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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How UpdraftPlus built a top team of 17 people…

At UpdraftPlus, we’ve always got a sharp eye out for the best people. Rather than having set vacancies and job descriptions for specific projects, we’re always looking for the top talent, sometimes filtering through 50 applicants for every person we hire.

Although we do have a small team based in an office in South Wales, we also use freelancers all over the world.  We’ve found that opening vacancies to the whole world means a greater choice of the top talent.

Instead of having fixed hours, our team works flexibly, putting in the hours at times that suit them or their time zone well.

UpdraftPlus is an exciting company to work for: our standards are high, and we’re always pushing forwards to improve, initiate enhancements and develop new features. As you may have noticed, we’re also looking to extend our family of products, and we’re committed to maximising the potential of each one.

If you would like to be part of us, please do apply! We’re currently on the lookout for coders and someone in marketing.

We’re looking for competence, creativity and experience at every level of seniority. If we like the look of your CV, we’ll send you a link to a rigorous (and timed) online test that will assess your coding (or marketing) competence and efficiency. Impress us with that, and we’ll see how we can get you onto the team.

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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New product names. New pricing (for 35+ sites).  New features.

New product names. New pricing (for 35+ sites). New features.

New names.
Today we changed our UpdraftPlus Premium product names and pricing for over 35 sites.

The Personal and Business names remain unchanged.

The new levels are:
– Agency (from 11 to 35 sites). This is the same price as ‘Developer’ product before
– Enterprise (35+ sites).

New pricing.
Enterprise is now $245. The reason for the increase in price for those over 35 sites is to fund our growing team of developers to code some very cool features, which will particularly benefit those with many sites.

New features.
Things we’re working to release in the next few days include:

  • OneDrive for Business compatibility
  • Instant integration between UpdraftPlus with UpdraftCentral Cloud without entering keys
  • And a number of other tweaks and improvements

Plus two major and much-demanded features we’re working on for later this year are:

  • incremental backup and restore
  • instant sandbox creation without having to host or install WP yourself

Thanks for all your support and custom!

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