Major new UpdraftPlus version released: WP sandbox site setup now as easy as copy & paste

UpdraftPlus is pleased to announce the revolutionary new “temporary clone” service is now live.

The Updraft Clone service allows you to create a cloned test site directly from UpdraftPlus settings in seconds.

Want to see how your site looks with updates such as upgrades, new themes and plugins, or a new layout and content or PHP version before it goes live? With Updraft Clone it’s never been so quick to create a temporary sandbox for changes you want to try.

It really is as simple as copy and paste for your WordPress site.

Unlike our Migrator feature, there’s no need to worry about hosting or installation of WordPress or plugins – it’s a cloud hosted service. You simply select your preferred versions of WordPress we take care of the rest.

This leaves you more time to test your site and, well, whatever you like!

Once you’re done, just throw away the clone. You can always create a new clone in seconds when you need it again…

Find out more here.

PS – Best of all, we’ve included free clone credits for all Premium customers so you can try the service free of charge right now. Just update to the latest version of UpdraftPlus, go to the ‘Migration / Clone’ tab in the settings page and select the UpdraftClone option.

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UpdraftPlus 1.14.13 Released

We are pleased to launch an updated version of UpdraftPlus 1.14.13 that now features lots of new helpful features, fixes and tweaks. Just some of the new features in the new update include a redesigned Premium page, a new backup / restore tab and multisite tweaks for UpdraftCentral’s plugin and theme module handlers. We recommend this update for all.

The full change-log for this release are as follows:

  • FEATURE: WP-CLI – add a ‘get_latest_full_backup’ command
  • FIX: An issue when deleting multiple backups could result in a backup set not found error
  • FIX: Polling during a backup when called from outside UpdraftPlus
  • FIX: Plugin activation check was running at the wrong point in the restore process
  • FIX: The WP-CLI “restore” command returned an unnecessary error if the incremental shim was not present
  • TWEAK: Multisite tweaks for UpdraftCentral’s plugin and theme module handlers
  • TWEAK: Prevent potential PHP notice on page load when no backup storage is selected
  • TWEAK: Add scoping to some CSS rules that were too general
  • TWEAK: A new “Backup / Restore” tab, which consists of backup status and existing backup with rid the “Current Status” tab and the “Existing Backups” tab
  • TWEAK: Remove the possibility of a false-positive warning of a migration-rather-than-restoration if the WordPress home_url setting has legitimate oddities
  • TWEAK: Improve UI of more database delete button (Premium)
  • TWEAK: Removed Gold column and redesigned Premium page
  • TWEAK: Improve UC factoring and introduce a UPDRAFTCENTRAL_COMMAND constant to allow context detection
  • TWEAK: Tweaked downwards the minimum time in the future for rescheduling a resumption
  • TWEAK: Deal with a possible issue in automatic collation selection in restoration when all character sets are supported and a collation is not supported
  • TWEAK: Replace absolute URLs in place of relative URLs in anchor links

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How to Protect your WordPress Website

Whether its is a simple blog or a billion-dollar enterprise, maintaining your site’s security and safety is hugely important. When your site goes down it can be a distressing and potentially expensive experience, causing untold damage to your reputation and business.

Keeping your WordPress site safe doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are just a few simple ways your can keep the hackers away.

Strong passwords are essential

An obvious one to start, but the most frequent way hackers gain access to your WordPress site is by using the most common password combinations. It is recommended that your password be a combination of letters, numbers and even special characters such as ‘!’, ‘&’ and ‘>’. This combination makes passwords much harder to guess than regular ones.

Two factor verification login

Two factor verification is a great way to add a physical layer of security to your password and login details. By downloading the Keyy plugin on your WordPress site and app on your smartphone you can even prevent against keylogging attacks by using scanned lock/key style cryptography. This method improves on other verification plugins as they use typed numbers, tokens or SMS, which are much more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Make sure you have a backup

Hacking, server crashes, dodgy updates or simple user error can ruin your site.

That’s why you should always have an automatic backup plugin installed. By installing UpdraftPlus, you know that even if the worst should happen, you will always have a recent copy of your WordPress files, databases, plugins and themes ready to access and use.

Limit login attempts

The default settings of WordPress allows users to make unlimited guesses when entering a password. No matter how good your password is, with unlimited guesses hackers can use sophisticated programmes until a correct guess is made. By activating a limited login plugin, you can limit the number of password guesses made before the login options lock and prevent continued hacking attempts.

Do not offer login hints

Even with limited login attempt, your password is still at risk if a site gives hackers password hints. These login hints can easily give a hacker valuable information and direction when it comes to correctly researching and guessing your password.

