ManageWP’s Best New Feature: Client Reports

Back in January we introduced a major new update to the ManageWP tool, the focus of which (quite rightly) was on our shiny new dashboard. In short, ManageWP became quicker and easier to use overnight. It also looked pretty sexy too:

A screenshot of the new ManageWP dashboard.

The announcement of the new dashboard was accompanied by mention of a brand new client reporting feature. In a nutshell, it helps you create professional and fully editable reports that can be exported to PDF, shared via email or sent via secret links. We knew that this was a feature that a lot of our users wanted so developing it was a major priority.

The dust may now have cleared from the launch of the new dashboard but we have been working hard in the meantime to improve our reporting tool so that it is as intuitive and feature-packed as possible. In this post I want to introduce you to the tool and show you how it can help you to keep your clients abreast of your actions.

Accessing the Client Reports Tool

You wil find the Client Reports tool under the Tools submenu in the top bar in the dashboard:

Clients Report toolbar link.

Don’t forget that you can also favorite the feature by clicking on the heart to the left of the link. This will add it to the Favorites section in your sidebar for easy access:

A screenshot of the ManageWP sidebar.

Clicking on the link will give you access to the main Client Report screen:

The Client Reports screen.

This is the area from which you can customize and generate just about any imaginable report relating to the maintenance of your clients’ sites.

Generating a Report

The process for generating a report is remarkably simple:

Once you’ve done that and hit “Generate Report” you’ll be presented with an editable draft:

Client report draft.

As you can see you are able to change the action labels and the actual values as you see fit.

Once you are finished you have an option to make the report public or generate/send via PDF. This is what a final PDF report looks like:

PDF Client Report.

As you can see from the above screenshot, it is possible to include your logo for branding purposes and append manual text to inform the client of anything specific.

Report History

Every report that you make is stored on your account and is accessible at any point in the future. Just navigate to the History tab on the Client Reports screen and you will be presented with a list of historical reports:

Client Report History.

No matter the reason you never have to worry about past data being lost — not only the raw data stored as a matter of course, every single past report is made available under this tab.

What Do You Think?

The Client Reports feature represents an evolution of design. We started off with an idea (thanks to your suggestions!) and have developed it into its current form from scratch.

With that in mind, we’d love to get your feedback. Our aim is to constantly and consistently improve the ManageWP service, so if you have any comments regarding the Client Reports feature then please fire away in the comments section below!

Photo Credit: Dave Dugdale

Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of WordCandy.co. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!

22 Comments

  1. hello

    Automated reports would be the feature that will make me move my 30+ sites to ManageWP.

  2. ryan

    Do you guys have a public roadmap of features?

  3. julio

    Please add the name of the Plugins and Themes updated, otherwise, the report is somewhat useless.

  4. Glenn Hauman

    Please include a list telling us what plugins and themes were updated and when, instead of just a count. This becomes very useful when tracking down rogue installs that are causing site errors.

    1. jjsararas

      Yes please, +1 to this. Extremely important. Thanks!

    2. nirav

      Was this feature ever considered?

      1. Nemanja Aleksic

        Yep, it will soon be included in the ManageWP Orion Client Report.

  5. David Farr

    I can’t believe no one else has asked for or mentioned the scheduling of reports automatically. So every week, the same report is generated automatically for me and even emailed to someone automatically every week if I choose that option. Google Analytics does this.

    1. ryan

      Any update here? This seems like such an obvious feature I was shocked to see it wasn’t included out of the gate.

  6. info

    Looks great! Is there a way to generate and send reports to the clients in bulk, or is it necessary to send them individually?

  7. dentalgreen

    hi, my other 3 websites all appear in your statistics graph, but when i goose greenspandental, from the drop down, it has no data, why is that??
    ari

    1. patrick.nelson

      I’ve also had this problem: ie all zeros. Is there an answer to this one please?

  8. Greg

    Submitted my feedback last week.. Fingers crossed the info helped!

  9. Stan

    Love the new feature, ManageWP team.

    For those looking for a SEO Report builder, you can take a look at http://launch.reporb.com/

    They are building an all-in-one SEO Report builder.

  10. sonnybrown

    I would appreciate more information on the backups being available to the client (Specifically the date that the backups were taken and the size of the backups).

    Thanks

  11. ManageWP

    Hi guys

    Please feel free to email vladimir@managewp.com with what exactly you’d like included and in what format. Your feedback is much appreciated and helps us with the development.

  12. jo

    These reports are a great addition to an already great dashboard. I hope to be able to utilise these more when I take on more clients.

  13. travis

    Tom, are there any plans to incorporate SEO information in these reports in the future? That’s something that I, as an agency owner, would use extensively, and I suspect many others would as well. Of course, you should do your due diligence to ensure that’s a feature that would be useful to your customers.

    1. Elliot

      I second the SEO features. If you can get even close to what Raventools provide then I imagine a lot of new business coming your way. I look forward to watching this space.

      1. sonnybrown

        I would third including the SEO dat ain the reports, a t the moment i will do that manually.

        1. Chris

          I’d love to see this too. Some basic analytics and kw tracking would be awesome!

          1. G-Force

            Another person who’d love to see the ability to add SEO details about the domain to the reports.

            That along with the ability to schedule reports each week/month!

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