Support » Plugin: UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin » Not a good start for UpdraftPlus

  • Is it really too much to ask to have a backup and restore plugin that just backs up everything and restores everything.

    I would be happy to pay or donate for additional services like backing up to S3 or Dropbox, but this plugin immediately tried to rip you off for an upgrade.

    You go to the settings page and it excludes certain files and then says

    “The above directories are everything, except for WordPress core itself which you can download afresh from”

    NO NO NO

    I do not want to have to go to the wordpress core, I want to just backup and restore everything, the files, database, all of it.

    Of course underneath it says

    Or, get the “More Files” add-on from our shop.

    So this Plugin is NOT going to restore your site looking the same way as it did before (I suspect that there is another upgrade for that)

    So not impressed with this.

    Another one bites the dust

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  • Plugin Author David Anderson


    Hi JW555,

    If you restore a backup of your WordPress site, then the official WordPress advice is specifically to get a fresh copy of WordPress from, and *not* to restore WordPress core from a backup; see: Hence, the original Updraft plugin did not include the feature to back-up core. We added it as an add-on because people requested it. But, you shouldn’t do it.

    The free version does indeed backup and restore your site exactly the way that it is. I use it myself to do that all the time. There’s no interest in ripping anyone off, and it’s quite unnecessary to immediately impute the worst possible motives to us and give the lowest-available rating without first enquiring about it (e.g. raising a request in the support forum).

    Best wishes,

    I agree. A poor review without first asking for support is pretty much invalid.

    I can understand your point of view but there is no silver bullet for backup and restore – unless you want to pay top dollar! When you consider this is free and works (I’ve had to use it) it’s a bargain!

    I consider the exclusion of wordpress core files a bonus. I have tons of core code laying around.. and I usually go get a fresh copy of the core from the repository anyways.

    I remember on the joomla sites I used to use akabee (or whatever it was called.. and it was pretty slick.. but a ton more stuff to configure because it didn’t know how to exclude basic stuff). It’s backup files were way more bloated than they needed to be (unless I spent hours configuring it to the ‘T’).

    This is so much more the breeze to use. I think this is an unfair criticism. If you have a highly customized core, then I repectfully submit that your approach to wordpress development is questionable..

    All customization should be happening in the Themes and Plugin directories.. so.. that is what gets backed up.. along with the database and uploads. Perfect, IMHO.

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