New feature: upload existing local backups to remote storage

New feature: upload existing local backups to remote storage

As we keep reminding people, it’s very important you store your WordPress backups on remote storage (like Dropbox) to protect against the many server-wide risks. Some other backup plugins don’t have this essential feature or make it a premium feature – but we’ve always believed it’s so important we’d make it free at the start.

But sometimes, perhaps you’ve run out of remote storage temporarily, or when you’re developing locally with a poor internet connection it’s more convenient to do a local backup. If you then change your mind and want to upload this backup to remote storage later, you’d have to do this manually. But no longer with this new feature.

So you can now upload local backups that are complete (no backup parts missing e.g all the zip files that were originally created when the backup was taken are still present) and that have not been uploaded to remote storage before e.g you didn’t download your backup from Dropbox and then try to upload it again (because it’s already there!).

At UpdraftPlus we’re continuously making incremental improvements like this to maintain our position as the most trusted backup plugin.

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New product names. New pricing (for 35+ sites).  New features.

New product names. New pricing (for 35+ sites). New features.

New names.
Today we changed our UpdraftPlus Premium product names and pricing for over 35 sites.

The Personal and Business names remain unchanged.

The new levels are:
– Agency (from 11 to 35 sites). This is the same price as ‘Developer’ product before
– Enterprise (35+ sites).

New pricing.
Enterprise is now $245. The reason for the increase in price for those over 35 sites is to fund our growing team of developers to code some very cool features, which will particularly benefit those with many sites.

New features.
Things we’re working to release in the next few days include:

  • OneDrive for Business compatibility
  • Instant integration between UpdraftPlus with UpdraftCentral Cloud without entering keys
  • And a number of other tweaks and improvements

Plus two major and much-demanded features we’re working on for later this year are:

  • incremental backup and restore
  • instant sandbox creation without having to host or install WP yourself

Thanks for all your support and custom!

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Gutenberg: why it’s your friend and how we’re getting ready

Gutenberg: why it’s your friend and how we’re getting ready

WordPress has developed a new editing experience, which it humbly named Gutenberg, “after another invention that revolutionized publishing.” According to its website, Gutenberg will make a big difference to how everyone– users, developers and hosts- interacts with WordPress.

What is Gutenberg?

The Gutenberg editor makes rich website-building even simpler and more intuitive so that just about anyone can publish content, regardless of whether they have any technical knowledge or can even write code.

Instead of different, inconsistent ways of creating custom content, Gutenberg uses various types of content blocks (e.g. text, videos, images, quotes, etc). Users can add blocks individually, filling each one with content as they go along and then positioning them in exactly the right position, rather than creating all content in one big editorial field. Creating content this way makes it much easier to tell as you’re going along how content in the front-end will look.

Gutenberg will be much more in line with modern coding standards and aligned with open web initiatives. Development is still underway, and there’s a fair bit of concern in over the inevitable difficulties involved with the entire WordPress community getting used to such a massive change. However, disruptive innovation is necessary if technologies don’t want to be left behind.

The bottom line is that soon, Gutenberg will become a part of the WordPress core, replacing TinyMCE as the default content editor on every up-to-date WordPress website. If all goes to plan, it will be a revolutionary innovation that will change everything about website-building for the better.

How is UpdraftPlus adapting our plugins?

We at UpdraftPlus couldn’t ignore Gutenberg for our MetaSlider slideshow plugin.  Whilst most of our plugins are backend, MetaSlider affects the front end so needs adapting.

So we’re currently working hard to ensure that Metaslider is entirely compatible, working with blocks that you can easily drag and drop anywhere on the page. Pretty cool, eh?

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WP-CLI for UpdraftPlus: backup from the WordPress command line

WP-CLI for UpdraftPlus: backup from the WordPress command line

Do you manage lots of WordPress sites?

Our UpdraftCentral Dashboard has loads of features; for most of our users, it’s an ideal way of controlling all your WordPress installs, backups and updates from one dashboard.

But we recognise that some of our advanced users and coders like to use WP CLI.The command-line interface (CLI) has always been popular in the world of developers because it provides tools that boost productivity and speed up the development process For those who don’t know, CLI stands for Command-Line Interface. It enables users to carry out all kinds of actions you might perform in the WordPress Admin (or UpdraftCentral)-for example, updating plugins and configuring multiple installs- but without using a web browser.

We’ve now made it possible for you to control UpdraftPlus Premium through WP CLI. This is something many of our professional technical customers will find handy, as although it doesn’t have a nice-looking graphical user interface, it makes it quicker to perform complex and lengthy coding, thus boosting productivity and speeding up development.

Please go here for more information on how to set it up.

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Data protection, privacy, the GDPR, right to be forgotten, etc.

We’re receiving an increasing number of questions which relate to the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes law towards the end of May 2018.

At UpdraftPlus (and across all our associated products – WP Optimize, Keyy, UpdraftCentral, MetaSlider), we aim to comply with both the letter and the spirit of this new, quite heavy, law. Its aim is to set a new gold standard for data collecting, processing and retention, and associated rights. We are all individuals too, and we think that the GDPR is bringing in some very valuable tools to allow consumers to have control and protection of their data. As such, we intend to treat all clients – whether EU citizens or not – as if they were EU citizens. We want everybody to know that we aim to treat their data with maximum respect and care.

To this end, over recent weeks, we have been doing a lot of “behind the scenes” work on GDPR and data protection issues. One of the fruits of this is our “data protection and privacy centre”. This has quite a number of useful links giving information on what data we have (and usually, don’t have, because we didn’t collect it in the first place), and what we do with it (and what we don’t do with it).

We still have plenty of work to do before the GDPR comes in, but we want to assure all our users that we see being “best of breed” in this area as a priority, and that we are energetically pursuing that goal

David Anderson (lead developer)

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