Friday, 13 May 2016 /
With nearly 4 years in the business, the folks here at Watchful like to think we have a pretty good handle on what web developers and managers need in a website management dashboard.
Despite this, Watchful will never suit everyone’s needs. Maybe there are too many buttons. Maybe too few.
Maybe you just want to be able to save some preferences rather than adjust them every time you login.
To address these issues, we’re excited to share a live preview of a new feature — the ability to customize your Dashboard.
Currently, we have enabled this feature for the Tags Manager only. This will give you a feel for the customization tool and help identify any bugs.
As you can see in the video below, you can customize the columns displayed, the default sort order, and default number of records to show in each page.
Of course there will be a lot more options when we release this for the Watchful Dashboard and other areas such as the Installer and Updater.
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Hello Watchers Today I want to introduce two new features that are going to make updating your Joomla web sites easier than ever. If you've been updating your web sites recently, you are probably familiar with 2 common situations: The first situation is the inability of both Joomla and Watchful to apply updates for short term release updates like Joomla 3.1.6. Instead, you are prompted to update to Joomla 3.2. I'm not ready to update my site to this version yet, but I definitely want to take advantage of the security patches in 3.1.6. We're going to show you how to update to that release in a moment. The second situation some of you may also have experience is the "Manual Update Required" notice in your Watchful dashboard. Problems with the Joomla update cache is the most common cause of these false notifications. I'll walk you through fixing that right now. At the bottom of the Site Details view, you'll now find a PURGE CACHE button. When you click this button, it purges the Update Cache on your Joomla web site which usually resolves the problem. After purging, be sure to validate your site to verify that the notice has been cleared. In some cases however, you may have an extension that legitimately requires a manual update. This would not be JCE, but for example extensions that do not use the updater baked into Joomla itself. Many of our customers have enquired about a tool that allows them to apply these manual update to many sites at once. If we go back to the dashboard, you will be able to perform these remote installations and updates to either one or a group of Joomla web sites. To begin, click the new INSTALL button found in the toolbar at the top of the page. Clicking this button brings up a list of all the sites in your dashboard that support remote installation and updates: those with Joomla version 2.5 and above. All of these sites support remote installation. I can now enter the URL for the Joomla 3.1.6 update that I mentioned earlier. I can update the single Joomla 3.1 site in this list by clicking the INSTALL button to the right of the appropriate Site Name. You can see that the update proceeds normally, just as if you were updating the site locally. If I validate this site and visit the Remote Install area again, you'll notice the version number is now updated to reflect the installed package. In addition, I might also have some other extensions that need to be applied to all my sites. That's where the INSTALL ALL button really comes in handy. After entering the URL of the extension, click this button. As you can see, the package is being successfully added to each of the sites. And that's how easy it is to update and install Joomla packages from your Watchful dashboard — one click does the trick. I hope you find these these powerful new features as useful as we do when maintaining your Joomla web sites with Watchful. Until next time ... Good luck and Happy Watching!