During the past few weeks, I’ve been testing Vladmir Prelovac’s ManageWP service, which you can find online at www.managewp.com. This is a unique service that enables you to manage all your WordPress websites from one dashboard. The ManageWP also has a multitude of other features apart from just the capability of accessing the normal functionality found in separate dashboards.
In order for ManageWP to gain access to your site, it uses a plugin called the ManageWP Worker, which you install on every site you need linked with the ManageWP service. The connection it creates is secure and the developers have placed a lot of emphasis on this aspect of the service.
How is this different from WordPress Multisite?
MangeWP is much easier to use than WordPress Multisite when it comes to managing your website, but the real difference lies in the wealth of tools that ManageWP offers you, none of which are found in Multisite. ManageWP has some amazing tools such as SEO rank tracking, automated backups, and uptime monitoring.
Can I use ManageWP instead of my current backup plugin?
Yes, you no longer need any backup plugins if you’re using ManageWP. Backups are also handled perfectly by ManageWP, thus you can do away with other backup methods or plugins you might be using. ManageWP gives you the possibility to store backups on the website’s server or send to the following locations:
- Amazon S3
ManageWP and Rank Tracking
Which brings us onto ManageWP’s rank tracking feature. It is one of what we like to call our “in its own right” features, in that it alone justifies the cost of the entire product.
Compare the prices of some of the most popular rank tracking services available right now, and line them up against ManageWP’s Business Package:
To be fair, ManageWP’s rank tracking is no where near as comprehensive as SEO Powersuite, however for most users it should be enough.
It’s not a nice feeling when you find out that your site has been down for a few hours and you didn’t even realise about it. I’m sure this has happened to the best of us, but now you can make sure it never happens again. ManageWP can monitor the uptime of all your sites and alert you when they are down. It can also send you SMS alerts, super handy when I’m out and about and have no internet connection.
Automatic Theme and Plugin Updating
OK, if none of the previous features have tantalised you, this is the big feature for me, which is worth the price of this service on its own. As a developer who creates websites for clients, I also maintain many of these sites to keep them updated and secure against bugs and vulnerabilities such as Timthumb, and also give my clients the best functionality WordPress is currently offering.
To do this, I used to need to enter each website (and fetch the credentials first), check out which plugins needed updating, and hitting the update button. Not anymore, because with ManageWP I can do this from the dashboard, by hitting the refresh button ManageWP will check all my sites and identify which plugins (and themes) need updating, then I can choose whether to update a particular plugin on a particular site, all plugins on a particular site, or en masse all plugins on all sites. I can’t estimate how much time and hassle this feature has saved me.
ManageWP is a very unique service, the only slightly comparable service I have come across is VaultPress by Automattic, however this is only limited to backup services and some security scanning. Comparing the pricing for ManageWP with the plans of VaultPress, my conclusion is that ManageWP is absolutely a much better deal in most cases. You can also pre-pay for one or two years of service to save 10% or 20% more, respectively.
The ManageWP.com website also contains an ever-increasing number of truly interesting articles about WordPress usage, with a slant towards ManageWP, so head over to their site and I’m sure you will learn something interesting.
Are you already using ManageWP? Let us know in the comments section below.
Above: The whole ManageWP team in Belgrade at one of their recent meet ups.
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