UpdraftCentral Dashboard

Description

UpdraftCentral is a powerful remote control dashboard for WordPress that allows you to manage your WordPress sites from one central location.

You can centrally manage backups, updates and more, accessing each site quickly and efficiently.

This plugin is the central dashboard plugin for installing on the site you want your dashboard (the “mothership”). On the sites you want to control, you instead install UpdraftPlus.

Don’t want to self-host a dashboard? A premium cloud version of UpdraftCentral hosted and maintained by us is also available with many more features – with control of 5 sites available for free.

UpdraftCentral is the latest release from the makers of UpdraftPlus, WordPress’ #1 most installed and trusted backup plugin (active on over a million WordPress sites). As a relatively young plugin we’re keen to get your feedback. If you discover a problem, please let us know (rather than slamming us with a bad review!). You can find support or make suggestions here.

Quick links: how to install | how to add a site | FAQs

Features of this self-install version

Built with state-of-the-art technology, UpdraftCentral is full of features that increase your efficiency and productivity.

With UpdraftCentral, you can…

  • Quickly manage all your UpdraftPlus backups from a single place (backup, see/edit settings, see/download/delete backups, initiate restore)
  • Log in to the WP dashboard of any connected site with a single click.
  • Update the WordPress core, plus plugins and themes of any connected site.
  • Clearly view updates from all sites and carry them out according to sophisticated filters from a single screen.
  • Clean your database on any site by remotely controlling our WP-Optimize plugin, the #1 most-installed WP database optimization plugin
  • Control policies for updates via control of Easy Updates Manager
  • Manage UpdraftVault storage
  • Easily inspect current system information in order to manage site configurations and settings, and troubleshoot problems.
  • See below for extra features in UpdraftCentral Premium

UpdraftCentral Advantages:

  • No annoying page refreshes and no WP dashboard to get in your way (this is a single-page/dynamic JavaScript application which runs in the front end and on full-screen mode).
  • Fast and efficient: all communications are sent directly from the browser where possible, rather than through a back-end server).
  • Secure: all communications between sites are RSA encrypted and signed, and every connection has a unique key-pair. Can be run by localhost, so you can have the dashboard website (i.e. the one that controls all the others) off the public Internet.
  • Mobile-ready and responsive
  • Extensible and developer friendly: it uses WordPress hooks widely, and all of its JavaScript is documented with JSDoc.

Features of UpdraftPlus Premium Cloud:

UpdraftCentral Premium Cloud is a hosted, cloud version of UpdraftCentral which we maintain so that you don’t have to.

It has many more features:

  • Run Google Analytics to get an instant overview of important KPIs from all sites
  • Easily manage comments on all your sites from one place
  • Manage users, giving different levels of access
  • Create tags to organize websites into different categories
  • Fully supported via a fast, professional ticketed support service and active forum.
  • Manage (activate, deactivate or delete) plugins from one or multiple websites all in one place
  • Install one or more plugins straight from wordpress.org and automatically activate them
  • Manage themes, choose and set your default theme easily and automatically
  • Search, choose and click to install themes to one or multiple websites

Screenshots

  • List of controlled sites

  • Backing up a controlled site

  • List of controlled sites to backup

  • List of backups on a specified controlled site

  • Backup configuration for a controlled site

  • View Google Analytics on a controlled site

  • View updates avialable on a controlled site

  • View backups in UpdraftVault

  • Optimize a controlled site that has WP-Optimize installed

  • View the UpdraftPlus tools on a controlled site

  • Manage post comments on a controlled site (premium only)

  • Manage users on a controlled site (premium only)

  • Hide specific options

Installation

From our YouTube channel, here’s how to install:

And here’s how to add a new site:

Requirements

The website being controlled must have all of these:

  • WordPress 3.2 (July 2011) or later. There are no further version PHP/MySQL requirements.
  • UpdraftPlus version 1.12.2 (free version) / 2.12.2 (paid versions) or later installed and active (but, for full functionality and compatibility, you should have the latest release)
  • No active security modules (whether a WordPress plugin, or webserver component) that block traffic based on unusual patterns – encrypted traffic from a remote control plugin is likely to be blocked, as it looks very different to regular website visits from a web browser. We have tested with the most popular WordPress plugins, and these are all not a problem in all the configurations we have tested.

