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REST API massively expands management possibilities for Joomla users

watchful api

We have had a great many request for better management tools of businesses.

For example, white-label and/or self-hosted versions of the entire Watchful service is a common request, as are native apps for mobile devices.

Today we take the first step in addressing this type of feedback with the official release of a RESTful API for the Watchful platform.

The API — and complete interactive documentation that accamponies it — is quick and simple to use, and fun to explore and experiment with.

No sandbox required

Developers can get started immediately without having to setup their own sandbox environment by simply visiting the general documentation as well as interactive documentation here:

To get a realistic feel for the API, we recommend that you test with an API key. All accounts — including the free trial — include an API key.

What the API can do

The API currently supports nearly every feature that you are used to in the Watchful Dashboard including:

  • Manage sites, tags, logs, and extensions
  • List extensions that need to be updated
  • Send backup requests
  • Request uptime data
  • Validate sites
  • Create pdf reports

Possible Use Cases

The API makes a number of use cases much more accessible for developers such as:

  • Integration with other tools/services (CRM, helpdesk, project manager, payment provider, etc...)
  • Create a custom dashboard with your info to display at your office
  • Create a mobile app
  • Create custom entry to your log to keep a trace of all your work

What’s next

The API is currently in use at Watchful. Our short-term goal is to carefully and seamlesly switch all the functions in the Dashboard to the API. This will allow for stress-testing and optimization.

Once this is complete, we will start looking at adding additional features.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on the API, please contact us via the comments below or open a ticket in the help desk.

Why use Watchful?

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!
Kristoffer Sandven /

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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 /

Learn more about White-Label Reports

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 /

Learn more about Multi CMS dashboard

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 /

Learn more about Site Audit

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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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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