And when restoring via FTP all the backup files just tons of errors.. Don't waste your time with this plugin.
we were using the free version of this plugin and decided to pay to upgrade and get the premium version that is supposed to include ways to automate the backups. it took about a week to receive the download files but they did not come with any instructions on how to install.. and i have tried everything i can think of to add or update the plugin with the premium code and it's still not working. i emailed them for help and still haven't heard back. we paid for the software on 8/4 and now it's been 21 days and still nothing to show for our money. bummed.
update 9/9/15: i've emailed them twice for help getting the premium version to work and received no reply. i emailed asking for a refund and no reply. now i have to refute the charge on my credit card.
After activating this plugin and choosing to do a backup, the process appeared to proceed as expected, and created a subdirectory named /simple-backup/. Once completed, the website failed to render at all (white screen of death), and after I logged out, I could not log in again. I was able to undo the damage by (1) going in via FTP and renaming the plugins directory, (2) logging in via the normal WP login page (now working), (3) restoring the plugins directory to its original name AND renaming the simple-backup subdirectory, and finally (4) going into Dashboard > Plugins and deleting the Simple Backup plugin. If you follow this procedure, you will need to re-activate your other plugins as the default when they come up is "deactivated" (however, their settings seem to be as before).
I think there are much safer choices than this plugin to backup your site.
I uninstalled it because it does not know advances to Google Drive in free version
A client of mine uses this plugin and it is a great way to get a SQL dump and a zip of all the site files. I would like to add that this is a tool for webmasters. If you are a novice to MySQL, then this may not be for you. To restore to a new server you will have to do a few things:
Great job on the plugin!!!
Simple backup really is simple. I love the back up to FTP feature. The only downside is I haven't seen an ability to schedule back ups but maybe that's in the paid version. Works great!
i have the same experience as egoldnews1. switching to something else. (updraftplus?)
deleting this plugin, it had its little bugs, but now it has become totally worthless to me. i'm administrating a couple of little non-profit websites as a favor. the update broke all the advantages it had (no warning i that i've been aware of).
making people dependent of a service and then ask money for the same thing (but crappier), go peeeep yourself with your new business-model.
Yeah, im using this plugin here in my fosyga site and it works for me, the free version works for manually backup.
I've got this tool in two sites now and love it. It's simple and straight forward.
what I would like to see however is a recover option. I don't know if that is a thing that can be baked in. I'd hate to have to go through phpadmin or something brutal in the event of an emergency. : )
got a 500 internal server error everytime i tried to run the backup. finding something else.
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