Watchful celebrates 3 years of improving Joomla security

watchful 3rd anniversaryToday watchful celebrates 3 years of helping people improve Joomla website security through centralized software updates and site backups, and improved website management. 

To mark the occasion, we are happy to announce the public launch our new auditing tool that performs a deep scan of your website and file system.

The audit not only detects deviations from Joomla best-practices, but also hacked core files, dangerous file permissions, and suspicious code such as common malwares.

Year 3 in review

The last 12 months have been a flurry of growth and activity at Watchful and our anniversary is a good time to review what we have achieved this past year. 

A growing company

Switzerland meeting

In February, our executives held their first-ever summit at Watchful’s European headquarters in Vufflens-la-Ville, Switzerland.

The 3-day event was very successful. Sessions included brainstorming, technology and financial reviews, strategy, and an evaluation by an independent consulting firm specializing in start-up growth. 

The summit concluded with a half-day retreat in the stunning Swiss Alps.

Since the summit, we have officially hired 2 employees with capacities in testing and engineering, and hired a temporary employee for javascript work.

We also recruited our colleague Yves Koekkoek to help with user experience (see more below).

The Watchful user base is also expanding rapidly. Since August 31, 2014 we have experienced a 29% increase in subscribers and 27% increase in revenue. 

Improved user experience

UX improved

This past year saw a massive improvement in usability at Watchful following a 3-day UI/UX marathon session with Yves Koekkoek from Labo Internet

Based on this work, our CDO David Pizzotti designed a fresh Watchful interface that clearly separates the Watchful service into two main areas: Insights and Tools.  

This new design was brought to life by our engineering team led by CTO Pierre-André Vullioud and the results were dramatic. The new Watchful dashboard is blazing fast — even for large accounts — and is almost entirely free from page refreshes.

The new UI made it easy to implement popular new features to the interface such as the ability to add tags to multiple sites at once

Also new today is our website. The design follows the separation of the service into Insights and Tools, and is much simpler to navigate. 

The new website also features new screenshots and a completely new video series. The series was produced by our CEO Victor Drover and is designed to showcase the speed and power of our unique website management interface.

New Joomla security tools and better integrations

We’ve also made significant changes to our infrastructure. 

As noted above, the new website audit is a huge step forward for detecting security problems on your website. 

Additionally, we launched a central user management tool last month. This Single Sign-on tool has proven extremely popular and gives you the ability to manage developer and administrator access to your entire Joomla portfolio. 

As we’ve expanded, we’ve also made improvements to our integrated services such as Uptime Robot and improved compatibility for websites powered by the popular CloudFlare service. 

Our internal monitoring and tracking tools and automated, pre-release testing process have also been overhauled and improved, as have our PDF reporting tools.

Commercial extension support

One of Watchful’s unique and powerful features is our support for commercial/paid Joomla softwares and central management of download IDs/licenses.

This past year we continued to add new paid extensions to our list of natively-supported add-ons. 

For single extensions, we added support for ZOO from YooTheme, Media Box from the Joomla Content Editor (JCE), and JCH Optimize.

Two new suites of software — representing a total of 10 extensions — were also added from and

A busy year ahead

We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 12 months, and with our expanding team and user base, the next 12 months look to be even busier. 

In the short-term, our plans are to focus on moving the Joomla security and audit tool out of the beta phase, and to improve the Single Sign-On offering.