This document is an overview of the features available in your Hub for managing multiple WordPress websites from one place.

The Hub makes it easy to manage, view, and configure:

  • Plugin, theme, and core updates
  • Hosting
  • Security settings
  • Performance
  • SEO
  • Backups
  • Uptime monitoring
  • Analytics
  • Reports
  • Preset plugin configurations (Coming soon!)

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

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.

2.1 Getting Started

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If you have not connected a site to the Hub visit the Adding a site to Hub 2.0 documentation to learn how to connect your site. Use the plus icon in the upper right-hand corner of the My Websites screen to add additional sites to the Hub.

Before we get into the details of how you can manage your sites in the Hub, let’s touch base on some of the features available in the Hub itself. The main menu bar at the top allows you to navigate between the different modules:

  • Sites
  • Hosting
  • DNS
  • Users & Roles
  • White Label

hub main top menu

You can also access several WPMU DEV resources, check out what’s new, view notifications, and manage your account.

WPMU DEV resources and account management

Click on Support, Community, Blog or Roadmap to navigate to the respective pages. If you want to keep up with the latest news at WPMU DEV, click on the gift icon. You can also configure your Hub settings by clicking on the gear icon. This will trigger a dropdown menu with the option to edit your Hub Preferences. For the moment, this consists of your Language.

hub language preferences

Click on your current language to access a list of available languages for the Hub.

list of hub languages

Select your new language and click Save.

To manage your account settings, click on your gravatar icon.

account settings in the Hub

In the rest of this document, we will explore the layout and features available for connected websites.

The My Sites screen is your Hub Overview. The default Grid view lists all of your websites with a thumbnail of the home page for quickly visualizing all of your sites and sites that have actions waiting to be implemented.

You can switch to a List view if you prefer by clicking the toggle at the far right of the menu. See the Grid and List View chapter below for more info.

Use the Search field at top-right to quickly locate any site. Just start typing and your Hub will refresh automatically to show the results that match your search.

Hub 2.0 Search example

If you have several websites that you are managing in your Hub, the pagination feature will kick in to aid your site organization. More specifically, if you have more than 50 sites connected to the Hub, you will see the pagination feature at the bottom of the page. Use the left and right arrows to navigate between your site pages.

pagination navigation arrows

You can filter and sort the display of sites in your Hub in multiple ways. Click the All tab at top-left to display all your sites or click the Hosted tab to display only the sites you have hosted by WPMU DEV.

Hub 2 list all or only WPMU DEV hosted sites

  • All – The “All” option lists all the websites connected to the Hub. The number listed next to the All option is the total number of sites connected to your Hub account.
  • Hosted – This option lists all the sites connected to your Hub account that are also hosted with WPMU DEV.

Use the Sort by filter at top-right to display sites in ascending or descending alphabetical order or by the date when the site was connected to the Hub.

Hub 2 site sorting options

  • Recently added – This puts the sites in order of when it was added to the Hub with the most recently added sites at the top.
  • A-Z – List your sites domain names in alphabetical order.
  • Z-A – Puts your sites in reverse alphabetical order.
  • Pin favorites to top – See the Favoriting a Website chapter below for more on this feature.

The other tabs you see at the top-left – Updates & Configs – are powerful additional Hub features to help you better manage your sites, and are each covered in separate chapters below.

  • Updates – Enables you to filter your sites by which have plugin/theme updates available, and bulk update all or only a few. See the Updates chapter below for more info.
  • Configs (Coming soon!)– Enables you to create preset configurations for any of the connected Hub plugins/services, and apply them to any/all of your sites in a couple of clicks. See the Configs chapter below for more info.

2.3 Filters & Labels

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The filters and labels feature enables you to selectively order groups of sites based on several standard categories as well as labels. Note that the Sort by feature will be blocked while the Filters & Labels feature is in use, to avoid any crossover grouping issues.

