Manage Multiple Wordpress Sites ?

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Hi,

Does anyone know of any other tools like Blog Matrix Pro that allow you to manage multiple Wordpress blogs ?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author SteelDanno
    Might want to look into WordpressMU (multi-user). It's by the team that makes Wordpress and might be what you are after.
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  • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
    It was gonna mention WordpressMU and seem that SteelDannon is one step ahead of me. Anyway, WordpressMu really save me lots of problem, 1 click and another site is up.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmate
      Thanks guys, I'll go take a look.
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      • Profile picture of the author fthomas137
        wordpress mu can help, but if you can run into issues when using plugins for wordpress standard. Mu and standard edition are becoming two different animals.

        So, I wish to ask too, anyone have any experience with an affordable central wordpress management tool? I'd like to find something that would permit me to centrally manage updates, plugin changes (99% of my blogs are all the same in terms of plugins), and artile posting and management.

        Frank
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        • Profile picture of the author psresearch
          Originally Posted by fthomas137 View Post

          wordpress mu can help, but if you can run into issues when using plugins for wordpress standard. Mu and standard edition are becoming two different animals.

          So, I wish to ask too, anyone have any experience with an affordable central wordpress management tool? I'd like to find something that would permit me to centrally manage updates, plugin changes (99% of my blogs are all the same in terms of plugins), and artile posting and management.

          Frank
          We use tools for Mass-Automation.com for that.
          You'd need the following three tools:

          Mass Account Manager - to quickly set up multiple accounts where your blogs will be hosted

          WordPress AutoInstaller - to quickly install multiple blogs

          WordPress Cloner - to quickly copy the settings of a "Master" blog to multiple target blogs.
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          • Profile picture of the author fthomas137
            Originally Posted by markquinn View Post

            We use tools for Mass-Automation.com for that.
            You'd need the following three tools:

            Mass Account Manager - to quickly set up multiple accounts where your blogs will be hosted

            WordPress AutoInstaller - to quickly install multiple blogs

            WordPress Cloner - to quickly copy the settings of a "Master" blog to multiple target blogs.
            I am familiar with these tools as well. I've been offering suggestions to mass automation for some time on these tools and they are getting better and better. I would like to see a more centralized tool though. Also something that let's me perform plugin updates just a bit cleaner.

            I must say though, the auto installer tool is the bomb for performing backups of wordpress blogs. I'll be posting some videos on this tool shortly. I'll keep you all posted.

            Frank
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            • Profile picture of the author billybob
              Frank:
              Did you ever find a good solution??

              Have you looked at Wpmanagerdx.com ?

              I understand it can only be used on ONE server at a time, though so might not suit you.

              Blog Matrix Pro seems the best, but at $997 is INSANELY priced.
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisM
    Hi Frank,

    You should really check out Andrew Hansen's "Firepow" product. It has a central dashboard for all of your blogs. There's even custom SEO plugins Andrew's team has added.

    Take a look at Firepow Blogging Software - The Ultimate Tool For Niche And Blog Marketing Success (NOT an aff. link)

    Dennis
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  • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
    I just use Roboform and have all Wordpress logins ready to go. I can get in and out of blogs in a second or two.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeteNY
    Originally Posted by webmate View Post

    Hi,

    Does anyone know of any other tools like Blog Matrix Pro that allow you to manage multiple Wordpress blogs ?

    Thanks.
    Maybe Wordpress Direct?
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  • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
    I found this site on my travels - WordPress Mass Installer

    It looked good but haven't got round to signing up yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author ZorroCat
      wp-hive.com is easier than WP MU. It's a standard WP plugin that allows you to run many sites / domains off of one install. I have it running successfully. The big plus is that your other plugins don't need to be WP MU compliant.

      Kind regards,
      Zorro
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  • Profile picture of the author rosan9
    I was going to mention wp-hive, but I see I'm too late to the party. Anyway, it does exactly what you described.

    Roy
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  • Profile picture of the author billybob
    Thanks for the suggestion of wp-hive. But it only works on ONE server, not across multiple servers.

