GDPR compliance with UpdraftPlus: encrypting the databases in your WordPress backups if they contain user data

GDPR is an important new data regulation coming into force soon across the whole of the EU. We’re working on fully complying ourselves with our own customer data, and have launched a Data and Privacy Centre here: https://updraftplus.com/data-protection-and-privacy-centre/.  This should be fully complete within the next few days.
As part of the law, many customers are asking if our software helps them be compliant.  We’ve put out details on what information we collect here.

One thing you need to ensure is that your backups of your customer’s private data are protected. To help with this, UpdraftPlus Premium can encrypt the data in your backups. It has an industry-standard AES encryptor keeps all of the sensitive WordPress installation data (e.g. passwords, lists of users, secret keys, etc.) stored in your database completely secure. Find out more here: https://updraftplus.com/shop/moredatabase/.

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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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MetaSlider Lightbox Adds Support for 7 More Lightbox Plugins

We just added support for 7 additional WordPress lightbox plugins that you can connect to your MetaSlider slideshows to really show them off!

You’ll need to install the MetaSlider Lightbox plugin here.

A lightbox plugin is a plugin which displays images, videos and sliders by filling the screen and dimming out the rest of the web page.

Here’s the list of lightbox plugins we’re compatible with:

Here is the changelog:

* FEATURE: Adds support for additional lightbox plugins
* REFACTOR: Refactors lightbox to clean up attribute function
* REFACTOR: Refactors various parts of the code to extract supported plugin data
* REFACTOR: Extracts the class MetaSliderLightboxPlugin to its own file.
* REFACTOR: Changes the logic for check if the plugin is installed and active.
* REFACTOR: Refactors lightbox to clean up attribute function
* TWEAK: Adds a CSS class to the container that identifies the active lightbox plugin
* TWEAK: Adds filters to let users manipulate the plugin use

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GoDaddy confirms UpdraftPlus and MetaSlider are the most popular plugins of their category

Over the last year GoDaddy has identified the 100 themes and plugins most installed on GoDaddy servers.

We were gratified to find UpdraftPlus there as the most popular backup plugin. It’s always nice to have recognition. Backups aren’t very glamorous; they’re a bit like insurance, in that you only really notice and appreciate them when you need them. But we’ve evolved our plugin into something that not only makes backup-making simple and convenient, but also hosts a whole load of other useful features, including website restoration and migration.

Also on GoDaddy’s list was MetaSlider, described as the most popular image slider plugin. The article mentions how the plugin can be upgraded to unlock features such as video slides and HTML overlays, and its compatibility with other plugins such as WooCommerce, Events Caendar and WPML. We’re hoping to add all kinds of extra features and enhancements to MetaSlider this year, so watch this space!

We’re continuing to grow our development team to continue to make all our plugins the best and most popular of their kind in the world.

 

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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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