Hopefully your site will never suffer any of the problems mentioned above, but by installing the UpdraftPlus backup plugin and the Keyy two factor authentication plugin on your WordPress site, you can rest a little easier in the knowledge that you have a solid foundation of secur

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UpdraftPlus confirms development of Clone feature

UpdraftPlus will soon be releasing a new and exciting feature that we want to share with you.

Many of our users have been using UpdraftPlus to clone their website for years. But now we’re happy to announce a new feature called Updraft Clone that will take all of the hassle and work out of cloning your website to a sandbox.

Updraft Clone will enable you to set up a sandbox instantly and directly from UpdraftPlus so you can test out new versions of plugins, themes, PHP and WordPress before upgrading.

The feature will be launched very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for further updates and information about Updraft Clone.

Visit UpdraftPlus today to keep up with the latest news and developments

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UpdraftCentral confirms development of plugin & theme manager

As part of our commitment to the continual development of UpdraftCentral, we are pleased to share with you an exclusive preview of our soon to be available and brand new theme and plugin manager feature.

In an attempt to make UpdraftCentral’s backup, update and management process quicker and easier, we will soon be launching an exciting feature that allows you to install and activate a chosen plugin on all your connected sites at once.

We are sure the plugin & theme manager will boost your productivity even further, so be sure to check out the brand new and soon to be launched feature.

Try UpdraftCentral today free for up to 5 sites

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UpdraftPlus 1.14.12 Released

We are pleased to launch an updated version of UpdraftPlus that now features lots of new helpful features and tweaks. Just some of the new features in the new update include marking a backup as “do not delete”, adding restore command to WP-CLI and the fingerprint configuration for SFTP/SCP. These changes are for the free version of UpdraftPlus. We recommend this update for all.

The full change-log for this release are as follows:

* FEATURE: Added UpdraftCentral’s theme management module handler

* FEATURE: User can mark any backup as “do not delete”, and it will then not be deleted even when retention limits are hit

* FEATURE: WP-CLI – add a ‘restore’ command

* FEATURE: WP-CLI – Add an option ‘delete-during-restore’ in the ‘restore’ command

* FEATURE: Add optional ‘fingerprint’ configuration for sftp/scp remote storage, allowing the connection to be halted if the server’s fingerprint does not match what was entered

* FEATURE: Added the ability to take an incremental backup via WP-CLI (note: incremental backups are still considered an experimental/work-in-progress feature)

* FIX: If a user gave the wrong key to decrypt an encrypted database, the “Decryption failed” message did not display  

* FIX: The Migration was not changing an unsupported database table engine with the MyISAM  engine automatically

* FIX: Issue with the Dropbox account API call on some installs

* FIX: The web server disk space refresh link of the existing backups is not working

* FIX: The UpdraftPlus News couldn’t print first time when the news cache was not made

* FIX: Activating the “all addons” licence did not remove the corresponding ‘activate on this account’ link in the “Premium / Extensions” tab

* FIX: When set names query character set hadn’t support by the current MySQL server, the restoration process wasn’t gave replace the character set

* TWEAK: Updated the plugin.php handler for UpdraftCentral’s new plugin management module

* TWEAK: Update posts handler to fix and update pagination in UpdraftCentral

* TWEAK: Refresh UpdraftCentral keys upon successful login or registration using the UpdraftCentral Cloud wizard

* TWEAK: Correct admin page URL in WP-CLI ‘restore’ command when on multisite without multisite add-on

* TWEAK: Prevent PHP notice when checking non-existent files in relation to an extraneous whitespace warning

* TWEAK: Prevent PHP notices in add-ons with non-present settings

* TWEAK: Add the “Migrate / Clone” tab in place of the “Migrate / Clone” dialog

* TWEAK: Prevent call to the the wp_get_sites() deprecated function on WP 4.6 and newer

* TWEAK: Prevent a potential PHP debugging notice when displaying the ‘Connect with your UpdraftPlus.com’ form

* TWEAK: Do not show the confusing JetPack ‘backup’ notice on the ‘Updates’ page

* TWEAK: Added clone notices and commands for when UpdraftPlus is running on a UpdraftClone

* TWEAK: Move ‘Log all messages to syslog (only server admins are likely to want this)’ into the ‘expert’ settings section

* TWEAK: Replace a missing class constant in the Dropbox SDK (only relevant to people upgrading from Dropbox API v1 tokens – indicates upgrading UpdraftPlus from a very old version that previously used Dropbox APIv1 but never v2)

* TWEAK: Prevent potential PHP debugging notices in restoration step 2

* TWEAK: Allow non-Super Admins to access UpdraftPlus Premium if they have ‘manage_network_plugins’ capability and the updraft_user_can_manage filter is used

* TWEAK: Improved code in a way that prevents continuous polling in the themes page, this plugins page and the updates page

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