We are excited to announce the most significant update to the iThemes Sync interface in its 8-year history! We rebuilt and redesigned iThemes Sync to make it lighter and faster than ever. We hope you’ll love iThemes Sync’s fresh (yet familiar) look and feel—and that you’ll immediately notice how lightweight and fast the experience of using Sync is for managing all your WordPress sites.
If you’re new to iThemes Sync, allow us to introduce you! iThemes Sync was designed to help you manage and maintain all your WordPress websites from one place to save you time and hassle. If you run or manage multiple WordPress sites, now you can log into one central dashboard to perform common WordPress admin tasks.
- No More Logging In To Multiple Websites – Logging in to multiple websites is tedious and time-consuming. No more keeping up with multiple usernames and passwords. With Sync, you have one dashboard for all your WordPress websites.
- Perform WordPress Admin Actions Remotely – Sync allows you to perform a host of admin tasks remotely—like installing themes and plugins, managing comments, running updates, adding users and much more.
- Stay On Top of WordPress Updates – WordPress updates are important both for the security and efficiency of WordPress websites. Sync totally changes the way you update your WordPress sites—with one click, from one single dashboard.
Introducing iThemes Sync’s Fresh New Look for Managing All Your WordPress Sites
Starting today, iThemes Sync has a new beautiful and modern design. It is fresh but yet familiar! You’ll notice the same focus on available updates, your individual sites, and the helpful tasks you can perform.
Do More with Fewer Clicks
One consistent item of feedback we’ve heard about the Sync interface is that it was sometimes difficult to find certain tasks or that things were “buried” in various places. With this refresh of the UI, we’ve been committed to simplifying some of the most important actions you can take from Sync so you can do more with fewer clicks.
On Sync’s home page, you will find every site connected to your Sync account. In addition, every item in the Site List now has a menu. We updated the Site List Menu to remove the clutter and bring the most used menu items to the forefront.
Let’s take a look at everything you do from the Site Menu.
The collapsed Site menu has 7 different options:
- View Your Site Overview – Links to the site’s Overview page. (More on this later.)
- Visit Site – You can now visit the frontend of the site with a single click.
- Log in to Site WP Admin – You can now log into the site with a single click.
- View Uptime Status – Add or view your site’s uptime status.
- See Available Updates – See how many updated are available for the site.
- Change Sync Plugin Settings – Click the settings cog-wheel to hide or show the Sync plugin on the site. You also have the option to disconnect the site from Sync and uninstall the plugin.
- Expand Menu -Click the down arrow to uncover more options.
The expanded menu has 3 additional tabs.
1. Updates – View and perform updates on the site for your plugins, themes, or WordPress core.
2. Notes – Add and view tags and notes to your site. Sync’s Notes feature is a handy way to keep notations about your Synced sites. For example, if you added customizations to theme or plugin files that could be lost with an update, add a reminder. Tag business sites, personal sites, client sites, live, non-live or however you want to be able to identify your sites.
3. Hosting Info – View hosting information for sites created using iThemes Hosting.
A Reorganized Site Overview Page
Sync’s individual site view allows you to perform site-specific admin actions such as running WordPress plugin and theme updates, making remote WordPress backups and more.
Clicking the URL in the Site List menu will take you to the Site Overview page. The Site Overview page has been reorganized a bit, but all the old familiar options are still there, including the ability to manage plugins, themes, posts and pages, comments, analytics, users, and your WordPress settings.
Your Sites Now Load Faster in iThemes Sync
You’ll notice how zippy it feels moving around iThemes Sync. We heard from many of you with hundreds of sites connected to Sync that sometimes it would seem to take forever for Sync to load all of your sites. So with this update, we focused on speeding up the time it takes for Sync to load all your sites.
When you first log into your account, Sync communicates with every site in your SIte List to make sure the information about your site is up to date. Before this update, after logging in, Sync would send three separate requests to every site connect to your Sync account. For example, if you have 300 sites linked to your account, Sync would have to send 900 requests every time you logged in to get the required information about your sites.
