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

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Use the index on the left to quickly locate usage guidance on specific features.

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

At the top of the Overview dashboard is a menu that you can use to navigate to specific hosting features.

main menu bar

Below that, you will find a block with key pieces of information for your site.

information block

2.1 Domains

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domains information in overview

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 Adding Domains guide.

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

Learn more about CNAME and other DNS records in the DNS Records guide.

Your current hosting plan is shown here.

hosting plan for site

Click the pencil icon to see your plan options and change your plan.

WPMU DEV hosting plans available

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 estimate 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. If you are uncertain about whether you need to change your hosting plan, more information can be found in the Plans & Usage Limits document.

2.3 Region

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region hosting location

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.

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.

2.4 SFTP/SSH

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sftp and ssh users

This section lists the number of SFTP and SSH accounts active for the current site’s Production and Staging environments. Click on the blue pencil icon next to SFTP Users or SSH Users to be taken to the SFTP/SSH Accounts user management tool.

See our SFTP & SSH guide for more information.

2.5 Management Tools

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The Overview dashboard provides quick access to several management tools which include:

  • PHP Version
  • WordPress Version
  • Database
  • Files

Hosting tools features

2.5.1 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

This feature is also available under the Tools tab and more information can be found in the PHP Versions document.

2.5.2 WordPress Version

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This shows the current version of WordPress core running on your server. Click the refresh icon after running an update to verify that the version updated successfully.

refresh wordpress version

IMPORTANT

Sites hosted by WPMU DEV are checked every 12 hours and always receive minor WordPress core updates automatically.

2.5.3 Database

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database link to myphpadmin

The link provided for Database will take you straight to your phpMyAdmin manager. See the Database guide for more details about the tools offered by phpMyAdmin.

2.5.4 Files

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file manager link from overview

Click Manage for a quick link to the File Manager. A concise guide to the key features of the File Manager can be found in the Files technical document.

2.6 Backups

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The Backup section shows when your last backup was taken and the total backup points that are available.

backups information in overview

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

Click on the Backups tab to jump to the Backups menu to view all your backup points for one-click restoration. The WPMU DEV Hosting Backups document provides detailed information about the available backup features.

BACKUP FAQS

Did you know that WPMU DEV supports multiple ways to backup sites, including hosting backups, managed backups, and backups created with either of two versions of our Snapshot plugin? To help you make an informed decision on which backup option is best for your project, see our Backups FAQs doc.

2.7 Analytics

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

  • Visitors
  • Requests
  • Bandwidth Usage

analytics and storage display

The Storage display 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 how it is calculated can be found in the Storage document.

Detailed live stats, storage information, and traffic data can be accessed using the Analytics tab near the top of the hosting dashboard. In addition, a thorough guide to the Analytics tab can be found in Analytics.

2.8 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.