UpdraftPlus 2.15.5 released

We are pleased to announce an updated version of UpdraftPlus 2.15.5 that features new tweaks.

As part of the update, we aim to send clearer messages to users who have downgraded from the unlimited package to a smaller package and are receiving confusing licencing server message, despite their site not being connected for updates.

We recommend the update for all UpdraftPlus Premium users.

  • TWEAK: For Premium users with grand-fathered lifetime updates (i.e. purchased before August 2013), a regression had caused support entitlement expires to no longer be notified
  • TWEAK: For Premium users with who have downgraded from unlimited licenses to another package, a licence expiry message could show when in fact the real situation was that they just needed to specifically allocate a licence to the site. The relevant message has been adjusted to improve this.
  • TWEAK: Track “more files” incremental backup locations
  • TWEAK: Don’t show individual add-ons that have not been bought in the account add-ons page if the user has Premium.
  • TWEAK: Include the raw updates check response information in the internal/advanced dump
  • TWEAK: Added the UpdraftClone video

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UpDraftPlus 1.15.3 (free) is now released

A new UpdraftPlus release is out now! This new version introduces many new features, fixes and tweaks and gives users the brand new option of being able to turn-on automatic-updates for UpdraftPlus. Once selected, the plugin will download and install every new release through WordPress as soon as it becomes available. This means that users will always have the most current UpdraftPlus automatically installed to work with the latest WordPress release, so you will never have to manually check the plugin yourself again.

Another tweak we have added which we are sure you will appreciate is the db-dummy restore option to WP-CLI. This tweak will allow users to test a database restore before going through with the real thing. This lets users evaluate if their hosting will cause any issues when trying to restore, before the actual restore is performed on the live site. This removes the risk of having a database issue and potentially being left without a website when trying to fix it.

The full changelog for this release is below; but the short version is that we recommend the update to everyone.

  • FEATURE: UpdraftPlus now has an option to auto-update
  • FEATURE: Azure for Government endpoint support (Premium)
  • FIX: SSL verification settings were not allowing verification to be turned off for generic S3 storage
  • FIX: In some situations in which a user had defined UTF8 as their character set but WordPress was using UTF8MB4, UpdraftPlus was not detecting this
  • FIX: Prevent particular a SQL text pattern wrongly triggering detection of database features when it is within content
  • TWEAK: Marked as supporting WordPress 5.0
  • TWEAK: Automatically re-scan for presence of database backup after restoring it, to prevent confusion over its status
  • TWEAK: Change logic that controls whether the minified or full JavaScript is used
  • TWEAK: Improve Settings tab UI on mobile
  • TWEAK: Improve UpdraftClone UI
  • TWEAK: Improve UpdraftClone temporary page UI
  • TWEAK: Change method used to record the MySQL version to deal with how MariaDB can report when using a non-MariaDB client library (see: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms/issues/9062)
  • TWEAK: Replace Base64 encoded logo by image file
  • TWEAK: Hide guided tour on UpdraftClone
  • TWEAK: Fixed broken automatic backup modal layout
  • TWEAK: Auto rescan after restoring the remote database
  • TWEAK: Explicitly set the backup history option to not autoload, as it can get non-trivial in size
  • TWEAK: Improve UI of excluding things from the backup
  • TWEAK: Prevent a possible PHP debug notice in methods/backup-module.php
  • TWEAK: Show progress in browser view port instead of modal dialog when we delete the backup(s).
  • TWEAK: Added a –db-dummy-restore option to WP-CLI which will run a dummy restore of the database (under an unused prefix) and then drop the tables after it finishes. This option can be useful for testing.
  • TWEAK: Update the UpdraftClone UI when site information becomes available
  • TWEAK: Curl errors when interacting with Backblaze B2 will now be passed up for easier debugging
  • TWEAK: Re-factor add-on remote storage credential testing to make passing debugging information easier
  • TWEAK: Implement non-default SSL options with Backblaze B2 (previously the defaults were always used)
  • TWEAK: UpdraftClone: redirect to admin page after using the auto login link
  • TWEAK: Improve internal more files backup location tracking
  • TWEAK: Send a single request to download a backup set not for each file entity
  • TWEAK: Fix a DOM element whereby multiple nonces had the same id
  • TWEAK: Automatically build the more files backup location tracking on local rescan

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UpdraftClone update now allows users to login via SSH

UpdraftClone update now allows users to login via SSH

You all know by now that UpdraftPlus are committed to continually developing and improving the services and features of our plugins. Despite UpdraftClone only being released a few weeks ago, we are thrilled to announce that we have already released a new update in the form of users now being able to login via SSH in the browser.

