We know it's a challenge, as we've had the same problem.
Do you wake up every morning dreading to log into our WordPress admin section?
Without fail, we find a bunch of new plugin updates ready to install everyday. And we know, with a sinking certainty, that all other WordPress sites on our network have the same story to report.
And then there's WordPress Core updates - that's when we usually take the day off.
If you're thinking about using iControlWP, just do it. You'll never look back.
If you're searching to see who does this for $1 less, stop. I already did that (I tested the best 3 I found, including a 'free' one. Don't bother).
I cannot stress how important iControlWP will become to you and/or your business.
You already know that a routine WordPress plugin update can completely wipe out your site - a server timeout mid-update, not enough space in your account to unpack the update, a plugin incompatibility, and dozens of other things can cost you half a day to fix. If you have clients, your reputation may not be that easy to fix.
Case example: the latest version of NextGen (one of the most popular plugins around) broke 2 of my clients sites (we're talking 'white page, nothing there'). I had no time to figure out what was broken, or why.
With WorpDrive (the backup tool inside iControlWP) I was able to restore the previous backup with 1 click. In a few mins, the sites were back up and running like nothing had ever happened.
It's only when I manually updated each plugin that I discovered NextGen was the issue. When I broke the site the second time, I quickly restored it again.
That incident would have derailed my day back in the days before I used iControlWP.
I manage around 10 WP sites, and in the past 3 months I must have used the restore feature half a dozen times, without counting a full migration from host to host, which is super easy when you're able to deploy a clone in minutes.
All the above is about disaster-recovery. I haven't even mentioned the benefits of managing all your sites from one dashboard, bulk-updating plugins, being alerted to out of date software, and the ongoing features that the iControlWP guys are working on, like the new security features, which are a must.
Aside from everything else, the support is out of this world. This stuff just works, and it works well. But when you need something, or have a question, these guys are there, and they're good.
Do yourself a favour: read the rest of the testimonials on this page, then sign up and try iControlWP.
The man @ iSetupStores
Just wanted to extend my thanks to Paul and the team for producing a brilliant product in iControlWP and WorpDrive. Having signed up to the product with the 30 day trial period – I didn’t have to wait 30 days to see that it was going to be a must have, not just for my own sites, but for the sites of my clients and I promptly signed up for the full product.
With over 40 sites, it soon becomes a bind to track all the upgrades to plugins and themes – iControlWP does this simply and effectively with an intuitively laid out dashboard and plenty of features. I’ve tried a few products in the past to try and deal with this problem, both free and paid for solutions, but none of them have done it as well as iControlWP. Add into the mix a backup system in WorpDrive and you have just about everything you need for maintaining a network of websites.
I’ve also had outstanding service from the support team when I’ve had questions – quick, helpful and always pleasant – you just can’t ask for more.
If you haven’t signed up to iControlWP or WorpDrive yet, I urge you to do so, just give it a test run, I’m sure you’ll be very happy with the product and service – I know I am. Whether you have one or two sites to maintain and use the backup system of WorpDrive or have a multitude of sites that need careful monitoring of the updates to plugins and themes – I’m sure you’ll find iControlWP and WorpDrive to be of great value to you.
This is not one of those “I’m Pauls friend so I’ll give a glowing review” testimonial. I’ve never met Paul, have no previous dealings with him or his company and have not been asked to write this. I’m just a very satisfied customer who will continue to use his service and am more than happy for people to drop me a line to ask me anything about iControlWP or WorpDrive.
Toby Drysdale, Gimme Media
I love iControlWP!
I am so happy that I gave iContolWP a try! Now I’m here to stay.
As a new WP user I need all the help I can get managing my sites. And I’m pleased to report that iControlWP delivers!
Their UX is awesome (great UX = great business) and their support is unparalleled with lightening responses, personal care, and solutions (yes, solutions!).
Thank you iControlWP for making my workflow infinitely more efficient! You guys are winners!.
I have used many different online services over the years, and without hesitation I can say that the team at iControlWP has blown past my expectations more than any other. The team and the technology is absolutely mind blowing! iControlWP has saved me a lot of time and stress. It makes it easy to manage and update all of my client sites from one place.
And as if that were not enough, WorpDrive is a brilliant backup system that simply works— I’m only one click away from restoring a site gone bad!
