UpdraftPlus release new 1.16.8 update

UpdraftPlus are pleased to announce that we have released a new update: UpdraftPlus 1.16.8. We have been hard at work on the latest developments, with our main aim being to fix the issue of a potential rapidly repeating loop that could occur if requested UpdraftClone credentials were not ready. 

We hope this new update help improve your experience when using UpdraftPlus.

The changelog is as follows. We recommend the update for all users.

  • FIX: If requesting clone credentials that were not ready, the loop could rapidly repeat instead of waiting the intended time
  • TWEAK: Some background updates checks (paid versions) that were intended to be suppressed, weren’t being.

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WP-Optimize 2.2.13 new update released

We are pleased to announce that we have released an updated version of WP-Optimize 2.2.13 for both free and paid versions.

The latest update includes a few fixes and tweaks that we hope will make your WP-Optimize experience even better.

We recommend the update for all WP-Optimize users.

The full changelog is as follows;

  • FIX: Fixed RTL layout
  • FIX: Detect more relationships between tables and plugins in orphaned database tables optimization
  • FIX: Fixed orphaned relationships optimization
  • TWEAK: The informational list of WP core tables missed some possible extra tables on multisite

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UpdraftPlus 1.16.7 update released – New features include the ability to take incremental backups via UpdraftCental

UpdraftPlus are happy to announce that we have released a brand new update: UpdraftPlus 1.16.7. As well as the new incremental backup via UpdraftCentral feature, the latest update comes with a many other features, fixes and tweaks. As you may have read in our recent blog, we have been hard at work making incremental backups more user friendly, with quicker and easier to use features.

With this latest development, users will not have to go to each individual website every-time you want to make or schedule an incremental backup. Instead, UpdraftPlus users will have the option to make the incremental backups straight from their UpdraftCentral dashboard. We hope you enjoy these new features and if you have any comments, be sure to let us know in the comments section below. 

The changelog is as follows. We recommend the update for all users.

  • FEATURE: Add support for bucket-specific application keys in Backblaze
  • FEATURE: Added the ability to take incremental backups via UpdraftCentral
  • FIX: Dropbox authorisation setting getting lost after saving UpdraftPlus settings in the free version
  • FIX: Issue where an error wasn’t thrown if you tried to restore a backup with no valid components
  • TRANSLATION: Norwegian (Bokmål) and Polish translations are now complete and supplied from wordpress.org, so can be removed from the free plugin zip (saves 900KB disk space – if your mother tongue is not English and you want to improve UpdraftPlus, take a look at: https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/updraftplus).
  • TWEAK: Ride a polling status check on the regular heartbeat check, thereby reducing the need for stand-alone polls
  • TWEAK: If FTP settings were removed and an attempt was made to download a backup, then a zero-sized file would be created and then an unclear error shown, instead of just showing a clear error.
  • TWEAK: For premium users: Added the option to connect to UpdraftCentral Cloud at point of connecting a license to a site
  • TWEAK: If on PHP 5.3 or later, then register our Google SPL auto-loader with the ‘prepend’ flag, so that we can avoid loading incompatible Google SDKs registered (but not yet used) by other components
  • TWEAK: Clear settings visuals after wipe settings
  • TWEAK: Improve UpdraftPlus news layout on dashboard
  • TWEAK: Handle a case seen where the updates checker failed to load
  • TWEAK: Prevent a possible PHP notice when requesting a rating
  • TWEAK: Update to the current series (4.5) of yahnis-elsts/plugin-update-checker (paid versions)
  • TWEAK: The “follow this link to refresh your (licensing) connection)” (paid versions) link was not functioning
  • TWEAK: Alert the user in the UI if they have activated a storage destination without any settings
  • TWEAK: If a directory is not found during a restore but the parent directory is then, where relevant, UpdraftPlus will automatically try to create the missing directory
  • TWEAK: Use the correct nonce name when requesting filesystem credentials if needing the WP_Filesystem API to delete old directories
  • TWEAK: Regression in 1.16.6 – certain types of final errors stopped being shown in the final report and had to be read from the log file
  • TWEAK: Refactor the remote storage logging code in all remote storage modules
  • TWEAK: Prevent the download entities UI becoming uglified from multiple button presses

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UpdraftPlus unveils a refreshed website design – let us know what you think…

UpdraftPlus has rolled out a refreshed design on the home, shop listings and shop pages. It’s not a radical change, but we think it looks better.

We’ll be refreshing more of our website in due course.

Let us know if you have any comments or feedback about the design, structure or clarity of our site below.

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How to make your WooCommerce store run faster with WP-Optimize

How to make your WooCommerce store run faster with WP-Optimize

Page Speed is the foundation to a great online shopping experience. Of course an excellent user experience with an eye-catching store is essential, but page speed is the most crucial benchmark for any WooCommerce website. Just a one second delay can result in the user deciding they have had a bad user experience and create a loss of trust in the brand, which can lead to abandoned carts and increased bounce rates. This results in not just a potential loss of a sale, but far more importantly, a dissatisfied customer.

When queried on how long it should take a site to load, 47% of customers expect a load time of around 2 seconds. When it comes to WooCommerce, the chances of slower page speed is higher as there is a constant influx of new, updated products and categories being processed. While these updates are happening in the background, your database and server space is continually increasing, which can slow down your site.

At the time of writing this article, the WP-Optimize free version plugin has more than 800,000 active installations. There is also a premium version available that includes additional features and tools for optimizing your website and WooCommerce store. We are continually working hard to make the plugin better and help solve real-world problems our users are facing in terms of site optimization.

The need for optimization

As time passes, your WordPress database can become unwieldy due to the garbage data it accumulates with each passing day. WP-Optimize removes this useless data, freeing up valuable megabytes while also increasing speed and efficiency. This plugin can also clean up your comments table, removing all the spam and un-approved comments that have built up – with just with a single click.

WP-Optimize also gives you the option to use lazy loading for your WooCommerce store. Lazy loading is a function that allows your site to only load parts of a web-page when they are visible to the user, which results in faster loading pages. This allows the user to instantly start viewing the visible sections of the site, rather than wait for all the images and information on the page to load.

Please note: It is highly recommended you first perform a backup of your site and WooCommerce store with UpdraftPlus before you start setting up the optimization process.

Optimize your WooCommerce Store

To get started, get your copy of WP-Optimize and install it on your WordPress site.

Next, head over to the WP-Optimize>Settings page. Under ‘Database’ you will see pre-selected options for optimization. Keep all pre-selected options as they are and click the ‘Run all selected optimizations’ button.

If you would prefer to run each optimization separately, WP-Optimize also provides a ‘Run optimization’ button next to each option.

Next, under the ‘Images’ section, you will see the orphaned image list ‘Unused images’. If you do not plan to use these orphaned images, then deleting them can save you valuable server space. To delete them, just select the images you wish to delete and hit the ‘Remove selected images’ button.

The final feature we recommend using is the previously mentioned ‘Lazyload’ feature, which can help you speed up your WooCommerce store. To enable this setting, click on the ‘Lazyload’ tab and tick both ‘Images’ and ‘Iframes and Videos.’

Conclusion

Speeding up your website can help your customers save time by making their purchases quicker and easier, resulting in happy customers that are more likely to return in the future and recommend your site to others. Try out the techniques techniques discussed and be sure to let us know how you get on in the comment section below.

 

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