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1. WPMU DEV Dashboard Plugin

Written by Luke Britt | Last updated: March 17, 2020

This guide explains how the WPMU Dev Dashboard simplifies many aspects of site and network management. Use the Index on the left to quickly locate usage guidance on specific features.

The WPMU Dev Dashboard is available to WPMU Dev members only. Members who haven’t installed the Dashboard plugin should visit the WPMU Dev Dashboard page where they can install the plugin directly to any connected site.

1.1 Dashboard Plugin Manager

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The heart of the Dashboard is the plugin manager, which allows you to research, install, and manage all your plugins from one screen. Search WPMU DEV’s library of premium plugins, review their features, and install with one click.

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This super handy toolbar appears at the top of every page of the Dashboard, and puts The Hub, a library of usage documents, and our Superhero support team just a click away.

The search tool allows you to search, not just by keyword, but also by functionality.

Click on any plugin to reveal detailed information that includes screenshots of the UI, a list of its features, and the plugin’s changelog. Once you find the plugin you’re looking for, click the Install button to install and then activate it.

In time, your plugin library can become quite large, but multiple filter options make locating specific plugins easy. You can filter results using the All, Activated, and Deactivated buttons.

Use the Bulk Action feature to update, activate, install, deactivate, or delete multiple plugins at the same time.

The plugin manager makes changing plugin settings easy. Click the Configure button to open a plugin’s dashboard, make the necessary changes, and then return to the manager and move on to the next plugin.

1.2 Support

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The WPMU DEV Dashboard’s Support tab is your first stop when seeking solutions to any issue, from minor nuisances to show stoppers.

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My Tickets
Your complete support history in one place! Create a new support tickets, view open tickets, review resolved issues, and view feedback from WPMU DEV support Superheroes and member peers.

Support Access

In those instances when you need hands on WPMU DEV support, you can grant WPMU DEV support Superheroes temporary access to your site’s admin section by clicking the Grant Support Access button.

When access is granted  a random 64-character access token is generated that is only good for 96 hours (5 days) and saved in your Database. This token is sent to the WPMU DEV API over an SSL encrypted connection to prevent eavesdropping, and stored on our secure servers. This access token is in no way related to your password, and can only be used from our closed WPMU DEV API system for temporary access to this site.

Only current WPMU DEV support staff can use this token to login as your user account by submitting a special form that only they have access to. This will give them 1 hour of admin access to this site before their login cookie expires. Every support staff login during the 5 day period is logged locally and you can view the details on this page.

You may at any time revoke this access which invalidates the token and it will no longer be usable. If you have special security concerns and you would like to disable the support access tab and functionality completely and permanently for whatever reason, you may do so by adding this line to your wp-config.php file:

define(‘WPMUDEV_DISABLE_REMOTE_ACCESS’, true);

System Info
The WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin pulls together key information regarding your site’s unique system information. Simply click the System Info button and your site’s PHP, MYSQL, WordPress, Server and HTTP Request data will be displayed in a convenient tabbed format. Advanced developers can use the data to monitor and troubleshoot their sites, and having the system information readily available greatly enhances the efficiency with which WPMU DEV Superheroes can address your support needs.

1.3 Tools

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The WPMU DEV Dashboard tools include built-in analytics and a feature for white labeling plugins.

1.3.1 Analytics

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The WPMU DEV Dashboard includes basic analytics that don’t require any setup, third party integration and no extra plugins. No more hunting down and adding tracking codes. Just activate analytics in the Dashboard’s settings and start tracking. The data is displayed in your WordPress admin dashboard, in The Hub and Hub Reports. Multisite managers can use subdomains to create reports that include analytics unique to each subsite. You can also control which users see your traffic data.

1.3.2 White Label Plugins

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The WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin gives you the ability to white label– remove all WPMU DEV branding– and replace it with your or your client’s branding.

Whitelabel features include:

  • Custom logo – Remove WPMU DEV logos and replace them with your own or that of a client.
  • Documentation button – Remove the WPMU DEV documentation button
  • WPMU DEV Footers – Remove the WPMU DEV footer and replace it with your footer or a client’s.
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Check out our complete suite of white label features including Branda Pro WordPress white labeler for WordPress, the included white label analytics in the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin, and WPMU DEV custom client and developer reports in the Hub.

