UpdraftPlus 1.9.45 has just been released.

This fixes two bugs: one in the Premium version only, which affected importing some backups created by the third-party BackWPUp plugin; and a second which could cause scheduled backups to be skipped if you were using WP_ALTERNATE_CRON to fix your WordPress scheduler (you’d know if this was the case). This second bug appears to be hard to trigger, as it has been present since 1.9.19, and only come to light in the last few days.

In short: two small fixes, and no reason not to update.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

 

In case you’ve not yet seen – WordPress 4.1 is out. The current UpdraftPlus release is fully tested and compatible.

A lot of WooCommerce shop owners are also becoming more aware of the implications of the upcoming EU VAT law for digital goods in2015, and on that note, the compliance plugin by our sister company also saw a new release today (with reporting features), and a pleasing up-tick in the number of downloads. Check it out here – or, take a look at the free version, here.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

UpdraftPlus 1.9.44 has just been released, with two minor tweaks.

Firstly, a number of incomplete translations have been added. This is because after WordPress 4.1 is released (next week, it is expected), the WordPress plugins directory will begin showing users who search for new plugins results that take into account the available translations. Until now, we have not released new translations (from our much-appreciated translators, who do a great service for their fellow mother-tongue speakers) until they have reached 100%. But with the new policy of the plugins directory, this will penalise UpdraftPlus and prevent potential users from finding it.

Secondly, a small bug crept into last week’s release of 1.9.40 which could prevent the completion of backups on very large sites on low-resource webservers. This does not seem to have affected many people (it was reported twice, from around 60,000 downloads of the new release), but it is a real bug, so we recommend that everybody updates as soon as they can.

As with the previous releases, this version has been tested with and is compatible with the upcoming WordPress 4.1.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

 

UpdraftPlus 1.9.43 has just been released, for paying users only – because it is only relevant to them.

This release is to fix a bug introduced in 1.9.42 which would prevent access to the UpdraftPlus settings to users of the “lock admin” feature, even if they entered the correct password. So, if you had this problem, then please update to 1.9.43, and all should be well.

(As described on this page, if you have FTP or MySQL access to a locked settings page, you can always get back in, even if you don’t know the password).

So, if you were a user of this feature, then you will want to update.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

For online buyers and sellers of digital goods and services to the EU, 1st January 2015 will bring some big changes.

Specifically, sellers will be obliged to charge VAT (IVA) at the rate of the country that the buyer is present in – not the rate of their own country.

This includes UpdraftPlus. From January 1st 2015, buyers of UpdraftPlus in the European Union will be required to pay VAT, at their local rate, when they purchase. A VAT receipt will be issued when they do so. Buyers outside the European Union are not required to pay VAT – nothing will change for them.

A fuller list of requirements is:

  • Identifying the customer’s location and collecting multiple pieces of evidence
  • Applying the correct VAT rate
  • Validating VAT numbers for B2B transactions
  • Having the data needed to create returns.

There are also rules about keeping the data – and of course, the accounting rules for submitting the data at the right times to the right people (including the system known as “MOSS”).

We’ve been working hard on compliance with this new law, for our own systems, and for others. Since there were no existing solutions for WooCommerce-based shops (like UpdraftPlus), our sister company has been busy creating one!

A free “WooCommerce EU VAT compliance” plugin is now available for users of the popular WooCommerce e-commerce plugin for WordPress; you can get it by following the link.

They’ve also been working hard on a Premium version, with more features and convenience. It’s not yet on sale, but when it is, full information and the ability to buy it will be available here. (Until then, you can get more information on the page of the free plugin).

David Anderson (founder, leader developer, UpdraftPlus)

UpdraftPlus has today passed over 1,500,000 downloads for its free version, just 5 months after we passed 1 million (which was, in turn, nearly 7 months after the previous 500,000 – we’re speeding up!).

In 2014, UpdraftPlus has again been the most downloaded, most installed backup plugin for WordPress. By the end of today, we will have passed one million downloads for the year, with three weeks to spare.

We’re not done yet! We have more plans lined up in 2015 for your backups, restores and clones… and more besides. Stay tuned!

And… if you’ve not done so yet, then please do take a look at UpdraftPlus Premium –  this is where the innovation takes place, and this is the product that gets you guaranteed support, and all the best add-ons, several of which you can’t find in any other product.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

 

UpdraftPlus 1.9.42 has just been released, for all users.

If fixes a significant bug in last week’s release of UpdraftPlus 1.9.40 and 1.9.41 which could cause uploads of backups to remote storage to prematurely fail, leaving the backup set being stored on your webserver.

It also resolves an issue in paid versions of UpdraftPlus 1.9.40 which prevented the dashboard page working properly on older versions of WordPress (3.1 – 3.5). If you were running such an old version, then updating will make things work again. Though, you really need to upgrade: anything before WordPress 3.7 has known serious security holes in it, so you should backup and then upgrade asap to stay secure.

As such, we recommend that all users update immediately.

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

 

The next release of UpdraftPlus, version 1.9.40, s is ready, and planned for release later this week

This release has a healthily-long list of tweaks and new features, the main items of which are:

Beyond that, there is a considerable number of small tweaks for efficiency and usability.

This is a recommended update for all. If you’ve not yet upgraded to UpdraftPlus Premium, our flag-ship product which contains 100% of UpdraftPlus features and 12 months of access to updates and personal support, then please do take a look. Until December 8th, you can use this coupon to get yourself a 15% discount: decembercomes

David Anderson (founder, lead developer, UpdraftPlus)

 

In WordPress 3.7, WordPress introduced a handy new feature – automatic background updates.

These are currently only active for minor WordPress releases – i.e. bug-fix and security updates, like yesterday’s WordPress 4.0.1. But, if you like them, then you can configure them to automatically update every component on your site.

It’s a useful feature – you can know that when there’s a new security release for WordPress, then you should be up-to-date within 12 hours, without doing anything.

One problem, though, has been that a lot of people like to back up their WordPress install before updating – and indeed, the official WordPress documentation recommends that you do. How can you do this, though, if WordPress updates itself without asking you? Conversely, if you turn off WordPress’s automatic updates, then you’re in danger from unfixed security issues in the meantime whilst you learn about them and go to manually update.

With the next release of UpdraftPlus, this is a solved problem. UpdraftPlus already had an “automatic backup” feature which could take a backup before you updated your plugins, themes or WordPress core in your WordPress dashboard. In a major update of this feature, it can now do the same for WordPress background updates. Before WordPress updates itself, UpdraftPlus will back it up for you. And if you’ve enabled WordPress’s automatic updates for plugins and themes too, then it’ll cover those also.

UpdraftPlus is the only WordPress backup plugin with this feature. If you’re not yet a Premium customer, then please take a look at our flagship offering, today!

David Anderson (lead developer, founder, UpdraftPlus)

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