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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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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