Introducing WordPress Remote Upgrades and Backups
By on November 17th, 2009

It has been a long time since I have released a , however, behind the scenes I have been working on a exciting new product which will make life more easier for users. With that in mind I am very happy to announce my latest endeavor called WP Remote Manager, which will allow users to remotely upgrade and their WordPress blogs.

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Like WPAU (WordPress Automatic Upgrade), WRM was conceptualized to address a problem many users face, frequent upgrades. Many users including me own several blogs which are powered by the wonderful WordPress platform. However, WordPress dev teams release several updates to the software, many of which are mandatory due to security issues. With that in mind upgrading several blogs or even a single one becomes a bit of a pain.

With the help of WP Remote Manager, users will be able to upgrade their blogs and even backup the database right from their desktop. The concept, design and idea behind WP Remote Manager was done by me. It was developed by the talented developer Shoban Kumar, who has several other successful products against his name, including TweetMyPC and GTalk Auto Reply among other things.

Checking for Upgrades and Upgrading Blogs Remotely

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Once you have added the blogs WRM will allow you to check for available upgrades and remotely upgrade your blogs.

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The software will check for upgrades and intimate you whenever they are available. You can then upgrade the blogs which are not using the latest version by clicking on the upgrade link, or upgrade all the blogs at once by clicking on the Upgrade All Blogs link in the report or the Upgrade Blog(s) button in the main interface.

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Once you click on the link or the button, WRM will automatically upgrade your blogs to the latest version. This may take a few minutes depending on the number of blogs and your internet connection. Once the upgrade has completed you will see a status report detailing the upgrade process.

Backing up Blog Posts and Comments

In addition to allowing users to remotely upgrade their blogs, WRM will also allow users to backup their blog posts and comments. They will also be able to schedule backups in Windows to run at regular intervals so that their blog data is always backed up.

Blog posts and comment backups are still in a very alpha stage and will be included in the beta release.

Beta Testing and Future Plans

Right now this product is in a pre-beta stage, we are still fine tuning several things and hope to release the final product sometime next month. If you are interested in beta testing the software, feel free to drop an email to keith [@] techie-buzz [dot] com. We will send you a test version as soon as it is ready.

Our future plans include making this software cross-platform so that users of any operating system can use it, along with adding several other exciting features. If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word through your blogs or social networking accounts.

Feedback

Though we are not making the software available for downloads yet, we would appreciate if you give your feedback and inputs.

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  • http://www.shayonpal.com Shayon

    Hey, this one looks like a wonderful concept to me. I am hoping it works out just the way you plan. However, speaking of remote upgrades, I was hoping if it would be possible to get my wordpress blogs updated, using my mobile phone.

    Just elaborating on my idea a little bit.

    Suppose, there could be a Java mobile application that would have the login credentials for my servers and blogs. At regular intervals, it can keep querying for updated WP versions and notify me of the same. Now, if a new update does come up, I should just need to type in a password on my Java app and the upgrading consent should be sent to my blogs, enabling them to get updated automatically; maybe taking help from the wp-upgrade plugin.

    Just an idea. Do let me know what you think of it.

  • http://www.blogrpro.com BlogrPro

    Well done Keith. Really glad to see you working hard like this. I will be so glad to be a beta tester of this plugin.

    Meanwhile, I have a query to you.

    It will be very good if you provide the option for backing up in 2 modes. 1st one is using mysql backup and the 2nd one is by using xml format as like as in WP.

  • http://www.OccasionalDrivel.com Sean Phillips

    This looks great. But it would be so much better if it could also go in and update all the plugins for all my blogs. That’s where I really struggle to keep up…

  • http://www.vutbay.net VutBay.net

    Where do I download it?

  • Jason

    Excellent idea – why hasn't this been done before?

    Quick question – will the backup also do pages as well as posts?

  • http://varun.net.in/blog/ Varun

    Glad to see this useful plugin being developed. I manage WordPress blogs and a tool like this will save me some valuable minutes, give me less of an excuse not to upgrade and also make backups much easier and quicker. Thanks!

  • http://www.debashish.com Debashish

    My personal experience is that the WordPress automatic upgrade always ditched, often failing to upload few files. Be careful if you r using those hooks. That’s why I rely on the upgrades made available through Fantastico.

  • http://www.yaxislive.com Rajesh Kumar

    keith: Feedback would be hell lot easier, if we see and use the application. However, on the first reflection, the app seems to hold great promise.

  • http://www.netage.co.za/resources/topic/google G Web | Google Talk

    Remote upgrades for WordPress sounds like a winner to me! Are you going to charge for the plugin, or make it public domain and bask in the glory? Good going, nevertheless!

  • http://www.profesorblog.com Diego

    My personal experience is that the WordPress automatic upgrade sometimes fail, so I will definately try your plugin. Thanks for your great work, dude!

    Diego
    Riqueza, exito y felicidad

  • http://www.gtricks.com/ Abhishek

    Congrats keith and Shoban :)

  • http://www.ladigue.sc La Digue

    This is definitely a great invention by you guys. It will really help since upgrading different blogs on multiple wordpress accounts can be done right from the desktop. Superb post.

  • http://www.easytweaks.com Gili

    Looks promising. A definitive Stumble! Keep us posted when this is available!

  • http://eriricaldo.com Eric

    My personal experience is that the WordPress automatic upgrade always ditched, often failing to upload few files

  • http://www.usingwp.com Frank Thomas

    Having the ability to perform the following:

    1. full blog backup / restore

    2. core upgrade

    3. plugins upgrade

    4. plugins installation/removal

    Would be superb. Adding in:

    1. blog installs

    2. blog customization or cloning

    Would be super superb. I for one would ante up in a heartbeat for a package like that.

    Oh, make sure any database usage is clean. For example, if you are accessing cpanel's, have it create only one cpanel record, thus if you change your ftp or cpanel password, it's changed for all sites.

    Frank

  • http://www.kolkataseo.com leon

    seems really awesome … can't wait to try it out :)

  • Abhishek

    Definately a great invention & I’ll love to Beta-Test it. Dropped you an email!

  • Abhishek

    o.O lol..Didn’t read the article date :( nvm

 
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