Update multiple WordPress sites at once

If, like me, you have a large number of WordPress sites, and maybe even a large collection of WordPress development projects running on a local web server, you will appreciate… More »

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If, like me, you have a large number of WordPress sites, and maybe even a large collection of WordPress development projects running on a local web server, you will appreciate how painful a WordPress core update can be.

Sure, WordPress now has Multisite capabilities, but if your sites are spread across a number of hosting servers, you can’t use a single Multisite installation, so you’re still stuck with performing the core update time after time, once for each site. And don’t even get me started on plugin updates…

The Options

I had heard that there was an online service or piece of software that could automate this process (i.e. update multiple WordPress installations and plugins with a single click), so I sat down in front of Google and fairly quickly found the three current options:

All are online web applications; however, ManageWP and WP Remote Manager are hosted applications, whereas InfiniteWP is self-hosted (you download it, then install it on a spare domain or folder of a website).

Getting Started

Being the tightwad that I am, I decided to try out InfiniteWP. On their front page there is a short video giving a fairly useful overview: