SolidWP - The Foundation for WordPress
SolidWP is the new brand identity of iThemes, a well-known brand for WordPress. SolidWP focuses on providing a solid foundation for any WordPress website, with an emphasis on security, backups, website maintenance and training.
SolidWP consists of Solid Security, Solid Backups, Solid Central and Solid Academy products. The brand offers the most important plugins for running WordPress websites and at the same time the appropriate training. The products are available individually and, in some cases, as free plugins.
IThemes becomes SolidWP
Since 2008 iThemes stands for qualitative WordPress products. Initially, the focus was on WordPress themes. However, over the past decade, the development team has become known for fundamentally important plugins such as iThemes Security, BackupBuddy, and iThemes Sync.
So the name iThemes doesn’t really fit the main field anymore. That’s why those responsible, Matt Cromwell and Devin Walker, have come up with a complete rebrand.
So as of 04/03/2023 iThemes has been renamed to SolidWP.
Also, the popular products getting new names. In each case starting with “Solid”.
More about this now:
Solid Security (formerly iThemes Security) is a security plugin for WordPress. It is designed to protect WordPress websites by providing various security features to prevent or minimize attacks and threats.
With WordPress currently powering over 40% of all websites, it has become an easy target for malicious hackers. iThemes Security Pro takes the guesswork out of WordPress security. Be prepared and protected against inevitable attacks.
Take concrete steps to prevent a hack or vulnerability with actionable steps in iThemes Security Pro. Give your website users additional tools to keep their accounts and your website safe.
Early detection can mean the difference between a minor impact or shutting down your website completely. iThemes Security Pro gives you the ability to have early detection so you can effectively and quickly recover from an attack.
The plugin offers several security features, including:
- Intrusion detection and prevention, which monitors suspicious activity on the website and prevents or minimizes attacks.
- Protection of credentials by using strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
- Blocking unwanted IP addresses to block known sources of damage.
- Managing file permissions and backing up important files and databases.
- Protecting WordPress core files by checking for changes and restoring original files when needed.
Solid Security also offers a Pro version that provides advanced features such as malware scanning, spam detection, and an improved firewall.
Solid Backups (formerly BackupBuddy) is a plugin for WordPress designed to create and restore backups of WordPress websites. It provides an easy way to create backups to ensure that important data and files can be restored in case something goes wrong.
Full WordPress Backup
Back up the entire WordPress website (database + all WP files) for later recovery.
Scheduled, Automatic Backups
Set up backup schedules that run automatically. A good backup must always run fully automatically in the background.
Save off-site backups
Send and store the backup files in a secure location. This can be another web server or even cloud storage.
Solid Backups offers several features that make it easy to create and restore backups, such as:
- Automatic backups can be scheduled on a regular basis to ensure that important data is backed up on a regular basis.
- It is super easy to create and restore backups without requiring extensive technical knowledge.
- The ability to store backups in multiple locations, such as on a server or in the cloud.
- Migration to a different server or a new domain.
- A flexible backup strategy that lets you choose which data and files to include in the backup files.
Solid Backups is a paid plugin that comes in different packages, depending on how many websites need to be backed up and what features are needed.
Solid Central (formerly iThemes Sync) is a service offered by SolidWP that allows website owners to manage their WordPress sites from a central dashboard. With Solid Central, users can manage multiple blogs without having to log in to each site individually.
View a list of available updates for WordPress Core, plugins and themes and update them with one click. The sync dashboard gives a quick overview of the number of available updates, lets you run individual updates and view plugin change logs.
Solid Central provides an opportunity to monitor WordPress uptime, downtime and overall performance for all your WordPress websites. Receive notification emails when websites go down and view the history of your overall WordPress performance.
Reports are delivered in the form of beautiful, interactive HTML reports, giving clients a visual summary of the WordPress maintenance you’ve performed. Sync handles compiling and organizing update actions and important website statistics.
Solid Central’s features include:
- Updates: the service can automatically perform WordPress updates and updates for plugins and themes on managed sites. This ensures that they are up to date.
- Security: Solid Central lets users run security checks on their managed sites to detect and eliminate potential security threats.
- Backups: The service can create backups in conjunction with Solid Backups to ensure that all data is backed up.
- Reports: Users can generate reports on the activity of their managed sites. For their own purposes, or for clients.
- Team Members: add team members to give others access to the dashboard and collaborate on managed sites.
Solid Central is a paid service and comes in different packages, depending on the number of sites you manage and features you need.
Solid Academy (formerly iThemes Training) is a membership of SolidWP that offers various trainings and courses for WordPress users and developers. The goal of is to help users improve their WordPress skills and realize the full potential of their WordPress websites.
Premium courses developed and offered during your membership year. Course replays and downloads to watch and learn.
I especially love the live offerings on current WordPress topics. New features like full site editing or training for agencies.
Exclusive Slack channel only for Solid Academy members with advice, tips and feedback. Here you can discuss your questions in the community.
Courses offered by Solid Academy include:
- WordPress Basics: a course for beginners that introduces the basic features and concepts of WordPress.
- WordPress Themes: A course that focuses on WordPress theme design and customization.
- WordPress Plugins: A course that focuses on WordPress plugin development.
- WordPress Security: A course that focuses on WordPress site security and shows users how to keep their sites secure.
- Topical Topics as Live Webinars.
Courses are offered online and can be taken at your own pace. There are also live webinars and workshops led by WordPress experts like Nathan Ingram. This allows participants to ask questions and get feedback directly.
Solid Academy offers free online courses and live streams. However, most of the content is reserved for members.
SolidWP is a company that has been providing WordPress plugins and services for many years. The company has earned a reputation for high-quality products and top-notch support. It is known for its powerful security plugins and online training.
SolidWP’s excellent products are the result of years of experience and development.
By the way, products like KadenceWP and Nexcess and LiquidWeb are located under the same umbrella.