Last week, the WordPress 3.4.2 update was released. My normal routine is to set aside the better portion of a day to back up, then update the WordPress (and plugins), of the ridiculous number of WordPress sites I maintain for myself, some friends and family, and a selection of clients. Oh and a few sites in various stages of development and yet more sites created just to test stuff. All told, we’re talking a lot of sites.
WordPress Updates x Number of Sites = PITA
As you can imagine, keeping all these sites updated, backed up, and functional is a pain. And of course, you have to do it. You do keep your sites up to date, right?
Even though I’d heard of tools for managing multiple WordPress sites, I never really considered putting my sites into one. Mostly because I was under the (mistaken) impression that in order to use them, I would need to change my hosting. I don’t want to change my hosting. After horrific WordPress hosting experiences on FIVE substandard hosts, I am more than happy with Tiger Tech; they have better-than-extreme customer service, are optimized for WordPress, and can deal calmly with my weird and drastic seasonal traffic spikes (not to mention my emotional spikes). 98% of my sites and my client sites are in Tiger Tech, and I would prefer they stay there.
This year, we’ve grown so much and been so busy, it was clear that something had to change. My kick ass developer partner put his foot down, and said we really needed to streamline this operation or we’d fall behind. So at his suggestion, I told him I’d check out ManageWP, but that if it required changing hosting, it wasn’t gonna happen.
I was on the site about five minutes before I thought “Where has THIS been all my life?”