Bulk updates for your website software

Updating software across a host of websites can be very time consuming. Not surprisingly, performing bulk updates with just a few clicks provides a massive boost in productivity. Watchful facilitates these bulk updates for the software on your website, one of the most important features in website maintenance.

And because updates are so critical to the security of your site, we display the number of pending updates for each site by default on the Watchful sites dashboard.

Bulk Updater
Pending updates as seen in the sites dashboard.

Flexible bulk updates for any workflow

The bulk software updater is very flexible and adapts to whatever update workflow suits you best. For example, you can view the updates for just a single site and then apply the updates one-at-a-time.

Or you can apply all the updates in a single click using the Update All feature shown below.

Update All Button
Using the Update All button to update software on a single site.

Skip problematic software when performing bulk updates

Watchful also lets you Ignore softwares that may not be updated reliably. This lets you process all of your routine updates with a few clicks, and then circle back for anything that requires a more gentle approach.

Update one software everywhere

Using the filtering tools in the bulk update tool provides more flexibility.

For example, occasionally an urgent security issue arises in a specific software. It’s important to update this software immediately, but you may prefer to update the other software titles at another time.

As shown below, you can use the filters in the bulk update tool to only show updates for a single software title. Updating this title across your full portfolio then just takes a single click.

Update One Plugin On All Sites
Filtering update by software title.

Updating with the bulk installer

The bulk installer is a useful tool when a plugin or extension needs to be installed or updated on multiple sites at once. This is very useful when rolling out new software.

But it’s also useful for those times when an existing software is misbehaving, won’t update properly, or needs to be reinstalled for any reason. In those cases, the bulk installer can save a lot of headaches.

Using the bulk installer will be familiar to everyone who has uploaded a plugin or extension on their website. Simply select the installer in the File Uploader area and click the Install All button.

Bulk software installer
Installing a package on many sites at once with the bulk installer.
Bulk updates and the bulk installer are included with all accounts.

Automatic Updates (Premium)

Watchful also saves you time by managing automatic updates. Our automatic update system is very flexible, allowing you to enable automatic updates on a per-site and per-software basis. This allows you to very selectively enable automatic updates across your entire portfolio with ease.

Adding and removing software titles from the automatic updater is also fast and easy, and you can even pause all of the automatic updates in a single click. Our knowledge base contains full details on using the automatic updater.

Automatic updates are a Premium feature.
enable auto updates
Enabling automatic updates for single software titles on a single site.

Other bulk tools

Watchful can help you perform other bulk maintenance tasks like backups and audits, or installing a plugin across many sites. You can also add tags, enable/disable monitoring, and queue vulnerability scans in bulk.

To use the bulk tools, simply select the sites of interest in the sites dashboard and then choose the bulk action from the drop-down menu as shown below.

Bulk Actions
Bulk Actions in the sites dashboard.

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