Latest Easter Updates for UpdraftPlus and UpdraftCentral released

During the recent Easter holidays, the UpdraftPlus team have been working hard getting the latest updates out to our loyal customers. Our newest updates are for UpdraftPlus 1.16.12, UpdraftCentral 0.8.6 (Free) and UpdraftCentral 0.8.2 (Premium).

The latest update for UpdraftPlus includes the fix of an regression issue which caused PcIZip unzips to run slow. Thanks to this fix, we are confident that your experience with UpdraftPlus will be better than ever before.

Another new feature that we are excited to share is the new option that allows UpdraftCentral Premium users to suspend a site. There are numerous reasons that may require you to suspend a site; these can include the non-payment of hosting fees or even a violation of policies. With the latest UpdraftCentral update, you now have this option directly at your fingertips.

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

UpdraftPlus 1.16.12

  • FIX: Regression which caused PclZip unzips to be very slow
  • TWEAK: Add stream_meta to the list of log tables and tables not requiring search/replace

UpdraftCentral 0.8.6 (Free)

  • FIX: Fix fetching of updates fails if permissions fail on one site
  • TWEAK: Add parameters to some filters
  • TWEAK: Add specificity to some general CSS
  • TWEAK: Update bundled UUDRPC library to version 1.4.18
  • TWEAK: Backup status checks are now performed less often once a backup lasts longer than 3 minutes

UpdraftCentral 0.8.2 (Premium)

  • FEATURE: Add capability to suspend a site

 

 

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UpdraftCentral announce new dashboard control of Incremental Backups with 0.8.5 release

UpdraftCentral have released a brand new update: UpdraftCentral 0.8.5. This update comes with a great new feature and a couple of helpful tweaks.

As you may have seen in our recently blogs, UpdraftPlus have recently launched Incremental Backups. This was a big development in WordPress backups as it allows users to only update new changes that have occurred since the last backup, rather than starting a new full-site backup every time. This helps with the excessive resources which are used when performing a full site backup, which can also help users with low resource servers.

We have been working hard to make Incremental Backups even more user friendly, so the latest update of UpdraftCentral allows users to control all their Incremental Backups from one place using the UpdraftCentral dashboard, available with UpdraftPlus Premium. You’ll be pleased to hear that this new feature means no more switching back and forth between every single one of your sites every-time you want to schedule an Incremental Backup. 

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

  • FEATURE: Added the ability to take incremental backups
  • TWEAK: Updated bundled UDRPC library to version 1.4.17
  • TWEAK: Add more filters and docblocks to the licence manager class
  • TWEAK: Prevent a potential PHP notice when fetching cached site metadata

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How to approve comments on all the sites you manage from one location using UpdraftCentral

Managing multiple WordPress websites can be challenging. It involves logging onto each dashboard separately, handle all the updates, manage comments and then carry out the operations. Faced with the same situation, our CEO David Anderson decided to do something about it and created UpdraftCentral as part of the UpdraftPlus plugin.

UpdraftCentral is a SaaS (Software as a Service) dashboard programme designed to manage multiple sites from one central location. Below are some of the major features –

  • Backup all your sites from one central location to the Cloud
  • Manage and update all themes, plugins and WordPress core
  • Automated backup schedule
  • Manage users
  • Manage comments

You can even try it for free! Yes, you heard that right! You can now manage up to 5 sites – free of charge on UpdraftCentral.

Once you have created an account, you can access your dashboard at https://updraftplus.com/my-account/updraftcentral-remote-control/

Adding a site to UpdraftCentral

Adding a site to your UpdraftCentral dashboard is quite simple. All you need to do is install the UpdraftPlus free or UpdraftPlus Premium plugin on your WordPress site. The premium version of UpdraftPlus comes with several handy features that are not available with the free version. If you would like to read more about the comparison between both the free and premium versions, please click here.

After you have installed and activated UpdraftPlus on your site, create an encrypted key that acts as the site identity on UpdraftCentral. Go to the ‘Advanced Tools’ tab of UpdraftPlus setting page. On the left side, you see ‘UpdraftCentral’ – Click on it. You now see a section heading – “Connect this site to an….”.

