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 1.16.5 now released

We are pleased to announce that UpdraftPlus 1.16.5 (free version) has been released. The changes in this new release cover a number of new features, fixes and tweaks. We recommend the update for all UpdraftPlus users.

The full change-log is as follows;

  • FEATURE: If a restoration is interrupted (e.g. PHP timeout), then the “Continue” feature can now resume not just at the most recent zip file, but within the zip file at the point it had reached (https://updraftplus.com/auto-resuming-interrupted-restores-part-2/)
  • FEATURE: Added command in WP-CLI which gives a list of incremental backups restore points
  • FIX: Regression: When a Dropbox upload failed to complete, UpdraftPlus would log this but fail to retry
  • FIX: Again update phpseclib to the latest version which should now fix the ‘SSH2 Server Host Key Algorithm Mismatch’ on all installs
  • TWEAK: Correct a wrong variable reference in an error message
  • TWEAK: Only add the JavaScript for the incremental schedule selection on the UD settings page
  • TWEAK: Replace incidental use of ipinfo.io now that it requires a paid API key
  • TWEAK: The print_delete_old_dirs_form method should have been public to allow painting if the user clicked through the previous message

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UpdraftPlus 2.16.3 (paid version) released

We are pleased to announce that a new UpdraftPlus 2.16.3 (paid version) release has been made. It fixes two bugs in the existing paid releases (but not affecting the existing free release):

We recommend the update for all UpdraftPlus Premium users.

The full changelog is as follows;

  • FIX: Prevent extraction failure when using PclZip (N.B. php-zip is always preferred if installed) on zero-sized files.
  • FIX: Prevent the incremental backup cron from being incorrectly scheduled.

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UpdraftPlus 2.16.2 (paid version) released

We are pleased to announce an updated version of UpdraftPlus 2.16.2 (paid version) with newly added fixes and tweaks.

We recommend the update for all UpdraftPlus Premium users.

The full changelog is as follows;

  • FIX: wp_doing_cron() was used when unzipping, but requires WP 4.8+ (regression in 2.16.1, which was never released on wordpress.org)
  • TWEAK: Updated phpseclib to the latest version after the previous work around to fix the ‘SSH2 Server Host Key Algorithm Mismatch’ issue
  • TWEAK: Check-in with the clone during the backup process to make sure it is not prematurely purged

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How to use Incremental Backups

How to use Incremental Backups

As we have had several requests for a guide on how to use Incremental Backups, we have put together a handy blog that will take you through each of the necessary steps.

There are three ways to take an incremental backup:

1. Manual Incremental Backup:

Before we can take an incremental Backup we must have an existing backup that includes the entities that we want to take an incremental backup of.

So if you don’t have a backup already then take a full manual backup using the blue backup now button.
 

Once you have your full backup you can now add increments to it. This can be done by using the action link under the backup now button, by pressing the “Add changed files (incremental backup)…” Link. It will open the following modal:

Note that if you don’t have a suitable backup to add increments to then that link will be disabled.

With this modal open you can select the backup now button to take an increment of your saved backup entities (the entities you have set to backup in your UpdraftPlus settings).

If you want to only take a plugin increment for example then press the “…” After the “file backup options” this will open the advanced options.

Select what you want to backup (note that you can only add an entity increment if a full backup of that entity exists).

Once happy press the backup now button and UpdraftPlus will do the rest.

You can confirm that your increment has been taken by looking at the existing backups table:

You can see when the latest increment was taken, if you hover over that a pop up will also tell you what other increments exist in that backup.

2. Scheduled incremental backups:

To take a scheduled incremental backup you just have to set how often you would like the backup to take place, save your settings and UpdraftPlus takes care of the rest.

First go to your UpdraftPlus settings and to the files backup schedule.

If your schedule is set to manual, you will not be able to schedule a incremental backup so first set how often you want your files backup to run.

With the files backup set to daily (or anything you want) it will now allow you to schedule an incremental backup.

How often you can schedule a increment depends on what you set your files backup to

In this example as we choose daily for the files backup we can select an increment to take place up to every 12 hours.

In this example I have my files backup to take place at 12am then every hour. 

UpdraftPlus will take an incremental backup at 1am, 2am and so on until 12am the following day where UpdraftPlus will now take a new full backup and then start adding new increments to the latest backup.

Now we have the schedule setup don’t forget to save your settings, then just wait for UpdraftPlus to do the rest.

Again you can check your backups in the existing backups section.

3. Manual incremental backup via WP_CLI:

You can also take a incremental backup via WP_CLI

To do this first make sure you already have a backup. This can be done using the following command: wp updraftplus backup

Note command may differ depending on how you have WP_CLI setup.

Now we have a full backup we can take an incremental backup by adding the incremental argument to the above command: wp updraftplus backup –incremental

Using that command will take an incremental backup and add it to the latest backup.

Restoring a incremental backup:

If you ever want to restore an incremental backup, this can work just like a normal restore except we have the option to select which point we want to restore to.

For example if our full backup was at 12am and we have increments every hour at 1am, 2am, 3am and so on, when we go to restore we can decide that we want to restore up to 2am.

What this means is that UpdraftPlus will first restore the full backup that was taken at 12am and will then restore the 1am backup, before finally restoring the 2am backup.

To start a restore go to your existing backups and find your incremental backup.

Press the restore button and this modal will pop up:

Select the entities you want to restore. Then press the restore button.

You will then have the option to select which point you want to restore up to. Select the point you want then, click the final restore button.

UpdraftPlus will then do the rest.

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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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