This guide explains the features available in the Overview tab of the WPMU DEV hosting dashboard.

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Location

The Hosting Dashboard for any hosted site can be accessed from that site’s dashboard by clicking the Hosting tab.

Hub 2.0 Hosting tab

2.1 Overview

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The Overview tab of the Hosting Dashboard places key information from multiple areas on one screen.

Hub 2.0 Hosting tab

2.1.1 Primary Domain

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Your Primary domain is the main domain name for your site. Keep in mind that it is possible to have multiple domains associated with a single site.

For example, when you first create your website– before you add a permanent domain– your site will have a temporary domain with the suffix  .wpmudev.host, as in sitename.wpmudev.host. When you add a permanent domain, you will need to select it as the primary domain, but the temporary domain will continue to be associated with the site.

Click the pencil icon to jump to the domain editor and set a new primary domain name. Learn more about adding your custom domain in the Domains & DNS guide.

Set primary domain

2.1.2 CNAME

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The name you see here is the CNAME associated with your site, and while a site will work with A records or AAAA records, we recommend using the CNAME whenever possible. 

An example CNAME: sitename.wpmudev.host (sitename will be the name you created when setting up the site followed by .wpmudev.host)

Place the CNAME in your DNS records, which are typically maintained by your registrar, to point domain(s) to your WPMU DEV hosting account. Learn more about adding your custom domain in the Domains & DNS guide.

WPMU DEV temporary site name

2.1.3 Plan

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Your current hosting plan is shown here. Click the pencil icon to see your plan options and to change your plan.

Hosting plan options

Plan information includes:

  • Monthly Per Site Cost
  • Dedicated memory included with each plan
  • Number of CPUs included
  • Storage included with each plan
  • Bandwidth included with each plan
  • An estimated of monthly visitors each plan can handle

Summary

The summary calculates the cost for each plan based on any available hosting credit applied.To change your plan, click Continue to complete your payment.

 Hosting plans can be upgraded or downgraded at any time. WPMU DEV does not require contracts.

2.1.4 Region

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The Region field shows the region you choose to store your content. It is best to choose a region near your primary audience to improve the performance of your website.

Changing regions requires migrating your site. Our migration tool makes the migration process relatively simple, but we recommend reading Locations and Regions before proceeding. If you are sure you want to migrate a site in order to change regions, see our guide to Migrating an existing site.

Change regions popup
NOTE:

Because changing to a new region requires a migration, you will be required to update your DNS files as you will be assigned a new dedicated IP address. See our Domains & DNS guide for detailed instructions on modifying your DNS.

Currently available regions include:

  • Canada (Toronto)
  • Germany (Frankfurt)
  • India (Bangalore)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom (London)
  • USA East (New York City)
  • USA West (San Francisco)

2.1.5 PHP Version

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This field lists the current version of PHP that is running for your website. Click the blue pencil icon to choose a different version of PHP.

This opens the Change PHP Version module. Use the dropdown menu to select a new version.

Click Apply button to save your changes or Cancel to close the module.

Change PHP version

We recommend using the latest available version of PHP when possible for the fastest, most secure website.

2.1.6 WordPress Version

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This shows the current version of WordPress core running on your server. WordPress versions are automatically updated as soon as they are released.

Click Refresh after running an update to verify that the version updated, successfully.

WordPress core version

2.2 Analytics

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The Analytics display gives a snapshot overview of basic 30-day analytics, including:

  • Visitors
  • Pageviews
  • Bandwidth Usage
  • Storage
Analytics display hosting tab

More detailed live stats, storage information, and traffic data can be accessed using the Analytics tab near the top of the hosting dashboard.

  • Visitors — The number of unique IP addresses that accessed your site during the past 30 days, minus identifiable bot traffic and static activity, such as image hotlinking. Static activity is excluded because, most of the time, it doesn’t result in a complete page load.
  • Pageviews — The total number of times your site’s pages were viewed during any 30-day period. A single visit may involve multiple pageviews.
  • Bandwidth Usage — The Bandwidth stats displayed in the Analytics Overview include both the total bandwidth used during the past 30 days (646.4 MB in the example below) and the average bandwidth used per day (21.5 MB in the example below).
  • Storage Available/Used — This refers specifically to the SSD storage capacity provided with each of our hosting plans. Features like dedicated RAM, CPUs, and bandwidth are essential performance factors but have no impact on storage capacity or usage.More on how storage works and is calculated can be found here.

2.3 Backups

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The Backup module shows when your last backup was taken and how many backup points are available.

WPMU DEV Hosting automatically captures a backup each day, and manual backups can be created anytime. Backups are removed after 30-days.

Click Backups to jump to the Backups menu to view all your backup points for one-click restoration.

Hosting overview backups

For more information about backups, read our Backups guide.

2.4 Accounts

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The Accounts module lists the SFTP/SSH accounts active for the current site’s Production and Staging environments.

Click Accounts to be taken to the SFTP/SSH user management tool.

Hosting overview staging

See our SFTP & SSH guide for more information.

2.5 Tools

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The Tools module displays the current configuration of the following hosting tools:

  • Password Protection – If password protection for the production site is enabled or disabled
  • Multisite – If Multisite is disabled, a subsite or subdirectory
  • Database – Provides a quick link to phpMyAdmin database manager
Hosting overview tools panel

Click Tools to navigate to the Tools manager and options to manage these additional features:

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)
  • PHP Version
  • Manage database
  • Object Cache
  • WP-Config
  • Migrate Existing Site

Configuration options and details about the WAF and other tools are located in our Tools guide.

2.6 Staging

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The Staging module provides a quick link to access your staging site, as well as:

  • Last sync from production — Notes the date and time the current staging site was generated from the production site.
  • Last push to production — notes the data and time that your staging was pushed back to production.Click Staging to open the Staging manager. See our Staging guide for information on creating and managing a staging site.

2.7 Hosting Support

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Need help understanding any aspect of the Hosting Dashboard? WMPU DEV members have access to 24/7 live support.