UpdraftCentral is now compatible with WP-Optimize

Manage lots of WordPress websites?  Want them all to run faster?  But no time to optimize them all?

We’ve made it so that you can control WP-Optimize from UpdraftCentral in order to make streamlining all of your website databases even easier and more effortless!

So you can now optimise all your websites all in one place at one time.

Here’s a preview of what it looks like.

We’re continually developing UpdraftCentral, and we’re committed to it being the world’s most advanced and easy WordPress multiple site backup, update and management tool.

To sign up to UpdraftCentral, or get a free trial, find out more here.

 

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MetaSlider adds SEO tools to better manage your website (MetaSlider 3.7.0)

We just released version 3.7.0 of MetaSlider!

This news arrives the day MetaSlider ticks over to more than 900k active installs – we’re grateful to all our users.

The main feature of this release is the ability to inherit the caption, alt, and title attributes directly from the WordPress media library. This means that any changes made to images in the WordPress media library will atomically be reflected in your slideshows. This allows you to manage your meta information in one place.

Newly-added checkboxes allow you inherit or override the captions and SEO information on the MetaSlider.

Further, you can easily override the setting and create a new unique caption, title tag or alt text easily without worry of it being overwritten. This gives you complete control and flexibility to build the perfect SEO strategy for your website using the MetaSlider.

Additionally, all your previous slideshows will not be affected by this upgrade, so no need to worry about any changes to your existing slideshows.

Here’s the changelog:

  • FEATURE: Allows users to inherit default captions and other data from the image.
  • FIX: Adds capability filter to pages.
  • TWEAK: Updates to the correct support link.

 

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New Command-Line Feature for WP-Optimize

We’ve added WP-CLI support to the Premium version of our WP-Optimize Premium plugin.

WP-CLI is the command-line interface for WordPress that allows you to do all kinds of things, such as updating plugins and configuring multisite installs, without using a web browser.

Including it in WP-Optimize Premium means that you will now be able to run optimization commands directly on command-line. During this operation, WP-Oprtimize will perform in exactly the same way, but it will produce a detailed output on screen to show you what’s happening.

This feature is mainly for the experienced user, but it’s easy enough for anyone to set up and run. Here’s how it works:

  1. Before running an optimization, you will need to gather a list of optimizations available to you on command-line. To do this, you will need to run the following:

wp optimize optimizations

This will bring out the list of optimizations, as below:

optimizetables Optimise database tables
revisions Clean all post revisions
trash Clean all trashed posts
spam Remove spam and binned comments
unapproved Remove unapproved comments
attachments Remove orphaned attachments
transient Remove expired transient options
pingbacks Remove pingbacks
trackbacks Remove trackbacks
postmeta Clean post meta data
commentmeta Clean comment meta data
orphandata Clean orphaned relationship data
  1. When you have chosen your optimizations, you can then run them on the command-line (the example below uses the orphandata optimization):

 

wp optimize do-optimization --optimization-id=orphandata

 

  1. Once complete, the output will show something like this:

Success: 0 orphaned meta data deleted across 14 sites

You can also run multiple optimizations on command-line by placing a comma after each optimization (the example below uses both orphandata and revisions optimization);

Success: 0 orphaned meta data deleted across 14 sites

Success: 0 post revisions deleted across 14 sites

All Commands start with wp optimize and these are the full options available:

version To return the current WP-Optimize version.
optimization
Displays a full list of commands (as see up above) to optimize
do-optimization --optimization-id=
Running the selected optimization
--path=
Add this just after wp to specify the wordpress install e.g. wp –path=/var/www/html/work/multisite optimize do-optimization –optimization-id=orphandata

 

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WP-Optimize has a brand new Premium version!

With spring around the corner, we thought we’d cheer you up with exciting news: the launch of our WP-Optimize Premium version.

