Support » Plugin: UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin » Poor User Interface, Buggy, Didn’t Work

  • Hi all,

    Just a quick review based on my initial experience with this plugin. I will update the review if anything changes.

    The user interface is not very intuitive. Especially the progress bar. When clicking on “Download most recently modified log file” I expected to see the log of events, but instead, I see: log..txt …

    I’m not sure exactly what is happening right now, but I will leave the backup “running” until tomorrow. Our site is large, so it may take some time, but right now I’m skeptical and confused as to what is happening.

    ** Update **
    The backup simply stopped without giving an error message. When clicking the “View Log” link under the “Existing Backups” tab all that is shown is: log.73c668500cea.txt … — no other information is provided. I’m sure this plugin works for many, but it didn’ work for me.

    I also found the plugin developer to be very aggressive and confrontational. It’s not what we need or are interested in spending time with.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by  KvnKrft.
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  • Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    Hi,

    If you need assistance, please do use the support forum, where there are people willing to help.

    Edit responding to your update: I really didn’t mean you to read that offer of help as being aggressive or confrontational; I was genuinely seeking to try to understand your problem and how to improve the experience. I understand now that you didn’t want this.

    David

    Hi David, Thank you. This was just an initial review on my experience so far.

    I’m sure your support will attempt to help but we’ll have to wait and see if the backup fails or not. In any event, if it fails or works, the interface is confusing and feels incomplete.

    If it fails, and if I haven’t found another solution, I’ll contact your support. I’m all about avoiding support because usually working with support is very time-consuming. In most cases, support will request WP login credentials, which we don’t give out. I want a product to work as advertised.

    I will update this review once there is more to update (if I don’t forget).

    Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    Hi,

    What’s confusing about the user interface, and which bits “feel incomplete”? We’re used feedback of the opposite sort – it’s hard to improve something with no info to go on. We’re very happy to look at improvements – but need some more info to be able to weigh it up.

    David

    Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    In most cases, support will request WP login credentials

    This isn’t the case at all – you can verify this by looking at our support channel: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/updraftplus/

    Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    P.P.S. Concerning the log not appearing when you click on the link, the most likely cause of that is an extremely overloaded/slow server – that the request for the log is timed out on the server side before it can be delivered.

    Hi David. Maybe you missed this in my original post:

    The user interface is not very intuitive. Especially the progress bar. When clicking on “Download most recently modified log file” I expected to see the log of events, but instead, I see: log..txt …

    It’s confusing to see “log..txt …” when I’m expecting to either download a log file OR see the log of what is happening.

    I can also provide more feedback. For example, this is confusing:

    …next resumption: 9 (after 219s)

    What is a “resumption” What is the number (9)? and why are we waiting 219 seconds?

    I find the interface confusing. You may not. Others may not. I don’t find it intuitive.

    Sorry David, but our serverS are NOT overloaded and closely monitored. They are currently sitting at ~5% CPU and ~13% memory usage. None of our servers exceeds more than 14% CPU and 28% memory usage during peak times.

    Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    OK, thanks. As I say, the log file not downloading is almost certainly caused (i.e. from cases previously seen) by a server that times out and fails to process the request. We could probably add a message in that case.

    A “resumption” is a resumption of the effort to back up the site.

    Plugin Author David Anderson

    (@davidanderson)

    Sorry David, but our serverS are NOT overloaded and closely monitored

    Sorry, cross-post there. As I say, that’s the most likely, based on experience. To get something definitive, it’d need to be investigated via support. But, it sounds like you’ve made up your mind that you don’t like UD. Either way, I hope you find a backup solution that you like using, whether UD or something else. Have a good day!

    David

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