The Most Valuable WordPress Tool You’ll Use This Year Has Finally Launched

ManageWP
We’ve struck website management gold.

I am pretty excited to be talking about this tool today, as it is one I use on a daily basis. One that has made the management and expansion of my WordPress portfolio dramatically easier, by saving me literally hours every single month.

It is a tool that we first covered back in March 2011, and it has come on leaps and bounds in terms of functionality since then. In fact, it has just enjoyed its official launch.

For those of you who haven’t guessed what it is yet, or have been hiding under a rock for the past year or so, I am talking about ManageWP.

Welcome To The Revolution, Baby

ManageWP comes with more handy features than you could shake a stick at, but the one that really sets the bar is one-click login. ManageWP allows you to access every single one of your WordPress sites from a single location. That’s all of your Dashboards from one place. No logging in and out and fiddling about.

When you login to ManageWP, you will see a list of your websites in the Navigation Bar:

One-Click Login

Just click on a site, and its Dashboard will appear in front of you:

One-Click Dashboard

The above is a screenshot from my blog’s Dashboard. As you can see, I am free to manage my site as if I had logged into the Dashboard at source.

Switching between different Dashboards is just a case of clicking “< Dashboard” at the top of the screen and selecting another of your sites.

One-Click Upgrade

If you have more than two or three WordPress sites, upgrading the source code, themes and plugins is a chore. And if you have a larger portfolio, it becomes an absolute nightmare.

But the nightmares aren’t necessary. ManageWP allows you to upgrade all source codes, themes and plugins – from the same place.

One-Click Updates
This feature makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The above screenshot isn’t a great example of the functionality of this feature (as I had only recently carried out a one-click upgrade), but ManageWP lists all available updates from your centralized Dashboard and allows you to upgrade everything with the click of a button. Not only that, as you can see, it does the same for post revisions, database overhead, and spam comments. In essence, you can handle the ongoing management and optimization of all your WordPress sites from one place.

You can probably imagine how much time this could save you, but just in case you’re not seeing it, imagine this. You have a portfolio of 10 WordPress sites, and you have a particular plugin installed on every single one. That plugin needs to be updated. Traditionally, you would have to log in and out of every single Dashboard and update each iteration of the plugin manually. It would probably take 7-10 minutes. With ManageWP, you can achieve the same thing with one click, in about 30 seconds.

And that’s just one of ManageWP’s many features. Forgive me for getting a bit excitable and geeky about a piece of software, but it has quickly become my favorite time-saving tool. Like, ever.

ManageWP
This kid just found out about ManageWP.

Cloning

I could go on all day about the multitude of features that ManageWP has to offer, but I’m sure you have other things to be doing than reading this article all day (like setting up your ManageWP account). So, I’ll mention just one more – site cloning.

If you’re anything like me, when it comes to WordPress sites you have a “base setup”. I have a preferred theme and several plugins that I like to install as standard. Furthermore, there are certain settings within WordPress that are always the same.

In the past, you would have to manually set up a WordPress site on every occasion you come to build one. But with ManageWP, you can set up a “template site” and simply clone that onto every single new project you begin. I would estimate that this saves me about 30 minutes every time I do it. Check this video out to see how easily it is done:

Now if you don’t find that plain sexy, I don’t know what does stir your loins.

But That’s Not All

Not even close actually. There are 101 more features I could cover, but I don’t need to. Why? Because ManageWP offers a free 14 day trial, during which you can add up to 10 websites. That is enough time to quickly realize how indispensable the tool is. So head over to ManageWP and give it a go!

For those of you who are already ManageWP users, what are your thoughts on the tool? Is there further functionality that you would like to see added in the future?

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Tator1982 and Rudoni Productions

36 Responses

  • A bit disapointing to make such a fuss about this without providing much detail. So please consider a more in depth piece on this, and perhaps a comparisson with using MWP compared to the built-in Multisite functionality.

    I’m currently trying WP multi-site because while MWP has a freemium model, there’s not a lot of point in using it to manage just three sites is there. So effectively its a paid service versus the free, built-in multisite capability.

    I think multisite does everything you’ve mentioned here, so why would you pay? Hence my wish for more depth in this article, and a comparisson with WordPress multi-site.

    You might also include other options – I think there’s one other paid service but don’t have the name to hand.

    Mark

    • Author

      Hello theWebalyst,

      This article was intended to be an introduction to what ManageWP offers, rather than an in-depth study. The fact is, with a free 10 site trial, it doesn’t take long to figure out why ManageWP is superior to multisite in a number of different applications.

      Having said that, I think your suggestion is a good one so will look into writing up a comparison piece in the near future.

      Cheers!

