What are the benefits of renewing your UpdraftPlus Premium license in 2019? Check out all the reasons why!

What are the benefits of renewing your UpdraftPlus Premium license in 2019? Check out all the reasons why!

We hope everyone has had an amazing 2018! Around this time of year, we like to take a moment and thank everyone who has been part of the UpdraftPlus journey over the last 12 months. We also like to evaluate everything we have achieved and answer the all important question of “why should you renew your UpdraftPlus Premium license in 2019?”

While we could go on all day listing the numerous benefits and advantages of having an UpdraftPlus Premium licence, we believe that there are three main benefits of renewing:

  1. Premium support: There’s our team available 18 hours a day to help you personally with any technical problems.
  2. New installs: Allows you to install UpdraftPlus Premium on new websites sites
  3. New features and other improvements: A current licence allows you to update to new versions, gaining new features and staying compatible with future releases of WordPress.

Some of the improvement we’ve added in 2018 include 27 new features, 37 fixes and 145 tweaks to make UpdraftPlus run smoother, easier, faster and more flexible.

Plus in the next new days we’re adding a beta version of our most important ever new features: incremental backups. This will mean when you backup, only changes to files and images will be backed up. This will make backups of all sites much faster and less impact on the server performance.

We are confident that UpdraftPlus Premium is the best WordPress backup plugin available and look forward to the new year to make UpdraftPlus even better for our loyal customers!

If you’ve enjoyed UpdraftPlus in the past year, please help our team us improve further by leaving a 5* review on WordPress.org here.  

Happy New-Year! 🙂

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You’ve made our Christmas! UpdraftPlus passes 2 million active installs

A huge thank you to all our users – you’ve given us reason to be jolly by helping us reach 2 million active installs this morning!

We’re thrilled at reaching this milestone. All across the globe, 2,000,000 WordPress sites are now trusting UpdraftPlus for backups.

Perhaps we’re biased, but we can hardly blame them. We work hard to ensure that UpdraftPlus is not only far-reaching in its functionality, but also simple to use. All the time, we’re improving and developing it, to give you the best possible user experience; quality is everything.

We’ve come a long way in a short time, growing at nearly 3000 new websites using us every day this year:

• In July 2015, UpdraftPlus reached half a million active installs and was rated #28 of the most-installed plugins.
• Last January, it attained the million active-user milestone, with its rating increasing to #22.
• Less than a year later, we have doubled our userbase, with our rating climbing up to #16. Exclude plugins not owned or promoted as feature plugins by Automattic, and we’re #11.
• This all means you’ve made us the 6th most installed 5* rated plugin in the world.

Obviously, we only have you to thank for this achievement. We’re extremely grateful to you for choosing UpdraftPlus.

Thank you so much!

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Vacancy for freelance WordPress blogger at UpdraftPlus

Do you love blogging? And WordPress?

If the answer to both these questions is YES, then we need you.

Here at UpdraftPlus, we love our blogs. They’re a brilliant way to keep people informed, to share news and the latest tips, tricks and ideas. They also keep the conversation open, giving our lovely customers the chance to give feedback and to share their opinions.

So, if you’re someone who’s:

1. really good at writing engaging copy

2. wild about WordPress (and ideally knows a thing or two about it)

3. has a few spare hours every month and fancies writing some decent, well-researched blogs

… please get in touch with us! Send us some of your stuff, and let us know a bit about you.

Please email [email protected] with some samples of blogs you’ve written and a CV if you have one. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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How to build a plugin company: how we grew from one man to a global business on 4 continents with 3 million users including NASA, P&G and Microsoft

How to build a plugin company: how we grew from one man to a global business on 4 continents with 3 million users including NASA, P&G and Microsoft

In mid-2011, our current Head Developer David Anderson came across Updraft, a free backup plugin first released back in 2010 by a guy called Paul Kehrer. Impressed with its ease of use and ability to restore files, David began using it, tweaking and updating it with new code along the way. Wanting to share the improvements he’d made to Updraft with others, David got in touch with Paul (who’d by then moved on).

Here’s the question that began it all:

Paul responded positively: “A patch like this sounds pretty fantastic and I’d love for someone with more time/energy to take over Updraft if you’re still interested.” And so it began: released in August 2011, UpdraftPlus 0.1 was clean, updated (to work with WordPress 3.2), and had a new encryption feature for backups.

David made various improvements throughout the following 14 months, tinkering with a hobbyist’s obsession until 2012 when his life circumstances changed and he suddenly had more time to commit to the project. The more changes David made, the more positive feedback he received from users, who spurred him on to continue the good work.

.When users started to say things like “I’d pay for a version with this-or-that in it”, David developed paid add-ons, and UpdraftPlus became a commercial enterprise. Officially registered in January 2013, Updraftplus.com launched its first website soon after, initially geared towards documentation and user support with a couple of simple add-ons available via WooCommerce.

UpdraftPlus became a full-time project for David. It grew fast, acquiring new features and capabilities that surpassed those of long-established paid plugins. Tens of thousands of downloads turned into hundreds of thousands and Joe Miles came on board as Director of Business Strategy, along with other full-time employees and accountants.

UpdraftPlus started to overtake established players. Today, it’s WordPress’s most popular backup plugin, with over a million active installs, which puts us in the top 20 most popular WordPress plugins in the world.

We’ve also got the highest star rating of any WordPress backup plugin (4.9 out of 5). Our reputation is extremely important to us, and we work hard to not only maintain high standards but also to continually develop new add new functionality and improved user experience.

We offer our users the highest number of cloud storage providers. We’ve also developed our own cloud storage, UpdraftPlus Vault, which is backed behind the scenes by the power and reliability of Amazon’s market-leading computing services. In October 2016, we released UpdraftCentral, a powerful remote control for WordPress that allows users to backup, restore and migrate multiple websites from a single dashboard.

We’ve also started to expand our plugin portfolio through acquisition. As David says, we have a great and growing team, a lot of experience in the internals of WordPress and also a lot of users who trust and depend on us. There’s plenty of opportunities for us to expand.”

At the end of 2016, we acquired the popular and highly-rated database clean-up plugin, WP-Optimize, which helps websites to run at optimal efficiency without the need for manual requests. In June 2017, we acquired Metaslider, a hugely popular plugin that makes it easy to create professional-looking sliders. At the start of 2018, we assimilated Easy Updates Manager, a neat little plugin that allows users to customise automatic updates on individual aspects of the WordPress core (including major, minor and development updates) as well as all themes, plugins, browsers, translations.

Today, thanks to the support of our customers, our plugins are installed on more than 3 million sites. This makes us one of the most installed plugin companies and as a result, the UpdraftPlus team has more than 15 people across four continents.

We’re always looking for the best coders, and also someone in marketing.  If you’re interested in working for UpdraftPlus please apply here: https://updraftplus.com/updraftplus-hiring-wordpress-plugin-developer-wanted/.

 


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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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Wanted: WordPress plugin developer who uses UpraftPlus

Wanted: WordPress plugin developer who uses UpraftPlus

We’re recruiting a PHP WordPress plugin developer.  JavaScript or particularly caching experience nice but not necessary.

This is a permanent position to help develop either UpdraftCentral, UpdraftPlus and WP-Optimize further.  So ideally it’s full time (or almost full time).  We’ll consider employment or freelance basis.

Whilst we have a team in Cardiff UK, you can work anywhere in the world!

Pay is competitive and will depend on your experience.  Name a competitive long-term rate and we’ll consider this along with the other applicants.

If you’re interested please apply here: https://updraftplus.com/freelancer-test/ after registering for a free UpdraftPlus.com account here: https://updraftplus.com/my-account/

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