UpdraftPlus announces features including a faster UpdraftPlus Clone and more reliable backups with new 1.16.6 release

UpdraftPlus announces features including a faster UpdraftPlus Clone and more reliable backups with new 1.16.6 release

UpdraftPlus have been hard at work on the latest update and we are happy to announce that UpdraftPlus 1.16.6 has been released and is now available. For this update there’s a new feature which enables UpdraftPlus to send you an email report even if the backup fails. This will help users keep better track of their backup status and make sure that you are always up to date with the latest developments of your site.

We have also made updates to UpdraftClone that has made the feature faster and more reliable, improving this popular service further.

Improved performance from UpdraftClone

Additional, we have made it much easier to users to purchase UpdraftPlus Premium from within the plugin. So instead of being forced to leave the plugin and purchase Premium via our website, you can now make the purchase from within the plugin, saving you a lot of time and trouble.

You can now purchase Premium from within the plugin

We recommend the update for all UpdraftPlus users.

The full change-log is as follows;

  • FEATURE: Added new S3 intelligent tiering class
  • FEATURE: Ability for user to buy Premium without leaving the plugin’s settings pages
  • FEATURE: UpdraftPlus can now catch backups that don’t complete because of errors that kill PHP and make sure a report is still sent about them. This ensures that you will get an email, even if the backup fails.
  • FIX: If a very large UpdraftVault upload took more than an hour, then the token could expire without being refreshed (fix in version 1.16.0 was incomplete)
  • PERFORMANCE: Modify a condition in the zip-batching algorithm so that greater acceleration in the zip-batching algorithm is allowed on setups allowing very long PHP run times on the initial (zero-eth) resumption
  • PERFORMANCE: UpdraftClone now sends larger chunks over the network, leading to faster sending of data
  • PERFORMANCE: Force UpdraftClone to use a 100MB split size for better performance (previously intended, but not always working)
  • TWEAK: Upon restoration, WP’s cache directory will be emptied (by default it is not included in backups, so in theory this is a no-op, but the occasional case has been seen where it got populated during the restore process)
  • TWEAK: Add support for the new Europe (Stockholm) (eu-north-1) AWS region in Amazon S3
  • TWEAK: Advise the user if they changed the plugin’s slug (and so won’t be able to get updates) (paid versions)
  • TWEAK: Make use of wp_get_themes rather than relying solely to get_themes which is already deprecated
  • TWEAK: Regression: When a user aborted a fatal error occurred before all clean-up actions were complete
  • TWEAK: Refactor the remote storage logging code in Backblaze and Azure modules

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UpdraftPlus launch revolutionary new Incremental Backups feature

UpdraftPlus are thrilled to announce that as part of one of the biggest and most important updates in our history, UpdraftPlus Premium users will now have access to the amazing new UpdraftPlus Incremental Backups feature!

What is Incremental Backups and how does it work?

When backing up your WordPress site content such as images, media, video, plugins, themes, etc. using UpdraftPlus or another backup plugin, you usually have to create a whole new backup file of the entire site – every time! But thanks to UpdraftPlus, this is no longer necessary.

To give the user as much control as possible, we have given you the ability to arrange your incremental file backups to the hourly schedule of your choice. Once UpdraftPlus has taken the initial full backup, it will subsequently only backup any new changes that have occured between the period of hours you have selected. The changes could range from something as small as a new image you added, to something huge like an entire website and theme overhaul.

This is a massive new development from UpdraftPlus that will help to reduce the excessive resources used to perform a full site backup, which will also help users who have low resource servers.

The incremental backup will only include the changes since the last full backup was run and as such will be quick and cheap in terms of the resources used to perform the backup, which can help on low resource servers.

How are UpdraftPlus Incremental Backups different?

Unlike BackupBuddy’s incremental backups (which use proprietary software and locks you into its service), we have made a point of keeping UpdraftPlus Incremental Backups as regular ZIP files, so you always have full control over your backups and website.

