour is spent wasted by needless analysis of analytics and SEO statistics. There are two basic issues at play:
- Checking analytics across multiple sites can be an onerous task
- The temptation to check for changes in rankings can be too great to ignore
ManageWP resolves both issues in an elegant fashion. Access analytics across your entire site portfolio from your ManageWP dashboard. And forget about checking your SEO statistics manually – just request that ManageWP informs you when a particular metric has changed.
5. Easy Backup Scheduling
Site backups belong in the same “onerous but necessary” category of tasks as theme and plugin updates. But as before, that doesn’t need to be the case. ManageWP allows you to schedule highly flexible (and once set up, entirely automated) backup schedules.
The cost of lost data to your business cannot be underestimated. But fretting over the safety of your data can be a thing of the past, With ManageWP’s powerful backup module.
6. Bulk Publishing
The answer can actually be “very little”. With ManageWP’s bulk publishing capabilities, you have the power to add new pages or posts to every single one of your sites, by writing and publishing the content on just one screen.
7. Clone Sites
For WordPress developers, one of the most time-consuming tasks is often creating new sites. For instance, most developers have a preset list of plugins (such as those listed here and here), and do not look forward to manually installing each one when they develop a new site.
Wouldn’t it be easier if you could create a “clone” site, based upon a preexisting template? With ManageWP, you can. Just create a template site with pre-installed themes, plugins, and customized settings. Every time you need to create a new site, you can clone the template and get on with the more important aspects of design.
8. Migrate Sites
Migrating sites from one hosting provider to another can be a headache-inducing task. But as per the general theme you may have noticed by now, it doesn’t have to be with ManageWP.
In the same way that you can clone sites above, you can migrate them from one hosting provider to another with ease. The end-user experience is seamless, and the cost to business is minimal.
9. Spam Management
Managing spam on WordPress sites is the bane of any developer. Whilst eliminating spam altogether is not yet possible, it can be managed quite effectively by plugins such as Akismet.
There is just one problem – no spam management software is flawless. Non-spam comments can get caught up, and as such, it is necessary to manually check spam comments from time to time. If you have a large portfolio of WordPress sites, this can take up an extraordinary amount of time.
But with ManageWP, your spam management becomes completely centralized. Check all spam comments/trackbacks/pingbacks from one location, and approve or dispose of comments as necessary.
10. Uptime Monitoring
Last but certainly not least, one of the most important factors in keeping that bottom line ticking over is the uptime of your websites. An online business is only as successful as its hosting package is reliable. For instance, Facebook’s exponential growth was due in no small part to Mark Zuckerberg’s obsession with uptime. If people can’t access your site once, they are unlikely to come back.
So let ManageWP keep an eye on things for you, with its fully integrated uptime monitoring feature. You will be notified when your site experiences any downtime, which will empower you to make educated decisions as to whether or not your current hosting package is sufficient.
Finally – A Fundamental Of Business
Most business decisions are backed by the following thought process: “Does the benefit outweigh the cost?” And often, the benefit is measured in financial terms. If you pay $50 for a service, and it saves you $70, your Return On Investment is 40%. That kind of decision is a no-brainer.
And at the risk of sounding biased, we believe that the ROI on a subscription to ManageWP is one such no-brainer. Rarely will you have to make an easier business decision. After all, time is money, and ManageWP is about to save you the former (and thus, the latter) by the bucketload.
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