To access this feature, click on Filters & Labels above your listed sites.

filters and labels location

Click on a category to view the sites relevant to that category, or click on a label to view sites that you have associated with that specific label. Filters and labels can be cleared by clicking on Clear selected filters.

Hub 2 clear selected filters feature

If both a category and a label have been selected, you can click the CLEAR ALL button to remove the applied filters and labels.

Hub 2 clear all filters button

It is also possible to remove individual categories and labels by hovering over the specific filter and clicking on the x icon.

Hub 2 remove individual filters and labels

2.3.1 Filters

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The filters feature allows you to hone in on a specific group of sites that need attention.

The available categories include:

When you select a category, any sites that are experiencing issues related to that category will be listed. The relevant sites will appear with an icon associated with the issue and a status giving more information about the problem. Clicking on the icons will take you to the Hosting Overview dashboard page in the Hub.

Updates

If this category is selected, the sites that require updates will appear. The update icon will be visible in the site row with a counter indicating how many updates are available for that site.

Security

Select this category to view sites with security issues that need to be tweaked. The security icon will be accompanied by the number of security issues to be resolved. For more information on resolving security issues picked up by our Defender plugin, visit the Security Tweaks document.

Speed

Choose the Speed category to group sites that have performance opportunities to be actioned. The performance icon will display your site’s current performance score in our Hummingbird plugin.

SEO

Click on the SEO category to view sites with optimization issues that need attention. This is based on your SEO performance in the WPMU DEV Smartcrawl plugin.

Backups

If the Backups category is selected, sites that have backup problems will be listed. The listed sites will show the backups icon with an informative status message.

Uptime

When the Uptime category is chosen, any sites experiencing downtime issues will be listed. The Uptime icon will appear with a status describing the issue.

2.3.2 Labels

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Label Websites

Hub 2.0 includes 6 preset color-coded labels for grouping and sorting websites. To select a label for a site in the List view, hover over the space next to the three-dot icon for the site, and click on the label icon that will appear. You can customize these preset labels and add your own as well. See Customize Labels below for more on that.

label selector icon

A drop-down menu will appear with the different color-coded labels available and all you have to do is click on the desired label to assign it to that site.

Choose the label for your site in Hub 2.0

Only one label can be assigned to a site at any given moment but labels can easily be changed by simply selecting a different label, or removed by selecting None.

The default available labels are:

  • None
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red

Labels can also be assigned to sites in the Grid view, through a similar process. The only difference being that the label icon is located in the bottom-right corner of the site block.

Hub 2.0 label icon in grid view

Group by Label

To group sites associated with the same label, click on Filters & Labels and select the label you want to action.

Multiple labels can be selected which will display all sites associated with any of the chosen labels. In the example below, both the orange and blue labels have been selected, meaning that sites labeled with either the orange or blue tag are listed.

Choose multiple labels to group sites in Hub 2.0

Customize Labels

In order to give you more control over the organization of your sites, the Hub allows you to customize your labels. Click on Filters & Labels and click the Edit link to access the configuration panel.

Edit filters and labels in Hub 2.0

The configuration panel allows you to add, remove, rename, change colors and change the order in which the labels are listed.

Add

New labels can be added by clicking the plus icon next to Add label.

add new label button

Remove

Remove labels by clicking on the minus icon.

remove a label

Rename

All labels can be renamed by clicking on the existing name and replacing the text with the new name.

rename a label

Change Color

To choose a unique color for your labels, click on the circular color icon.

color icon to choose new color

You can then move the color picker to choose the desired color or you can type in the hex color code for a specific color. Click Save to select the new color or Cancel to exit without making any changes to the original color.

choose a new color

Re-order

Labels can be moved around to any order you would like. This can be done by clicking on the icon with three stacked horizontal lines and by dragging the label to its new position.

three lines icon to move label

Remember to click Save to keep all of the changes you have made to your labels. Click Cancel to exit the configuration panel without changing any labels.

