Category Archives: Meetup Handouts

Feb 2016 Handout: Managing Multiple WordPress Sites

Recent Reviews

Envato Tuts+ Series: Exploring WordPress Managers

Part 1 covers Jetpack and InfiniteWP. Part 2 covers ManageWP, CMS Commander, and MainWP. Part 3 (not yet published) covers iThemes Sync and WP Remote. The author uses InfiniteWP.

WPMU: Managing Multiple WordPress Sites: The Ultimate Guide

Covers ManageWP, InfiniteWP, CMS Commander, WPRemote, iControlWP, Jetpack Manage, and iThemes Sync. Comes down in favor of ManageWP, but gives pretty good ratings to everything.

WordPress Management Plugins & Services Featured at the Meetup

Mill: WordPress site management and deployment

Mill (sponsor)

French startup Mill provides deployment, updates, backup and restore, migration, and cloning for both WordPress and Drupal. Starts at $29/month for 10 sites and one user.

InfiniteWP

Infinite WP is a tool you set up on your own web server, rather than a hosted service. With it you get a dashboard that lets you update, backup, & restore your site, as well as installing themes and plugins. Free for those basic services; paid add-ons for things like cloud backups, 2-factor authentication, Sucuri scanning, and site cloning start at $50/year apiece, or $400/year for the whole suite.

MainWP

Another self-hosted site management tool: includes MainWP dashboard and MainWP child plugins. Free version includes site management, user management, bulk posting, upgrades, and backups. The Sucuri site-check and Advanced Uptime extensions are free. Paid extensions include cloning, code snippets, and broken link checking.

iThemes Sync

Sync does site management, updates, and plugin & theme installation (iThemes or WordPress.org). Integrates nicely with any iThemes plugins you have installed and with iThemes Stash. Free plan includes 10 sites. Pro version includes uptime monitoring and reports;  starts at $50/year for 25 sites.

ManageWP 

ManageWP was the first of these services and still rates highly in reviews (see above). It handles updates, theme & plugin installation, site optimization, pageview statistics, security scans, and performance reports. Additional features like backup & migration are available in paid plans. Free plan includes 5 sites. Basic plan is $0.80/month/website; Pro plan is $2.40/website/month; Business plan is $4.80/website/month.

More WordPress Site Management Tools

  • Jetpack Manage (free, but limited)
  • CMS Commander (5 sites free with basic features; premium plans start at $8/month for 5 sites with all features)
  • WP Remote (updates & snapshots; unlimited sites free)
  • iControlWP (updates, backup/restore, security; plans start at $15/month for 10 sites)

April 2015 Meetup Handout: ACF and ACF Pro Links

Here are the links I found while preparing for the April 2015 Meetup on Advanced Custom Fields and ACF Pro.

I used some of these tutorials to create the demo site, but have not had a chance to follow up on all of them.

Note that tutorials on Sridhar Katakam’s site require a paid subscription. It’s only $10/month and totally worth it if you develop for the Genesis Framework.

General ACF and ACF Pro Tutorials

ACF Pro Gallery, Slideshow and Content Slider Tutorials

ACF Pro Page Template/Layout Tutorials

ACF Videos

May 2014 Handout: Google Webmaster Tools

Plugins

It’s easier to verify site ownership in Google Webmaster Tools if you use a plugin. If you’re already using WordPress SEO by Yoast, you can use that. I like All in One Webmaster because it lets you do multiple things in one place: Analytics, Authorship, and Webmaster Tools. It also does Google Tag Manager, which I haven’t mastered yet. You might actually need both, though, if you have to verify both the www and non www versions of your website.

Tutorials

Yes, it’s possible to set up Webmaster Tools if you use WordPress.com, or if your clients do. (And not just Google Webmaster Tools, but Bing, Yahoo, Pinterest, and a bunch of other things.) So even though you can’t use Google Analytics with WordPress.com, you can use Webmaster Tools.

The WPBeginner article shows you how to verify your site either by pasting the entire meta tag into your header (using a plugin) or by using the Yoast SEO plugin. Using All in One Webmaster works pretty much just like using Yoast SEO. Using Google Publisher (beta) requires signing into your Google account rather than pasting in a meta tag.

The rest of the articles apply to using Webmaster Tools with any website.

Google

April 2014 Handout: Google Analytics Resources

Google Analytics is a huge topic. There are many resources on the subject, though it’s hard for any publication to keep up with the new developments–including Google’s own documentation! Here are some resources that Meetup members can use to help them get to grips with Google Analytics.

Google’s Resources

Google Analytics Home

Google Analytics Help Center

Google Analytics Academy

Google Analytics Blog

eBooks

An Introduction to Google Analytics for e-Commerce

Free PDF download. Produced by Shopify. Helpful for setting up events, goals and funnels.

Your Guide to Google Analytics by Ryan Dube

PDF, ePUB, Kindle or HTML published on makeuseof.com. Not WordPress-specific.

Google Analytics: Getting It Right

Free PDF eBook from the makers of the Google Analyticator plugin and Video User Manuals. Sign up to download.

Getting Started with Google Analytics

Free PDF eBook from iThemes.

Articles

How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress for Beginners (WPBeginner)

Beginner’s Guide: How to Use Google Analytics for Your WordPress Site (WPBeginner)

An Introduction to Google Analytics for WordPress (Elegant Themes)

WordPress Google Analytics (UA) Events Tracking Guide (Penguin Initiatives)

Creating a Google Analytics Filter for Image Search (Yoast.com)

Perfecting Your Goals in Google Analytics (Yoast.com)

Plugins

Google Analytics for WordPress (Custom events, but no universal analytics)

Simple Google Analytics (What it says)

WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration (Tracks the rest of your site as well as your WooCommerce products)

Google Analyticator (Supports universal analytics. Shows all kinds of analytics in your dashboard. Performance drag.)

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (Very similar to Analyticator, including the performance drag.)

Feb 2014 Handout: Business Links

Links

These links point to the source material for the statistics quoted in the slides, and also provide some further insight into issues like setting rates and prices.

Videos

These videos from recent WordCamps discuss some important aspects of running a WordPress business.