Inside you get a button ‘Updraftplus.com’ – click on it.

Next you will see a dropdown for ‘Encryption key size.’ Keep the default value as it is and click on the ‘Create’ button.

UpdraftPlus creates an encrypted key for UpdraftCentral.

Now head over to your UpdraftCentral dashboard at https://updraftplus.com/my-account/updraftcentral-remote-control/.

Go to ‘Sites’ and click on the ‘+’ icon in the top-right corner.

This opens a pop-up where you can paste your key. Once you have added the key, you will see your site listed under UpdraftCentral. Repeat the same process for any other sites you may want to add to UpdraftCentral.

How to Approve Comments Using UpdraftCentral

With UpdraftCentral, you can efficiently manage all of the comments from all of your sites from one central location. Posted comments automatically sync to the UpdraftCentral dashboard in the background. You can then carry out all the same operations that WordPress provides for comments such as – approve or disapprove comments, reply to comments, edit or trash the comment or mark as spam.

Let’s take a look at UpdraftCentral in action. First, go to the ‘Comments’ section of your UpdraftCentral dashboard.

In this section, you get a list of all of your connected sites along with the options ‘Show Comments’ and ‘Configure.’ You can configure all of the comments settings by clicking on ‘Configure’ which opens a pop-up window from where you can choose the settings.

To approve comments click on ‘Show Comments,’ after which you get a list of all the comments your site has received. You can view details including comment author, comment date and comments article. To approve a comment, click the ‘Approve Comment’ button, which will automatically publishes the comment on your site.

You can then perform the same process and approve comments on your other UpdraftCentral connected sites from the dashboard.

Join UpdraftCentral for free and to start taking advantage of these amazing time-saving features.

You can also read more about how UpdraftCentral will now allow you to install a new plugin or theme on all your WordPress sites at one here and about David’s journey with UpdraftCentral in this exclusive interview.

Be sure to let us know any feedback comments you may have in the comment section below.

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Easy Updates Manager 8.0.3 released / UpdraftCentral 0.8.2 released

Easy Updates Manager 8.0.3

The Easy Updates Manager team have been hard at work and are happy to announce another updated version of Easy Updates Manager 8.0.3, with newly added tweaks and features.We recommend the update for all Easy Updates Manager Free and Premium users.

  • TWEAK: Added seasonal notices
  • FEATURE: Logs are on by default
  • FEATURE: Logs are now displayed by default in UpdraftCentral
  • FEATURE: (Premium) White label settings can now be exported and imported


UpdraftCentral 0.8.2

A new feature has been added to the latest version of UpdraftCentral 0.8.2 that we are pleased to share with you.

We recommend the update for all UpdraftCentral Free and Premium users.

  • FEATURE: Easy Updates Manager module now shows logs by default

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UpdraftCentral plugin and theme management video

We are always adding new features to help you get the most out of our products and as UpdraftCentral is so popular with users, we have launched an accompanying video to better demonstrate the benefits of UpdraftCentral’s plugin and theme management options.

The video below takes you through lots of the different options available with UpdraftCentral Cloud Premium, including the ability to install themes to a site from your UpdraftCentral dashboard, individually or bulk check for the latest updates and even delete old themes that you are no long using.

The video also tells you how UpdraftCentral’s plugin management also lets you install and manage plugins on your sites, how you can install a new plugin and individually or bulk manage all of the plugins currently installed.

Watch the video below for more information on plugin and theme management.

To find out more about managing and updating multiple websites, visit UpdraftCentral today.

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UpdraftCentral 0.8.1 released

We are pleased to launch an updated version of UpdraftCentral 0.8.1 that now features new fixes and tweaks.

Just some of the new tweaks include enabling the Easy Updates Manager module and the backup settings UI. We recommend this update for all.

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

  • FIX: Fix Easy Updates Manager issue where it freezes during installation and activation
  • TWEAK: Enabled the Easy Updates Manager module
  • TWEAK: Tweak backup settings UI
  • TWEAK: Tweak the dashboard_ajaxaction_newsite function to make returning/rendering of the sites’ HTML optional
  • TWEAK: Mark as supporting WordPress 5.0

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