In the super-speedy version of this tutorial, Sync works like this:
- Download and install the iThemes Sync plugin on all your WordPress sites (to download the plugin, log in to the Sync dashboard). Sync will then prompt you to add your iThemes username and password to activate Sync. Repeat this step for all sites you want to manage with Sync.
- Log in to the Sync Dashboard and/or get the Sync iOS app to start managing your site updates. That’s it!
A Quick Note on Enabling Automatic Theme & Plugin Updates for Your iThemes Products
Sync works with all themes and plugins that receive automatic updates (not just iThemes themes and plugins), but licensing your iThemes products activates their automatic updates. Before you get started using iThemes Sync, make sure you’ve licensed your iThemes themes and plugins.
To add licenses to your iThemes themes and plugins, log in to your WordPress site and visit Settings > iThemes Licensing.
In the Unlicensed Products section, license these products by using your iThemes username and password. For more info on licensing your iThemes products, visit this tutorial.
1. Download and Install the Sync Plugin
Download the Sync plugin file by clicking on the Download button.
Upload and activate the Sync plugin on any site you want to manage with Sync.
After activating iThemes Sync, you’ll see the nag to Set Up Sync.
Enter your iThemes username and password and click Sync.
You’ll then see the iThemes Sync page where you can manage your Synced sites or add additional users. Adding additional users is helpful if more than one person will be managing updates for this site.
2. Manage Your Synced Sites – The Sync Dashboard
From the Sync page, click Go Manage Your Synced Sites to return to your Sync dashboard. You can also access the Sync Dashboard directly here. You’ll now see your synced sites here.
Click the arrow on the right to expand the Quick Look. The Quick Look offers an overview of all available updates for that particular Synced site. Click Update to run the plugin or theme update. You’ll receive an Updated! notice when Sync has finished the update.
For a more detailed view, click View Full Details for any site. This takes you to the individual site view where you can manage plugins, manage themes or run BackupBuddy actions.
If you have questions or need help, visit the Sync Support Forum. Our team of moderators will be happy to help out.
Feature Requests & iThemes Sync Roadmap
We would love your feedback on how we can improve iThemes Sync to give you the best experience for easily managing your WordPress sites from one location, so visit the iThemes Sync feature request page to send us your ideas. You may also view the Public Roadmap for iThemes Sync and vote on features here.