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

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The Overview Screen  for any WPMU DEV hosted site is located under the Overview tab of that site’s Hosting Dashboard.

2.1 Overview Screen

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The hosting overview screen is designed to give you a quick way to view important information, usage, and analytics for your site with hot links for configuring settings, viewing statistics, managing your hosting plan, restoring backups, and tracking site health.

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 Domain and DNS Management usage docs.

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 Domain and DNS Management usage docs.

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.

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 your region requires migrating your site. For details on migrating your site visit our site migration documentation.

NOTE:

Because changing to a new region requires a migration, you will be required to update your DNS as you will be assigned a new dedicated IP address.

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.

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

2.2 Analytics

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

  • Visitors
  • Pageviews
  • Bandwidth Usage
  • Storage

Here we provide a short description of each. For a deeper understanding of analytics, bandwidth, and calculating usage, visit our Analytics documentation.

More detailed live stats, storage information, and visits can be accessed using the Analytics quick link to visit the analytics screen. The Analytics page is also accessible in the navigation menu.

  • 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.

For more information about backups, visit the backups documentation.

2.4 Accounts

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The Accounts module lists the active SFTP/SSH accounts active for both Production and Staging.

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

See our SFTP/SSH documentation for more information.

2.5 Tools

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The Tools module provides an overview of how features in the tools module are configured.

  • 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.

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 the tools documentation.

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 documentation for information on creating and managing a staging site.