How to add Microsoft Azure to your UpdraftPlus account settings

Backing up your website to the remote storage location of your choice is something UpdraftPlus have put a lot of time and effort into working on. We currently have a wide-range of supported remote storage options including Google Drive, Amazon S3 and DropBox.

Another remote storage option UpdraftPlus supports is Microsoft Azure. You can create a free Azure account for 12 months that offers users a wide choice of free Azure products and includes 5GB of LRS-Hot Blob Storage with 20,000 read and 10,000 write operations.

While connecting an Azure account may not be quite as simple as Google Drive, by following our easy to understand ‘step-by-step’ instructional video below, you can start backing up your website to Azure in next to no time. 

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UpdraftPlus announces MetaSlider is now sold to Extendify

We are excited to announce we’ve sold our MetaSlider business to Extendify.

Kevin, the lead developer who’s helped build MetaSlider to what it is today, is moving with the plugin and continuing to work on it with the new owners.  You can find more info on their plans for MetaSlider here.

It’s been great working with this excellent plugin over the last three years and seeing lots of new features released.  It was also very satisfying to see it transforming thousands of sites, including high profile customers such as NASA; who purchased MetaSlider Premium to power their space education pages on NASA.gov.

Extendify will, of course, honour all existing support arrangements, GDPR agreements, and licenses.

We’re confident it’s in excellent hands with the vision to take it to the next level, and maintain its position as the most popular WordPress slider plugin, whilst we focus more on our backend plugins such as UpdraftPlus, EasyUpdatesManager, and WP-Optimize.

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UpdraftPlus release latest 1.16.28 version

The latest updates for UpdraftPlus 1.16.28 have now been released. This latest version comes with two main new features and several tweaks and fixes. The first new feature we are releasing with UpdraftPlus 1.16.28 is that users can now back up and restore MySQL and MariaDB routines. Backing up these stored routines means that users do not need to keep reissuing the individual statements, but can refer to the stored routine instead. 

The second new feature gives users the ability to search and replace the database via WP-CLI. Having this search and replace option will come in very handy when users need to change a site’s URL for example, or make another change of frequently appearing text inside your WordPress database. This new feature will save users lots of time when compared to manually updating any changes or creating a raw MySQL query to carry out the same action.

We recommend the update for all users.

The change-log for UpdraftPlus 1.16.28 is as follows. 

1.16.28

  • FEATURE: Support backing up and restoring MySQL/MariaDB routines (stored procedures and functions)
  • FEATURE: Added the ability to search and replace the database via WP-CLI
  • FIX: Bit fields in a table don’t necessarily get backed up correctly due to the difference in the output of mysql_query() and mysqli_query() for the bit-field type
  • FIX: Allow single multisite sub-sites to be restored when there is a http/https mismatch between the site and database backup
  • TWEAK: Update plugin updates checker dependency (in paid versions) to the 4.10 series, improving compatibility with WP 5.5+’s updates management
  • TWEAK: Suppress message about how to upgrade an already-installed plugin when on WP 5.5+ (where it is no longer relevant)
  • TWEAK: Internal refactoring to allow more flexibility when creating database backups
  • TWEAK: Force the turning off of ANSI_QUOTES in the active SQL mode when creating a backup, for better compatibility
  • TWEAK: Add the ability to configure the ‘max_allowed_packet’ option in the binary mysqldump command via the ‘UPDRAFTPLUS_MYSQLDUMP_MAX_ALLOWED_PACKET’ constant
  • TWEAK: The Google Drive options exist condition to prevent a false positive saved settings error
  • TWEAK: Improve the UpdraftPlus get_outgoing_ip_address method in finding user webserver’s IPv6 address
  • TWEAK: Removed MetaSlider notice in the notices collection

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How to add Google Cloud to your UpdraftPlus account settings

The latest version of UpdraftPlus gives you the option of backing up your WordPress website by using several different remote storage options. Ranging from Google, to Amazon S3, to DropBox, there is a remote storage option for everyone.

As with Google Drive, Google Cloud, as it offers 15GB of free remote storage for free per month and can be used in the knowledge that you are putting your backups and security in the hands of one the largest and most dependable companies in the world. 

By using your existing Google email account, you can set up your Google Cloud remote storage account in next to no time. If you require more remote storage space, you can purchase up to 2TB of space for just £79.99 a year. 

UpdraftPlus can be connected to your Google Cloud remote storage location in just a few minutes. We know that all the different options and settings can sometimes be a lot to figure out, so we have created the following helpful video guide on how to quickly and easily connect UpdraftPlus and Google Cloud.

Just follow the video below for a step-by-step guide.

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How to add Google Drive to your UpdraftPlus account settings

When backing up your WordPress website with UpdraftPlus, you have the option of using several remote storage options in which to save your backup files.

One of the most popular storage locations is Google Drive, as it offers 15GB of free remote storage, has a world-wide reputation for security and dependability and is a quick and easy remote storage option to connect to as pretty much everyone already has a Gmail account already setup. 

As user interfaces and setup processes change rapidly, we at UpdraftPlus are constantly updating the latest ‘how-to’ videos, so users have a clear understanding of how to connect Google Drive and other remote backup options to their UpdraftPlus account. 

To find out how to add Google Drive to your UpdraftPlus backup settings, just follow the video below for a step-by-step instructions.

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Easy Updates Manager and WordPress 5.5

Easy Updates Manager has long been the leader in WordPress update management. We’ve watched Easy Updates Manager go from a humble 10,000 installs to its current 300,000 install count.

With WordPress 5.5, auto-updates have landed in WordPress Core. This is exciting.

With this latest WordPress update, we had to make the tough decision whether to natively integrate with WordPress Core’s interpretation of automatic updates, in regards to plugins and themes. While the native core integration of auto-updates is well-thought and we foresee it becoming more powerful, EUM has taken the decision to continue to control updates through our unique and innovative interface.

One example is our plugins and themes screen. Users can still enable auto-updates through those screens and it integrates well with core emails and our log functionality. Additionally, you can also disable updates completely for certain assets.

EUM also integrates out-of-the-box with most third-party plugins and has worked with hosts throughout the years to make native automatic updates to plugins and themes a possibility, even on managed hosts.

When a user couples automatic updates with backups that most managed hosts handle natively, or our own UpdraftPlus backup solution, users are covered even if the worst should happen.

With EUM Free, we have identified that most users simply want auto-updates to be enabled holistically throughout WordPress. This includes plugin/theme updates, translation updates and WordPress Core updates (minor and major versions).

We foresee automatic updates, as they have landed in Core, to be a popular feature. We provide additional features with our Premium offering.

With EUM Premium, users are given more control over updates. Examples of our popular Premium features include:

  • Update scheduling – Control when updates are run to avoid excessive server load and downtime.
  • Logs – Logs are a native feature, but premium allows you to integrate logs with third-party services such as Slack. The export log functionality also allows you to generate a report for clients.
  • Email reports of pending updates – If for some reason an update isn’t available through auto-updates, we can send you a periodic report of updates that need action. This will also work if you have disabled an asset from updating.

At Easy Updates Manager, we will strive to give users the features they need to have full control over their updates and will continue working with WordPress Core in regards to automatic updates. As Core updates mature, we will strive to integrate with native Core functionality when it makes sense.

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