ManageWP Orion Developer Diary #7 - Install Plugins & Themes App And Other Goodies - ManageWP

ManageWP Orion Developer Diary #7 – Install Plugins & Themes App And Other Goodies

Update: As Orion development evolves, some of the information below has become outdated. Check out the Dev Diary #8 for more up-to-date info!

With the Orion launch less than two months away and the development going at full speed, we have a number of improvements. Most of them are back end developments, like dashboard and backup optimization, so I’ll focus on the ones that you can actually see.

Install Plugins & Themes

If you have a set of themes and plugins that you frequently use, ManageWP’s ability to install them easily from the WordPress repo is a great new tool. Even more so if we’re talking about premium themes and plugins, because you can store them on your Dropbox storage and install them directly from there.

The Install Plugins & Themes feature allows you to do just that – pick the plugin you want to install, choose the sites you want to install it on and let Orion do everything else for you. At the moment you only have the WordPress repository as the source, but we plan on introducing more before Orion goes live.

My Websites View Options

Thumbnail site view

The thumbnail view on the My Websites screen is geared toward users who like to keep sites organized into smaller groups and have all the important information at a glance.

If you don’t count yourself with the former, then the list view is the one for you: it is currently a work in progress, but when it’s done it will give you the essential information for each website – backup health, overview of plugins, uptime and more.

ManageWP Orion  list view

Pause Site

If you’re OCD like us and have a website reporting an error, but for some reason you can’t (or don’t want to) get rid of it for now, we have a solution for you.

Say hello to the Pause Site button! A click on this button will suspend all communication and error reporting for this particular website, until you resolve the underlying issue and decide to put the website back to rotation.

Pause Website Option

Quick Notifications

There is not always enough time to delve into details, and now you don’t have to. We have added a subtle notification area in the bottom left corner of your screen. There, you can toggle the view of disconnected websites for that website group. You also have the sum of all available plugin, theme and WordPress updates, allowing you to quickly go to the Dashboard, where you can update them all with a single click.

ManageWP Orion notification area

Rate Us!

Some of you have already noticed the Rate Us button that you seewhen you hover over your account name at the top right of your Orion dashboard. If you like what you see and want to help us spread the word, please click the button and rate us on the WordPress repository. We appreciate it 🙂

As always, if you’re interested in the Orion closed beta, leave a comment below!

 

To see the previous Developer Diary installment, click here.

UPDATE: The Developer Diary #8 is out, talking about the deadline. 

Nemanja Aleksic

Head of Growth at ManageWP. Marketing Manager at GoDaddy. WordCamp Belgrade organizer. But first and foremost, a father, a husband and a puck stopper.

25 Comments

  1. Lisa Burger

    Is there anyway to upload a plugin/theme and then push it across one or more sites? The old version of ManageWP handled this use case, and it could be a massive time saver in certain scenarios. I could not figure out how to do this in Orion. Thank you in advance for your guidance.

    1. Nemanja Aleksic

      Author

      Yep, you can!

      It’s not as obvious as in the Classic version, tho. For single website, it’s easy: simply get to the single website dashboard, and click the Plugins option in the sidebar.

      For multiple websites:
      – Go to the Websites tab in the sidebar
      – Select the websites where you want to install a plugin
      – Click Manage plugins > Add plugin

      If the plugin already exists on one of more websites, ManageWP will automatically overwrite it with the new version.

      We’ll make some UI adjustments to make this option more clear.

  2. Robert

    If you are still accepting beta testers, please add me to the list.

  3. Charlie Craig

    I’d love to join the Orio Beta programme please 🙂

  4. Nemanja Aleksic

    Author

    All of you have been added to the beta list, expect an invite very soon 🙂

    1. kevin

      Any more room for invites? Beta Love!

  5. andybeaumont606

    I am expanding my portfolio – could I try Beta please?

    Many thanks

  6. Grant

    I would love to get on the Beta testing list for Orion! 🙂

  7. Nemanja Aleksic

    Author

    Invites should be in your inbox by Monday 🙂

  8. PC passion

    I’m a current Manage WP user and would love to check out the beta! Thanks!

    REPLY

  9. Mike

    Orion beta please! Keep up the great work!

  10. Tony

    I’d like to try the Beta…please send an invite. Thank you!

  11. Paul

    Beta! Please! Invite!

  12. Rene

    beta invite please. Looks awesome.

  13. mborgelt

    Beta invite please!

  14. Dan Frydman

    Love using ManageWP – over 100 sites managed and very happy. Now really looking forward to the beta for Orion.

  15. kr

    I’m a current Manage WP user and would love to check out the beta! Thanks!

  16. cindy

    Hello, I’d love to check out the beta please!

  17. Nemanja Aleksic

    Everyone should receive the beta invite within 24h. Drop me a line if you don’t receive yours by tomorrow.

    Cheers!

    1. Grant

      Can you add me to the beta list Nemanja! Thanks 🙂

  18. Mike

    I’d love to check out the beta 🙂 – Its been great watching the progress on the blog.

  19. Kevin Meronuk

    This all sounds great, and I’d like to check out the beta please.

  20. junior

    Hi! I would like to use Orion.

  21. edstranks

    I would be interested in participating in the Beta 🙂

  22. Theresa Jennings

    Beta! Please! Invite!

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