Being a veteran WordPress user, I’ve tried a lot of different tools to manage multiple WordPress sites. Since 2012, I’ve used InfiniteWP and they are good! The main system is free which is awesome and no monthly fee (huge deal). The only issue is – their add-ons are very expensive. I missed out on their initial low cost deal. It’s my fault. I snoozed and I lost. Even so, I used it because it is good and it helped a great deal but I was always on the lookout for more pocket friendly alternatives. Not just for me but for you too. When a power WordPress user and developer recommended MainWP to me, I immediately paid attention. At that time, they charged $79 a year for unlimited sites, free for 5 sites and I think the extensions were $20 each. Not bad considering prices from the competition. Then they changed their entire model. You now get free unlimited sites. Overall, I’ve been happy enough with it that after 6 months, I moved all sites over to MainWP. Easy On The Wallet I already mentioned you can get MainWP free. If you need premium ticket support it’s $49.99 a year. If you want

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WordPress Plugins: 15 Rarely Used Gems

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Plugins Make It All Work

Last week, my friend Nicole Dean graciously included me in her Expert Briefs where she asked top marketers what WordPress plugins they use and like. In that list, I listed: List Authors Plus Syntax Highlighter and Code Prettifier Plugin for WordPress WP Mobile Edition Syntax Highlighter and Code Prettifier Plugin for WordPress Header-Footer RunPHP, PHPExec, PHP Execution ThemePerPost You can read all about why I chose those over at Nicole’s blog. Before you head that way you might also want to see  the list below of other rarely used WordPress Plugin gems I use. These didn’t make it into the list I gave Nicole in consideration of the audience and also length of my response. Widget Logic – You can customize which widgets are displayed on which pages, categories or posts. This makes it great for membership sites. For example I use it on TechBasedTraining (and other sites) to display members’ links only to those who are logged in. WP Mail From – If you allow people to register themselves or you have ‘members’ in your WordPress powered site you may notice that WordPress sends transactional emails like registration information and password reminders from an email address like [email protected] this

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Crikey! How in the world did a simple task turn out into a monster project? During the weekend, I figured I would take a few short minutes to fire up my handy WP Auto Upgrade to upgrade all my sites. I also thought, while I was add it, to do one or two tasks to secure each installation. One of the first steps was to create an inventory of all the sites, each site’s WP version, what is running on every one of them, date of last update/upgrade and who they are hosted with. photo credit: ninjapoodles Well that sure turned into a mega project. I now am reminded I need to decide once and for all what to do with some of these sites. A few were inherited from my brother and since defunct. Some needed to be moved and traffic re-directed. Some need to be re-freshed. Not looking forward to the work. On the other hand it also gives me great pleasure to finally look at them now and see clearly what I will do with them. Whereas before, it was the dreaded “I don’t know…” hence the procrastination. How sweet it is, the Power of Focus