    Though the developer recently said:
    "Auttomatic (the organization behind WordPress) has announced that Wordpress and WPMU will be merged into a single codebase at some time in the future. There is some speculation as to when / how this will be done, but with this now on the table, it is clear that WP Hive's days are numbered."

    So maybe I should just start using WPMU, or wait for the merge....

    Does anyone use Wordpress Mass Installer?? It is $25 monthly, but I am concerned that they will not last over the long haul, so all the effort will be wasted. Especially with the coming WPMU merger with WP,.... which might put them out of business essentially.

    Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author billybob
    Frank:

    Did you ever find a better tool?

    How about those videos you promised?

    I am considering buying Mass-Automation tools.

    MARK, you said
    "WordPress AutoInstaller - to quickly install multiple blogs
    WordPress Cloner - to quickly copy the settings of a "Master" blog to multiple target blogs."

    The software publisher has such weak explanations of their products, I cannot figure out why I would need WPAI if I already have WPCloner?

    And does the cloner now do plugin updates better?

    I also looked at Blogs Organizer and Blogs Automator at
    CheapestWebSoftware.com but it appears that the BO can only manipulate about 10 factors in a WP install, so not really enough control.

    Anyone have any other solution??? Surely other people want to manage multiple blogs, on multiple domains, on multiple servers, from one central interface, too!

    Thanks.

    Thanks for any tips because this
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Alex Taylor View Post

      I just use Roboform and have all Wordpress logins ready to go. I can get in and out of blogs in a second or two.
      In addition to this, I set up a bookmark folder. Mine is called "My Sites". Under that, I have a subfolder for each site. In the subfolders are links to the Cpanel login page, the WP-Admin page and the home page of the blog.

      If you have a lot of blogs, you could group them in niches or whatever grouping makes sense to you.
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      • Profile picture of the author angela99
        I've tried most of the products which OPs have mentioned, and always go back to doing it by hand, and managing blogs individually.

        Automation tools are great -- when they work. When they don't, you can spend hours trying to track down a problem, reinstalling etc, and it's a royal pain.

        Basically, I use the method JohnMcCabe uses to manage my blogs. I can open a bunch of blogs in a browser (Firefox) in seconds.

        I WISH automation tools work as advertised. It would be great. Unfortunately, you're dealing with servers -- and your hosting company can change what they'll allow with scripts at any time.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebCoach
    I think Site Man Pro is what you're looking for.......

    SiteManPro: Membership Script Software | Business Management Software
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    • Profile picture of the author billybob
      Thanks everyone!

      I do use Roboform, and highly recommend it. I also use Firefox to bulk load 50 tabs at once with different sites.

      However, those assist only slightly.... especially for posting to blogs.

      What I, and Frank it seems, are looking for is a more powerful MANAGEMENT tool, not merely a posting tool.

      Site Man Pro is also not suitable for me, because it is not meant to work WITH Wordpress, but as an alternative CMS entirely, creating its own blogs, with its own themes etc.

      Any other suggestions appreciated!!
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  • Profile picture of the author billybob
    Okay..... I may have found something that is CLOSE. Not perfect, but close.

    VMB Virtual Multiblog for WordPress.
    http://striderweb.com/nerdaphernalia...ual-multiblog/

    He has been releasing updates from time to time, the latest was just last week.

    Can run 50+ blogs on different domains, from ONE installation of WP.

    Has anyone here used it?

    Another fella built a tool to make it easier to install the VMB system:
    Hackadelic Multiblog Kit | Hackadelic

    Billybob
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    • Profile picture of the author Byrt M
      Billybob
      I am checking Hackadelic now - I have never heard of it - it looks good - thanks for the heads up on it.
      Byrt
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    It's an old thread, started one and half year ago... and even the latest post was older than a year

    Since then WP MS (a.k.a. WP 3.x Multi-Site) has been released...
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    • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      It's an old thread, started one and half year ago... and even the latest post was older than a year

      Since then WP MS (a.k.a. WP 3.x Multi-Site) has been released...

      Is it any good?
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by GuerrillaIM View Post

        Is it any good?
        You mean WordPress 3.x.x? - I think it's good: you may want to read my free report about it.
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        • Profile picture of the author GaryHarvey
          I want to follow this discussion. Especially looking for a way
          to manage (that is, install + update) 100+ blogs on different
          domains.