      Tom

  • ManageWP is totally overrated. At $15 a month you can get about half the features you’d expect. The blog I’ve been running for 5 years has too much content for ManageWP to handle without moving to a different server. It’s really buggy and slow too. Maybe once it’s out of beta I’ll try it again.

    • New Recruit

      Hi Steve,

      We here at ManageWP are creating high quality tools that are also affordable for people who understand the value of their own time. If you consider your time valuable, ManageWP is a must-have solution. Furthermore, we do very much love our customers, and we think we are doing something very special here that shouldn’t be missed.

      But I noticed you mentioned that ManageWP is “overrated,” and that “at $15 a month you can get about half the features you’d expect.” Could you please clarify?

      You also mentioned that our service is buggy and slow, but you noted that you are unwilling to move to a better server for your own blog. Are you sure your servers are not overloaded? If you send an email to our support team, we would be more than happy to investigate any issues.

      And I just want to say that all of our customers who use our service have been raving about it. Kim Doyal from TheWPChick is only one of many incredible people who is saying how much she appreciates our service. And we have many more! :)

      If you (or anyone) ever have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at [email protected], as I’m more than happy to answer them.

      Thanks!

  • New Recruit

    IMHO I think this plugin is just another approach for what WP Multisite already does. And, really, I like faaaar better WP’s official approach. What’s the point of having 10 different sites, with 10 different configurations, and 10 different databases when you can do almost everything the article mentions by default? For me it is for sure NOT the most valuable WordPress tool I’ll use this year. And no, it is not a revolution.

    • New Recruit

      Hi Fran,

      James Mowery, CMO of ManageWP here. Very sorry you feel this way. Do let us know how we can improve our service, as your comments are quite harsh and we would like to solve these issues.

      To respond to your “What’s the point of having 10 different sites, with 10 different configurations, and 10 different databases when you can do almost everything the article mentions by default?” question:

      If you have any number of sites that have decent traffic, the resources that will be demanded for those sites will be quite large. You’ll likely have to make an expensive investment for servers to keep up with demand. By using WordPress’ built-in options, you can quickly run into issues where your servers are not keeping up. In other words, it’s very expensive!

      ManageWP does not have this problem because it allows you to focus on allocating the proper resources for the blogs that need it. You could use cheaper hosting options — thus saving you a lot of money — and then have the ability to ramp up the resources for specific sites when necessary. This is great for blog networks and blogs that have traffic. Here is another resource showing some of the pitfalls of WordPress Multisite.

      Again, ManageWP will never introduce problems to your existing and allows you to maintain full control, without restraints. This is perfect for blog networks small and large that need expansion, and ManageWP is also perfect individuals who want to maintain sites targeted towards different audiences/niches, and where traffic fluctuations are not very predictable.

      We believe ManageWP is the perfect solution for user who want to maintain full control of their blog networks and have ways to quickly and affordably expand it in the future.

      • New Recruit

        Didn’t mean to sound harsh. The first thing I said was that this was my opinion, as I do not need this kind of plugin because I don’t work with the problems that maybe ManageWP could solve. I’m sure you’re doing a hard work, and I’m sure you’ll suit many people’s needs. Not mine’s. Again, I did not mean to be harsh, I just felt dissapointed with the article.

        • New Recruit

          Hi Fran,

          That’s quite alright. We just really believe in our services and wanted to clarify that ManageWP can and does provide great value for the customers who put a premium on their time. There will, of course, always be other alternatives to managing multiple WordPress blogs, but we are doing our best to make it as effortless, accessible, and as affordable as possible — especially as seeing that integrating all these features separately would be expensive both in time spent implementing these tools and keeping them well maintained, accessing them separately, and also monetary investments from other tools like SEO rankings, up-time monitoring, and automated off-site backups.

          We have a lot of things in store for the future, so please do keep an eye on us. And hopefully in the future you will give us another try and let us know what you think. Thanks! :)

  • There are instances where a client requires/needs (or insists on having) their WP install on their own server. This could be useful for that application. I’ll check out the free version and see.

  • ManageWP has been a huge disappointment to almost everyone involved in the beta, we were misled about what the eventual pricing would be, that is why there is now so little buzz about it. It is useful and worth the amounts originally suggested but $19 per month for ten sites is insane, complete failure to understand the market.

    • Author

      Hi Tim,

      I’ve had wind of some of the pricing-related comments, so it’s interesting to read your thoughts. Whilst I cannot comment about any misleading promises (as I have no idea what was or wasn’t said, if I’m honest), I have given a some thought to the pricing, and to me it’s a pretty simple decision.

