Getting started with the 20i WordPress Manager
20i's WordPress Manager provides a central hub for you to manage and view all your WordPress websites from a single dashboard. When you first head to WordPress Manager you'll see the tool fetch all the plugins, themes, and users for all WordPress sites, at a glance you'll be able to see what needs updating to keep your sites secure and performing their best.
You'll then be presented with a table:
- The site name (URL) and link to the live site
- Who that website is accessible by
- The version of WordPress that it’s on
- The number of updates that are available
- An indication of what those updates are: plugins or themes, and their quantity
- The PHP version running
- Whether staging is active
- Status - either Active (live) or Disabled
- Options to manage the hosting, remove the site from the Manager, disable, transfer, upgrade or resend the welcome email
If you select a number of sites in the tick box on the left, you can then apply bulk actions to those sites:
- Enable the site(s)
- Disable the site(s)
- Remove from the Manager
- Install WordPress
- Upgrade WordPress Core
- Downgrade WordPress Core
- Update Plugins
- Update Themes
- Verify Plugin Checksums
'Verify Plugin Checksums' may need some explanation.
A checksum is a unique identifier made from the genuine code produced by the plugin’s developers. Basically. it’s a long string of numbers that’s made by applying mathematic transformations to the data. It’s unique, and if any changes are made to the plugin’s code, the checksums won’t match.
So it’s a way of checking that the plugin you have installed hasn’t been tampered with. If the checksums match, the plugin code is as the developer intended.
At the bottom of the page, you’ll have an option to download all this information as a .csv file. The CSV will look similar to this summary view, but also includes the names of all the themes and plugins.
Manage individual sites
Of course, you may not want to apply changes just in bulk. You can still manage individual sites by clicking on it.
You’ll be presented with a menu that will indicate updates and malware scan results, as well as the options to manage plugins, themes and users.