In today’s post, we want to highlight a few things you can do in your WordPress administration area that will make managing multiple WordPress blogs an absolute breeze. Whether it is a one-click installer or adding blog management right into the admin panel, there are plenty of ways to simplify your daily tasks and go about doing what you need with little effort. However, we want to focus on a few different things today that will make managing multiple WordPress sites much easier for you and your team.

1. Use a One-Click Installer

While not every host offers the one-click installer for WordPress, it is something that should be considered when choosing a web host for yourself or your team. You can also use the one-click WordPress installer on your local machine using something like MAMP for Mac and WAMP for Windows if you’re running a local development environment (and we recommend that you do).

The one-click installer makes it possible to manage multiple WordPress sites from one single interface. Instead of logging into each separate installation, you can manage everything from a single location. If you’re managing multiple WordPress blogs for clients or simply have many sites that need to be taken care of on a more regular basis, this will drastically simplify your life and get things done in a fraction of the time.

2. Add Blog Management Right into Your Admin Panel

One of the easiest ways to manage multiple WordPress sites is to add blog management directly into your WordPress admin panel. You can install services like ManageWP or InfiniteWP that give you an interface that allows you to log in once, then go to each individual site and tweak settings, update plugins/themes, etc all within the same admin panel.

Now, this may not be the option if you have a ton of sites to work with, but for someone who is managing 15-20 different blogs, it is a great way to get everything done without having to switch from page to page in your admin panel. It can also come in handy if several members of your team are managing the same blogs and you want to streamline the process for them.

There is a free option that comes with ManageWP and it will allow you (or your team) to manage up to 10 sites from one central control panel. There are also different plans available if you end up needing additional support, more users, etc. It’s definitely worth checking out if you manage multiple WordPress sites.

3. Using Tasks with WP-CRON

It’s important to have a proper set of maintenance tasks that are run on your blogs both automatically and manually. We can use WP-Cron (introduced in WordPress 1.5) to schedule this for us which is nice but it’s a bit tedious to have to go in and add each task one by one. There is a plugin called WP Control that will allow you to manage your cron jobs from within the admin panel.

This makes it easy for other members on your team to check what needs to be run without having them go searching through logs or trying to recreate something that happened a week ago.

4. Using Multiple Instances of WP-CLI

WP-CLI is available for all WordPress sites regardless of hosting platform, operating system, or installation method, regardless of whether you are using PHP4 or PHP5, and regardless of how many uploads your server can support.

WP-CLI is a set of command-line tools that interact with the WordPress.org APIs and, as such, require you to be comfortable working from the command line on your server. The good news is that once it’s installed you can use WP-CLI to manage each environment from one single location – and we’ll show you how in this article.

5. Optimize Images

We can use WP Smush to optimize all images for the site. This plugin allows us to bulk smush, which will reduce our page size and load time. It also offers us a one-click option that will smush all of the images when you are uploading them into your WYSIWYG or editing in TinyMCE.

6. Enable GZIP Compression

We can use a plugin called Better WordPress Minify to combine and minify our CSS, Javascript and HTML code. This will compress your code which will reduce the amount of time it takes for images to load on your site as well as decrease the requests being made by each page.

7. Enable Caching

Caching will store a copy of your site and serve it to visitors instead of processing the code every time they visit. This is done by creating static HTML pages from dynamic ones and can be an easy way to increase page load speed/performance. We can use W3 Total Cache to add caching to WordPress.

8. Use a Content Delivery Network

Content Delivery Networks or CDN’s will serve up images, videos and Javascript from servers that are closest to the end-user which will speed up the loading time of your site for your visitors. We can use MaxCDN to add CDN capabilities for free with support for both WordPress and WooCommerce.

9. Apply GZIP Compression To JS, CSS and HTML

Gzip compression will decrease the page load time for your visitors by compressing the file size of each resource being requested from your WordPress site. We can use a plugin called Better WordPress Minify to combine and minify our CSS, Javascript, and HTML code.

10. Disable Hotlinking

Hotlinking allows other websites to directly link to your images and videos which will take away from the resources available on your site. It’s easy to use a plugin like WP No External Script/Links to disable hotlinking for all files that you upload into your WordPress directories.

11. Enable HTTPS

HTTPS if you don’t know is the secure version of HTTP which will encrypt all data being sent between your site and visitor’s browsers. We can use a plugin like Really Simple SSL to enable this for our WordPress website.

12. Optimize Images For Web With TinyJPG/PNG And TinyPNG

TinyJPG and TinyPNG will compress your JPEG and PNG images which will reduce their file size. This is good for mobile users as well as visitors to your website because it can decrease load time.

13. Interlinking Your Content

The more tag allows your visitors to see the excerpt of a post when it’s truncated which will help with click-through rates. You can use this plugin to add this functionality to your WordPress posts and pages.

14. Link To Your Old Blog Posts With Anchor Links

The more tag allows your visitors to see the excerpt of a post when its truncated which will help with click-through rates. You can use this plugin to add this functionality to your WordPress posts and pages.

15. Edit Your Robots.txt File

A robots.txt file is used by search engines crawlers/robots to see how they should navigate your site. You can use this file to block content that you don’t want them seeing, for example, older posts that aren’t relevant anymore.

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