Sometimes a free plugin comes along and you think, I bet there are WordPress site owners who would love this one. And since it’s good to stay on top of your site, whether it’s your blog, your business site, online store or anything in between, just being informed might be all you need. And that is where the new plugin Maintainn Tools comes in.
Maintainn Tools Plugin for WordPress
The folks over at Maintainn have been providing WordPress maintenance and support for some time. Now they have taken some of the tools they use and brought them to a free plugin for your WordPress site.
Let’s take a look at it.
Once you have activated the plugin, you will find some direct links on your WordPress dashboard.
You get all your site info in a convenient birds-eye view. And, to make it even more intriguing, I installed it on this site so I can give you an inside look, instead of on one of my demo sites. I would appreciate you refraining from comments about the number of plugins I use (which I need and which works for me) or the PHP version I am running on (I will be upgrading via my host, WPEngine, soon).
But I wanted to share this with you just how much of an overview this plugin gives you.
This is cool. It compares your WordPress core files on your site to the original files on WordPress.org. Why do I think this is so cool? As you may know, it’s not good to mess with any code on the WordPress core files. So let’s say you have someone create a site for you and you don’t know that person or the company well. Once you have launched and they hand it back to you, it would be the perfect time to use this scanner. Because if it did show up that something was altered, then you could ask the person who did this, why they did this and of course, what are you supposed to do when WordPress updates.
Also, this would show you if any unwanted, bad code, spam, infections, etc., were somehow injected into the core files on your site.
If you do check it, you should get the message you see below.
Currently there is one tool that is activated. I’ll be showing you that in a minute. But I am guessing as more tools are added, this is where you can turn them off and on.
Two Options on the Plugin Page
For each plugin you will have these three options.
Lock and Auto Updates
First, you can activate auto updates by simply clicking the first icon. You can also lock a specific plugin from being updated. Now you may be asking why should I do one or both? Everyone will have different needs, different approaches to updating plugins, so it will really depend on your particular situation. But if you do find either option useful, they are simple to use.
Add a Note
You can also add a note to a plugin.
Again, depending on your own needs, this could come in handy for a variety of instances where you want to make a note about the plugin.
Of course this was only for demo purposes and no, Jetpack was not having problems on my site.
The only thing with notes is since the one I added is temporary, I couldn’t find a way to delete it. Maybe that will be fixed down the road in an update.
As you can see, it’s a simple plugin, yet powerful in what it provides through the current features and the information it gives you about your own site or your client’s site. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s on the horizon with this one.
So check it out here: The Maintainn Tools plugin for WordPress.