This is a going to showcase of handy and useful WordPress plugins for managing WordPress multisites.You may have already heard about some of these plugins, but here is a complete list of multisite plugins that works for everyone.
WordPress MU Domain Mapping
This excellent plugin solves an important multisite problem of editing server configuration files for adding hosts and making redirects. It enables any admin to map one or more domain to one of the websites in the multi-site network. Users can configure the plugin to setup domain mappings, and also set other settings for improved administration.
The plugin allows super admins to use ANAME or CNAME records, allowing the users to configure their sites easily using the preferred method. You can even add or delete domains, and have primary and secondary domains for a single website.
Multisite Plugin Manager
Multisite Plugin Manager is a useful plugin that allows you to adjust plugin permissions for every site in your network. Interestingly, you can activate or deactivate plugins in bulk on the network, saving you time and effort of doing it individually. And as a super admin, you can also override user control for specific plugins on the sites of your multisite network.
This plugin helps to save and store your WordPress installation in full, including the “wp-content” directory. And in the case of an emergency or data loss, you can easily restore everything with a single .zip backup file. The plugin being multisite compatible, you can take backups of the whole network, or any sub-blog without any hassle.
As a necessary requirement, the plugin does enable you to store the backup to a cloud drive to prevent file loss or damage. That being said, you can also push the backups to an external backup or storage service like Dropbox, S3, FTP, etc. Moreover, the plugin does additional optimization tasks like optimizing database, repairing database, etc.
This plugin helps you clone sub-blogs to create new blogs on the network without re-doing all the hard work. The new blog will contain the posts, uploads, plugins, theme settings, and even users from the master blog, after it is cloned successfully.
Of course, you can later deactivate or delete a clone same as you can do with any other sub-blog on a multisite network. Though it works as expected yet it misses a feature, using which, I could specify which all things (posts, plugins, etc.) should be cloned.
Multisite Post Duplicator
Multisite Post Duplicator helps you clone any page or post from one multisite blog to another on the same network. It can copy post meta, featured image, post images, tags, categories, custom fields, etc. too, and also clone in batch mode.
Surprisingly, you can also create a duplication link of posts, wherein if you update a post, the other gets updated too. And from its settings page, you can configure everything about this plugin including restricting its functionality to only some sites on your network.