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WordPress Status Dashboard – A Dream Come True

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WordPress Status Dashboard – A Dream Come True

As WordPress consultant and developers, we at Uzzz Productions have numerous clients. With security updates on WordPress and WordPress plugins, we need to make sure that each of our client’s site is secure and running the most up to date version of the software. Well it is easy to manage just the WordPress upgrades because every single client is using WordPress, so when a new upgrade comes out, we know that we need to update all of them. But every client is using different plugins, and it is impossible to keep track of all plugin upgrades when you have a good number of clients. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one dashboard that keeps track of all of your client’s upgrades. So instead of checking each client individually, you can just load this dashboard and see what needs updated. Well that’s a dream which have come true thanks to Mindcork. They have built a PHP application called WordPress Status Dashboard that lets you stay updated on the status of your websites or your client’s websites. These stats include Indexing Status, WordPress version, and active plugin updates.

Yes it is exciting, it works, and it is GREAT. It is truly a dream come true. Most importantly it works with Multi-Site installs as well!

Note: This application is for users who are somewhat familiar with phpMyAdmin interface. (Not for Total Beginners).

WordPress Status Dashboard costs $20 over at CodeCanyon, but it is worth every single penny because it saves us tons of time is now Open Source so it is free. Like most of our plugin reviews, we will walk you through the installation of this PHP application as well.

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Installing WordPress Status Dashboard

First thing you need to do is purchase install WordPress Status Dashboard. Then you need to setup a sub-domain, something like (dashboard.domain.com).

Second, you’ll need to create a database from which the WP Status Dashboard runs from. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact your hosting provider and they should be able to help you. Then refer to your MySQL folder (specifically the .sql file that is in it) that is part of the zip file that you downloaded. Go inside your phpMyAdmin and import the SQL file. This will setup the proper table structure for the database you just created.

Third, you need to edit the config.php file located within the WPSD v1.2 folder (/includes/config.php). You need to edit the appropriate information such as the database username, user and password. You will also create your WordPress Status Dashboard username and password in this file (the credentials required to see the status dashboard). You also want to make sure that you change that security key to something custom for your clients only. This will prevent from everyone else accessing your client’s information.

Fourth, Just upload all the files to the subdomain that you created. Once you have done this, when you load your subdomain, it should show a login screen like this:

WP Status Dashboard - Login

Just use the username and password that you created in the config file to gain access to the status dashboard.

Congratulations, you have setup the status dashboard. Now you need to make use of it by adding your client’s site in it.

How to Make Use of WordPress Status Dashboard

Well, the #1 use of WordPress Status Dashboard is that it brings all of your client’s WordPress site inside this one dashboard. But to do so, it needs to somehow connect to your client’s WordPress site. Well Justin and Dave thought of this already and created a free plugin called WP Status Dashboard which is available in the repository. You need to install this plugin, and then add the security key to it (this is the same security key that you setup in step 3 of the installation above).

WP Status Dashboard - Client Settings

Once you have entered the settings, click Save, and you are now ready to add this client to your dashboard. Come back to your dashboard which is your subdomain, and add the client.

WP Status Dashboard - Add Client

All you have to do is enter the Client name (this is whatever you want), and then their WordPress site url. Make sure that you use http:// in the url. Once you enter the information, and click Add Client button, the script will do the rest. You will begin to see your client’s site information in your status dashboard.

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As you can see, if you are a problogger who has numerous blogs that you want to stay updated with, or a consultant that has a handful of clients, or a development firm with tons of clients, this is a plugin that you need. It is important that you understand that WordPress Status Dashboard is a PHP Application that works with a WordPress plugin created by the same author. It costs $20, but if you try to get something similar created, it would cost thousands.

Get WordPress Status Dashboard Now to save your time and get peace of mind.


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Comments

  1. mooremike says:

    Where did this plugin go? I can’t find it anywhere… I was really looking forward to using resource.

  2. BlairKneppers says:

    This plugin has been removed from Codecanyon (again?) and I can’t find it anywhere… free or premium.

    Does anyone know the status? Is it really being re-released? Or shouldn’t I get my hopes up?

