Huge Updates to WPMU DEV Dashboard: Updates, Support and More

Our WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin has had a makeover.

If you’ve got the plugin installed you may have noticed a few changes in the past 48 hours that make it even easier to get access to updates and support.

WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin
The WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin lets you access all of our products from the comfort of your WordPress install.

The latest update to WPMU DEV Dashboard is a big one:

WordPress 3.8 styles compatibility: The WPMU DEV Dashboard looks fantastic with the new-look WordPress backend, no matter which color scheme you choose.

Support for optional background auto-updates: The Dashboard plugin can now update all of your WPMU DEV plugins and themes as they become available. Too cool! You’ll never have to manually update ever again – now it all happens in the background while you sleep.

Improvements to the support page view – instructions, system information: Help our support crew help you. The WPMU DEV > Support > System Info page displays information about your local WordPress install to help our support guys diagnose your problems.

Remote support login: As a WPMU DEV member when you need advanced support you can grant WPMU DEV support staff temporary admin access to your site with one click, review staff access history logs, and revoke their access. This is completely secure, optional, and fully controlled by you. No more temporary passwords to manage or credentials sent insecurely over email!

Activate/deactivate links shown on listings: Now you can easily scroll or search through our plugins and themes and quickly activate and deactivate our plugins.

Usage instructions displayed with plugin listings: Easily access the usage instructions for any of our plugins. Just scroll or search through the plugins list, find your plugin and click “Instructions.” Never get stuck looking for help again.

WPMU DEV Dashboard
The WPMU DEV Dashboard looks great with the new-look WordPress admin. Looks like someone needs to work on their reputation points…

Other new features include:

  • Login screen is now shown by default instead of signup
  • Show configure link on listings when supported
  • Integration with new dashboard notices
  • Make listings default order by popularity
  • Push incompatible products to bottom of listings
  • Clean depreciated code
  • Fix theme changelog popup from themes grid page
  • Honor update_themes capability
  • Retire upgrade notices
  • Fix upgrade instead of configure links showing before API key is set

Get one-click installs and upgrades of all WPMU DEV plugins and themes and access to support – all from the comfort of your WordPress install

The Dashboard plugin is designed to help improve your workflow with our products. Instead of switching between multiple browser tabs to install and update our plugins and themes, you can browse and filter them within your dashboard.

Keep in touch with the WPMU DEV community. Stuck using a plugin or just can’t figure out a piece of code? Head to WPMU DEV > Community and get in touch with our support crew. Open a new support topic without having to leave your WordPress backend.

Browse through our support forums and earn membership points – all from within your WordPress install.

You can even keep your membership details up-to-date. Go to WPMU DEV > Manage to check your details and turn on background updates and special offers.

Do you have WPMU DEV Dashboard installed? Get on it! Update to the latest version and let us know what you think in the comments below.

18 Responses

  • How can you claim that it looks great or compatible with the 3.8 color schemes?

    The truth is that whatever color scheme I use, I am greeted by the hideously designed, awful blue of the WPMU dashboard.

    If your dashboard really was ‘compatible’ it would automatically use the colors of the color scheme the user has chosen. Instead you just pollute our WordPress dashboard.

    The whole point of the sass enabled admin styles, is that you can take full advantage and make your dashboard look like it belongs in the WordPress world.

    Come on guys show us that you really do know how to do WordPress properly. I could tolerate your dashboard if it looked like it belonged.

  • Consider this one more vote to find a way to eliminate the need for the Dashboard for all cases. I can see where it would be useful on a Multisite installation, but for someone who might be using one or two plugins on a variety of standalone client sites, it’s a waste.

    I don’t want to install the Dashboard on client sites, period, and I also don’t want to have to keep editing plugins to turn off the nag. It’s both intrusive and a waste of my time.

    Think about what happens if that person someday decides not to continue with my services, and they find out they need to sign up to continue to get updates, or go through a lot of work to replace what I used WPMU plugins for with alternatives. That potentially turns a satisfied client who’s simply moving on into a seriously disgruntled ex-client. Not good for business.

    Long term, for sites that aren’t Multisite, the Dashboard wasn’t a fully thought-out solution.

    There has to be a better way, and I continue to hope that other options will be considered going forward.

    • Having said that – you are the only person who will see upgrade nags (if you set it as such) and surely your client should be updating the site… for security and compatibility if nothing else.

      So don’t worry about editing the plugins – that’ll save you the time.

      Also though we really can’t / shouldn’t cater for users who don’t intend to upgrade WP.

      At the end of the day hopefully it’s a way in which you can offer your client an ongoing service… and they can pay your membership.

      But you are right, there is a better way, and that’s what we’re working towards with the new versions of the dashboard… give it a whirl and I think you’ll see we’re on the right path – and keep the suggestions coming for how we can further improve it!

      • That wasn’t what I was told. I was told that only the admin who installed the Dashboard can perform the WPMU updates because other admins can’t access the information or use the API key, so no one else but me could do an update.

        And on sites where the Dashboard isn’t installed, all admins see the bright red nag message (can’t tell you how many times I was asked about that), and without the Dashboard, the plugins need to be manually updated, something only I could do since the WPMU account is mine, not my client’s.

        Not sure where you inferred “users who don’t intend to update WP” from… I never said that. A lot of my clients are not technical at all… they don’t log into the websites, don’t even want to, leaving all the backend “magic” to me. But I was talking about what might happen if a client no longer wants to use my services, and doesn’t think that WPMU plugins serve as useful a purpose as I had when putting their site together for them.

        People change their minds, change their service providers, change their online directions all the time. Just this year alone on 4 different client sites, I implemented a WPMU plugin as part of a solution, but ultimately they couldn’t work with them or weren’t comfortable with something about it and I had no choice but to use a different plugin as a solution.

        Being honest, I do like using MarketPress, but it doesn’t play well with Genesis anymore, and after 4 months of looking for help, the complete lack of solution options (and grand push-offs) from both StudioPress and WPMU means I’m in the market again for another ecommerce plugin, and if I find one that works, I would be hard-pressed to find a practical reason to maintain my membership here next year… none of the themes cater to my needs, I know I likely will never use any of the Multisite only plugins, and the only plugins left that’ve survived the test of time in action for me are Comments Plus and PopUp. The others I would try for a week or so and switch out to something else in the end because they were either not enough or way too much.

        It’s a conundrum. The WPMU community is awesome, but the products make me happy when I can use them, and grumpy when I can’t.

        Sorry for the massive infodump, but my frustration at what is when I know and imagine what could be sometimes makes me crazy :)

  • I was surprised to see that when I logged into my WordPress site, the WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin had automatically updated and I didn’t have to lift a finger!

    There are a lot of naysayers here, but seriously guys, the new update is really cool. It’s now super easy to activate/deactivate our plugins, find usage instructions, turn auto-updates on/off etc.

    The aesthetics are also so much better than they were before, so I’m assuming all the negative banter here relates to the previous version of the plugin.

    I especially like the community integration in the dashboard and the easy access to the forums.

    Looking forward to the next update!

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