3 year anniversary of improving website security
Today is Watchful’s three year anniversary of enhancing Joomla website security with centralized updates, backups, and improved management.
To celebrate, we are launching our new auditing tool that performs deep scans 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 past year at Watchful has been filled with growth and activity, making our anniversary a good time for reflection.
A growing company
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.
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
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.
Under the leadership of CTO Pierre-André Vullioud, our engineering team brought this new design to life with remarkable results. The new Watchful dashboard is blazing fast — even for large accounts — and is almost entirely free from page refreshes.
With the new user interface, implementing popular features like batch tagging across multiple sites became effortless and intuitive.
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.
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.
Two new suites of software — representing a total of 10 extensions — were also added from Extly.com and chillcreations.com.
Last but not least was the release of our single sign-on plugin.
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.
If you’re interested in an overview of Watchful’s history, check out our Company page.