ManageWP service now manages over 20k blogs

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The team behind ManageWP.

The ManageWP service is now managing over 20,000 WordPress blogs. ManageWP went into beta around 6 months ago and allows users to manage multiple WordPress blogs from one Dashboard.

In the last major updates to the service they added support for Google Analytics and the ability to check your blog’s capability for WordPress 3.2. According to Managing Director Vladimir Prelovac future updates will allow for scheduled backups to Amazon S3 and Dropbox.

The service is currently in beta and free, allowing up to 250 websites to be managed from one Dashboard at a time. Check out their tour video just past the jump to get an idea for what it does.

Do you use ManageWP or a similar tool to manage WordPress blogs? If not, what would you recommend to manage hundreds of individual WordPress sites?

25 thoughts on “ManageWP service now manages over 20k blogs

  1. Interesting… I’m going to have to give this a try.

    Currently I keep my sites on a network install of WP with a handful of normal installs floating around. Looks like this service might make my job a little easier for doing updates.

  2. I’ve tried this service and it’s great, but is it safe? Who are these people and why are we given them access to our sites? What prevents them from taking them over?

  3. I use it to manage my aites. I believe it makes more sense than using a WordPress network install if the sites are unrelated. that makes the sites too interdependent.
    there is one concemr though, if you install the worker plugin but don’t add the site to managewp dashboard, then anyone can take control of your site. this needs to be fixed

    • Well that danger exists only if you activate the plugin and do not add the site (why would you do that?). Still, there is a big red notice in your dashboard warning you about it. Do you suggest anything else?

  4. Am I reading the ManageWP license agreement correctly for the self hosted version of ManageWP?

    http://managewp.com/self-hosted/license

    ManageWP appears to be a WordPress Plugin itself which would mean it would have to be GPL compliant in order to be in line with WordPress licensing.

    The license agreement outlined on the ManageWP.com site for the self hosted version is a proprietary license that makes no mention of the GPL at all and restricts usage and redistribution.

    Is this correct Vladimir? If so, are you aware this violates the WordPress license and should the powers that be (namely Matt Mullenweg) get wind of this you’ll basically be blacklisted from WordPress.org and all your plugins will likely be removed due to your association with non-GPL WordPress products?

    • Hello George

      ManageWP Worker plugin is indeed released under GPL license.

      The core application contains our code and libraries not relaying on GPL code (WordPress or other) which allows us to license it in the way we did.

      • So the core application does not run on top of WordPress as a plugin? Just curious, because when you login and use ManageWP.com it looks exactly like WordPress with ManageWP running as a plugin. Did you guys just mimic the WordPress UI? So it’s a completely standalone PHP application?

          • If the core application runs on top of WordPress as a plugin then it needs to be GPL, otherwise you are violating the WordPress licensing. The PHP must be GPL. The javascript, CSS and imagery don’t have to be but the PHP would have to be GPL if it runs as a plugin.

            Just be aware that if the WordPress.org team gets wind of this you will probably see the removal of any plugins you are associated with from WordPress.org and be branded as persona non grata as far as Matt Mullenweg and Co. are concerned. That includes split licensing which Matt and Co. frown upon also.

          • All PHP in the plugin must be GPL, there is no gray area regarding which parts inherit the license . If there’s a managed service part that is not in the plugin, just talks to it using XMLRPC or the like, then that hasted service does not need to be GPL (it’s not being distributed, etc). In cases where a small piece touching WP would turn an ordinarily product GPL and tho developers don’t want it to, the answer is to structure your product so it is not a plugin, like the various proprietary writers.

      • Is the self hosted version of ManageWP the same as the hosted version?

        When I login to the hosted version i’m logging into a WordPress site and ManageWP.com is running on WordPress which would imply that ManageWP is not a standalone application?

        When I view source on the ManageWP admin it’s clear it’s WordPress. Is this the case with the self hosted version also?

  5. Currently use ManageWP ona number of sites and just love it.
    It is exceptional.
    Keep up the great development Vladimir.

    • If ManageWP runs on top of WordPress it is therefore relying on WordPress, which is GPL and means that ManageWP’s PHP must also be GPL.

      If ManageWP interacted with a web service, the web service wouldn’t have to be GPL. But because the ManageWP plugin is self contained PHP it must be GPL.

      You are playing with fire with this one and you may want to contact Matt directly and discuss it with him before you find yourself on Mr. Mullenweg’s chopping block like Chris Pearson and Thesis did.

      • Some portions of ManageWP core application do rely on WordPress and other GPL code, and these portions automatically become GPL licensed, there is no doubt about it. However, there is code and libraries in ManageWP core application that is totally unrelated to WordPress or any other GPL-ed code. This code is free to be licensed in any way and does not have to be GPL licensed, which is the right we exercised. I hope that clears up things. And pardon me for asking, but why are you trying to portrait Matt as some kind of bogeyman?

        • Bogeyman?

          Matt has already stated that only plugins and themes that are 100% GPL will be allowed to be associated with WordPress.org and this extends to any plugins and themes you release that are 100% GPL compliant.

          Meaning if you sell a plugin that isn’t 100% GPL, you aren’t allowed to have ANY plugins or themes in the WordPress.org repository even if they are 100% GPL. He considers it guilt by association.

  6. As much as I really appreciate your concern, I hope you agree that whether my plugins are listed in WordPress.org repository has nothing to do with ManageWP and what this post is about.

    We have reached an important milestone with the service, and I’d like you to invite to try it out and send us your feedback.

  7. what about self-hosted non inglish sites? does managewp support rtl sites?

    and what about the managewp-dashboard, does it’s was rtl version?

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