The website that is running the dashboard (i.e. this plugin, UpdraftCentral) must have:

  • WordPress 4.0 (Sep 2014) or later
  • PHP 5.3 or later

The web browser that you visit the UpdraftCentral dashboard must not have not been end-of-lifed by its maker. Specifically, Internet Explorer 9 (or earlier) is not supported. UpdraftCentral is built using modern JavaScript technologies.

Acknowledgements

We recognise and thank all those whose code and/or libraries are used and/or modified under the terms of their open source licences in UpdraftCentral, at: https://updraftplus.com/acknowledgements/You should install using the standard WordPress procedure:

  1. Search for ‘UpdraftCentral’ via the ‘Plugins’ dashboard page in WordPress.
  2. Click the ‘Install’ button. (Make sure you pick the right one)
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Then, you must create a front-end page for your site, to contain the dashboard. i.e. Go to the “Pages” screen in your WordPress dashboard, and follow the link for “Add New”. You are recommended to use a template that allows UpdraftCentral as much width as possible – but, note that UpdraftCentral has a “full screen” mode; so, even if your theme is narrow, it’s not a problem.

Upon this front-end page, place this shortcode: [updraft_central] . This will allow logged-in site administrators, who visit that page, to use UpdraftCentral. If you want users with roles to also be able to use UpdraftCentral (note that every user has their own list of sites – giving users access to UpdraftCentral does not give them access to your sites, only to their own list of sites), then please see this FAQ for information on how it is done: https://updraftplus.com/faqs/can-allow-non-admin-users-updraftcentral-dashboard/

Then, to start using UpdraftCentral, simply visit the page, and you can begin adding sites, using this guide.

FAQ

For all our FAQs, and all other support documentation, please go here: https://updraftplus.com/updraftcentral-frequently-asked-questions/

Reviews

Absolutely Brilliant

If you manage multiple sites, it’s a huge time saver. Anyone saying it’s quicker to log in to each site individually obviously hasn’t secured their sites with two factor authentication.

You CAN see the status and manage all site backups, you CAN manage updates and check the status of each site and a whole lot more.

I’ve used Updraft Plus for years and when Updraft Central was released, I started using it from day one. On a few personal sites to start, but after a few months I rolled it out across the board. And I’ve never looked back.

Not only does it work as advertised, it’s extremely stable and reliable.

Highly Recommended.

Missed Opportunity

Can’t see the purpose of the plugin. I was hoping this plugin would give me an overview of the backup status of all the sites I manage. It doesn’t. Might as well login to each site manually.

Great start!

Installs very easily. Intuitive to configure. Works really well. For something you have disclaimed as being new, just launched it puts many more established plugins to shame for quality and reliability.

Looking forward to its future updates.

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Contributors & Developers

“UpdraftCentral Dashboard” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

0.8.1 – 13/Nov/2018

  • FIX: Fix Easy Updates Manager issue where it freezes during installation and activation
  • TWEAK: Enabled the Easy Updates Manager module
  • TWEAK: Tweak backup settings UI
  • TWEAK: Tweak the dashboard_ajaxaction_newsite function to make returning/rendering of the sites’ HTML optional
  • TWEAK: Mark as supporting WordPress 5.0

0.8.0 – 19/Sep/2018

  • FEATURE: Add the ability for users to configure timeout in the settings dialog
  • FEATURE: Add optional ‘fingerprint’ configuration for UpdraftPlus sftp/scp remote storage, allowing the connection to be halted if the server’s fingerprint does not match what was entered
  • FEATURE: Easy Updates Manager (https://wordpress.org/plugins/stops-core-theme-and-plugin-updates/) control module (requires a new release of Easy Updates Manager – not yet out there)
  • FIX: Raised warning when checking cached data
  • TWEAK: Replace style’s class name that handles the display of tags in UpdraftCentral
  • TWEAK: Add up-sell info for plugin and theme modules
  • TWEAK: UI edits
  • TWEAK: Generate cache meta key for new request with empty data
  • TWEAK: Return an empty string when handlebarsjs function received an undefined value
  • TWEAK: Add WordPress.org search feature for plugins and themes and a few improvement tweaks
  • TWEAK: Added additional helper functions and widgets
  • TWEAK: Add get_site_tags api to UpdraftCentral_User class
  • TWEAK: Update get_site_meta API to support fields retrieval
  • TWEAK: Include users’ stored sites information in the WP Export Personal Data tool
  • TWEAK: Prevent a possible PHP debugging notice related to a non-present key

