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EZPZ One Click Backup
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  1. linkomatic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This thing is still completely broken. I attempt a manual backup. Runs for 20 minutes and then freezes my site. Looks like there's a big zip file in my file manager. Attempt to download the file using the EZPZ UI, but no luck -- the window that asks you which file you want to download is blank.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ezpz-one-click-backup/

  2. linkomatic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    A follow up to this....this thing broke my site temporarily. I'll spare the details, but both the front end and the dashboard got completely hung. Finally was able to login again, and went to deactivate and delete the plugin. More hangs, incl. one DB connection error. Finally got the thing deactivated and deleted, and the site is okay again. I won't be coming back to this again, at least until I see a TON of "it works" votes.

  3. perrymyk
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Same thing happened to me - totally killed my website - had to go in with Filezilla and delete this plugin and the website came alive again. But the website was dead for 24 hours before I realized what had happened.

    Use with extreme caution - too bad, it looks like a nice plugin but needs lots more testing....

  4. Kelly
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This is the first time a plugin locked up my virtual server at Godaddy. I had to get them on line and request they reboot the SQL server so that I could login and reboot the server itself. Scarey. I think that one problem here is creating too many connections, overloading the server.

  5. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have it EZPZ on 5 sites and use it whenever I change anything. Never had a problem with it - but never needed to restore from the backups either. Now you guys have me wondering if I should look at another backup solution. Any suggestions?

  6. Kelly
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I could not find a backup plugin that works. Also I needed a place to backup to. I have about 40 sites networked wordpress and I was FTPing to my 2TB wifi hard drive using SmartFTP. Still kind of a hassle, computer needs to be on, etc. I started looking at cloud entities and found MyRepono to work best for me. For 2 cents a gigabyte they are the most reasonable and they do all the work, and I get email notifications. Super easy to setup and they do have a WP plugin but you won't need it. They have a free trial, no credit card, gives you $5 of space. If you only have a few sites that would last you at least a month. I wasted a lot of time and bought a 2TB drive for nothing.

    Here is my referal link http://myRepono.com/aff/8ZUWN

  7. studio544
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I also have EZPZ installed on over 10 sites and always thought I was protected by this in case of needing to restore a backup but after having my manual backup freeze up on me again today and trying to access backups via the generated email links for 2 different sites and being told that "You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page." when clicking on the provided backup links, I think it's time to look at other backup options. What good is this if the backups it's supposedly creating are not accessible? I installed WP-DBManager
    plugin today and it seems to work fine but only backups the database, not the entire site. I'm going to look at the Xcloner plugin today also. What happened with EZPZ? It used to be a great plugin and the last few updates to it seem to have destroyed not only the functionality but also the confidence level of its users.

  8. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I used to use a plugin called "updraft" that seemed to work - and emailed the backups. Separate emails for database, themes, plugins etc. I stopped using it because EZPZ seemed smoother for manual backups and more professional.

    I should add that I've never had problems with ezpz - it creates the zip files and downloads them fine. I'm just concerned that other people are reporting problems - the worst time to find out your backups are duds is when you need them...

  9. studio544
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks flippertie. I actually deleted the latest version of ezpz and reinstalled an older version that I still had that always seemed to work fine. I ran a manual backup using the old version and it worked without a hitch so that may be the way to go for now. Are you running the latest version of the plugin? I always thought too that the backups were being created fine when I would see all of the scheduled email notifications but when I actually tried to open one of them this week is when I discovered that I couldn't even access the files from the link.

  10. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think I'm using the latest version. Found it by going to the plugin and clicking 'edit' - says Version: 12.02.08.

    I don't use the scheduler function - just run a manual backup before I make changes or update the site.

    For me - all appears OK. I run a manual backup, download it, and can open the zip fie which seems to have all the files required. So for the moment I'm going to continue using EzPZ and assume the problems mentioned in this thread are due to individual set-up differences.

    Have you looked in the options panel - there is an option to set file and folder permissions. Perhaps setting them to 777, and trying the link in the email might work. Remember to set them back again..

    If you decide to change the other plugin I considered was "backwpup" which gets good reviews.

  11. linkomatic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    What I'm wondering is: where is the AUTHOR of this plugin??? Is he not reading the comment threads? If not, why not? If so, why no response of any kind??? If for no other reason I wouldn't use this thing anymore due to lack of attention being paid. Either he doesn't have the time or the interest to respond to feedback. Too bad. The previous version was great -- and actually worked.

