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ManageWP vs InfiniteWP: remote WordPress site management

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Some great new tools out there to monitor and update a number of WordPress sites from one central place. Here’s some notes I’ve gathered – please share your experiences in  the comments.

WHY REMOTE MANAGEMENT OF WORDPRESS SITES?
As part of my services as a web developer and WordPress expert, I have to manage many websites for my clients — it’s a tedious chore to track the latest  plugin updates, and  WordPress versions. Most updates go smoothly but on occasion plugins conflict and updates can even make your whole website become unavailable.

When people sign up for my WordPress small business web hosting service they get to avoid all these headaches and let me manage their WordPress updates. I include at least an hour per year for the updates and that’s plenty for most small businesses.

But that leaves me with a growing number of WordPress sites to manage. So to the rescue come a new generation of tools to

 

ManageWP
I’ve been hearing about them for a while and have been enjoying the free trial service. They are the best and most comprehensive service and offer a free trial. But they are not cheap. I had a problem adding a site and their support was very responsive – that’s a great sign.

main features:

  • bulk install, update and management of plugins and themes and WP
  • backups to FTP, DropBox or S3
  • email notification: for updates and other stats
  • clone or migrate a WP install from one site to another,
  • SEO tracking tools (for highest tier price)
  • Native iOS app

more features:

  • One-click automatic login to any website
  • Bulk Add Posts/Pages and  Links
  • Simple cleaning of spam comments, removing post revisions or optimizing database
  • Built-in pageview statistics
  • Restrict login to your ManageWP account by IP address(es)
  • Two-factor login authentication (email code)
  • Backups for your websites (to your server, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP or an email address)
  • Schedule daily, weekly or monthly automatic backups
  • Easily Clone or Migrate website from one domain/hosting server to another
  • Bulk User Management (change your admin password on all sites with ease, add/remove users, change roles…)
  • Add and manage Sub-users in your account
  • Run code tool
  • Google Analytics dashboard widget
  • Traffic alerts (receive an email if your daily website traffic changes by set amount)
  • Website Uptime Monitoring
  • Remote Maintenance mode
  • View PHP error logs

Here’s my wishlist of features:

  1. Incremental backups: this make all the difference in  the world when it comes to making a backup of a big site and committing to the computing resources to make it happen often.
  2. Backup options:  stored at managewp.com . I wonder if they could team up with VaultPress to offer that service within their service perhaps? Ideally I would like a less expensive option since I’m already paying for a server-level (domain-level) backup.
  3. Multiple service levels/flexible billing:  I have lots of WP sites but not all of them need the higher  level of service so I’d like to adjust the service level for each site (eg: not all sites are concerned about SEO).  I’d like to have a per-site billing system so I don’t have to think about the big price leap from 50 sites to 51 sites. I add my WordPress sites one at a time (as I build them for my small business clients) so i’d like to be billed one at a time. This would also make ManageWP more competitive with the free offerings out there (see below)
  4. Automatic backups – I am dreaming of an email telling me that my site was updated with screenshots before and after the update! Or maybe not an email but adding before and after screenshots or a few key pages would save alot of work in assuring the completeness of a backup

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InfiniteWP
This is a brilliant idea – all the management features but you host it yourself so there are no ongoing fees. Best of all – the basic software is FREE and addons are available for extra features like backup. I have been using this for years and so far it’s working well. Sometimes it feels slow, sometimes it fails to connect to some of my sites so it’s not perfect but overall it’s a time saver and a great centralized place to manage my sites. Native iOS app in the works.

Base app is free:

  • One Master Login
  • One Click Updates
  • Plugins & Themes management
  • Backup & Restore

20 Add-ons for $399 ($199/yr) (Or buy just the features you need)

  • Schedule Backups – I send Database backups to S3
  • Cloud Backup
  • Install/Clone WordPress
  • Code Snippets
  • Manage Users
  • Client Plugin Branding
  • Google Analytics
  • Manage Comments
  • Publish posts, pages & links
  • Client Reporting
  • Sucuri Malware Scanner
  • Uptime Monitor
  • WP Maintenance
  • Google Webmaster
  • Google Page Speed
  • File Uploader
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Wordfence Security
  • iThemes Security
  • Duo Security: 2 factor authentication for your admin panel

 

Other competition:

WP Remote
WP Remote  handles updates to installed plugins and themes remotely via the WP Remote website and provides quick access to core updates. It can also create full off-site backups. Seems to be free but hard to tell from their site.

wpmanagerdx.com
Only $67 per year, this offers a php script that lives on your cpanel-based server. Offers uploading and updating of themes and plugins, backup, RSS autopost and quick WP installs based on profiles you configure.

WPberry
Yet another new offering – still in beta but coming soon… Offers 3 features: 1) Remote WordPress Updates 2) Manual Backups 3) Scheduled Backups

portal.wpengine.com DISCONTINUED
They are still coming up with a name for their service – it’s very new. Minimal functionality but it’s free and they promise not to start charging – which makes me wonder if it’ll really get continual development. Log into any site from  the central control panel, view WP version, some troubleshooting links. Update 10/2012: there has not been any progress on this product in a while.

 

 

UPDATED: 10/2015

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5 Comments

  1. Posted February 25, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Ari,

    Looks like you missed one! 🙂

    Give Worpit.com a look… free to sign-up and we’ve got heaps of features for a single flat rate per site. ( http://worpit.com/compare/ )

    There’s also WP Status out there too 🙂

    Thanks!
    Paul.

  2. Joseph Sorkin
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone commented about WPPipeline as compared to Manage WP?

  3. Posted February 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I know this post is old but we have released a comparison for the WP management products discussed here with the possibility for users to search and filter for the features they need. Maybe it proves useful to someone finding this article: http://wpscoop.com/wordpress-management-software-comparison/

    • Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      your tool looks interesting but doe not work as i’m trying it right now

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