Getting Started with Plugin White Label

Go to the Tools module in the WPMU DEV Dashboard menu. Select the Whitelabel module. If the White Labeling has not been activated, click activate to open the configuration options.

Whitelabel has four configuration options:

  • WPMU DEV Branding – remove/replace superhero images from our plugins entirely
  • Footer Text – remove/replace the default WPMU DEV footer text from all plugin screens
  • Admin Menu Labels – adjust the WordPress Admin menu labels to suit your needs
  • Documentation links – remove the documentation button from the top of WPMU DEV plugin settings screens.

Remove WPMU DEV Branding (aka the Hero-Hider)

This option let’s you remove the Super Hero images from your WPMU DEV plugins entirely, and replace the plugin images that appear on the dashboard with your own logo.

The WPMU DEV Branding module has two options:

  • Default – When set to default, the WPMU DEV images display without customizations
  • Custom – Click the custom button and use the image uploader to upload a custom logo or image

The custom logo maximum height and width should be 192px and 172px. This Logo will appear only in the dashboard section of each WPMU DEV plugin you have installed that supports this feature.

If you activate the Custom option without adding a graphic it will leave the hero space blank in your WPMU DEV plugins.

Read more about the White Label Plugin release on the WPMU DEV blog.

Footers Text

The Footer Text module allows you to remove or replace the default, “Made with ♥︎ by WPMU DEV” footer text across all WPMU DEV plugin screens.

To activate the Footer Text module, click the Custom button.

Leave the field empty to hide the footer completely. Enter your custom Footer Text into the field provided.

This module is a quick link to more white label configuration options available in Branda Pro. Use the Admin Menu module in Branda Pro to rename and adjust your sidebar links and more.

Branda Pro Admin configuration options include:

  • Admin Bar
  • Admin Footer
  • Admin Menu
  • Admin Message
  • Color Schemes
  • Custom CSS
  • Help Content

For detailed information and configuration options for white labeling every part of WordPress, visit Branda Pro documentation.

Remove Documentation Links

Most WPMU DEV plugins include a Documentation button that links to the specific document for configuration options and settings. This is great for end-users, but agency owners may want to direct clients to your team for support.

This module has two options:

  • Show – click show to leave links to WPMU DEV documentation
  • Hide – click hide to remove links to WPMU DEV documentation

Click the Hide button to remove the View Documentation link if you don’t want users to have access to that information.

Deactivate

To deactivate the Whitelabel module, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Deactivate button. This will save and turn off all white label features you have configured. Next time you Activate Whitelabel your settings will be configured for use.

Reminder: Click the Save Changes button before navigating away from the Tools screen to publish your changes.

1.4 Settings

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The WPMU DEV Dashboard Settings tab is where you manage your API key, enable automatic updates, control Dashboard access and enable Single Sign-On (SSO).

General
Click the respective slider to enable Dashboard Plugin automatic updates and/or enable Single Sign-On for this site. Enabling SSO allows you to access your site from both The Hub and Hosting with one click, eliminating the need for a separate sign in.

You must be logged into The Hub for SSO to work. If you log in to your site while logged out of The Hub you will see a padlock icon next to the WPMU Dev Dashboard link in the Admin Menu. Click that link to reconnect the site to The Hub.

Check the Enable SSO Checkbox, and log in with your WPMU DEV credentials to enable SSO in The Hub and Hosting.

Permissions
You can control who can see the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin by adding or removing authorized users.

API Key
Access or reset your API key, update your WPMU DEV email and password, and manage your add-ons with this direct link to your WPMU DEV account.

1.5 Get Support

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After reading this guide, if you still have questions regarding how to make the most of the WPMU Dev Dashboard, don’t hesitate to start a live chat with our support Superheroes or submit a support ticket using the Support tab of your WPMU Dev Dashboard.

Navigate to WPMU DEV DASHBOARD > SUPPORT > NEW TICKET to submit a support ticket.