UpdraftPlus release latest update: Includes fixes for resuming an interrupted restore and Dropbox server issues

UpdraftPlus are happy to announce that we have released brand new updates for both the UpdraftPlus Free version (1.16.11) and UpdraftPlus Premium version (2.16.11).

As part of our efforts to continually improve UpdraftPlus, we have fixed the option of the user being able to restore the update from a point of error that was encountered during the restoring process. Issues that could occur during a restore might include a restore time-out, loss of connection or an unintended error. This option saves users time as you will not have to restart the restore process from the beginning again should you encounter an issue.

Another change we have made to the latest update includes a number of helpful tweaks to the Dropbox backup process. As users have had some issues with their servers using Dropbox, the update will hopefully help keep things running more smoothly and resolve these problems.

As well as this new feature, the latest update also come with several other fixes and tweaks to hopefully help improve your overall UpdraftPlus experience. .

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

  • FIX: Issue which prevented the downloader UI being removed during a manual entity download (regression)
  • FIX: Regression in 1.16.10 whereby restore resumptions did not correctly resume because the jobdata had not been loaded
  • TWEAK: Update UpdraftCentral description and internationalize strings
  • TWEAK: Handle HTTP/2 responses from Dropbox on some operations
  • TWEAK: Add a timeout on Dropbox quota look-up operations during backup, in response to cases of faulty outgoing HTTP proxies
  • TWEAK: The backup_finish() method should not have been private; could cause a harmless PHP abort when manually stopping a backup
  • TWEAK: Wrong variable context could cause failure of SFTP progress recording
  • TWEAK: Update to the current series (4.6) of yahnis-elsts/plugin-update-checker (paid versions), thereby inheriting improvements including suppressing some unnecessary background updates checks“`

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New ‘How to use incremental backups’ video released

If you are thinking of backing up your WordPress site content, such as images, media, video, plugins and themes by using UpdraftPlus’ incremental backup feature, you may be interested in our new ‘How to use incremental backups’ instructional video.

While we have existing in-depth written instructions on how to use incremental backups, we understand that some people may prefer the quick, visual method of learning and instruction that a video gives. We are always happy to provide our users with different options and hope that the new instructional video provides additional support.

The video goes through the process of showing you how to take a one-off incremental backup and also how to schedule and setup your incremental backups.

Check out the video below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

 

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UpdraftPlus release new 1.16.8 update

UpdraftPlus are pleased to announce that we have released a new update: UpdraftPlus 1.16.8. We have been hard at work on the latest developments, with our main aim being to fix the issue of a potential rapidly repeating loop that could occur if requested UpdraftClone credentials were not ready. 

We hope this new update help improve your experience when using UpdraftPlus.

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

  • FIX: If requesting clone credentials that were not ready, the loop could rapidly repeat instead of waiting the intended time
  • TWEAK: Some background updates checks (paid versions) that were intended to be suppressed, weren’t being.

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UpdraftPlus 1.16.7 update released – New features include the ability to take incremental backups via UpdraftCental

UpdraftPlus are happy to announce that we have released a brand new update: UpdraftPlus 1.16.7. As well as the new incremental backup via UpdraftCentral feature, the latest update comes with a many other features, fixes and tweaks. As you may have read in our recent blog, we have been hard at work making incremental backups more user friendly, with quicker and easier to use features.

With this latest development, users will not have to go to each individual website every-time you want to make or schedule an incremental backup. Instead, UpdraftPlus users will have the option to make the incremental backups straight from their UpdraftCentral dashboard. We hope you enjoy these new features and if you have any comments, be sure to let us know in the comments section below. 

