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1. Add a Site to Hub 2.0

Written by Luke Britt, Patrick & 1 other | Last updated: October 19, 2020

This document covers how to connect a website to the Hub 2.0, where you can manage all your WordPress sites from one place with features like:

  • One-click theme and plugin updates
  • Site health and performance monitoring
  • WordPress security
  • SEO tools
  • Cloud backups
  • White label reporting
  • Analytics

If you haven’t set up your WPMU DEV account yet, visit the Hub page, where you can explore the features, see pricing packages, and start a free trial.

Already a member? Visit your Hub dashboard to get started.

NOTE

If you’re an agency operator and want to add multiple sites to your Hub in one go, see our Bulk adding sites to WPMU DEV Hub doc.

1.1 Getting Started

Link to chapter 1

There are two ways to connect your site to the Hub:

  1. Automatically from the Hub
  2. Remotely with the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin

In this chapter, we will cover how to connect a site to the Hub using both methods.

MULTISITE

It’s important to note that you cannot connect subsites in a multisite install to the Hub; only the main site of a multisite can be connected.

1.2 Connect from the Hub

Link to chapter 2

If you’ve never connected a site to the hub, when visiting the Hub dashboard you’ll be given a prompt to, “Add your first website”. Click the plus icon to access the Connect your WordPress website screen.

Hub 2.0 Add First Website Button

Enter the website URL of the WordPress site you would like to connect to the Hub into the Website URL field and click the forward arrow to continue.

Hub 2.0 connect a site

You will then be prompted to enter your WordPress administrator username and password for website you are connecting.

You will also be given the option to enable Secure one-click WP Login, also known as Single Sign-On (SSO). SSO allows you to access connected sites securely from the Hub without having to sign in separately to each site. SSO is enabled by default, and can be disabled by de-selecting the checkbox. Learn more about SSO.

Click the Connect button to connect your site.

Hub 2.0 Single Sign-on screen

This will automatically install and connect the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin to the Hub. The WPMU DEV dashboard is a lightweight utility plugin for easily connecting with the WPMU DEV API. Read more about available tools and features in the WPMU DEV Dashboard documentation.

Once your site is connected it will appear in the Hub dashboard overview screen.

Hub 2.0 new site appears in Hosting Overview

Use the plus icon in the upper righthand corner of the Hub dashboard to connect more sites, all of which will appear in the Hosting Hub Overview.

If you encounter any issues connecting a site remotely from the Hub, click the Use plugin method from the Connect WordPress website screen for a hotlink to the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin and set instructions or follow the instructions below.

1.3 Connect from WPMU DEV Dashboard Plugin

Link to chapter 3

WPMU DEV hosted sites are automatically added to the Hub associated with the account that created the site. See Connecting WPMU DEV Hosted Sites below for more information on that.

If your site is not hosted with us, you can still connect remotely via the WPMU DEV Dashboard Plugin. Firstly, ensure that the plugin is installed and active on the site that you want to connect to the Hub.

When you navigate to the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin tab, you will be prompted to enter your WPMU DEV account credentials to connect the site. Enter your credentials and tick the Enable SSO box if you would like to enable Single Sign-On, which allows you to access your site from the Hub without needing to log in each time. Click Connect when you’re ready.

enter account credentials

Your site will then start connecting to the Hub. This is generally very fast but may take a few moments.

site is connecting to the hub

Once your site has finished connecting, you will receive a success message and can now use the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin to its full extent.

site successfully connected

That’s all that’s needed to connect your site to the Hub and now when you revisit your Hub and refresh the page, the new site will appear under the My Sites tab.

1.4 Connecting WPMU DEV Hosted Sites

Link to chapter 4

WPMU DEV hosted sites are automatically added to the Hub associated with the account that creates the site. Learn more about setting up a site with WPMU DEV hosting in the Getting Started guide in the WPMU DEV Hosting section.

If you want your WPMU DEV hosted site to show in a different Hub account, visit the dashboard of your website, go to the WPMU DEV menu item, click your member avatar or the carrot icon to open the logout option.

Hub 2.0 Add a Site

Click logout and you will be taken to the “Let’s connect your site” option. Enter the username and password of the WPMU DEV Hub account you would like to connect to and click connect.

Hub 2.0 Profile Logout

The enable SSO option will activate single sign-on so you can jump to your site’s dashboard from the Hub without having to log back on.

Click here to learn more about secure one-click login.

Once your site is connected you can click the “Go to the Hub” button to visit the Hub account your site is connected to.

NOTE: If you want to migrate your sites’ hosting to a new account, see our site migration documentation.

1.5 Hub Support

Link to chapter 5

Need help setting up or connecting your WordPress website to the Hub? WPMU DEV members get access to 24/7 live support.