          A Warrior has elsewhere put me onto ManageWP.com
          Manage Multiple WordPress Blogs – ManageWP.com
          which looks very good but one doesnt want to close one's
          mind to other possibilities.

          Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Turner
    You could try xMarkPro - The Online Marketer's Dream
    Fairly new and the developer is very dedicated - will do a lot more than just manage Wp - software installed on your own server - has some awesome features -
    highly recommended
    Manage Multiple WordPress Blogs – ManageWP.com
    is good and currently free - but will go to a monthly fee once out of beta -no indicationof what it will cost but beta testers will get 3 free domains
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  • Profile picture of the author 2011profit
    hi webmate!
    Yeah, try WordpressMU. It's easier to use that.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryHarvey
    I agree. XMarkPro is the best I've seen in my fairly extensive searching. I was so impressed I bought it.

    Matt is improving it all the time. Soon you'll be able to add an unlimited # of sites from a spreadsheet (man, am I looking forward to that!!!). He takes user suggestions seriously and he communicates freely. He's on my Skype recent chats list. His customer service attitude is just brilliant.

    He did the install on my server (no cost) and I imagine he does that for everybody who wants it.

    It's just a one time payment and tons cheaper for me (with 100+ sites) than ManageWP will be when the $5 per site per year pricing kicks in. If you'd like a coupon code to save 50 bucks, PM me.

    Setting up new sites is easy. XMP, as I call it, has a WP Repository which holds all your favorite plugins and themes, then when you want to create a new site, tick the boxes to make your selections from the available themes and plugins (including commercial plugins which you've uploaded there - the ones not available at wordpress.org) and it creates the site in seconds.

    XMarkPro also checks to see if your sites are online every 15 minutes, and a ton of other handy things.

    Anybody with more than a handful of sites could benefit from this one, and Danny, I am so glad you posted about it. THANKS.

    Gary
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    • Profile picture of the author xMarkPro
      Thanks Danny and Gary for giving xMarkPro a mention. Just want to chime in with a couple quick things:

      Originally Posted by GaryHarvey View Post

      Setting up new sites is easy. XMP, as I call it, has a WP Repository which holds all your favorite plugins and themes, then when you want to create a new site, tick the boxes to make your selections from the available themes and plugins ... and it creates the site in seconds.
      Yes, it definitely does that. It also supports "domain templates", so you can create a "template domain" with WP installed with all plugins & themes you want. From there, you can login to WP, and configure everything as you want. When creating a new domain, you can optionally select a template, and all the themes, plugins, posts, pages, settings, and everything else will be automatically installed on the new domain for you within seconds. Excellent if you need to pre-configure plugins a certain way, add your API keys, or whatever.

      There's also quite a bit more to xMarkPro than just domain management, including campaign tracking, full traffic & sales statistics, etc. Make sure to check out the website, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. I unfortunately can't personally provide you with a discount, so be sure to PM Gary for your $50 discount.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    You can also try WP ManagerDX
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  • Profile picture of the author freediver
    Manage Multiple WordPress Blogs - ManageWP.com allows managing of multiple WordPress blogs, updates, automatic backups, built in analytics and a lot of other stuff and is currently free.
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  • Profile picture of the author NikkiBlue
    There are lots of great suggestions in this thread ! I just registered at ManageWP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Wu
    ManageWP.com will not be free for more than 3 sites.

    "We plan to officially launch in November, 2011. ManageWP will remain free for up to three websites. The basic service will cost between $5 USD/month for 10 websites and $50 USD/month for 500 websites with different options in between for 25, 50, 100 and 250 managed sites."
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  • Profile picture of the author ManageWP
    Thanks for mentioning ManageWP.

    ManageWP had a big update yesterday and we are continuing to improve.

    Here is an example of what ManageWP can do:

    Watch me upgrade 63 Blogs in 3 minutes using ManageWP

    The price per managed site will be only $0.10 - $0.50 per website monthly, at the moment the service is free for up to 500 websites.
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