      At that base level ($20 per month), you’re paying around $2 per month, per site (obviously, as the number of sites grows, the cost per site decreases). Say you value your time at $50 per hour. Based upon those numbers, you need to save yourself 2 1/2 minutes per site, per month. I don’t know exactly how much time I save myself per site, but I do know that it is a damn sight more than 2 minutes!

      I’d be interested to read your thoughts in light of that perspective.

      Cheers,

      Tom

      • Good product but I think they have over-priced the product and the market will not take to it. Perhaps I am wrong, but essentially it’s not a necessity its a convenience. Consequently I think the price point will put people off. Which is a shame, because it would be great for this to succeed.

        I’ll follow with interest.

        Elliot

  • I have used ManageWP as a Beta Tester for several months now and Now as a paying customer, I can say its AWESOME. It saves me a lot of time with updates to my sites. They are pro-active on any technical issues you might have and I am lookng forward to new features they seem to keep adding to the site. For me it’s been a time saver.

  • My biggest concern with ManageWP (and why I haven’t yet tried it) has been security.

    Sure, it provides two-factor authentication, but it also stores a log file as $pluginpath/log, and the functions in init can all be overridden. I haven’t looked at all the code, but this is concerning. It also treats *any* existence of “/.maintenance” as if the site is disabled (without properly checking it’s contents).

    Other concerns:
    Is it compatible with updates for WPMU DEV or other 3rd party update sources?
    Is the data stored on the server encrypted?
    It isn’t clear what the statistics module is doing – is this tracking each hit to the site, or only certain plugin activity?

      • Thank you for the response, Vladimir.

        But contrary to it’s intent, the article just feeds my concerns. You’ve really played up the fact that you use SSL between servers. COOL!

        But, you do know that SSL is not an encryption mechanism for stored data, right? How do I know that the information actually stored on disk about my sites won’t be exploited en masse if one of your servers is compromised? Even the largest providers are hacked regularly (one of Amazon’s services was hacked just last week), and while not all the information stored was available to the hackers – the amount that *was* is still able to be used to cause serious problems for those users. And that information isn’t tied to back-end access for multiple businesses.

        For example, if any one of your databases is hacked, will the attacker have the ability to use the information recovered to go to one of my service providers and social engineer additional access? Would they be able to gain access to one of my sites or servers? Would they be able to reset the authentication systems or change two-factor authentication options (such as my mobile number)? Would they be able to execute random PHP on my sites, install additional plugins/themes or use it in some other way to create a backdoor on my sites?

        Often a security exploit isn’t even detected for weeks or even months. What measures are in place to monitor for exploit activity or ensure that an attacker that makes it through that “outer skin of the onoin” doesn’t gain immediate access to all your customer data?

        I’m genuinely interested in the answers to these questions.

        • You are right the chance exists that your website can be hacked but we created ManageWP in an effort to reduce this chance. Note that your hosting account can get hacked and no web hosting company will give you a 100% guarantee against it, so we do not too. But in the best interest of running our business we have taken all the necessary precautions to prevent such events from occurring and have multiple layers of protection beginning with that we do not actually store your passwords anywhere.

          Please contact me at [email protected] and I’ll answer your concerns in detail (I am not comfortable discussing the details of our security setup in public).

    • Same here. I was absolutely sure I would become a customer but the standard plan is pointless and the 300% jump in price to “professional” is ridiculous. I understand that they want money but millions of people use wordpress, surely they would make much more money with smarter pricing. Everyone I know who was interested in managewp lost interest when the crazy pricing was revealed.

  • I agree, the hype was great and I checked this service out a while back.. Then the pricing. Not worth it to me.

    I realize for the beginner who stumbles around trying to get things done, it might be worth it. But as said earlier, there are plugins that do what I need done.. I work with 6 different multi-site installs at the same time and I don’t have any problem keeping up the way I do it.. Maybe when I get rich and can have someone else do it all for me.. I will play with some of my extra cash and support this service..

  • The Incredible Code Injector

    Not a chance at the prices they are charging. Sorry, but the cost associated with making things a little more convenient appear to far outweigh the benefits. (Or maybe this is a messaging problem?)

    I won’t even get into the multi-site argument because I really don’t think it applies here.

    It’s just too much money. I wouldn’t even try it since I can get by without it. Perhaps the ManageWP business plan left that factor out (?)

    Sorry, I really don’t mean to be Johnny Raincloud here. It’s probably a worthy set of features for the wealthy and/or profitable. However, when competitors come into play I fully expect their prices will drop dramatically.

    Kudos to ManageWP for filling a gap though. It looks very interesting, albeit way out of reach.

    Your article was fine Tom. Ignore the haters. ; )

    ~ Corey

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