Premium Gold – The newest addition to the UpdraftPlus premium family

We are happy to announce that the newest UpdraftPlus premium package has been launched and is now available for all our customers: Updraft Premium Gold.

Premium Gold is our biggest and latest 3 in 1 premium package (UpdraftCentral, UpdraftValut and UpdraftPlus) that offers the ultimate user experience, while providing massive savings on the overall cost. We have loaded Premium Gold up with lots of features and benefits – everything a busy developer or website owner could need for their WordPress backup needs. With Premium Gold, you no longer have to worry about hitting your storage limit in UpdraftVault due to the huge 50GB of storage that comes as standard, while you can now also add as many sites as you wish to UpdraftCentral.

UpdraftGold comes with the following features:

  • UpdraftCentral Cloud Unlimited
  • UpdraftValut 50GB
  • UpdraftPlus unlimited licences
  • UpdraftClone – 10 Tokens

If you were to purchase these features individually from UpdraftPlus, they would cost you $912. But thanks to the savings and benefits of Premium Gold, you can get all these individual features in one great package for just $478. This gives the user a saving of $434 – almost 50%!

As with the Enterprise premium package, Gold also comes with 10 free UpdraftClone tokens. UpdraftClone allows you to create a cloned test site instantly and directly from UpdraftPlus and forgoes the traditional migration process, allowing you to set-up a temporary test site with us in just a few clicks.  

We hope you enjoy and make use of the additional benefits our new Gold package has to offer.

Premium Gold is available for download now.

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UpdraftCentral release new update: Includes new export and translation features

The UpdraftPlus team have been working hard getting the latest updates out for users of UpdraftCentral.

The latest update for includes several new features, fixes and tweaks; including a change to export site settings and updated translations. We believe that these updates will help improve everyone’s experience of UpdraftCentral.

Export Feature

The new export feature is used to export UpdraftCentral sites that have been registered by the user. The export file also includes any relevant information associated with the sites and the current user such as site-meta and user-meta settings.

The feature can be very useful if the user plans to transfer or move to a different host or server. Instead of re-adding the sites one by one, the user now just needs to import this information using the import file and everything will be added automatically. This allows you to get back to using UpdraftCentral in next to no time, as you can now do these tasks in just a fraction of the time compared to when you had to re-add sites manually.

Update Translations

An enhancement to the updates module in which users can now automatically update any available translation updates for the chosen language on their remote websites. Users can also check the number of translation updates available and what are they (e.g. for plugins, themes or WP core).

The changelog for UpdraftCentral 0.8.7 is as follows. We recommend the update for all users.

  • * FEATURE: Add handler for the WP-Optimize remove table feature
  • * FEATURE: Export site settings and other relevant information
  • * FEATURE: Add the ability to update translations
  • * FIX: Fix WP-Optimize refresh tables feature
  • * FIX: Fix mass updates issues
  • * FIX: Fix a couple of issues found when searching websites
  • * FIX: Prevent PHP error if the “not authorised” form needs displaying multiple times on a page
  • * TWEAK: Controlled sites must now be running at least WordPress 3.4 (June 2012) (though, we strongly recommend updating anything you’ve got that is that old!).
  • * TWEAK: If localStorage.storage_set() fails, then try purging old data; also purge upon initialization
  • * TWEAK: Cache SQL results in UpdraftCentral_User::get_site_tags() to prevent unnecessary duplicate calls

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UpdraftPlus helps designer restore site after a theme skin change disaster

Following on from our recent blog, in which retired FBI agent Jerri Williams shared with us the story on how her site was saved by UpdraftPlus, we have some new customer feedback to share.

UpdraftPlus has spent years ensuring that we offer the best backup services to our users. We love hearing stories from people who use our plugin about how it helped avert disaster caused by hacks, plugin problems or theme issues.

Janet Reasoner recently contacted us to share the story of one such instance. Janet has been a consultant working in grant writing and fundraising for nearly ten years and has worked at and with nonprofit organisations for over 30 years. After having a lot of fun building her own company website, Janet decided it would be a great idea to branch out and start a second business offering simple WordPress sites for businesses and individuals.    