2.4 Grid and List View

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The Hub has both a Grid view and List view. As noted in the My Websites chapter, the first time you visit the Hub it is set to the Grid view. After the first visit, your Hub will remember the last selected view used and default to that on your next visit.

Grid View

The Grid view pulls a thumbnail screenshot of your site’s home page as a visual representation of the site along with the domain name.

Hub 2.0 list view toggle

A red notification icon () in the upper righthand corner of a site’s thumbnail indicates there are actions pending for that site.

Hub 2.0 action notification icon

Hover over one of the thumbnails to reveal color-coded action icons for a view of site health and performance.

Hub 2.0 Hover menu

These icons represent:

  • Updates – The first icon is the updates icon
    • Grey – Everything is up-to-date.
    • Red notification badge over the icon – There are plugin or theme updates available.
    • Hover – Hovering over the icon reveals how many updates are available.
    • Click the icon to visit the updates screen
  • Hosting – This provides information about your site’s hosting
    • Grey – The site is hosted elsewhere
    • Green – The site is Hosted with WPMU DEV
    • Hover – Hovering over the hosting icon reveals the selected hosting plan, domain name, and server location
    • Click the icon to visit the hosting tab.
  • Security – This is information about your Defender settings. More about the security tab is located in the Hub 2.0 Security usage docs
    • Grey – Defender security is not setup
    • Green – Defender is active and there are no actions that need to be taken.
    • Red – The site has been scanned and there are security actions that have not yet been addressed
    • Hover – Number of security issues detected by Defender
    • Click the icon to jump to the security tab for the site for activating or managing Defender settings
  • Performance – Performance scans, reporting, and monitoring is activated with Hummingbird
    • Grey – Hummingbird is not active and configured on your site
    • Green – Hummingbird is set up and all actions have been taken
    • Red – Performance issues have been detected by Hummingbird and need to be actioned
    • Hover – display the websites performance score
    • Click the icon to visit the Performance section of your site in the Hub. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 performance section.
  • SEO – Activate Smartcrawl on your site to scan, manage, and track SEO for your site
    • Grey – Smartcrawl SEO is not set up on the site
    • Green – Smartcrawl is active and all actions have been taken
    • Red – Smartcrawl has detected opportunities for improving your sites SEO
    • Hover – This will display the SEO score from your scan
    • Click on the icon to visit the SEO tab for your site. For more information about the SEO tab visit the Hub 2.0 SEO usage doc.
  • Backups/Snapshot – If your site is hosted with WPMU DEV the Server icon is used. If your site is hosted with a third-party the Snapshot backups icon will display.
    • Grey – there are no backups scheduled or connected
    • Green – Backups are connected and scheduled
    • Red – If the backup icon is red the backups failed
    • Hover – Reveals the last backup and your backup schedule
    • Click on the icon to visit the backups tab for your site. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 Backups usage doc.
  • Uptime – This icon covers Uptime Monitoring.
    • Grey – Uptime is not connected
    • Green – Your site is connected and up
    • Red – Website is down
    • Hover – Verifies the site status
    • Click on the icon to visit the Uptime tab for your site. For more information visit the Hub 2.0 Uptime usage doc.
  • Analytics – This icon indicates the status of the Analytics module in the Hub
    • Grey – Analytics is not active on the site.
    • Green – Analytics is active.
  • WP Admin – Clicking the WordPress icon will take you to the dashboard for your site. If Single Sign-on (SSO) is enabled for the site, you are able to securely log on without having to re-enter your username or password. For more information about setting up or deactivating SSO, visit the Secure One-click Logins documentation.

List View

Click the List view icon to switch to a List view of your websites. The List view displays your sites without the thumbnail and displays the color-coded icons for available actions without having to hover over your site.

Hub 2.0 grid view toggle

This view gives you a quicker overall view of your connected websites.

Whichever view was used on your last visit will be used next time you log on to the WPMU DEV Hub.

