UpdraftPlus announce massive Black Friday sale!

Happy Black Friday from UpdraftPlus!

It’s the time of year that makes bargain hunters everywhere full of thanksgiving: Black Friday.

For one week only, we’d like to offer you the following amazing Black Friday deals:

20% off UpdraftPlus Premium subscription using the code BFsiteUDP20
20% off MetaSlider Pro using the code BFSiteMS20 
30% off UpdraftClone Tokens using the code BFSiteClone30
50% off UpdraftCentral using the code BFSiteUDCentral50

Take advantage of our amazing Black Friday offers before they’re gone!

Coupons are vaild until the end of November 2018.

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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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Data protection, privacy, the GDPR, right to be forgotten, etc.

We’re receiving an increasing number of questions which relate to the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which becomes law towards the end of May 2018.

At UpdraftPlus (and across all our associated products – WP Optimize, Keyy, UpdraftCentral, MetaSlider), we aim to comply with both the letter and the spirit of this new, quite heavy, law. Its aim is to set a new gold standard for data collecting, processing and retention, and associated rights. We are all individuals too, and we think that the GDPR is bringing in some very valuable tools to allow consumers to have control and protection of their data. As such, we intend to treat all clients – whether EU citizens or not – as if they were EU citizens. We want everybody to know that we aim to treat their data with maximum respect and care.

To this end, over recent weeks, we have been doing a lot of “behind the scenes” work on GDPR and data protection issues. One of the fruits of this is our “data protection and privacy centre”. This has quite a number of useful links giving information on what data we have (and usually, don’t have, because we didn’t collect it in the first place), and what we do with it (and what we don’t do with it).

We still have plenty of work to do before the GDPR comes in, but we want to assure all our users that we see being “best of breed” in this area as a priority, and that we are energetically pursuing that goal

David Anderson (lead developer)

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UK’s top host loses 100s of websites with only ancient backups…

A lot of people have just had a stark reminder of the importance of up-to-date backups.

This month website hosting company 123 Reg suffered a hardware failure on one of its servers. This led to some of its customers’ websites either being lost entirely, partially lost, or restored to an old version dating back to August 2017.

As you can imagine, users were left in a state of anger and confusion. 123 Reg, which calls itself the UK’s “number one website provider”, took a while to let customers know when a normal service would resume and when (if ever) they’d have their websites back online.

This chaotic situation has hit numerous individuals as well as businesses, making them look unprofessional and causing them to lose customer trust and money. It’s presumably up to individual users to ensure that they have backups.

Such little catastrophises are rare, but by no means unheard of.  However their UpdraftPlus users who’d set regular backups were safe: instead of panicking, losing out or having to make do with an old, out-dated version of their website, they would be able to restore everything with a click of a few buttons.

So spread the word: everyone with a website should have insurance – in this online world, plagued as much by incompetence and error as by malicious cybercrime, having backups makes perfect sense.

 

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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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New features for WP-Optimize: automatic UDP backup before optimization and more

WP-Optimize 2.1.1 is now released.

Amongst other improvements it features the ability to take a automatic backup with UpdraftPlus before an optimization.  WP-Optimize has always recommended taking a backup before optimizing the database in case you ask it to clean out a part of the database you intended to keep.  This feature will trigger its sister-plugin UpdraftPlus to take one automatically, saving you time.

Also, when optimizing from the dashboard, tables are now optimized one by one, to reduce the scope for annoying timeouts.

If you aren’t yet using WP-Optimize, you can get it free from here.

 

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