Janet stated that she “loves WordPress because it is easy for anyone to use and maintain.” While this may be true, there can be many issues waiting to trip up even the most experienced of designers in the website building process, as Janet discovered when she ran into an issue that many WordPress website developers are only too familiar with.

Can you tell us what happened regarding the problem that required you to restore your site using UpdraftPlus?

The first site I put Updraft on was a new site for a client that I am building using the Dynamik child theme. I knew that I wanted to experiment and that I needed a good backup system. As I was using the new version of Dynamik, I thought I’d try different skins. That didn’t work out as I planned and I nearly wrecked the whole site. I could have rebuilt the site, but Updraft made it possible to restore the site in under five minutes – much less time than it would have taken otherwise!

Do you have any idea the issue was?

The site had some very confused coding from the new skin that made it look awful. Plus I lost much of the design I’d worked on for hours.

How long did it take for you to restore your site using UpdraftPlus and was the process straightforward and easy to do?

It look about five minutes. It was super easy and straightforward. It was also very easy to set up and the instructions are, thank goodness, clearly written or edited by native English speakers who take the time to make sure everything is clear and readable. I actually no longer will use themes or plugins where the description has grammatical errors or is oddly written.

What advice would you give to other website owners who may be at risk (such as backup and security)?

Install UpdraftPlus on all your sites. It is so easy to use and I make sure that I carry out a backup before making any changes. I would recommend, after years of working on computers and having to rely on backups, that you also download the backup files to a thumb drive or external hard drive. Belt and suspenders!

As Janet’s story shows, even making a small change can potentially cripple a website beyond use. Without the proper backups all of her work could have been lost, forcing her to start rebuilding the site from scratch. We were happy to hear that the problems encountered when changing the theme skins did not result in lasting or costly issues. But without UpdraftPlus installed, this is often not the case.

With 2 million+ active installs, UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular and trusted WordPress backup plugins currently on the market. Download and install your copy today.

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UpdraftPlus release new update: Includes time-saving option to use existing local backups with UpdraftClone

UpdraftPlus have released the latest update for all our users that includes a host of new features, fixes, translation and tweak updates. As part of our drive to develop our services and continually improve on them, the newest exciting feature we have added allows users to use an already existing local backup (one that is not in remote storage) to create a clone in UpdraftClone.

This means that should you wish to create a new clone, the whole process can now be completed much more quickly as you no longer have to create a new backup of your site first. With this latest update you can now send one of your already existing backups to be cloned and skip straight to the sending stage instead. This feature will be of particular benefit to users that have a large site that could take hours, or even days to backup and shortens the whole cloning process; getting your clone running much sooner than might have been possible previously.

As well as these new changes, the latest update also come with several other updates to hopefully help improve your overall UpdraftPlus experience, including an Italian translation and the option to now delete old directories from the restore progress page.

The changelog for UpdraftPlus Free (1.16.15) and UpdraftPlus Premium (2.16.15) is as follows.

We recommend the update for all users.

  • FEATURE: Added the ability to use already existing local backups with UpdraftClone
  • FIX: Prevent PHP fatal error (regression) when WP_Filesystem credentials were needed and wrong ones were supplied
  • FIX: Issue where you could not delete old directories from the restore progress page
  • FIX: Issue where restore would not run over AJAX if wrong credentials were entered when WordPress requested filesystem credentials
  • FIX: Fix incorrect refusal to accept valid email addresses in the UpdraftCentral wizard
  • TRANSLATION: The Italian translation is now complete and supplied from, so can be removed from the free plugin zip (saves 424KB disk space – if your mother tongue is not English and you want to improve UpdraftPlus, take a look at:
  • TWEAK: Update UpdraftCentral theme module handler to support themes without a name header
  • TWEAK: Prevent PHP log notice when fetching available theme updates via UpdraftCentral
  • TWEAK: Add more scheduling options to the built-in list (you can still further add whatever other arbitrary options you like:
  • TWEAK: Abstract the code for handling maintenance mode to allow future improvements
  • TWEAK: Fix a potential wrong file path in an error message
  • TWEAK: If there is more than one Google Drive folder of the same name, now the selection is deterministic: the oldest one is always used
  • TWEAK: Infer phpseclib class path from the class name, instead of hard-coding it
  • TWEAK: Some lines that were meant to include HTML bold in the browser output had lost that effect
  • TWEAK: Add what entity caused the automatic backup to the logfile
  • TWEAK: Upon restoration, a couple of known plugin cache directories will be emptied to prevent serving up an intermediate page
  • TWEAK: Fix a bug in the “fail on resume” error-trapping logic which could cause it too resume too many times
  • TWEAK: Prevent a bogus error message being logged at the end of a successful direct site-to-site transfer
  • TWEAK: Add backup size information when hovering at the backup data buttons (excluding database button)
  • TWEAK: Allow the plugin to connect to account and activate Premium licence if no more UpdraftCentral Cloud licences remain and the user enables the ‘Add this website to UpdraftCentral’ option in the Premium/Extensions tab
  • TWEAK: During a restore send structured data to the front end. This is preparing the way for future UX improvements.

