Take Control Of All WordPress Sites From A Single Dashboard
Anyone who manages more than one WP site needs this. It does what it says and at a price anyone should be able to afford.
Normally I don't leave reviews, but this product totally deserves my time. After studying other similar alternatives and testing all features to compare. iControlWP stands out by far!
I am amazed how the developer has been able to combine so many rich and complex worpress features into 1 place. He has done an excellent job on the UI making the complicated very simple to use with step by step wizards for every feature of the software.
We also compared many (over 7) back-up options and were reluctant to pay a little more than the others for Worpdrive, however after testing the backup under real life stressful situations, it worked like a charm. It truly worked with a press of a button, no need for all of the normal hassle. If you host WP sites for your clients, THIS IS A MUST! (this is much, much better than any other backup service out there)
Finally, what makes this product so special besides what's been mentioned are the people behind it, who truly stand behind it. I've asked for Paul's support many times and his support has totally exceeded my expectations every single time.
I am so glad I found you and look forward to growing our business with the piece of mind and efficiency your product provides ;)
I currently manage over a dozen WordPress sites with iControlWP. Combined with WorpDrive, this plugin saves me tons of time each month as I can quickly update plugins across sites and know that if something goes wrong I can easily "roll back" to a previous version. It is the first thing that I set up when I take over hosting for a new WordPress client.
I did a price comparison recently with a few other comparable services (backup plugins and managers) on the market. iControlWP is priced very competitively but their product is still top-notch.
- Ability to configure automatic updating on a per-plugin basis (no more logging in to manually order updates for Gravity Forms, Yoast SEO, etc)
- Clear notices and automatic emails when sites are disconnected or backups not functioning
- Very simple automatic backups with WorpDrive
- Features that I haven't even had time to take advantage of like new site templates
I'm very happy that I chose icontrolwp/worpdrive for my sites' management and backup about a year ago.
Over that time, not only has their product served my needs; but I have seen them add significant new features and UI improvements.
In addition, I have nothing but positive things to say about the team's customer service. I was particularly impressed to the level at which they disclosed and 'owned' a small amount of downtime that occurred during their recent growth.
I don't think there is a better product out there, particularly for the price.
I tried ManageWP previously but iControlWP won big time. The integrated super fluent backups are much better than ManageWP's. I had continuously failed backups with ManageWP. Not with iControlWP and WorpDrive combo. The plugin and theme management functionality is also much better. The support personnel is very ready to help and responds quickly (within hours and sometimes within minutes). I can just recommend it.
I have tried other services like this one in the past and eventually left them as they weren't effective at updating plugins consistently but after using this service now for a few months I finally feel that I have found the right tool to manage client website updates safely and effectively.
For me one of the most important things is knowing exactly what got updated when in case something goes wrong with a website. Being able to look back at exactly what got updated when makes it much easier to work out what happened and fix it quickly. With the backup option you can also just roll the site back to the day before you had the issue so there are some fantastic contingencies there too.
I have to also comment on the support as that for me is equally as important as the functionality. I had an issue with a site not syncing and sent in a support ticket that was addressed within hours of submitting it with an excellent explanation of what the issue was.
For me its the perfect tool for a web developer supporting multiple clients sites long term (which provides a steady income outside of just building websites).
About this plugin/product that doesn't make me sound like some gushing fanboy with a teenage crush.
It is a solid piece of software that will only make life easier (and if you worry about backups and data loss... a bit less stressful) if you manage multiple wordpress sites.
Their customer service is fast and brilliant. I had issues with a site using Worpdrive (due to my own issues -- go me!), but they quickly figured out and addressed the issue.
If you are looking for a solution to manage multiple sites with then this is the plugin for you. Add to that the Worpdrive for backing up... a great UI. It's a win-win.
I manage a lot of WordPress sites, so maintaining updates, backups, optimization and security scans by hand is incredibly time consuming.
I was using ManageWP, but there were numerous issues. First, their backups are performed on your server-side, so if you attempt to backup a large site, it will constantly fail with PHP memory errors. Secondly, updates that were marked as completed often times were not actually performed. Add these issues to the fact that many of my clients have premium plugins, which Managewp doesn't support, and you can see why it was this was a no-go for my business model.
I felt defeated. I had to adjust my service offering so that updates and backups were less frequent since I was still doing a large portion of the maintenance by hand. Finally, I had enough and began searching for another option. I decided to give IControlWP with WorpDrive a test drive with a small sample of my personal websites. It didn't take long at all to realize this was the solution I was after. Backups are performed using their servers, which makes them flawless while reducing loads on your own servers. Updates occur just as they are reported. As a bonus, developing WordPress sites and moving them into production is no longer a chore. You can migrate an entire site in a matter of minutes.
If you're frustrated with similar plugins, you have to give iControlWP a try. I made the switch and haven't looked back even once.
I've tried almost every backup and maintenance solution for wordpress on the market and iControlWP is the best. By Far.
Previously I used managewp, the service was inconsistent at best, and support was almost on-existent. I can't count how many unanswered support tickets I had in my account, nor how many emails from support talking about bugs not yet being fixed or basic services they advertise that dont actually work.
But, icontrolWP is top notch. Support gets back to you in a matter of minutes, not days, and the service works well. The control panel has a nice ui, and allows for complete management of your wordpress installs. The worpdrive feature also works well, and is easy to find what you need and then download it.
In my opinion though,when dealing with backup solutions, it's not just the backup that counts - it's the restore. Here, icontrol wp works well too, and gives various options for restoring, copying and cloning your site.
I currently use vaultpress on one client site for backup, and icontrolwp on all my other sites. It is just as good as vaultpress - if not better, because it is less expensive for a better feature set.
I recommend them highly.
I've tried several WordPress management systems over the last week and iControlWP has a couple of features that set it apart from the others.
If you opt for the integrated WorpDrive backup service as part of your iControlWP package, daily change notifications can give you early warning of a compromised site.
If you want to verify that backup and restore are working properly, WorpDrive's Test Restore not only proves this, but also gives you a temporary sandbox copy of your site where you can test updates or other changes.
The team is also extremely responsive to suggestions and bug reports.