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

  • FEATURE: Add support for bucket-specific application keys in Backblaze
  • FEATURE: Added the ability to take incremental backups via UpdraftCentral
  • FIX: Dropbox authorisation setting getting lost after saving UpdraftPlus settings in the free version
  • FIX: Issue where an error wasn’t thrown if you tried to restore a backup with no valid components
  • TRANSLATION: Norwegian (Bokmål) and Polish translations are now complete and supplied from wordpress.org, so can be removed from the free plugin zip (saves 900KB disk space – if your mother tongue is not English and you want to improve UpdraftPlus, take a look at: https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/updraftplus).
  • TWEAK: Ride a polling status check on the regular heartbeat check, thereby reducing the need for stand-alone polls
  • TWEAK: If FTP settings were removed and an attempt was made to download a backup, then a zero-sized file would be created and then an unclear error shown, instead of just showing a clear error.
  • TWEAK: For premium users: Added the option to connect to UpdraftCentral Cloud at point of connecting a license to a site
  • TWEAK: If on PHP 5.3 or later, then register our Google SPL auto-loader with the ‘prepend’ flag, so that we can avoid loading incompatible Google SDKs registered (but not yet used) by other components
  • TWEAK: Clear settings visuals after wipe settings
  • TWEAK: Improve UpdraftPlus news layout on dashboard
  • TWEAK: Handle a case seen where the updates checker failed to load
  • TWEAK: Prevent a possible PHP notice when requesting a rating
  • TWEAK: Update to the current series (4.5) of yahnis-elsts/plugin-update-checker (paid versions)
  • TWEAK: The “follow this link to refresh your (licensing) connection)” (paid versions) link was not functioning
  • TWEAK: Alert the user in the UI if they have activated a storage destination without any settings
  • TWEAK: If a directory is not found during a restore but the parent directory is then, where relevant, UpdraftPlus will automatically try to create the missing directory
  • TWEAK: Use the correct nonce name when requesting filesystem credentials if needing the WP_Filesystem API to delete old directories
  • TWEAK: Regression in 1.16.6 – certain types of final errors stopped being shown in the final report and had to be read from the log file
  • TWEAK: Refactor the remote storage logging code in all remote storage modules
  • TWEAK: Prevent the download entities UI becoming uglified from multiple button presses

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How to restore a ‘BackupWordPress’ backup using UpdraftPlus Premium

With 2 million+ active installs, UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular and trusted WordPress backup plugins currently on the market. The popularity of the plugin is due to its simplicity and wide variety of features, including the ability to restore backups created by other backup plugins, such as BackupWordPress.

However, unlike UpdraftPlus, BackupWordPress does not give the user an automatic restore option. This mean BackupWordPress users are forced to restore their sites manually by uploading all your files and folders via FTP and importing the database using phpMyAdmin. This task can be painstakingly dull and complicated, even for someone with developer experience.

Restoring your backup using UpdraftPlus Premium

Fortunately, there is a great solution to help users restore their BackupWordPress backups using UpdraftPlus Premium. Please be aware that you can use the UpdraftPlus free version do a basic restore but if you want to restore from a BackupWordpress backup, this feature is only available with the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin.

Note: The Premium version of UpdraftPlus has many other useful features, which you can read about here.

Once you have installed and activated the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin, it is a relatively straightforward process to use one of the two methods to add and run your BackupWordPress backups to UpdraftPlus.

Method 1

  • The first step is to find the backup files. BackupWordPress plugin creates a directory with prefix backupwordpress- inside the wp-content directory.
  • All the backups made by the BackupWordPress plugin are saved inside this directory. Our example is shown below:
  • Copy your backup zip files from the above directory and paste it inside the wp-content/updraft folder.
  • Next, go to the settings page of UpdraftPlus. Click on the ‘Rescan local folder’ for new backup sets’ link. This will rescan the wp-content/updraft directory and add new backups within ‘Existing Backups’.
  • If everything worked, your new backup files will now be visible in the list. You can now restore your backups and also use the other useful features provided by the UpdraftPlus Premium plugin. You can also upload this backup to remote storage if required.

Method 2

This method is almost the same the first, but instead of copy/pasting your backup files, you can upload your BackupWordPress backup file to the ‘Existing Backups’ list.

  • On the UpdraftPlus settings page, click ‘Upload backup file’.
  • Next, choose the locally stored backup file.
  • After the upload process is complete, your backup will be present in the ‘Existing Backups’ list.
  • Once the backup is present in the UpdraftPlus list, you can select it and click the restore button. In just a few minutes you should have restored your files and database.

That’s it for this tutorial! We hope this explains everything you needed to know on how to add and restore a BackupWordPress backup using UpdraftPlus Premium.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.

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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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