UpdraftCentral (remote control plugin): How to add a site

Note: This guide assumes that UpdraftPlus is installed on the site to be managed (the ‘child site’ / ‘managed site’), and UpdraftCentral is installed on the managing site (i.e. the site that has the dashboard, which we call the ‘Mothership’ – which, if you are using the updraftplus.com dashboard, it is, of course). Please see the following guides on how to install each:

To proceed, you can either watch this YouTube video, or follow the text-and-screenshots guide below.

Step 1 – go to the key management configuration in UpdraftPlus

Log into the child site’s WordPress dashboard, and navigate to the UpdraftPlus Settings page.

Open the ‘Advanced Tools’ tab. There you will find the ‘UpdraftCentral (Remote Control)’ settings:


Step 2 – Create your key

Under ‘Create new key’, enter the following details:

  • Description: The label for this key – any label that you wish to give it.
  • “Dashboard at” (a.k.a. Mothership): If using the UpdraftCentral managed service (i.e. managing your sites from the dashboard at updraftplus.com), then select ‘UpdraftPlus.com’. If you are running UpdraftCentral on your own mothership site, select ‘Other’
  • If ‘Other’, input the URL of the dashboard/mothership site (including ‘http{s}://’). If you are not sure, then you can get the URL of your site by clicking on the “Help” icon in your UpdraftCentral dashboard.
  • If required, you can select to use the alternative connection method. You should use this if your dashboard¬†is running on localhost and your child site is not – or if the default method fails. If in doubt, try it – it is harmless.

After inputting the details, click ‘Create’Step2

Step 3 – Copy the key to your clipboard

UpdraftPlus will now generate a new key, and display a success or failure alert.

After the key is generated, it will be displayed below the settings. Copy this key to the clipboard. Please note that this key will only be displayed once, so please ensure that it has copied correctly before closing or reloading the page.


Step 4 – Paste the key in UpdraftCentral

Open the UpdraftCentral page on the site that hosts your dashboard (either UpdraftPlus.com or your own site). Under the main UpdraftCentral navigation bar, click ‘Add Site’


A pop-up will appear. Paste the key from the child site into the text box and click ‘Add Site’. (You only need to open the “advanced options” if your website has HTTP authentication or other security restrictions beyond those in WordPress – see here for more information):

Adding a new site

Step 5 – Read the confirmation that the connection was made

A confirmation message should appear, indicating that the connection was a success. The exact appearance of this message will depend upon whether the “alternate” confirmation method is being used, or not.

The child site will then be added to the list of sites, ready to be remotely managed.