I have a small website building business (www.basicwebdeveloping.com) and manage about 10-12 websites. Prior to iControlWP I had used ManageWP for a few months and found it a good service - but far more expensive!
iControlWP provides the same ease of functionality, yet adds a slick interface, second-to-none customer support, and a rate that is a fraction of its competitors. It was a bit of a gamble to make the switch over but in the end, I'm confident with this choice and have no hesitation in recommending it to others!
Also - WorpDrive is rediculous! So simple and powerful for backups, restoration, and, above all, peace of mind ;)
Cheers to the team at iControlWP for a great service.
My customers rely on me to make sure that their Web presence is up and running and malware free. I rely on iControlWP to keep them that way.
Before, keeping track of updates was just another thing we had to do, now that's a thing of the past. The ability to easily change database names, tables, and other database optimization tools are just the icing on the cake.
We are switching from InfiniteWP to iControlWP and WorpDrive despite the cost difference.
There's something to be said about good, reliable support, and a service that simply works the way it says it does.
I recommend this service to all WordPress users, whether they develop professionally or just for fun. The service is inexpensive enough for those with personal blogs to be able to justify paying a small monthly charge, and it scales well for people with larger and more sites to manage. With a free iControlWP trial for one site, you really have nothing to lose.
My WordPress life has become much simpler thanks to iControlWP and WorpDrive—and now I have more time and energy to focus on creating content!
I have been using and enjoying WordPress for several years and have had very few problems. One aspect always bothered me, however—the mess of creating and managing backups. “Verify the backups you created are there and usable” reads one of the steps in the Codex for upgrading WordPress. But was I ever really sure my backups were usable and would work when I needed them? Was I even sure I had all the files up to date in my backups? And surely, I wanted to backup more often than just the few times a year I would upgrade WordPress—but it was certainly a burden to do so every day.
I first learned about iControlWP when I installed the authors’ Bootstrap plugin. What initially caught my attention was their announcement of a simple backup system for WordPress—WorpDrive—that was in development at the time. While I waited for this system to become available, I explored the other features of WordPress Management Control Panel, which were impressive from the start. The interface is friendly and easy to use. I like the ability to see which sites are in need of updates or other attention and to tend to them with a single click. The database optimization and security features combine further important aspects of WordPress administration in one convenient location. The iControlWP dashboard is a huge time-saver for me, and I currently administer only four sites. Its value can only increase the more sites you have to manage.
The iControlWP system itself is reliable and makes WordPress management simple, but the customer service really puts them over the top. Paul worked tirelessly with me to address issues that were unique to my site and server setup, and to optimize and customize my iControlWP experience. He was very quick to recognize when an issue I noticed could be a symptom of a potential larger issue that might develop in the future, and to shore it up solidly and efficiently. He always responds quickly and completely. The focus is always on strengthening the customer’s experience, understanding, and confidence even if it involves going back to the drawing board to implement an idea in a better way.
Hi, I am a relative noob with WordPress, but still wanted to get my site properly backed up, before trying anything fancy. I have seen and tried many back-up service plugins for WordPress, and I could get none of them to work.
The team from iControlWP were the first (and the only one) that really tried to help me get my back-up up and running. And after I had the fiftheenth or so failure to get it working, I came back to them.
They found out that my provider was blacklisting all external services and helped me get it up and running in one night.
Prices are quite reasonable, even for my simple site! I am very pleased with their service and ultrafast support!
iControlWP is a great tool to manage WordPress websites easily, especially if you manage dozens of them like me. It helped reduce work necessary to maintain websites, create backups and even recover them almost instantly. Thus it reduced my overhead, allowing me to increase my profits managing my clients' WordPress websites.
Plus, support team is amazing and fast - by far the best support I've ever seen anywhere.
Unless updating WordPress is your only hobby, switch to iControlWP and get more time, peace of mind, and consistent site performance instantly.
iControlWP is exactly the service that we have been waiting for to manage our users’ WordPress sites. Easy to setup and use. Excellent support. New features being added continuously. Very reasonable pricing that makes it easy to scale up as more sites are added.
With a free start up and trial, iControlWP is a service that should be part of any WordPress installation.
iControlWP saves my team loads of time updating dozens of sites so we can focus on delivering the best possible service to our clients.