I provide and maintain a number of site, keeping track of passwords, site versions, plugins... I don't even want to think about doing it without iControlWP.
Added value features like backup are just a great bonus.
An absolutely fantastic piece of software that allows you to maintain your WordPress site on ways that other software does not, along with daily updates so you are kept in the loop.
Very user friendly and Paul and the team are very helpful with any queries.
Would easily recommend to anyone to utilise :)
I've used iControlWP for just over a year now and have found it nothing but super for managing multiple WordPress sites.
I manage a handful of WordPress sites and previously just checking for updates would take the best part of an hour - and performing the backups and updates on all the sites several more hours. Eww.
With iControlWP and WorpDrive the whole process takes 15 minute to backup and update every site. And should a plugin update cause a problem restoring from the backup is a breeze.
I really like that the time consuming work happens in the background, so I use the Bulk Update tool to say "Go do stuff", make a coffee and then come back to test.
I can't believe I get so much automated update magic in WordPress for such a reasonable cost.
For a couple years, I've been using iControlWP with WorpDrive for several large sites where I just cannot get any other backup tool to work reliably and consistently. This tool has given me peace of mind on this large sites.
Today was my first experience in having to use one of my backups. Throughout the process, the support team was available to answer my questions and provide me with a little extra assistance even though it was a weekend.
My client's site is restored with a good, clean backup.
If you have struggled with reliability on your current backup tool, do give iControlWP WordDrive a try!!!
The iControlWP platform is perfect for managing multiple WordPress accounts. Right from an easy-to-use dashboard, you can see immediately if a site needs a WordPress update or a plugin update and you can take care of it right there. No more loggin in and out of sites to do updates.
And for backups! If you offer a backup solution to your clients, this makes it super easy to have an offsite backup. Sure you might have a backup tool on your site, but what if you lose the site, along with the backup and the database? Using the iControl backup/restore, you can easily restore your site if you need to.
They also have excellent, responsive technical support. Even if you think you have a dumb question, they are patient and happy to help.
firstly let me say I'm not a "technical guy", but found I had no problem configuring and activating daily backups for hundreds of sites that my team manages.
secondly, I appreciated the reliability of this service. I've used 3-4 other backup managers that use the wp-admin to go in and extract a backup - they invariably failed on larger sites - maybe because of the connection duration or some other cause, but icwp uses ftp and it's been successful in 100% of cases for me - that's across a sample of about 200 sites with some as large as 1gb.
thirdly, the support is very good and responsive for this service. Sure, you pay a couple of bucks for the backups service, but you get access to support that you're entitled to take advantage of, and for someone without an IT manager, that's been very valuable.
I'd recommend icwp as a backup manager
I’ve been using iControlWP, WordPress Simple Security Firewall and WorpDrive for about 15 months now. I LOVE this system (you don't need the others to use iControlWP).
Specifically about the iControlWP management plugin:
I like the speed, the dependability, the way it functions (it lets me know what’s needed and what’s done), the way it looks (the visuals and navigation flow make sense), the security features (on my sites and their’s). They continue to be pro-active in feature development and feature completeness. And best of all, customer service continues to be exceptional.
Here are some of the iControlWP features and service that I really dig (they have more than what’s on my list here):
It saves me a HUGE amount of time in managing 20+ sites!
It keeps track of all the plugins on all my sites and what’s not up-to-date.
The few plugins or themes that iControlWP cannot update due to the way they're built, it still shows the version and update needs, so that I can login and update it as admin.
I can update all the plugins on one site with one click.
I can update all instances of a particular plugin on all my sites with one click.
If an update breaks anything on a site, I can revert the update. Wow. Cool. Now I don't need to do hours of research checking for any issues before I initiate plugin updates.
I can see when all the above things have happened for each site.
I can set select particular plugins to update automatically, or not. I can set core updates on my terms.
They respond to my problems or questions about the service. Quickly! Thoroughly!
It is something that, as a graphic designer, I can understand & count on without coding.
They have many explanations for the “why”s of the features that are in layman’s terms in addition to tech-speak.
I feel like they really care.
I use their WorpDrive plugin for backups (backups that work on godaddy sites, a plus, as some do not!); it was easy to setup and test. And I use their WordPress Simple Security Firewall against attacks and spam; it has LOTS of features and works very well.
The short story: I am much relieved to have this and their other tools for managing my WordPress sites. It truly has saved my sanity when it comes to keeping up with them all. It is key in helping me do my job well for my clients.
I wrote about all of these plugins together on my website, if you're interested in [Link redacted] more information in my full post.
I am working in the software industry for more than 25 years now and usually I am not writing comments about software just because expectations and surrounding conditions often defer quite a lot.
I am happy to make an exception with iControlWP.
I am using iControlWP for quite a while now and to me it is the absolute time saver. Its architecture and conceptional logic is only topped by it's smooth and stable working capabilities. I do recommend their services to anybody who seriously run more than one WordPress blog especially if a lot of advanced features are implemented.
Sure you can manually manage all of your or your customer's sites and deal with manual backup solutions. That will work.
You can also do not use a gps navigation system and find your direction with an old fashioned map. That will work too.
It's just too time consuming. All other solutions I tried either ran into trouble when trying to perform a frequent background backup with low server load where iControlWP works like a charm. This might be a specific statement for my implementations only but it meant to save me a lot of time and trouble and let me concentrate on further site improvements rather than doing basic admin work.
I stressed iControlWP's support quite a lot with challenging issues caused by my hosting company and have to clearly state that I never dealt with such a high professionalism, paired with technical competence, great customer communication and prompt feedback in the support area. This simply is a benchmark in the supporting business.
On top of this their pricing model - as I write this - is flexible and does not bind you with any long term contracts and not needed bundles.
OVERALL: THANK YOU ICONTROLWP FOR SAVING MY TIME.
Within the last year, I have tried all the big names in WordPress management. They each have their pros and cons but iControlWP has, in my humble opinion, the the best ratio of cost to features. And that is not even the best part.
iControlWP has the absolute, hands down, best support of all of them. They were very responsive to questions I had when I first signed up and were just as responsive when I originally closed my account. The reason I left in the first place was to try out other available services to find the best match for my situation.
After "shopping around" for the best service, I ultimately looked at the features to cost ratio (which they won), backup system usability and stability (WorpDrive is far better than them all), and ultimately how responsive/friendly customer support was (handily won by the team at iControlWP).
As a bonus, you only pay for the features you need on a site by site basis. Don't need backup support for one of your sites? Fine, don't add it and save yourself some money.
From my discussions with them (best support ever), they plan to release more upgrades in the near future which you can add on a site-by-site basis. So if it's something you have to have for client sites and something you care less to have for your personal sites, you can just pay for the feature on the sites you want it on. This option is not available ANYWHERE else (unless you have multiple accounts ... and who wants that?
In the end, this is only my opinion, but it mirrors almost every other opinion given. Make the decision that's best for you, but I feel that you will be writing the next awesome review posted here.
VERY WELL DONE iControlWP!!!
I've been using iControlWP for about a year. The only support I've needed was help with my billing payment source, and I received wonderful, personal, prompt help. I am a freelance web designer (not a programmer at all!) - so using iControlWP is like having an extra employee. It not only saves me a lot of time and headache, but it is very easy to use, and I feel like it thinks of things I never would have thought to do. I've just today added the WorpDrive backup feature, so I can't say much about it other than it was a breeze to setup.
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