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Deceptive Practices (2 posts)

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  1. baruch60610
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    Posted 1 year ago #

    This plug-in may work properly, for all I know. It made a backup. I don't know if it restores, because I ran into a more pressing problem.

    As I played around with the program, I found that I couldn't do some things without paying for those features. I feel this is unacceptable.

    What's happening here on WordPress, at least with the plug-ins, is that people are uploading incomplete programs as teasers. They offer partial functionality, some subset of a useful program. When you try to use the full product, you're suddenly told you've got to pay for features.

    I don't mind paying for stuff. If I know something costs money, I'll gladly pay if it's worth it. I program, so I understand how much time and effort goes into even a simple product. Asking for payment is reasonable. But I get real upset when the costs are hidden from me.

    The programmers may think that they get someone hooked and then he'll pay when he runs into the hidden costs. Maybe some do. When I run into hidden costs, I remove the program.

    I encourage developers to explain the costs in their description. Don't make me download and install your product and only then tell me I've got to pay for something. It's dishonest and leaves me wondering what other surprises you may have in store for me. When it comes to my system, I hate surprises.

    With this program I'm wondering what happens when I try to do a restore. Maybe I'll get a message, "Psyche! That feature isn't free. Pay up, sucker!"

    That probably would never happen, but you get the idea. Once someone starts screwing around with you, there's no way to tell where they'll stop it.

    So, as I've done on many other occasions, I'm removing this broken program. Maybe if the developer gets enough negative feedback he'll change his way of doing business.

    *** Actually, there was another problem. When I set it up, one of the defaults was a directory named backup_****, where the stars were the plaintext of my password. I cannot even imagine what possessed the author to do something so insecure as that, but it's a serious security hole that should be plugged immediately.

  2. JWGarber1725
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    I know your posted review is almost a year old. I have not had to update EZ Backup in quite sometime. Because the plugin is and has been working for almost 1000 users now for a very long time.

    First let me address this because it is an absolutely false statement. I should have WP remove that part of your post... but I will address it.

    *** Actually, there was another problem. When I set it up, one of the defaults was a directory named backup_****, where the stars were the plaintext of my password. I cannot even imagine what possessed the author to do something so insecure as that, but it's a serious security hole that should be plugged immediately.

    It most certainly does not and I repeat not use your password here. It uses the username for the database. If your database username and password are the exact same then you really need to look into how you secure your MySQL.

    I encourage developers to explain the costs in their description. Don't make me download and install your product and only then tell me I've got to pay for something. It's dishonest and leaves me wondering what other surprises you may have in store for me. When it comes to my system, I hate surprises.

    I am not sure how or where you see anything "Deceptive" in EZ Backup.

    Did you even READ the FAQ or Readme?

    You did not need to "Download" or "install" anything. You had only needed to read the documentation provided right here on the plugins wordpress page.

    The plugin itself is 100% free of charge & performs its core functions free of charge. Creating a backup of your site and files. This is all right in the documentation of EZ Backup.

    You have the option to purchase three additional features if you need them.
    1. E-mail a copy of the backup archive to an e-mail address you choose
    2. Create an automatic backup schedule using the WP-CRON
    3. Create an automatic backup schedule using the system CRON (CronJobs)

    EZ Backup is free to install and use at no charge but you are asked to pay a small one time fee if you want to install one of those additional features. Not everyone will want or need those features. That is why they are small add ons.

    WordPress users come from all walks of life. They are not all coders or system administrators. So EZ Backup was created to ensure its core function was as easy as possible. It creates backups.

    EZ Backup does not have an automatic restore feature. This is not a hidden fact it is right in the plugin. There are a number of reasons that I left automatic restorations out of EZ Backup.

    Primarily to avoid user error. If I had left automatic backup in place I would probably have 300 emails right now from upset users who have restored a backup and now are suddenly missing changes they made all over their site.

    I tell my users all the time to simply ask their web host to assist them with restoring their site. They only need to send them the archive and tell them what needs restored.

    This has been working without issue since the release of WordPress EZ Backup. Any host worth using will be able to restore your site from an EZ Backup archive.

    I have nearly 1000 users of EZ Backup right now that are chugging away with their site and have backup archives to refer to if anything happens. I still use it myself on all wordpress sites to ensure I have a backup archive ready when and if needed.

    I will continue to use EZ Backup for as long as I use WordPress. EZ Backup might be an old plugin now but it simply works. If something works you don't go messing with it.

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