It’s hard to believe it was over a year ago that we acquired WP-Optimize, WordPress’ most popular clean-up plugin. We love everything it’s about: how it optimizes databases, gets rid of all useless and unwanted data to make WP websites everywhere neater, faster and more efficient. We also rate its incredible ease of use, and how it automates what would otherwise require a great deal of time, effort, and technical knowledge.

Here’s a reminder of some of the brilliant things WP-Optimize does:

  • Regular clean-up scheduling
  • Database table stats
  • Enables/ disables trackbacks and comments for published posts
  • Retains certain weeks’ worth of data during clean-ups
  • Automatically cleans up auto draft posts and all integrated options (if retention enabled)
  • Can be enabled for Administrators only
  • Mobile friendly

But good as it is, our UpdraftPlus team always saw its potential to become even better. So these past months, we’ve been working hard to create a whole load of extra features, which we’ve crammed into the ultimate version: WP-Optimize Premium.

‘What does this new, ultimate version do?’ we hear you ask. We’ll keep you in suspense no longer! With WP-Optimize Premium, you’ll be able to…

  • Optimize any site (or combination of sites) on your WordPress Multisite or network
  • Select one or a combination of over a dozen optimization options and the ability to optimize an individual table
  • Remove orphaned images and images exceeding certain size limits, unused or registered from WordPress sites
  • Schedule in a more specific, sophisticated optimization timetable
  • Send log messages to three additional locations: Slack, Syslog, and Simple History
  • Run optimization commands with the WP CLI interface
  • Fast-tracked support from our expert developers
  • Enjoy our seamless graphical user interface

… plus, we’re planning even more. Watch this space! If you already use WP-Optimize, we know you’re going to absolutely love this Premium version! It’s available for purchase at 20% off today. Simply go here, and use coupon launch20off voucher code at the checkout. The promo will end on 16 March 2018.

 

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Man fails to backup Bitcoin now worth $120 million. This is what he did…

This is the sad story of James Howells, who had 7,500 bitcoins stored on a computer hard drive that’s now beneath 200,000 tons of rubbish at his local tip in Newport, South Wales – just down the road from UpdraftPlus’s main office.

Howells, who works in IT, managed to mine 7,500 bitcoins using an old laptop back in 2009 when you didn’t need specialised hardware. When the laptop broke, he sold it off in parts on eBay, keeping the hard drive safe in a draw in case bitcoin ever took off.

After 3 years, he had completely forgotten about his bitcoin hoard and threw out the hard drive during a clear out. “You know when you put something in the bin, and in your head, say to yourself ‘that’s a bad idea’? I really did have that,” Howells, said.

But for a while, he didn’t give it much thought. “I hadn’t kept up on Bitcoin, I’d been distracted. I’d had a couple of kids since then, I’d been doing the house up, and forgot about it until it was in the news again.” Even then, his bitcoins were worth millions. But since the market price of the digital currency has skyrocketed in recent months, his pile is now worth over $120 million.

Naturally, Howells has done his best to get the hard drive back. But as he points out, “digging up a landfill is not as easy as just digging a hole in the ground.” Not only would it require excavation on a massive scale (involving lots of specialist machinery), but it would also involve all the dirty, dangerous excavated waste having to be stored, treated and searched through with a fine toothcomb.

The costs would run into the millions, and the environmental impact would be enormous. And even given such an effort, there’s very little chance of actually locating the little hard drive. If by some miracle it could be located, it would probably be corroded by the landfill leachates and gases.

We’ve all thrown things out by accident, but it’s hard to imagine Howells feelings at losing something worth such a vast, life-changing fortune. Howells still has the public address for his bitcoins, and looking at it is, “… a little like looking at your bank account containing millions of dollars but not being able to spend it.”

Considering his loss, Howells is remarkably good-humoured about the whole affair. “I’m at the point where it’s either laugh about it or cry about it,” Howells says. “I think I’m just resigned to never being able to find it.”

To us at UpdraftPlus, the moral of the story is clear. Yes, you’ve guessed it:

Always back up.

You never know, one day you might thank us for saving you a fortune.

 

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