UpdraftPlus Vault expands backup regions across the world

As part of our continued effort to improve all of our services, we have recently completed an update for our popular UpdraftPlus Vault product. 

UpdraftPlus Vault is a built-in storage space option for your UpdraftPlus backups. Using Vault gives numerous benefits including dedicated compatibility with UpdraftPlus, which means you do not have to depend on a third party storage system and all the complications that come with figuring out what suitable product to buy and how to connect it to your backups. As UpdraftPlus Vault has been tailored specifically for use in UpdraftPlus, it is incredibly simple to set up, understand and use.

UpdraftPlus Vault works by storing multiple copies of your backups at data-centres in various parts of the world. As part of this update, we have now added 11 new regions for UpdraftPlus Vault storage. This means that your data will now be stored at the nearest region to you.

Although we cannot guarantee the precise location of your data, UpdraftPlus Vault will now prioritise data centres within your continent.

The original regions were:

  • US West (Oregon)
  • EU (Ireland)
  • Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Asia Pacific (Sydney)
  • South America (São Paulo)

The new regions are:

  • US East (N. Virginia)
  • US East (Ohio)
  • US West (N. California)
  • Canada (Central)
  • Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
  • Asia Pacific (Seoul)
  • Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
  • EU (Frankfurt)
  • EU (Paris)
  • EU (London)
  • EU (Stockholm)

We are sure that this update will help improve your UpdraftPlus Vault experience. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to share them with us in the comments section below. 

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WP-Optimize expands to a market leading 3-in-1 optimization plugin with new caching feature

WP-Optimize expands to a market leading 3-in-1 optimization plugin with new caching feature

After a lot of development and hard work that has included our recent image optimization feature, we are excited to share with WP-Optimize users the latest breaking news; The all new caching feature has now been released! This new development makes WP-Optimize a market leading 3-in-1 plugin that now combines caching, database cleaning and image optimization that now all work together to help make your site run faster. WP-Optimize caching has been a highly requested feature that we have now available to both our free and premium users.. 

How does caching work?

Caching makes the most of your WordPress posts and pages by loading them as static files. When these static files are viewed by users, it reduces the amount of processing load on the web server and overload if PHP and MySQL are used. This can help improve the performance of the site and is a sure-fire way to ensure that web pages load at lightning-fast speeds.

How to use the WP-Optimize caching feature

Video walk-thru: While written instructions on how caching work can be helpful, for many users a simple walk-thru video can be a lot easier and quicker to process and understand. So be sure to check out the following video we made that takes you through the process of how to use cache. 


Setting up caching:

With WP-Optimize caching, we have specially designed the feature to give a wide range of options to the user. However, if you are the kind of person just wants to turn something on and let it run, just toggle the “enable page caching” button and we will automatically optimize all the different caching tasks for you. This feature enables users with all levels of knowledge to access the full advantages of caching.

How the caching settings appear in the plugin

If you prefer to do things yourself and dig into the finer details, you can manually setup your sites caching options yourself.

Mobile and logged in users cache

If you prefer to setup the cache yourself, there are options within the plugin that will let you manually set “mobile” and “logged in users” cache. Mobile cache enables users who access your site via a mobile or tablet to get a device specific cached version, while “logged in users cache” enables secured cached content for all of your logged in users. If you want to enable this option, just toggle the buttons to the on position. The options are just the first in an amazing long list of features that will make your site faster.   

Enable Mobile and logged in users cache

Preload options

You can further optimize your caching with scheduled preloader options. This features works by allowing the user to preload the pages of the site, further improving its performance. When combined with the other caching features within WP-Optimize, the preloader is a powerful tool that can help speed up loading times.   

Advanced settings

In the “Advanced settings” tab, you can add any URLs, cookies and user agent strings you would like excluded from the cache. These options can be a great tool and very useful as they allow you to exclude sensitive site pages from the caching engine, such as login URLs.

G-Zip compression

This option can give a huge percentage boost as part of your total savings and is a simple and effective way to save bandwidth and further speed up your site. G-Zip compression reduces the size of files sent from your server to increase the speed to which they are transferred to the users browser. Just click “enable” to activate this option.  

Static file caching

Finally, “Static file caching” lets you use HTTP response headers. Once enabled, a visitor’s browser will know if it should cache non-changing files, so it does not need to retrieve them upon every visit, further improving the loading speed of your site. Just set your expiration time and press “enable” to activate.

WP-Optimize in summary

The caching feature is the latest in a series of site optimization options that aim to make WP-Optimize your one stop shop for improving your sites speed and performance. Along with image optimization and database cleaning, the addition of caching aims to make WP-Optimize the only WordPress optimization tool you need. 

To find out how to use all the WP-Optimize features, please follow the links for further information on Database Cleaning and Image Optimization

To find out more about WP-Optimize, visit the website today.

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UpdraftPlus release new update: Includes new empty clone install feature

UpdraftPlus have now released the latest update for all our users which includes a host of features, fixes and tweak updates. As mentioned in our previous blog, this latest update includes a new feature that allows users who want to create a new clone site to use an already existing local backup (one that is not in remote storage) to create one via UpdraftClone.

This allows the whole clone creation process to be set up in a much shorter amount of time as it is not necessary to create a new backup of the site you are cloning first. This amazing new feature will still use the existing Clone token system that everyone is familiar with, so users can begin generating new blank WordPress installs straight away, without having to purchase any additional services. Once you are done with the testing of the clone, you can simply delete it and generate another one as and when it is needed.

