3. Managing a Website in Hub 2.0
The Hub not only makes it easy to manage multiple websites with advanced sorting, labeling, grouping, automation, and bulk actions, it also allows you to action performance, security, and SEO on individual websites.
This document will provide an overview of features available for managing your site along with a detailed guide of the Website Overview tab for checking, testing, and managing site health.
If you haven’t set up your WPMU DEV account yet, visit the Hub, where you can explore the features, see pricing packages, and start a free trial.
Already a member? Visit your Hub dashboard to get started.
This usage guide will look at the modules in the Overview screen. Visit the corresponding tab document for a breakdown of each feature.
3.1 OverviewLink to chapter 1
To manage an individual site from the My Sites screen of the Hub, click on the site to open the Dashboard Overview screen.
At the very top of the site manager, the domain will be listed. Click the arrow next to the domain name to return to the My Websites site manager.
If your site is Starred or marked as a favorite a gold star will be in the upper right.
Click the WordPress icon to visit open the site’s dashboard (WP Admin). If Single Sign-On is active you will not need to enter your username or password when visiting your websites dashboard. Learn more about SSO.
Click the three dots to open the Hub’s settings and configuration menu for the selected site.
These settings include:
- Settings – An option to refresh your sites thumbnail or disconnect the site from the Hub
- Visit site – Takes you to the home page of your website
- Add to favorite– Add or remove your sites from the favorites list
- Labels– Add, change, or remove color-coded labels from your site
- Remove website – This gives you the option to logout of the WPMU DEV dashboard and removes your site from being listed in the Hub account.
The Overview screen has a module for each of the menu items with a quick glimpse of website health, overall performance scores, analytics and other valuable information.
These modules include:
Clicking on a module will reveal the module’s configuration options, settings, and actions that may improve site health and/or performance. The image below, for example, is the expanded Backups module, where one can manage virtually all the settings and actions required to manage a site’s backups.
3.2 UpdatesLink to chapter 2
The Updates module tells you how many plugin and theme updates are available for your website. Click the Updates module will open the Plugin & Themes tab where you can manage the available updates for your site. For more information about managing plugin and theme updates for your site visit the Plugin & Themes document.
3.3 HostingLink to chapter 3
If your site is hosted with WPMU DEV’s dedicated hosting service the hosting module will list the valuable information including your plan, domain, and server location.
Sites not logged into the Hub have a quick link for migrating your site to WPMU DEV hosting
Click on the Hosting module to open server options, SFTP/SSH, WAF, staging, logs, analytics, and other features.
3.4 SecurityLink to chapter 4
Clicking the Security tab will display an overview to your site’ security configuration as determined by how Defender is set up on your site. If Defender is not active on the site, you will need to click the Activate button.
With Defender active on a site, any detected issues will appear here along with suggestion fixes. If the Defender icon is green your site is secure and no actions are needed.
For more on managing security in the Hub visit the security documentation.
3.5 PerformanceLink to chapter 5
If Smush and/or Hummingbird are active on your site, performance scores and optimization stats will show in this section.
- Smush (coming soon) – Optimize images from the Hub
- Hummingbird – If Hummingbird is active on your site and the score is below 90 the Hummingbird icon will change red. Click the Hummingbird module to open the performance tab for recommendations and actions for improving your score.
For more on managing performance in the Hub visit the performance documentation.
3.6 SEOLink to chapter 6
To add the SEO overview to your site install and activate Smartcrawl Pro to your Hub connected websites.
If Smartcrawl is not set up on your website yet, click the plus icon in the SEO module to install and activate Smartcrawl Pro on your website.
Your SEO checkup score will display in the SEO module. Click the module to open the SEO tab for recommendations and configuration options for improving SEO on your site.
For more information on managing SEO in the Hub visit the SEO documentation.
3.7 BackupsLink to chapter 7
For sites hosted with WPMU DEV the Backups module displays information about managed backups.
If your site is being hosted with a third-party hosting solution, install Snapshot Pro for scheduled and on-demand backups and restore.
If Snapshot Pro is not set up on your website yet, click the plus icon in the SEO module to install and activate Smartcrawl Pro on your website.
Under the Backups title notes if the information is WPMU DEV hosting backups or Snapshot Pro backups.
The storage graph displays a brake down of files in storage including backups, database files, production files, and available remaining space in both bytes and percentages.
It also lists when the last backup was taken and what schedule the backups are set to run.
If the Backup icon is Red, either your latest backups have failed, you do not have any backups, or there is an issue with scheduling.
3.8 InsightsLink to chapter 8
The insights module displays Uptime information and analytics from Beehive (coming soon). If Uptime monitoring has not been set up on your site click the plus icon to activate.
Use the date-selectors to switch between analytics for the last 24 hours, last 7 days, and last 30-days
- Uptime – The Uptime graph is the percentage of time your site is up over the selected days. Next to the graph is Downtime in minutes.
- Stats – Page visits and other important stats.
Click the module to open the Insights tab for more stats and analytics for your website.
For more information about Uptime and analytics monitoring in the Hub, visit the Insights documentation.