One of the primary goals of this rewrite was to make Sync more efficient at getting the data it needs from sites. So we added a queuing system, we can get all the same information that used to be 900 requests in just 15 requests.
Reducing the amount of requests Sync needs to make has drastically reduced the time you have to wait on Sync to load your site. So, what will you do with all of your new free time?
Another very noticeable example of Sync’s improved efficiency is the Database Optimization tool. From iThemes Sync, you can make sure your WordPress sites are running efficiently with WordPress optimizations. Sync handles actions like cleaning out post revisions, spam comments, and more.
From the Sync Site Overview page, you have the option to perform the 12 different database optimizations in one go.
Before the update, Sync would send an individual request for each of the 12 optimizations to the site. Now that Sync is more efficient and faster, it only needs to send a single request to perform all 12 optimizations. That’s some efficiency!
Under the Hood: A Modernized & Future-Ready Code Base
Finally, here are a few notes devs will appreciate. Modernizing the codebase has made Sync more efficient and will make future development faster and easier.
Frontend Codebase Now Uses React
More importantly, ReactJS is a major part of WordPress’s future. For example, react powers Gutenberg, the WordPress block editor. Now that Sync is built using ReactJs, it is heading in the same direction as WordPress.
Another benefit of ReactJS is that it will make the future development of Sync easier and faster. Not to mention, it will allow for deep integrations with other iThemes products using ReactJS.
Backend Codebase Now Uses Laravel
We completely rebuilt Sync’s backend using Laravel. Laravel is a PHP framework with expressive, elegant syntax.
What Laravel is and how that improves Sync development isn’t what is important. What is important is how modernizing the codebase makes Sync better for you.
Every product that has been around as long as Sync has is going to accumulate some technical debt. Moving Sync’s codebase to Laravel allowed us to address some of the code bloat and inefficiencies built up over time. iThemes Sync is ready for the future of WordPress!
Managing WordPress Sites Professionally? iThemes Sync Was Made For You
iThemes Sync was designed to help speed up the workflow of anyone who manages multiple WordPress sites. Instead of logging in to each individual site you manage, now you can have one central dashboard to manage updates (and more!) for all your WordPress sites.
With iThemes Sync, you can also make money by selling WordPress maintenance services. Since so many of our customers work with clients, we built iThemes Sync to help End the feast and famine cycle of client work by offering WordPress maintenance services. iThemes Sync can help you make steady, reliable income by helping you provide monthly WordPress maintenance services for your clients.
Features Designed for Freelancers and Agencies
Sync Pro was made for anyone managing multiple WordPress sites. If you’re building sites for clients, you’ll love how Sync makes caring for client sites easier and more profitable.
WordPress Maintenance Reports
Sync Pro includes in-depth WordPress maintenance reporting to show the work involved in maintaining WordPress websites. Email clients beautiful HTML email reports with a summary of updates,
With Sync Pro, you get Client Dashboard, a WordPress role manager that controls which menu items your clients see in their WordPress dashboard. Don’t want them have access to plugins, themes or settings? Simplify their dashboard so they only see what they need—like posts and pages.
What’s New in iThemes Sync –
Live Webinar Walk-Through
Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 1:00 p.m. (CT)
In this webinar, iThemes Product Manager Michael Moore will give a walk-through iThemes Sync and answer your questions about how to use it to simplify your WordPress management tasks.
Try iThemes Sync Today!
Anyone working with multiple WordPress sites knows how tough the job can be to keep up with updates and other WordPress admin tasks. Now you can manage updates (and much more!) for your WordPress websites all in one place. Save time logging in to multiple websites to perform WordPress admin tasks.
Give iThemes Sync a try today! We even offer a 30-day free trial so you can easily get started.
Each week, Michael puts together the WordPress Vulnerability Report to help keep your sites safe. As Product Manager at iThemes, he helps us continue to improve the iThemes product lineup. He’s a giant nerd & loves learning about all things tech, old & new. You can find Michael hanging out with his wife & daughter, reading or listening to music when not working.