0.7.4 – 24/May/2018

  • TWEAK: When a WP user is deleted, make sure that their data is deleted from the UpdraftCentral database tables
  • TWEAK: Displayed “Web-server disk space in use by UpdraftPlus” information in the Site information section for the advanced tools

0.7.3 – 08/May/2018

  • TWEAK: On the cron scheduler, bypass process if there are currently no commands available to execute
  • TWEAK: On the cron scheduler, bypass process if user does not currently have any websites
  • TWEAK: On the cron scheduler, try to set the maximum execution time to be at least the lock timeout
  • FIX: WP-Optimize (Premium) logger’s settings feature was not controllable
  • FIX: WP-Optimize (Premium) cron scheduling control was not operative
  • TWEAK: Change the PHP logger to only log at the debug and info levels if WP_DEBUG is set
  • TWEAK: Make the UpdraftCentral_User::load_user_sites() to not fetch sitemeta for unnecessary sites

0.7.2 – 24/Mar/2018

  • FIX: Issue with UpdraftCentral cron table not existing for new WP install

0.7.1 – 22/Mar/2018

  • FIX: Restore ability to manage UpdraftVault for recent new users
  • FEATURE: Activate the WP-Optimize control module – requires WP-Optimize 2.2.0 or later
  • TWEAK: Refactor how scheduled commands are being processed using cron
  • TWEAK: Make modules that were not listed in the visibility list visible by default
  • TWEAK: Fix the positioning of the “processing” message in the single site updates area
  • TWEAK: Replace use of jQuery.parseJSON() with JSON.parse()
  • TWEAK: Add a “Database only” option to the UpdraftPlus email backup options
  • FEATURE: Added the option to upload local backups to remote storage

0.7.0 – 06/Feb/2018

  • FEATURE: Bulk delete for existing backups
  • FEATURE: Options to hide unwanted modules
  • FEATURE: Site choice persistency across different modules
  • FEATURE: Add Multiple remote storage of the same type
  • FEATURE: OneDrive deauthorise link provided after authentication
  • FEATURE: Allow major functions to be accessible quickly and efficiently via keyboard shortcuts
  • FEATURE: Ability to control WP-Optimize (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize) (requires as-yet unreleased WP-O version, coming soon)
  • FEATURE: Install and/or activate WP-Optimize plugin (requires as-yet unreleased WP-O version, coming soon)
  • FIX: Alert, Prompt and confirmation dialogs will show again, if previously closed with esc key
  • TWEAK: Confirm dialog and prompt dialog visibility
  • TWEAK: Add background fetching of desired data
  • TWEAK: Refactor command dispatcher
  • TWEAK: Add collapse/expand menu tooltips
  • TWEAK: Replace input box with textarea for new site key entry
  • TWEAK: Add “Keyboard Shortcuts” link in site configuration
  • TWEAK: Improve WP-Optimize plugin installation and activation routines
  • TWEAK: Add created column to site meta api with site meta functions enhancements
  • TWEAK: Improvements on mobile menu behaviour
  • TWEAK: Add page title to content based on the menu selected
  • TWEAK: Changing “Delete Selected” button state depending on the number of items selected
  • TWEAK: New mobile menu that slides in and out from the left
  • TWEAK: Show and hide toggle functionality to reveal backups
  • TWEAK: Change dismiss trigger for advert notices from “Dismiss” word to icon
  • TWEAK: Collapse sidebar menus to icons
  • TWEAK: Display add site content inside designated tab containers (standard, advanced)
  • TWEAK: Prevent switching menus or executing another process while a certain action or process is on-going
  • TWEAK: Support tags for sites (Premium feature)
  • TWEAK: Site search module css fix
  • TWEAK: Update from Bootstrap alpha 5 to 6
  • TWEAK: Update class-udrpc to latest (1.4.14) which removes a conflict with other code that may interact with CORS OPTIONS requests
  • TWEAK: UpdraftVault commands now pass an instance_id
  • TWEAK: Site row hooks now pass on site object, filter for site search field placeholder value
  • TWEAK: UpdraftPlus remote storage modules configuration templates transition using handlebarjs
  • TWEAK: Added backblaze remote method icon and resolved icons/folder.png path for updraftplus module
  • TWEAK: Standardise the way OAuth remote storage methods authorise/deauthorise settings