By performing incremental backups every hourly schedule for the next month, UpdraftPlus can offer a cheaper and faster service that only includes the changes made since the original or last incremental backup. To ensure your files are properly backed-up and up to date, at the start of the every month UpdraftPlus runs and produces a brand-new full backup of your site and then starts performing the regular incremental backups as requested.


Yet another amazing benefit of Incremental Backups is the ability to check when your last incremental backup was taken by just checking the existing backups list.

Finally, if you should ever need to restore from an incremental backup due to an issue with your site, you will have the freedom to restore up to a certain point (useful if a recent update was the cause of your problems) or even restore the entire site!

Incremental Backups is available with UpdraftPlus Premium – if you need the latest version you can update it here, and be sure leave your comments and feedback below.

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UpdraftPlus 1.14.12 Released

We are pleased to launch an updated version of UpdraftPlus that now features lots of new helpful features and tweaks. Just some of the new features in the new update include marking a backup as “do not delete”, adding restore command to WP-CLI and the fingerprint configuration for SFTP/SCP. These changes are for the free version of UpdraftPlus. We recommend this update for all.

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

* FEATURE: Added UpdraftCentral’s theme management module handler

* FEATURE: User can mark any backup as “do not delete”, and it will then not be deleted even when retention limits are hit

* FEATURE: WP-CLI – add a ‘restore’ command

* FEATURE: WP-CLI – Add an option ‘delete-during-restore’ in the ‘restore’ command

* FEATURE: Add optional ‘fingerprint’ configuration for sftp/scp remote storage, allowing the connection to be halted if the server’s fingerprint does not match what was entered

* FEATURE: Added the ability to take an incremental backup via WP-CLI (note: incremental backups are still considered an experimental/work-in-progress feature)

* FIX: If a user gave the wrong key to decrypt an encrypted database, the “Decryption failed” message did not display  

* FIX: The Migration was not changing an unsupported database table engine with the MyISAM  engine automatically

* FIX: Issue with the Dropbox account API call on some installs

* FIX: The web server disk space refresh link of the existing backups is not working

* FIX: The UpdraftPlus News couldn’t print first time when the news cache was not made

* FIX: Activating the “all addons” licence did not remove the corresponding ‘activate on this account’ link in the “Premium / Extensions” tab

* FIX: When set names query character set hadn’t support by the current MySQL server, the restoration process wasn’t gave replace the character set

* TWEAK: Updated the plugin.php handler for UpdraftCentral’s new plugin management module

* TWEAK: Update posts handler to fix and update pagination in UpdraftCentral

* TWEAK: Refresh UpdraftCentral keys upon successful login or registration using the UpdraftCentral Cloud wizard

* TWEAK: Correct admin page URL in WP-CLI ‘restore’ command when on multisite without multisite add-on

* TWEAK: Prevent PHP notice when checking non-existent files in relation to an extraneous whitespace warning

* TWEAK: Prevent PHP notices in add-ons with non-present settings

* TWEAK: Add the “Migrate / Clone” tab in place of the “Migrate / Clone” dialog

* TWEAK: Prevent call to the the wp_get_sites() deprecated function on WP 4.6 and newer

* TWEAK: Prevent a potential PHP debugging notice when displaying the ‘Connect with your UpdraftPlus.com’ form

* TWEAK: Do not show the confusing JetPack ‘backup’ notice on the ‘Updates’ page

* TWEAK: Added clone notices and commands for when UpdraftPlus is running on a UpdraftClone

* TWEAK: Move ‘Log all messages to syslog (only server admins are likely to want this)’ into the ‘expert’ settings section

* TWEAK: Replace a missing class constant in the Dropbox SDK (only relevant to people upgrading from Dropbox API v1 tokens – indicates upgrading UpdraftPlus from a very old version that previously used Dropbox APIv1 but never v2)

* TWEAK: Prevent potential PHP debugging notices in restoration step 2

* TWEAK: Allow non-Super Admins to access UpdraftPlus Premium if they have ‘manage_network_plugins’ capability and the updraft_user_can_manage filter is used

* TWEAK: Improved code in a way that prevents continuous polling in the themes page, this plugins page and the updates page

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