2.5 Favoriting a Website

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The Favorites feature allows you to group sites by priority, high activity, or any other criteria you deem important.

When hovering over a site in both the Grid and List view an empty star icon will appear. In Grid view, it is in the bottom left corner. In the List view, it is next to the domain name.

Favoriting a site in Hub 2.0 list view

Clicking the star icon adds the site to your favorites list. If a site is added to your favorites list it will be marked with a gold star. To remove your site from the favorites List click the gold star and the site will be removed.

As seen in the Sort By feature detailed in the My Sites chapter above, sites that have been favorited can be pinned to the top of your sites List or Grid view so they’re easy to spot at a glance.

Site favorited in Hub 2.0 grid view

Site favorited in Hub 2.0 list view

The Updates section in the Hub enables you to manually manage all available updates for all your connected sites. The number in that tab indicates the total number of available updates (themes, plugins, core WordPress) for all your sites; if no number appears there, you have no updates, congrats!

Hub 2.0 updates feature

The Updates section is divided into 4 tabbed sub-sections:

  • Sites – displays the sites with available updates, and what they are.
  • Plugins – displays just the plugins in need of updating, and on which sites they’re installed.
  • Themes – displays just the themes in need of updating, and on which sites they’re installed.
  • Core – displays a list of sites with outdated versions of WordPress installed.

You can choose to update whatever you need to, however you want to. You can update everything by site, or update only selected plugins or themes on some sites, or update only core WordPress on selected sites.

Once you’ve selected whatever you want to update under any one tab, click the Update button at top-right of that tab to update everything you’ve selected under that tab.

Note that all available selections under each tab are selected by default. If you switch to a different tab and come back to the one you were on, it will again default to all options selected.

Sites

Under the Sites tab, click the checkboxes for any site to select/deselect that site, or use the bulk select option at top-left to select All, None, or only your Favorites.

Hub 2.0 bulk select updates

You can use the Sort By filter at top-right just like on your My Sites screen to show the list of sites Alphabetically in ascending or descending order, by Recently Added or by Updates available.

Note that the button to Enable Automate will appear for any site listed that does not yet have Automate enabled on it. Click that button to be redirected to the Automate screen for that site to enable that feature if you wish. See the Automate doc for more info on that.

Hover your mouse over the number next to any site to see which plugins/themes need updating on that site. Click the checkboxes in the list to select/deselect any you want to include/exclude.

Hub 2.0 select plugins to update per site

If you want to see all available updates for all sites, click the up/down arrow icon at the top to expand all sites. Here again, you can click the checkboxes to select/deselect any plugins/themes you want to include/exclude in your updates.

Expand or collapse all sites in Hub 2.0 updates

Plugins

Under the Plugins tab, the functionality is much the same as above. But here, instead of listing the sites that have updates available, the list shows the plugins with available updates.

Hover your mouse over the number next to any plugin to see which sites have this update available.

Check or uncheck any sites or plugins you want to include or exclude. Use the Sort By feature at top-right to sort the list of available updates Alphanumerically or by number of sites that have Updates available.

Hub 2.0 select sites to update per plugin

Themes

Under the Themes tab, the functionality is again much the same as above. But here the list shows the themes with available updates.

Hover your mouse over the number next to any theme to see which sites have this update available.

Check or uncheck any sites or themes you want to include or exclude. Use the Sort By feature at top-right to sort the list of available updates Alphanumerically or by number of sites that have Updates available.

Hub 2.0 select sites to update per theme

Core

The functionality under the Core tab is much the same as above. But here, you’ll see a list of any sites that have outdated versions of WordPress running. Check or uncheck any site to include or exclude as needed.

Update WordPress core on selected sites in Hub 2.0

Preset plugin configurations feature coming soon to Hub 2.0!

Need help managing your WordPress websites in the Hub 2.0? WPMU DEV members have access to 24/7 live support.