0.6.2 – 20/Jun/2017

  • TWEAK: When sending updates requests, only send necessary parameters
  • TWEAK: When a consumer attempts to send non-serializable data over the network, the console logging now also includes the data path

0.6.1 – 15/Jun/2017

  • FEATURE: Allow site order to be set (Just drag and drop the sites into the order you want)
  • FIX: Adding to queue (not working) when updates failed to pull information from wordpress.org
  • FIX: Fix issue whereby cancelling a filesystem credentials dialog left the UI locked until reload
  • FIX: Handle apparently-but-not-really available updates (e.g. Affiliates-WP when not licensed)
  • FIX: The “select all” button for mass updates
  • TWEAK: With mass updates, do not abort the whole queue when one fails
  • TWEAK: When a consumer attempts to send non-serializable data over the network, log more in the console
  • TWEAK: Prevent Tether message in JS console, via including it
  • TWEAK: More feedback in UI on backup progress
  • TWEAK: Prevent JS console error messages regarding to the Sanitizer
  • TWEAK: Not opening new window or tab when clicking links on mass updates panel
  • TWEAK: Adjust timeout on updates request
  • TWEAK: Marked as compatible with WordPress 4.8
  • TWEAK: Add website description to error dialog
  • TWEAK: Stop the TwentySeventeen theme from hiding site’s menus
  • TWEAK: Removed legacy CSS vendor prefixes

0.6.0 – 02/May/2017

  • FEATURE: Mass updates (show and update from all sites on a single panel)
  • TWEAK: Prevent a function being defined twice
  • TWEAK: Remove index on ‘url’ field when creating sites table, to prevent errors on some bespoke MySQL setups
  • TWEAK: Update handling of UpdraftPlus WebDAV settings to parse new format
  • TWEAK: Show an icon for directly reaching the WP dashboard on every panel, not just the ‘Sites’ one
  • TWEAK: Use jQuery properties, not attributes, where appropriate
  • TWEAK: Added a version check when saving settings to prevent errors or lost settings
  • FIX: Only use hash_equals() on PHP versions where it is available
  • FIX: Fixed JavaScript reference error when running a connection method test

0.5.2 – 03/Mar/2017

  • FEATURE: Quick site filter/search facility
  • FEATURE: Added the ability to select which tables you want to backup when using the ‘Backup now’ modal
  • FIX: Fixed the ability for non-admin users to be permitted access to an UpdraftCentral dashboard. Please see this FAQ for setup details if you want to use this facility: https://updraftplus.com/faqs/can-allow-non-admin-users-updraftcentral-dashboard/
  • TWEAK: UpdraftPlus ‘Test’ buttons are now instance-aware
  • TWEAK: A re-factoring of the updates module to enable future features
  • TWEAK: Update forge library to 0.7 series, now fetched at build-time instead of hard-wired/bundled
  • TWEAK: Add progress bar support when running updates
  • TWEAK: Site-wide updates now uses the D3 queue library

0.5.1 – 26/Jan/2017

  • FIX: Characters that were UTF-16 but not UTF-8 were being mangled in transmission
  • FEATURE: Add the capability to list, download and delete files stored in UpdraftVault
  • TWEAK: Removed the triple click and replaced it with standard double click
  • TWEAK: JavaScript libraries now fetched and minimised during build process by Gulp
  • TWEAK: Enabled wipe settings and export / import settings for the advanced tools

0.5.0 – 23/Dec/2016

  • FEATURE: Advanced tools – manage the same tools and get detailed site information (as in UpdraftPlus’s “advanced tools” tab). Requires UpdraftPlus 1.12.30 or later on the controlled site.
  • FEATURE: Manage comments on both ordinary installs and multisite installs (Premium – https://updraftplus.com/shop/updraftcentral-premium/). Requires UpdraftPlus 1.12.30 or later on the controlled site.
  • TWEAK: Add dashboard notice infrastructure and extend existing notices API
  • TWEAK: Improve the styling in a few places
  • TWEAK: Slightly improve the pagination class.
  • TWEAK: Improve the UI’s buttons in various places
  • TWEAK: Displays a progress bar during a backup

0.4.4 – 10/Nov/2016

  • FIX: You can now install your dashboard on a WP multisite install
  • TWEAK: Update bundled UDRPC library to 1.4.11
  • TWEAK: Changed menu to be vertical, and hence now more responsive/future-proof
  • TWEAK: Added the D3 queue library for future use
  • TWEAK: Plugin build now controlled by Gulp
  • TWEAK: Add module giving information about SaaS and Premium versions

