10Web is an intriguing new service that aims to make it a heckuva lot easier to manage a fleet of WordPress websites. It's:
- Part all-access theme/plugin club
- Part website management dashboard for multiple WordPress installs
So where do those premium themes and plugins come from? Well, I can't find anything officially linking the two, but I'm pretty certain that 10Web is a project from the Web-Dorado team because most of the included plugins and themes are Web-Dorado products.
I've used some of Web-Dorado's plugins in the past and found them to be high-quality, so I actually think this is a pretty big value-add rather than just a throw-in.
Read my 10Web review for a look at everything you get in the package and how the site management dashboard works.
10Web Review: What It Is And What You Get
If you're familiar with services like WPMU Dev, you might notice some similarities with how 10Web operates.
10Web is a monthly service that gets you access to:
- 60+ premium plugins
- 6 premium themes
- An ongoing cloud backup storage service (the cloud storage space depends on your plan)
- An ongoing image optimizer service (you get a hefty allotment of optimized images per month, again depending on your plan)
- A unified cloud dashboard to manage all of your WordPress sites and connect to some of the plugins
- A site-specific WordPress plugin that helps you access, install, and manage all of the premium tools from each site's WordPress dashboard (you can also do this from the cloud dashboard)
But it's more than just a glorified theme/plugin club because these services actually connect together.
For example, one of the included plugins is Backup WD. Rather than just letting you install the plugin on your site, Backup WD actually connects to the 10Web cloud interface so that you can manage backups for all of your sites from one spot.
Similarly, you can view stats and manage the image optimizer for each site from your single 10Web dashboard.
The 60+ Plugins That Are Included
Here's a snapshot of some of the huge list of plugins that you get with 10Web:
To view the full list, head here.
You may have heard of some of these plugins before. Some of my favorites are:
- Instagram Feed WD
- Google Analytics WD
- Event Calendar WD
In addition to these core plugins, you also get access to all the premium add-ons, which you can also manage via the 10Web interface.
The Premium Themes That Are Included
10Web's premium theme list isn't quite as impressive. Currently, there are only six available themes. So, while you might be able to find something, this part isn't quite as valuable as the plugins that you get:
You can view all of the themes here.
A Quick Look At The Dashboard
I'll give you a deeper look at the dashboard in the hands-on section (that's next!). But here's a quick peek at what it looks like:
Hands-on With 10Web:
Ok, so I've got a test account at 10Web. The first thing that I want to try is adding my own site to the 10Web management dashboard for the demo account
Connecting Your Site To 10Web:
To connect your site to 10Web, you first need to download the 10Web Manager plugin:
Once you do that, you install it at the WordPress site that you want to manage.
After activating the plugin, you head to the 10WEB Manager tab and enter your 10Web account details. And then, you should see the 10Web Manager interface, as well as a link to your 10Web dashboard:
Your test site should instantly show up in the 10Web interface, as well:
All in all - pretty dang simple. The process to connect your site to the dashboard takes less than a minute.
Let's check out what's inside the 10Web WordPress dashboard first - then I'll take you through the 10Web cloud dashboard.
10Web WordPress Admin Dashboard Tour
In the 10Web WordPress admin dashboard, you can manage the included:
- Add-ons for individual plugins
Rather than relying on the regular WordPress plugins interface, you can manage everything from this one spot. For example, you can see that I've already installed the Form Maker plugin via the interface:
While the interface is definitely a bit slicker than the regular WordPress interfaces for plugins and themes, there doesn't seem to be much new going on here functionality wise.
That is, it's still the same actions to deactivate plugins, perform bulk actions, etc.
It is definitely more convenient though. For example, rather than having separate plugin lists for all of the add-ons, you can easily find add-ons by clicking on the dedicated button next to install plugins or using the drop-down menu:
To install a new plugin, add-on, or theme, you just click the Install button - no need to upload a ZIP or anything:
While you can already do this for free plugins at WordPress.org, there's still a little bit of a convenience upgrade because you're dealing with premium plugins here.
Overall, while this interface is well-designed and pretty slick, most of its value still comes from the fact that it gives you access to all those premium tools and plugins that I talked about in the introduction.
10Web Web Dashboard Tour: Where You Manage Multiple Sites
I already gave you a peek at the dashboard. It looks like this:
When you hover over a site, you can click to either:
- Access that site's wp-admin dashboard
- Manage that site in the 10Web cloud interface
I think you already know how the wp-admin dashboard works, so let's check out the 10Web area.
Here, there's some overlap in that you can also remotely manage plugins, themes, and add-ons (only the plugins included with 10Web, though. You can't manage your site's other plugins).
You also get two new options for Backups and Image Optimizer:
The Backups area is great because it lets you quickly back up various parts of your WordPress site:
You can also set up automatic backup schedules in the plugin's actual interface at each site.
You can configure the backup plugin to upload to additional offsite locations, like Amazon S3 or Dropbox.
And you can also manage all of the backups that you send to the TenwebCloud from the Backups tab in your 10Web cloud dashboard, including one-click restores:
The backups feature is definitely convenient, especially if you're managing multiple sites.
Finally, you can view stats for your optimized images in the Image Optimizer tab, though you'll need to actually run the plugin by visiting your site's WordPress dashboard. You can click Optimize Now to jump straight to the site's WordPress dashboard which, again, is convenient:
How Much Does 10Web Cost?
All the 10Web plans get access to the premium plugins and themes. The main difference between the plans is:
- Number of supported domains
- Amount of cloud backup storage
- Number of images you can optimize per month
Prices are also affordable, starting at just $12 per month billed monthly or $100 billed annually:
Final Thoughts On 10Web
10Web is an interesting service. It's kind of a hybrid. It's not as powerful as the dev/agency-focused tools for managing multiple sites (at least not yet), but it includes the huge list of easily accessible plugins, which those tools don't offer.
It's an affordable middle-ground that I think will be intriguing to people who want access to all those premium themes and tools, as well as easily managed cloud backups.
Depending on your needs, it might come in significantly cheaper than WPMU DEV, as well.
10Web also has plans to add additional services for hosting, security, and uptime monitoring, which should put its feature list more on par with some of the heavier duty solutions.
If you're interested, you can get a free 14-day trial to test everything out. Like I said, it only takes a minute or so to set up, so you it's pretty easy to give it a test: