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What is CaptainCore?


This project is in alpha development stage, not yet ready for public use.

A WordPress management toolkit for geeky maintenance professionals. 🚀 πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ’» πŸ”„

Outgrowing other solutions

There are many great tools for managing many WordPress from a central dashboard. Tools like ManageWP, WP Remote, InfiniteWP, MainWP, Jetpack and a seemingly endless list of other tools. So why build something new from scratch? That's a great question and one I've asked myself many times while building CaptainCore.

As a power user of both Jetpack and ManageWP, I simply outgrew their solutions. Those products are ideal for 10, 50, or maybe 100s of WordPress sites, not 1000s. I wanted creative control to built features and automation which directly makes my life easier as a WordPress host reseller 🌟.

This project began in Feb 2018 as a crude bulk command line backup script and has evolved into my solution for WordPress maintenance.

Technology overview

CaptainCore is 100% open source built with Vue.js, Vuetify, SSH, Bash, WP-CLI, Go and lots of love. There isn't yet a hosted version. All code is publicly viewable on Github and is the real production code currently powering Anchor Hosting.


CaptainCore talk to each WordPress site over SSH. In theory that should work with any web host which offers SSH however it's really only tested to work with Kinsta and WP Engine. If your not familiar with SSH access then I'd highly recommend trying out a much easier to use tool like ManageWP.

What can it really do?

OK enough warnings, here is a short list of what CaptainCore can do.

  • Complete Maintenance Visibility - Gathers daily file level changes for themes and plugins. Know preciously what changed and when. Easily rollback any theme or plugin to any version.
  • Painless Site Monitoring - Track 100s or 1000s of sites and receive a single email report as site health changes. No more digging through emails to find out what’s happening.
  • WordPress Magic Logins - Login as any WordPress user through a secured link. Great for jumping around customer sites for troubleshooting purposes.
  • Very Efficient Long-Term Backups - Powered by Restic, backups are incremental, de-duplicated, encrypted and stored with a cloud provider. With very little overhead backups are fully restorable to any previous backup point.