  3. reneegade says:

    Just purchased it and installed it locally using MAMP. Works beautifully. Worth the $20.

  4. codeindesign says:

    Just try http://managewp.com/.

    It’s free and has a lot of features than this plugin.

  5. Don Gilbert says:

    It’s back – http://codecanyon.net/item/the-wordpress-status-dashboard/237577 – still not free though.

  6. Eric Hamby says:

    Why would it take a few months to release for free if there aren’t any issues? its already been released, so why not just… release it.

  7. Bastala says:

    Do you know why WordPress Status Dashboard was deleted on CodeCanyon?

    I have it. Any security problem?

  8. Tom says:

    The link to buy the script is no longer working on code canyon. Is there something wrong with the software?

    Can you help?
    Thanks
    Tom

    • Editorial Staff says:

      The author could not provide support for the plugin. He said he will release it for FREE in the coming months.

      • Tom says:

        So did people find that there were problems with it that he would have to support?

        Do you know what these problems were?

  9. Yudiacro says:

    Awesome!
    As a web Developer with several clients,
    this plugin will help me a lot.
    Kudos for the author.

  10. Alan says:

    What is so important about updating WordPress every time they come out with a new version? I usually do anyways, but there are a lot of blogs out there that still run the same installation from 2006 and they work fine.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      In releases like the 3.0.2 release … anyone who does not have it … a author level user of theirs can gain admin access due to a security loop hole. It is because of things like that, we advise that you upgrade asap.

      • Alan says:

        Well that is a perfect example of my point. They are just now discovering this, but in the last seven years how many times have one of your authors gained access to your admin panel? How many people have you even heard of this happening to? If they can just now discover something that supposedly is such an important and urgent thing to fix, why would you want to use something that dangerous in the first place?

        • Huw says:

          True Alan – But Rome wasn’t built in a day! I love WordPress and even though i have has some nasty attacks on my sites I still use it. I am now more aware of security issues and how to combat them.

          If you don’t want to risk/trust WP, then don’t use it. But updating is either for new features or to fix bugs. Thats why its a good idea to upgrade.

        • Editorial Staff says:

          Microsoft Windows get attacked with Viruses…. then why do hundred of millions of people still use it? Millions of people die in car crashes… why do people still drive cars? One can argue with those reasons all day long and still get no where. We use WordPress because it fulfills what we need to do in the most efficient and easiest manner.

        • Albert says:

          Well said. Every popular person will get some lovable enemies. WordPress too :(

        • Alan says:

          Haha, you guys are missing my point. I have used WordPress for the last 4 years or so and have never had any problems, I plan to continue using it, I’m not arguing that, I was just trying to question just how significant and urgent the upgrades actually are.

  11. Mark Morgan says:

    It looks like this exposes your Security Key to all your clients, if they have access to the WordPress Dashboard. Anybody know?

    • Dave S. says:

      Mark,

      The dashboard was really developed to help designers/developers maintain their client’s sites, not to allow clients to have access to it. A client could simply check their own site to see what updates are needed.

      Dave

      • Mark Morgan says:

        Dave S, maybe the word “Dashboard” is unclear in what I was asking. It seems like my client would know my security key and could theoretically install their own copy of your product and thus know the upgrade status of WordPress for any other site I am monitoring. (They wouldn’t be able to click through, of course.)

        Is there anything to stop them from doing so?

    • Huw Rowlands says:

      Yes I would also like to know if there are any security issues that come with this?

      • Dave S. says:

        Huw,

        None that we are aware of. We’re very security conscious so if further use and testing exposes anything that we may have overlooked or underestimated we’re pretty quick to fix the problem. We’re committed to making the dashboard useful, usable and safe, so we’ll do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

        DS

  12. Salvador says:

    This is great! Just what I needed. I was thinking about this the other day and talking to my friend Angie that there should be a way for web consultants to update their clients WordPress with just a simple click of the mouse.

    Thanks, going to get it now.

    take care

  13. Albert says:

    Cool Plugin. I’m expecting Client management functionality within this plugin.

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