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3. Managing a Website in Hub 2.0

Written by Luke Britt | Last updated: November 2, 2020

This document provides an overview of features available for managing an individual site along with a detailed guide of the site Overview tab for checking, testing, and managing site health.

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3.1 Getting Started

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To access the Overview section of any of your sites from the Hub 2.0 My Sites page, click on the site you would like to manage and the Overview tab for that site will be opened by default. To get to it again from any other section in the site manager, click the Overview tab in the site manager menu.

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3.2 Site Dashboard Overview

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The site dashboard Overview screen is an overview of available options & configurations for your site’s hosting, performance, plugin & theme updates, SEO, security, backups & reports according to plugins & features that you have enabled.

Modules on the Dashboard include:

  • Hosting
  • Performance
  • Uptime
  • Updates
  • Security
  • Backups
  • Reports
  • SEO
Manage Sites With The Hub

With The Hub, you can easily manage and monitor each of your sites – all from one place. To learn more about what The Hub has to offer, read our blog on how to Get the Most Out of The Hub.

3.2.1 Hosting

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The Hosting module appears at the very top of this section. If your site is currently hosted with WPMU DEV, you’ll see some basic info about your site including:

  • The current hosting plan for that site.
  • The server location used.
  • The primary domain name – Click to go straight to the Domains tab for that site.
  • An indication of whether the WAF security feature is enabled or not – Click to enable or disable.
  • A handy link to clone the site if needed – Click to go to the site clone tool.

Click the module title to go straight to the main Hosting tab for that site in your Hub.

If your site is not hosted with us, you’ll see a friendly prompt there to migrate the site to our hosting. Click the Migrate button if you wish to proceed with migrating your site to WPMU DEV hosting. If you don’t want to do that just yet, click the “No, not right now” link to dismiss that module.

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Not sure if you want to migrate your site to WPMU DEV hosting? Check out our hosting info here.

3.2.2 Performance

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The Performance tab appears if the WPMU DEV Hummingbird Pro plugin is active on the site. You’ll see your latest performance Score for the site in that module, and you can run a performance test right from there by clicking the Run Test button.

Click the module title to go straight to the main Performance tab for that site in your Hub.

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If Hummingbird Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Install & Activate that plugin. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the performance features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Performance documentation.

3.2.3 Uptime

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The Uptime module displays data from the Uptime feature that can be enabled either in the Hummingbird Pro plugin, or from the Insights > Uptime screen in your Hub.

You can view site data for the last 24 hours, or the last 7 or 30 days, by clicking the date range filters at the top.

Click the module title or the View details link above the graph to go straight to the Uptime screen in your Hub for more info.

If Uptime is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Activate the feature. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the feature’s documentation.

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For more info on Uptime features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Uptime Monitor chapter in the Hub2.0 > Insights documentation.

3.2.4 Updates

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The Updates module displays quick info about the number of updates available for your site, including plugins, themes and core WordPress.

If any updates are available, you can click the Update now button to update everything right from the Overview screen.

You’ll also see which options of the Automate feature are enabled for your site, and when the next scheduled Automate check is to take place.

Click the module title or any displayed Automate option to go straight to the corresponding screen in your Hub.

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Note that if the Automate feature is not enabled for this site, this module will not appear on the Overview screen.

For more info on the Automate features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Automate, Plugins & Themes Updates documentation.

3.2.5 Security

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The Security tab appears if the WPMU DEV Defender Pro plugin is active on the site. You’ll see the number of available Recommendations for the site as well as which of the main plugin features are enabled or not. You can also run a security scan right from there by clicking the Run Scan button.

Click the module title to go straight to the main Security tab for that site in your Hub.

Click the “>” caret for any displayed feature to go straight to the corresponding plugin screen in your site’s wp-admin to configure things there.

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If Defender Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Install & Activate that plugin. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the security features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Security documentation.

3.2.6 Backups

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The Backups module displays data about the backup storage space used for this site, along with quick info about when the last backup was made and what backup schedule is currently set.

Click the module title to go straight to the Backups tab for that site in your Hub.

Click the Create backup button to run a manual backup of the site right from the Overview screen.

The display of the storage space used for a site hosted by WPMU DEV is basically the same as for a site hosted by a 3rd-party host, with one main difference:

  • For a site hosted by WPMU DEV, the storage indicated in this module is the space used according to the total storage space available in the hosting plan of this site.

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  • For a 3rd-party hosted site, the storage indicated is the space used according to the total available in your current Snapshot backup storage plan.

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Note that this module will appear by default for sites hosted by WPMU DEV. But it will only appear for 3rd-party-hosted sites if the Snapshot Pro plugin is installed & activated there.

If Snapshot Pro is not yet active on a 3rd-party-hosted site, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Install & Activate that plugin. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the plugin documentation.

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For more info on the backup features that you can manage from your Hub, see the Hub2.0 > Backups documentation.

3.2.7 Reports

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The Reports module displays a summary of all reports you have scheduled for this site.

Click the module title to go straight to the Reports tab for that site in your Hub.

Click the gear icon for any displayed report to go straight to the Settings screen for that specific report in your Hub.

3.2.8 SEO

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The SEO tab appears if the WPMU DEV SmartCrawl Pro plugin is active on the site. You’ll see the current SEO score for the site from your last SEO scan, as well as the date of that last scan. You can also run an SEO checkup right from there by clicking the Run checkup button.

Click the module title to go straight to the SEO tab for that site in your Hub.

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If SmartCrawl Pro is not yet active on that site, this module will not appear and instead, you’ll see a prompt at the bottom of the screen to Install & Activate that plugin. Click that button if you wish to do so now, or click the Learn More link to review the plugin documentation.

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