The changelog for UpdraftPlus Free (1.16.16) and UpdraftPlus Premium (2.16.16) is as follows.

We recommend the update for all users.

1.16.16 – 2.16.16

  • FEATURE: Added the ability to launch a blank WordPress clone
  • FEATURE: Add –collate= parameter to WP-CLI (Premium) to allow substitution of locally unknown collations when restoring
  • FIX: Switched to wp_insert_site() from insert_blog() and install_blog() method when importing single-site into a multisite network on WP 5.1+. Fixes ‘Already Installed’ error when importing on newer WP versions
  • FIX: Issue where (rare) foreign key constraints aren’t updated upon restore when table prefix changes
  • FIX: Improve parsing of backed-up triggers when restoring preventing possible unnecessary errors
  • FIX: If an upload to Google Drive starts to fail due to an OAuth token refresh error, the backup will re-bootstrap the Drive client and try again
  • FIX: JSON-reparser to prevent unwanted RINFO data being output to screen
  • FIX: Triggers were still included in a backup for tables that were excluded because of lack of WP prefix
  • FIX: Resuming restores could resume at an unnecessarily early stage
  • FIX: Issue with Dropbox account information call that could make it fail
  • TWEAK: In cases where there were duplicate Google Drive folders (which is possible if there are multiple network communications failures when looking up the folder), these are now detected and merged automatically
  • TWEAK: Add option to start 250GB Vault subscription as in-app purchase
  • TWEAK: Regression: backup checksums were not being recorded in the backup log file
  • TWEAK: Remove UpdraftClone when the backup is cancelled by the user
  • TWEAK: Send the backup log during the creation of UpdraftClone for easier support when a clone fails to recieve the backup
  • TWEAK: Detect OneDrive Graph token expiries and initiate swift resumption
  • TWEAK: Reduce the permissions requested for the UpdraftPlus Google Drive app (this now means that backups manually uploaded to Google Drive can not be deleted through the UpdraftPlus UI)

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Why the new WP-Optimize caching feature will not affect performance

Following the successful launch of the all new WP-Optimize caching feature, we have received a massive amount of amazing positive feedback and reviews. However some have speculated that the optimization plugin would become bloated or buggy due to the expanded nature of it’s performance. We would like to address these concerns and prove to our loyal customers that not only is WP-Optimize now one of the market leaders in WordPress optimization, the performance and speed of WP-Optimize remain as high as ever.

We recently received the following query regarding our update:

The developers decided to fatten the already bloated plugin with page caching because apparently they prefer the ‘we-do-it-all’ approach which of course all too often results in doing nothing well.
N
o thanks.

This is a legitimate concern and we agree that it’s only worth launching something if we think it will do something at least as well as the alternatives, if not better. There’s no point launching something that’s second best – because why would anyone use it?

So we decided to build the new caching part around the best established caching engine technology we could find, and then spent a couple of years improving it! As a result, our tests of the caching part of the plugin show this rivals or beats every caching plugin currently on the market on caching alone.

Once combined with our database cleaning and image optimization features, WP-Optimize beats all the competition by some margin. In the following example, our test site (which took 4.2s to load without cache), now takes the following time compared to the alternatives when configured:

  • WP-Optimize: 1.7s
  • WP Rocket: 2.0s
  • W3 Total Cache 2.4s

The results show that a site using WP-Optimize is 15% faster than with with WP-Rocket and 30% faster than W3 Total Cache.

We also undertook further testing and comparisons with other caching plugins and have produced the following table. Users can now better understand and see the performance capabilities you can get from using WP-Optimize compared to our rivals.

Included
WP-Optimize
WP RocketWP
W3 Total Cache
WP Fastest Cache
No Cache
GT Metrix – Page fully
loaded (s) – Canada Server
1.7
2 2.4 1.7 4.2
Pingdom – Page fully
loaded (s) – EU Server
2
2.2 2 1.8 3.2
PageSpeed – Desktop score
90
90
85
88
60
PageSpeed – Mobile Score
71
73
68
74
14
Page size (MB)
3
4.47
4.47
4.5
4.5

We encourage all users of WP-Optimize you to run your own tests comparing our optimization plugin with the alternatives and share the results with us.

 

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Caching with WP-Optimize: The incredible new feature now available for all users

Caching with WP-Optimize: The incredible new feature now available for all users

We are happy to announce WP-Optimize has further expanded the capabilities of our amazing 3-in-1 optimization plugin to now include caching! Along with the image optimization and database cleaning features, the latest development makes WP-Optimize the marketing leading plugin when optimizing your WordPress site.

WP-Optimize caching is an essential new tool that will help make your website run faster by loading your posts and pages as static files. Our exciting new feature means that when these files are viewed by your users, it reduces the amount of processing load on your web server and overload if PHP and MrSQL are used. 

To celebrate the launch of this new feature, you can now get 20% off WP-Optimize with our exclusive summer deal. Just use the code “summersale2020” at the checkout. This offer is valid until the end of July 2019.

Positive reviews like this from users on the first day of release is a great way to start the new update!

To find out how to use the WP-Optimize Database Cleaning and Image Optimization features, please follow the links for further information.

Plus checkout our new website, new branding and new intro video below:

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