Lookout ManageWP.com, you’ve got a competitor!
Introducing InfiniteWP, a self-hosted, self-managed one-stop portal, to manage all of your WordPress installations. It’s a free download that will soon be offering premium addons. The management system itself is not built on-top of WordPress, but it hooks into WordPress using a plugin. It’s a great idea to be using a plugin for a number of reasons, the first reason I can think of is password security.
What is InfiniteWP All About?
InfiniteWP is a self-hosted download that gives you the ability to manage multiple WordPress installations from a single interface. I can envision many uses for this already, such as when you’re managing sites for clients (you would almost always need separate installs of WordPress), or for people that just really like separate installs of WordPress (like I do.)
Here are some of the features included: Update plugins, update themes, update core WordPress, manage backup settings, and view the activity log. All very useful features as part of the core offering.
Organize & Manage in a Snap
This is a huge feature for me. The ability to “group” sites together in a collection or manage them separately. This makes it really easy to view the different sites and organize and manage them effectively.
The core offering provides the ability to backup WordPress on a schedule, in the format you want, and where you want. In the future, InfiniteWP will offer the ability to backup to Amazon S3 or Dropbox.
The existing options allow you to backup both the files + DB, or just the DB by itself.
Useful, Functional, and Easy
Overall, the app has a very clean feeling to it. It has a beautiful UI, despite needing work in some spots. The user experience is pretty good too, regarding how to add new sites, manage sites, backup sites, and group sites.
ManageWP certainly has a competitor here with a self-hosted solution. Not everyone trusts a managed solution to have access to their WordPress site, especially if its updating core files.
There are a few aspects of the service which I’m a little concerned about, such as the longevity of the service. They sport a “buy once and use for life” phrase, but how sustainable is that? Typically a service like this, there needs to be some sort of ongoing payment — even if it’s yearly for update and forum support.
I encourage them to rethink through the financial aspect of it so that it does become sustainable and that it can thrive as a service — premium add-ons and support.
Check it out today, InfiniteWP.com.