Three years ago today, MainWP was released on WordPress.org becoming the first fully open source WordPress Management plugin available.
I believe even after three years my original quote from our first press release stands as true now as it did then:
“When we started this we felt there had to be a more economical way for users to be able to control their network of sites then what was currently available. We went down a few different roads in the beginning but everyone at MainWP is very happy that we settled on the open source route. Open Source has allowed us the ability to compete almost immediately with the more entrenched WordPress management programs.”
MainWP continues to grow every day and one of the major reasons for that is we strive to follow the guiding principles from that quote; “open source and economical.” We aim to continually offer the best value and highest quality WordPress Management experience possible.
Some Stats from over the last 3 years
According to WordPress.org the MainWP Dashboard is currently being run on
stars based on more than 1000 reviews!
During those 3 years, we also have updated the MainWP Dashboard over
offering new features, squashing bugs and overall improving the user experience.
The un-official MainWP Facebook Group has over over
and daily conversations among members of the MainWP family.
MainWP is 3, but you get the gifts!
New in your Dashboard
Header Check on update
When you turn on the Header Check on Update feature and run an update your dashboard will go back and visit the site to confirm it replies with a 200 response.
If any other response is received such as 500 server error, you are immediately notified, and you can either jump over to the wp-admin of that site to check it out for yourself or restore your last backup directly from your Dashboard.
All Backup Extensions now work with the Require Backup before update option
Really, this is an older feature brought back to life!
Before we focused on Backup Extensions, we added an option to the old MainWP backup system to automatically make a backup before performing updates. This was to help protect you in case you forgot to make a backup and then had an update mess up your site.
As we moved away from the MainWP Backup system this feature was neglected and ignored, well now it’s back and works with all the MainWP Backup Extensions!
To turn on the “Require Backup Before Update” option go to your MainWP Dashboard → Settings locate “Update Options” and set “Require Backup Before Update” to Yes
Free MainWP Vulnerability Checker Extension
The all new Vulnerability Checker Extension checks your WordPress install, plugins, and themes against the wpvulndb.com database of compromised plugins and themes and lets you know if you are using a version that appears in their database.
Directly from your MainWP Dashboard, you will be able to see vulnerable plugins and themes, what the issues are.
- The Vulnerability database updates itself real-time so you don’t miss out on any vulnerabilities.
- Premium plugins and themes are a part of wpvulndb.com.
- Get notified for vulnerabilities.
- Update vulnerable plugins
- Delete vulnerable plugins
New for your WordPress Management Business
Today is also an exciting day for those of us at MainWP as our first WooCommerce Extension goes into public Beta.
WooCommerce is by far the most popular WordPress eCommerce platform, and we plan to provide WooCommerce Extensions that help you run your WordPress Management business. Our first step into that realm is the Managed Client Reports for WooCommerce Extension.
Managed Client Reports for WooCommerce (MCRWC)
Managed Client Reports for WooCommerce is a free Extension that allows you to offer your customer reports that are not only comprehensive but well-designed and easy to read.
By using the integrated page builder feature, you will maintain complete control over layout and styling. You can easily brand your reports to your style guidelines, contents and more.
- Plugin requires the WooCommerce plugin installed and activated on a website dedicated to your client reports
- You need to have your MainWP Dashboard with connected child sites
- You need to have the MainWP Child Reports plugin installed on your child sites
The future of MainWP
2017 is going to be an exciting year as we introduce new features and Extensions for both your MainWP Dashboard and WooCommerce.
Everything we have been able to do and everything we plan to do in the future is only possible because of you and your support of MainWP, thank you!