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Remote install your Joomla Updates

Today we are proud to announce two new features in your Watchful dashboard. The first feature allows for remote updating directly from your Watchful dashboard. The second is the ability to remotely purge the Joomla update cache.

Why do you have to manually update?

There may be several reasons why you have to manually update extensions or old Joomla versions.

  • It uses a non-standard update system
  • It is a very old version
  • It is a library or another "special" extension
  • Or, maybe you just need to purge the updates cache instead

Remotely Install Updates


You can now remotely update and install extensions, or "bridge" releases (updates to short term support releases like Joomla 3.1.6) on multiple Joomla websites at once.

Simply paste the url just and click install for the sites you would like to update (see our step by step instructions).

Purge the updates cache


The Joomla Extension Updater creates a cache of available updates which are refreshed periodically. The cache can at times get "stuck" and cause issues with the detection of appropriate updates. Often, this results in a false messages in the Watchful dashboard asking you to manually update your Joomla site.

You can now remotely purge the Joomla update cache from your Watchful dashboard to refresh the available updates after a site validation.

Why use Watchful?

You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.

You use WordPress and Joomla! in your agency.
Watchful works seamlessly with the two most popular website softwares: Wordpress and Joomla. And the list of supported applications is growing.
Matthew Philogene provides a great overview of all our projects. Great support, great tools, cannot live without!
Matthew Philogene /

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It takes you days to update all your sites.

It takes you days to update all your sites.
Logging into websites and individually applying software updates is time-consuming and error-prone. With Watchful, we let you know what updates are available and help you apply updates across all your sites at the same time.
Jonathan Frewin
Watchful cut my monthly [maintenance] time down from days to hours.
Jonathan Frewin /
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You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.

You don’t check your websites for security problems or backups.
Watchful helps you monitor industry-accepted best-practices and potential security issues. And if a problem arises, Watchful’s customer support is there to help you understand the problem and advise you on possible solutions.
Joe Sonne
Using Watchful is far better than having to deal with a hacked website because a site fell behind in security updates.
Joe Sonne /

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You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.

You don’t offer maintenance plans for your customers.
Maintenance plans are a key way most agencies generate recurring revenue and keep in regular contact with their clients. With Watchful you can offer professional maintenance plans and deliver white-label reports to show your clients the value of your work.
Martijn Boomsma
Watchful keeps us on track with updates and maintenance tasks so our clients sites are always monitored and up-to-date.
Martijn Boomsma /

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You manage your websites manually.

You manage your websites manually.
We started like that! But our spreadsheets and reminders quickly became very complicated. We designed Watchful to simplify website management and actually make it pleasant experience.
Kristoffer Sandven saves me from manually monitoring dozens of websites - I can keep them updated with just a few clicks from a single, slick interface!
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Watchful News and CMS Blog

WordPress support officially launches for Watchful - the webmasters toolbox

24 March 2017 / News

Effective immediately, Watchful now officially supports backups, updates, monitoring, and maintenance for websites powered by WordPress.

Preparations for migration to Amazon Web Services nearly complete

14 March 2017 / News

In the coming weeks, we plan to migrate our infrastructure from WiredTree to Amazon Web Service (AWS).

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