  12. studio544
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, you would think the author would be monitoring the posts since this does not seem to be an isolated incident. As I said, the older version still appears to work so I will be using that for now. I will check out the file permissions thing you mentioned and the "backwpup" plugin too. Thanks.

  13. linkomatic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    another option that looks pretty good: Online Backup for WordPress plugin. They recently came out with a new release. I'm kickin' the tires now and I like what I see.

  14. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    While I have an active thread about backups (:

    Do any of you know a plugin that will back up to box.net online storage? I have 50GB there waiting to be used....

  15. studio544
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the suggestion about Online Backup for WordPress. I will have to check it out. No, I don't know anything about box.net. Sorry. In regards to EZPZ, I guess we can't be too harsh with them since it is a free plug-in but it would be nice for them to eliminate the bugs or at least revert back to an older version on their site that was known to work without all of the new issues people seem to be having.

  16. CarefulCash
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have a post about WP Backups, and I was notified of this thread and that UncaJoe seems to have 'gone to ground'. That's unfortunate.

    EZPZ was certainly having problems ever since since it came out, and I never got it to work on my main blog. But I used it on a friend's blog just last week and it seemed to backup fine then.

    UncaJoe - heed the call!

  17. aerobrent
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    From what I can tell, the problem sites that I have that won't back up with EZPZ are the ones with HTTPS enabled on the admin interface (which is all my production sites).

    I did some testing: The same site with HTTPS disabled for administration will back up correctly, and show the backups in the window for download.

    The same site with HTTPS enabled for administration, the backup download window is blank.

    This seems to be a common issue with plug-ins, and EZPZ isn't the only plug in that breaks when you use HTTPS for the admin console.

    It's probably easy enough to fix.

  18. linkomatic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am a mere mortal and do not understand -- or ever have had to deal with -- enabling or disablying https for the admin interface. So, aerobrent, how exactly does one toggle this? And what is the effect (or tradeoffs) of doing so???

  19. aerobrent
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @linkomatic HTTPS can be enabled by editing the wp-config.php file for your site. There are two lines you could add, and the description of them and what they are and their function can be read about here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Over_SSL

    One just forces logins over HTTPS, and the other forces both logins and the Admin page to go over HTTPS.

    You need to make sure your web server (hosted or self hosted) is configured for HTTPS connections. Most offer this as a part of their service, but using an SSL certificate that's not specific to your web site. This will trigger browser warnings that the site you're connecting to uses a certificate that does not match the URL.

    However, if you as the admin are the only one loggin into your site, then this is a non-issue. You just accept the connection and life is good.

    The plus is that you won't have people sniffing your usernames and passwords to your site, or hijacking your sessions after you've logged in. This is becoming an ever more common way for sites to get compromised. I was at a conference a while back, and I cringed every time I saw a speaker log into a live/customer's site over the hotel provided wireless network, over plain, unencrypted HTTP.

    The down side is that many developers don't anticipate people securing their admin pages with HTTPS, and will often have plugins that break because the plug-ins try to connect to the control panel via hard coded HTTP. In this case, you either have to fix the plug-in, get the developer to do it, or abandon its use. EZPZ is one of these.

  20. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for that informative explanation Aerobrent.

    Next mission is to contact UncaJoe and persuade him to add the HTTPS facility.

  21. Kelly
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am really glad to have gone to myRepono (http://myrepono.com/aff/8ZUWN) for my backups. I spent almost 2 days looking for a backup plugin that worked and could not find one and tweaking this plugin would be a time sponge. If you can automatically backup and restore your site and DB for 2 cents a gig to a secure cloud then why spend time with a backup plugin? Anyone want to buy a 2TB WiFi HD?

  22. CarefulCash
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    UncaJoe hasn't replied to my direct email to him, so the next step is to get him to reply or comment at all! HTTPS coding might be a LONG way off.

    And ... if you end up hunting a paid option there are quite a few good ones including Repono, and a handful of ones to avoid too.

    http://www.carefulcash.com/the-3-best-backup-solutions-for-a-wordpress-blog/

  23. Stacy (non coder)
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm with @flippertie. You guys had me scared to test restoring the backup file but it looks like everything is there. Seems to be for the entire Mu although I tested only a sub blog. I was still using 0.8.2 by the way with wp 3.3.1.

    Found here : http://www.box.com/s/ca083f34523c66651837

    An alternative is also using filezilla and a desktop scheduler macro.

  24. flippertie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @stacy Was that upload to box.com done with ezpz backup? I didn't know it had that capability

  25. Stacy (non coder)
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No. EZpz doesn't save it to box.com . It was uploaded to an account on box.com. I think EZPZ has a dropbox capability though.

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