This update means that from today, once you boot up any new clones that you have created, you will find a SSH login link in your account clone list.This new feature gives you more control over your clones and allows you to login via SSH in the browser.

We hope you enjoy this new feature. Be sure to visit UpdraftClone for further updates and information.

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UpdraftPlus 1.15.2 (free) / 2.15.2 (paid) released

A new UpdraftPlus release is out. This introduces no new features, but fixes a few issues or sub-optimal behaviours in the previous release (which introduced our new UpdraftClone product, in case you’ve not yet seen it). The full changelog for this release is below; but the short version is that we recommend the update to everyone.

  • Fix: Asking the tour to cancel on the plugins page did not work
  • Fix: an issue where some jobdata did not get set which resulted in the backup email not being sent
  • Fix: a regression whereby network-activated plugins could get deactivated on multisites when restoring
  • Fix: When database encryption was active, UpdraftClone would fail
  • Tweak: There is now a ‘Rescan remote storage – log results to console’ link in ‘Advanced Tools’ to aid with debugging
  • Tweak: Fixes Migrate / clone tab contents showing on the Advanced tools tab
  • Tweak: Attempt to catch, work-around and log when the backup history cannot be saved due to too long a history relative to the MySQL server’s maximum packet size
  • Tweak: Re-factor and introduce the UpdraftPlus_Storage_Methods_Interface class
  • Tweak: Introduce the UPDRAFTPLUS_ENABLE_TOUR constant for power users; set it to false as part of your automated WP installation process (or manually) if you wish to disable all tour functionality.

David Anderson (lead developer)

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MetaSlider’s bringing out new slider themes – and they’re completely free!

MetaSlider’s bringing out new slider themes – and they’re completely free!

Metaslider’s good, but we’ve always seen its potential to give you so much more.

For the past few months, we’ve been working hard to develop a stunning new feature: professional slider themes. One click, and they will completely transform the look and feel of your images, so that they really stand out!

  • Choose from the themes that best match your website design. MetaSlider will launch with around 10 new themes, but will be continuously adding more with each new release!
  • Once you’ve chosen a theme, you can prereview your slideshow directly from the theme viewer.
  • Advanced users can programmatically apply a theme to their slideshows.

This is an example of ‘The Architekt’, just one of the brilliant new themes that will soon be launched on Metaslider. It’s clean, modern and minimalist, a great way to show off images on your website.  

We always love to hear from you; please use the comments section below to let us know what kind of style and themes you would like to see in the future.

These slider themes are scheduled for release this September. Be sure to visit UpdraftPlus and MetaSlider for further updates and information about MetaSlider.

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UpdraftPlus 1.14.13 Released

We are pleased to launch an updated version of UpdraftPlus 1.14.13 that now features lots of new helpful features, fixes and tweaks. Just some of the new features in the new update include a redesigned Premium page, a new backup / restore tab and multisite tweaks for UpdraftCentral’s plugin and theme module handlers. We recommend this update for all.

The full change-log for this release are as follows:

  • FEATURE: WP-CLI – add a ‘get_latest_full_backup’ command
  • FIX: An issue when deleting multiple backups could result in a backup set not found error
  • FIX: Polling during a backup when called from outside UpdraftPlus
  • FIX: Plugin activation check was running at the wrong point in the restore process
  • FIX: The WP-CLI “restore” command returned an unnecessary error if the incremental shim was not present
  • TWEAK: Multisite tweaks for UpdraftCentral’s plugin and theme module handlers
  • TWEAK: Prevent potential PHP notice on page load when no backup storage is selected
  • TWEAK: Add scoping to some CSS rules that were too general
  • TWEAK: A new “Backup / Restore” tab, which consists of backup status and existing backup with rid the “Current Status” tab and the “Existing Backups” tab
  • TWEAK: Remove the possibility of a false-positive warning of a migration-rather-than-restoration if the WordPress home_url setting has legitimate oddities
  • TWEAK: Improve UI of more database delete button (Premium)
  • TWEAK: Removed Gold column and redesigned Premium page
  • TWEAK: Improve UC factoring and introduce a UPDRAFTCENTRAL_COMMAND constant to allow context detection
  • TWEAK: Tweaked downwards the minimum time in the future for rescheduling a resumption
  • TWEAK: Deal with a possible issue in automatic collation selection in restoration when all character sets are supported and a collation is not supported
  • TWEAK: Replace absolute URLs in place of relative URLs in anchor links

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