I will confess that I use ManageWP, but I have one big problem with the service: the price. And I don’t mean just that it’s too expensive, it’s just the way that the developer (Vladimir Prelovac, who literally wrote the book on WordPress plugin development) has made the entry level “standard” plan close to useless: no backups, no uptime monitoring, no Google Analytics integration. It’s too bad that ManageWP deliberately cripples their standard plan, as there’s no good reason why they don’t offer
backups cloning to standard users other than they want people to upgrade for more money. C’est la vie, that’s their business plan, but I know for a fact that many people are not happy at the prices ManageWP is charging. Luckily, I’ve been moving most of my sites to InfiniteWP. The only disappointments I’ve had are a lack of features, but that looks like it will soon be addressed with premium plugins.
I have nothing nice to say about ManageWP pricing.
Have you ever got stuck with a dinner tab and thought, “wow, do I pay the tab or rent this month?” You’ll be making a similar decision if you opt for ManageWP (“should I pay for hosting or ManageWP this month?”) Check out their prices, and note that the prices in the small print are actually what you pay per month unless you pay by the year:
The Benefits of InfiniteWP for Managing WordPress
- You have one master login, and one click login to every site after that.
- One click updates – you can update one plug-in across all sites, or even update all themes in all plug-ins, including WordPress core updates, all at once.
- One click backups and restores of all your WordPress sites.
- You run it locally on your own server. I’m running it on localhost on my Mac.
- It’s free.
InfiniteWP – Problems and Drawbacks
- I might have criticized ManageWP and their pricing, but it is a nice (albeit overpriced) service. With ManageWP, you can clear database table overhead and also see how much overhead is being used. You can also clear WordPress post revisions in ManageWP. These have been added to InfiniteWP as a paid addon.
- Sites are listed based on when the site was added to InfiniteWP control panel, not ordered alphabetically. This introduces a huge problem when trying to locate sites once you get past 10 or so sites.
- There is no way to have sub users currently, another feature that ManageWP has. With this feature, clients could see and access their own sites without having access to other clients’ sites. Multiple user access allows you to create something like group managers, who can log in to the InfiniteWP control panel and manage sites that have been assigned to their group.
- InfiniteWP doesn’t do real-time backups like VaultPress. With InfiniteWP you can do on demand backups instead.
- Backups are currently kept on the host. The last 5 backups are saved, and a backup is deleted once it is used to do a restore. Saving the backups on your host doesn’t give piece of mind, as many things can happen to your host that would leave you SOL and without access to your backups. Edit: InfiniteWP has introduced a premium addon (Backup to Repository) which is capable of backing up your sites to Amazon S3, Dropbox and FTP.
- Sucuri.net malware scanner has finally been added as a paid addon but it’s only manual scanning. ManageWP gives you the ability to schedule WordPress virus scans daily or weekly plus reporting.
- After a site is added to your IWP control panel, you have no way of changing the Admin username that goes with the account. So if you changed your Admin username, you’d have to remove the site and re-add it to your dashboard. Edit: This has been corrected with the Manage Users paid addon.
- It would be nice to have a local repository of WordPress plugins & themes on the same host as InfiniteWP and have the capability to push these plugins and themes out to multiple sites.
- There is no tagging to manage plugins & themes. Not just ‘favorites,’ but also tags like ‘ecommerce,’ ‘social’ etc.
InfiniteWP and Premium Addons
Because InfiniteWP uses a plugin architecture, many of the InfiniteWP shortcomings can be addressed by purchasing premium addons. “Hey, wait a second” you might be thinking. If my main gripe with ManageWP is price, then how is buying InfiniteWP premium addons to get the same functionality any different? I can think of two reasons:
- It’s modular: only pay for the features that you want. There’s also a voting system where you can suggest new plugins for them to develop.
- You pay once, versus paying monthly for ManageWP. Edit: Purchasing an addon will still cost you 50% of the cost of the addon every year for updates and support. So it’s not really a one time purchase if you want to continue using the addons past the first year.
Premium addons include:
- A Scheduled Backups premium addon to do scheduled hourly or daily backups.
- You can restore backups to the same site, but you’ll need a premium addon to ‘install & clone’ from an existing site in your InfiniteWP dashboard to a fresh WordPress installation.
- Manage posts and comments is an addon that is still in development. Managing comments is one of my favorite features from ManageWP (moderate your latest comments across all your sites).
- An addon to bulk create WordPress posts, pages and links.