Support » Plugin: UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin » 1.12.31 Broken: Gives Internal Server Error

  • Resolved Schuyl, Inc.


    Activating UpdraftPlus 1.12.31 on 4.7.1 results in an Internal Server Error.

    Apache: HTTP ERROR 500
    IIS: Fatal error: Can’t use function return value in write context in C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wp-content\plugins\updraftplus\admin.php on line 3855

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    Plugin Author David Anderson



    Many apologies. Please update to the just-released 1.12.32, which fixes this problem, which affects the WP admin area on sites running certain end-of-lifed PHP versions.

    Various ways to do this, if you cannot access your admin area (choose whatever you find easiest).

    1) Download this file and save on your computer: Then, using FTP or the file manager in your web hosting control panel, replace the file wp-content/plugins/updraftplus/admin.php with this file:


    2) Using FTP or the file manager in your web hosting control panel, remove the directory wp-content/plugins/updraftplus. You will then be able to log into your admin area. Your front-end site will be down until you do so.


    3) Use any remote-control panel product that you have connected your site to (e.g. UpdraftCentral, JetPack Manage, ManageWP, etc.) to update UpdraftPlus.


    4) Edit the file wp-content/plugins/updraftplus/admin.php in any tool of your choice, and remove lines 3855-3857, which are:

    if (isset($settings['updraft_include_more_path']) || UpdraftPlus_Options::get_updraft_option('updraft_include_more_path')) {
    			$more_files_path_updated = true;


    5) Using your web hosting control panel, update your site to use PHP 5.5 or later.

    Once again, many apologies for this issue, which slipped through our testing undetected.


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