WP Remote is a free web app that enables you to easily manage all of your WordPress powered sites from one place.
So I downloaded this because I needed to manage over 7 (and growing) WP sites. All I needed was something that could show me which sites needed updating, and a 1-click process to do it all. And this was FREE!! It seemed like a no-brainer, and too good to be true.
WP Remote has worked beautifully for the most part, and has save me a TON of time.
But then one of my site's clients was wondering why he was getting no response to a recent sale he announced on his site -- and when he went to go check, he realized his store was gone completely! That's because the WooCommerce plugin had been deactivated somehow.
Then I realized I had just updated WooComerce through WP Remote 2 days prior. I hoped it was just a one-time glitch, but then another client said he was trying to add a new Event on his site, and that the Events page was missing. Lo and behold, the Events plugin had been updated via WP Remote a few days prior. But worse than being deactivated, the plugin was DELETED completely!! Luckily it was one of those plugins that doesn't fully remove its data even when deleted, or else I would have been screwed (there was a week old backup, but that would have negated everything that had happened on the site since -- which was a LOT).
I was lucky those two times, and (hopefully) it didn't mess things up too much for people visiting those sites -- but it could have been a lot worse. Unfortunately, it's made me not be able to trust WP Remote at all. Now if I use it, I have to double-check all of my sites again to make sure nothing's been deactivated or deleted, which completely negates the time-saving peace-of-mind feeling this plugin initially gave me.
I tried to contact the developers, but...no response after several days. It may be free, and sound good, but it could be potentially quite dangerous. Proceed with caution....
I use it on all my sites. Great time saver
This plugin is such a huge help with maintaining many WordPress sites. Thank you thank you!
Saw this plugin with somebody else and it looked very practical. Then I installed it on my own site and lost some plugins. I think this was because of WP remote.
Luckily I had some good backups, so I could go back to an older version. Interesting concept, but didn't work for me.
With 20+ WordPress sites to maintain, a central dashboard from which I can monitor and manage aspects like plugins, themes and backups is almost a necessity.
There are a handful of solutions out there, but this one was my plugin of choice as:
It also doesn't hurt that it's a UK-produced plugin (I'm also from the UK).
Keep up the great work guys.
WP Remote is deceptively simple. I started using it when it was new, and I thought I'd use it for simple sites on their free plan. Their pricing structure didn't make sense to me, and I figured I'd switch to one of the other seemingly "more robust" hosted or self-hosted alternatives. I've tried most of the alternatives, and the fact is they are way too "robust."
Most of the time you just want to know what has or hasn't been updated, and to run updates -- and that's it. Everything else is done better through WordPress itself and/or your high quality managed WordPress host. This is what WP Remote does -- monitor and run updates -- from a persistent browser tab you should keep pinned down and check frequently when work and email bores you. (WP Remote can also drop you some backups too -- and very nicely -- but this isn't something I've really needed to use.)
The whole shebang is FREE now, perhaps pending the hot new version that was heralded 8 months ago as just about ready for a beta release. No word on that yet, but I trust when it appears it will still be brutally simple, brutally efficient, and brutally awesome.
Huge time saver - I use it on all my sites.
Using on most of my sites. I didn't try to update WP core via WP Remote, but plugin updates didn't cause any issues.
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