Centralized site management for all of your WordPress websites now possible via Jetpack
Do you own or manage multiple WordPress blogs? Until now managing those multiple sites and keeping your plugins and WordPress themes must have been time consuming – wherein you are required to login to each site separately and press that update all button – unless you had a paid third party centralized WordPress sites management service. Worry not, folks at Jetpack/Automatic/WordPress have just introduced this feature free for all WordPressers so that you can manage multiple sites and keep plugins up-to-date from one dashboard at wordpress.com/plugins. Enabling this feature allows all existing, connected Administrators to access/modify your site plugins from WordPress.com.
Centralized site management for all of your WordPress websites is now possible via Jetpack and includes just a couple clicks to activate this feature from your WordPress dashboard. JetPack support page for site management states features obtained after enabling those centralized WordPress functions; namely
- manage your Jepack sites from WordPress.com,
- manage all WordPress plugin centrally – includes auto/manual upate or plugin intervention,
- viewing your all WordPress blog stats – this was available for long even before this service was announced
- publishing or posting a new blog post or article to your Jetpack site from WordPress.com
- basic WordPress settings including discussion management
- centralized WordPress theme management (coming soon)
When a plugin update is released, the best practice is to update that plugin right away. What if you have multiple sites using the same plugin? You used to have to login to each site individually and to update the plugin manually from that site’s dashboard. With multiple sites, this process can take quite a while!
With the new Site Management feature, you can update plugins, set plugins to automatically update, and activate or deactivate plugins on a per-site basis or in bulk. You can also make a new post to any of your blogs from a single page without having to login and post from each site individually. Also, this new interface was designed and built to provide a great user experience whether you’re on your computer, tablet, or mobile device.
Jetpack 3.3 is required to take full advantage of all plugin management features; and at the same time we wait to see more centralized management features such as basic settings, theme management, user management and other features of the WordPress sites. Go upgrade your Jetpack and blog better.