Are you in the process of managing multiple websites powered by WordPress, and feel lost somewhere? Perhaps you can never be sure whether you’ve updated that plugin on this site or this plugin on that site. After all, if you have multiple websites, each with its own share of plugins, themes and settings, how exactly can you be expected to have time for anything other than website management?
If the above mentioned situation seems apt for you, InfiniteWP is one tool that you should try!
To Begin With…
Well, let’s leave the definition to InfiniteWP itself:
“InfiniteWP simplifies your WordPress management tasks into a quick click of a button, so you can spend your time on more important things.”
In other words, InfiniteWP is a tool that can be used to manage multiple installations of WordPress, irrespective of the domain and/or server that those installations are on. You can install InfiniteWP on your own server, have one master login for its admin panel, and update as well as manage all your existing WP installations from that panel itself. No need to manually update each and every plugin across multiple installations. Further more, you can also use InfiniteWP for backup and restore – all using one Master login.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
And it doesn’t cost you a penny! Yes, you read that right. InfiniteWP is free, though there are certain Premium addons in the pipeline (but the product overall is free to download).
With the introduction out-of-the-way, let us now take a deeper plunge and see what InfiniteWP can really accomplish.
Under the Hood
To begin with, you will need to download and install InfiniteWP on your server. Of course, there is athat you can take before you decide whether the tool is worth the efforts or not.
Once installed, and logged in, you are greeted with a nimble and neat Admin Panel that lists all your stuff in an easy to use manner.
Obviously, the first thing that you will need is the ability to add your WP sites. You’ll find a small button at the lower left section of the screen, that proclaims “Add your WordPress sites here”.
You will be required to enter details such as website URL, admin user name and an activation key (which is displayed once you install the InfiniteWP plugin on your site).
Once the site has been added, you will find it mentioned in the admin panel.
In the Updates view, you can choose to view on the basis of website, plugins, themes or WP version, all neatly followed by the handy ‘Update All’ link.
The second view is the Plugins and Themes view, wherein you can manage and install new plugins and themes. Taking a closer look, in the Install Themes pane, you need to select the website, decide whether to automatically activate the new theme, and then specify the source – the WP repository, ZIP file upload, theme URL, and so on. You can install the same theme across multiple sites too.
You can perform backups on your sites – just select the website (single or multiple, as you wish), then decide whether to backup just the files or the database as well, and specify any additional measures (exclusions, inclusions, etc.). That’s it! You’re good to go.
InfiniteWP also keeps a handy activity log, as shown below.
So, is InfiniteWP worth it? Definitely yes! If you are running WordPress across multiple websites and need an easy solution to manage all your installations, InfiniteWP should be your safest bet! Further more, if the current set of features doesn’t impress you, the premium features that are in the making will surely leave a mark – integration with Google Analytics, backup to Amazon S3 and Dropbox, front-end editor and the ability to manage users.
InfiniteWP has its own support forum where you can seek help, if so needed.
With that said, we leave you with a video of InfiniteWP in action.
What do you think of this tool? Will you be using it to manage your WP sites? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Sufyan bin Uzayr writes for various magazine and blogs, and is the author of "Sufism: A Brief History". He blogs about technology, Linux and open source, mobile, web design and development, typography, and Content Management Systems at Code Carbon. You can learn more about him, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.