0.4.3 – 19/Oct/2016

  • FIX: Add a missing file from the phpseclib install to WordPress SVN

0.4.2 – 13/Oct/2016

  • FIX: Extra databases configured for backup in UpdraftPlus were not showing in UpdraftCentral
  • FIX: Various fixes for handling data returned by controlled sites running older (back to 3.2) WP versions
  • FIX: The “Backup Now” menu entry did not work on initial dashboard load (but did after switching tabs)
  • TWEAK: Display a warning if the user attempts to enter an invalid WebDAV hostname in UpdraftPlus backup settings
  • TWEAK: Correct the plugin text domain
  • TWEAK: Updated phpseclib, Guzzle and Bootstrap versions

0.4.1 – 16/Aug/2016

  • TWEAK: Fix a few minor layout regressions in 0.4.0
  • FIX: Fix a JavaScript error in 0.4.0 when checking updates on sites with none

0.4.0 – 04/Aug/2016

  • FEATURE: Management of updates (for plugins, themes and WordPress core)
  • FEATURE: The UpdraftPlus module now includes the Rackspace setup wizard (when the add-on exists on the controlled site)
  • COMPATIBILITY: Marked as compatible with WP 4.6
  • FIX: Modals were not showing when in fullscreen mode (regression in 0.3.6)
  • FIX: Restore the ability to communicate with WP versions older than 3.5 in certain modes (regression in 0.3.8)
  • TWEAK: Route communications via admin-ajax.php in the back-end, instead of index.php, to avoid issues from security plugins that intercept on index.php.
  • TWEAK: Store the last time that a user loaded their dashboard as usermeta
  • TWEAK: Update bundled UDRPC library to 1.4.8
  • TWEAK: Integrate new WebDAV configuration mode from UpdraftPlus
  • TWEAK: Re-worked template loader, to make it possible/straightforward for external modules to use Handlebars
  • TWEAK: Straighten out some incorrect use of error codes
  • TWEAK: Update bundled Labelauty version to our patched (added accessibility) version
  • TWEAK: All JavaScript and JSDoc now linted
  • DOCUMENTATION: Finished adding JSDoc documentation to the UpdraftPlus control module

0.3.10 – 15/Jun/2016

  • FIX: Fix a JavaScript error when attempting to run the connection test since 0.3.8

0.3.9 – 07/Jun/2016

  • PERFORMANCE: Small change to the JS API, such that listeners are now only registered when a tab is active, thus signifiantly reducing the number active
  • INTERNALS: The core JS library now has methods for browser-local storing and cacheing
  • TWEAK: The network timeout parameter was not being correctly passed through in all situations

0.3.8 – 03/Jun/2016

  • TWEAK: Communications are now posted to a back-end URL, instead of front-end, because some plugins will only initiate relevant code (e.g. update checkers) on the back-end. Theoretically, some sites may need to remove and re-create their key, and/or adjust their advanced settings, if they are deploying different security measures (e.g. different HTTP password) to access the back-end.
  • TWEAK: In the connection test dialog, if there is an HTTP error code, then display more info about it
  • TWEAK: Strip out extraneous PHP debug output sent by remote sites that broke communications in more situations
  • TWEAK: Audit/update all use of wp_remote_ functions to reflect API changes in the upcoming WP 4.6. Amongst other things, this is required for UpdraftVault to work with WP 4.6+ (release expected August 2016).
  • TWEAK: When the remote site does not support a particular command, then report this more gracefully
  • TWEAK: Move to lazy-loading command on the client side as needed for a particular action
  • TWEAK: Update bundled UDRPC library to 1.4.7

0.3.6 – 25/Apr/2016

  • TWEAK: Prevent PHP notice on some connection scenarios
  • TWEAK: Move the modal out of the DOM hierarchy, so that it’s not covered in themes which set z-indexes

0.3.5 – 31/Mar/2016

  • FIX: A few small fixes/tweaks to various layout/browser issues

0.3.4 – 31/Mar/2016

  • RELEASE: Initial release
  • FEATURE: Control backups (backup, restore, download backups, change settings) for any controlled site
  • FEATURE: Log in to any controlled site’s WordPress dashboard with one click