For the next release of UpdraftPlus, we are bringing in a gentle redesign.

One aim that we’ve long had for UpdraftPlus has been to combine both maximum ease of use, with all settings on one page, without losing any features. We’ve been pleased to have a lot of feedback commenting on our success in this.

However, we still do get comments from newcomers to WordPress who think that things could be made even simpler. This feedback is useful – after you get used to unnecessary complexity, you stop noticing it. So, we took another good look at the UpdraftPlus settings page.

As a result, for the next release, we’re introducing some simple, obvious tabs.

As one advantage of this, the initial page that you see after installing UpdraftPlus is very simple: the familiar three big buttons for the three main operations, and the status console on your current backup state:

UpdraftPlus redesign

As currently, pressing either the “Restore” button or following the “1 set(s) available” link will show you the existing backups, and allow you to download or restore them. But, unlike currently, this is in a separate tab – nothing will slide out. We think this is a more elegant solution, without clutter:

Downloading and restoring


Your settings are now moved to their own tab; which has the bonus of providing more width, especially for those scheduling settings which can get rather wide if you choose “Weekly”:


Redesign - settings


We’ve also moved all the debugging and expert tools into their own tab, so that they won’t provide any clutter or distraction at all until you need them.

How things were in the beginning…

If we go back many years to the original Updraft plugin, then you can see that many things have been so changed that they are unrecognisable. But some other features are quite familiar. Comparing this screenshot with the first screenshot above, you can see how some of the elements have evolved.

The original Updraft settings page

It’s evolution, not revolution – and we hope, one that will be appreciated by expert and novice users alike.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)