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Why WordPress security is so important?

Whether WordPress or not, your website is potentially vulnerable to attacks.

Recent reports have shown that Google blacklists thousand of websites containing malware and phishing attacks every week.

Given how serious potential WordPress security breaches can be for your business, we hope this article will inform you why you should always closely monitor how secure your website is.

Why WordPress security is so important

There may  be many smaller business owners who think their site is in no danger as they do not consider their business big enough to be at threat from hackers. Given that there is money to be made from selling personal information, hackers typically don’t care how big or small your business is. As you never know when or how your business is going to be attacked, it is essential you protect your site and use the necessary WordPress plugins to increase your security.

Mark Ronso; Marketing Manager at Top Writers Review stated that a business’s reputation can be seriously damaged due to a hacked website. Hackers commonly install malicious software or viruses in order to extract the data in the background, which can result in a loss of trust in your business and customers turning to a competitor.

When your site is attacked, the most immediate threats are the theft of customer’s personal and billing formation. As a result of the theft of customer information, the damage to your company’s reputation could also mean the loss of future income, not just the short term, but also the long term as you will need to invest extra money to rebuild your reputation and restore customer confidence.

How to Protect Your WordPress Website from Hackers

  • Strengthen your passwords – Always remember to use a strong password, even though it can sometimes be difficult to manage a long list of different passwords, it is absolutely necessary to do so. To make sure you have a strong password, you can use a password generator which respects the rules of password setting. Also remember to change it every two or three months and have it written down in a secure place.
  • Change your username – By default WordPress sets the administrator’s username as “admin”. All hackers knows this and it is the first username they will try when attacking your website. If you want to increase your website’s security, always personalize your username.
  • Two-Factor Authentication – WordPress is compatible with various additional security features such two-factor authentication, which requires the admins mobile phone to login and gives an extra level of security.
  • Constantly update your website – One of the biggest reasons hackers succeed in hacking a WordPress site is due to the software used to run it  becoming outdated. Whenever your website sends you an alert to update your software, it should be done as a priority. WordPress puts a lot of effort into improving it’s security features and sends constant updates as proof of their work in defending your website from hackers and unwanted attacks.
  • Perform regular backups on your website – Your car may have a lock, but it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be insured against theft.  

Backups are like that insurance policy if your security should fail.

You should always have your backup data stored on an external device (such as cloud storage). Having a secure, recently scheduled backup can be achieved by using UpdraftPlus. While a backup isn’t necessarily going to protect you from hacking threats, it will help you restore your site should it be maliciously hacked or defaced. Having an UpdraftPlus backup of your site can also be extremely helpful if a virus infects your PC, or an employee commits a negligent or malicious act.

Hackers can attack multiple sites at once, at any time and without reason. It doesn’t matter if you are a huge company that delivers financial services or small start-up selling handcrafted gifts, you need to invest in improving your WordPress website security.

Hopefully if you follow these recommendations, your website and your customers financial information will be protected and you will retain the trust and confidence of your customers for years to come.

Steven Mehler is a professional writer, experienced in the areas of web development and systems security.

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