We made iThemes Sync to save you time and hassle in managing multiple WordPress sites. With Sync, you can manage all of your WordPress sites from one convenient dashboard. To get started using Sync, you’ll first need to sign up to manage 10 free sites here.
There are two easy ways to set up your sites in Sync:
- Use Sync’s “Add Site” option after logging in to the Sync dashboard
- Manually install the Sync plugin on all your WordPress sites
How to Add Sites From the Sync Dashboard
2. Once you login, you’ll see the Sync dashboard. In the Add Site section of the Sync dashboard, add the URL of your WordPress site, your admin username and your WordPress admin password. Click the Add Site button to authenticate your site.
3. Sync will go to work authenticating your site. You can view a status log as Sync connects to your site. Once it’s finished, you’ll see the option to Manage This Site or Add Another Site.
To add more sites to Sync in the future, you can always use the Add Site button from the Home tab in the upper right corner of the screen.
How to Manually Install the Sync Plugin
If you have any issues adding your sites to Sync from the Add Site option in the Sync dashboard, you can manually upload the Sync plugin to your WordPress site.
Download the Sync plugin file by clicking on the Download button.
Upload and activate the Sync plugin on any WordPress 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.
Managing 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.
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 entering your iThemes username and password. For more info on licensing your iThemes products, visit this tutorial.
Once you’ve added licenses to your iThemes products (if applicable), you’re ready to get started with Sync.
If you have questions or need help, visit the Sync Support Forum. Our team of moderators will be happy to help out. (You’ll be able to view this forum page once you sign into the forum using your iThemes username and password).
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.
More Sync Tutorials
- Getting Started with Sync
- iThemes Sync Overview
- The iThemes Sync Dashboard
- Managing Themes in iThemes Sync
- Managing Plugins with iThemes Sync
- iThemes Sync BackupBuddy Integration
- iThemes Sync BackupBuddy Stash Integration
Get More Sync Features in Sync Pro
Sync Pro is designed for anyone managing multiple WordPress sites professionally. In addition to all the features included in Sync basic, Sync Pro includes Client Dashboard, Uptime Monitoring and more. If you already have a Sync Basic plan, you can contact sales about your upgrade.