Plugin Reviews

UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration

Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).

10 reviews
Average Rating
4.9 out of 5 stars
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It might be great but.....
By , for WP 3.9.8

I wanted something to back up using SCP and saw this plugin which superficially looks like it did what I wanted.

Installed, activated, and then went to set a job, only to find out that SCP costs.

Now, I don't mind paying - I have a number of paid for plugins. What I mind is not being TOLD I had to pay before I started. And by the time your realise, they have your data.

That's disgusting and WordPress should be penalising companies like this for false advertising. They should NOT be allowed to imply something is free when it is not (see the authors No Ads extension here for instance : https://updraftplus.com/shop/).

Uninstalled immediately and will not be touching it again. Make sure you check EXACTLY was is free, and what is paid for before installing.

Not Reliable -
By , for WP 4.2.2

it works and it doesnt.
I was able to restore one file but another not.
I checked the files it was backing up to dropbox and there is so much variability!
some backups are 5 files, another time 2.
So whats the go?

Appears good but are all these raters trying a restore?

Sorry, but not satistied
By , for WP 4.2.2

I was expecting much from this plugin, I installed it, it worked, but then I noticed it splits backups into "plugins", "themes" and "others" folders, I don't know if that's reliable enough, but I don't want to risk my production site. Right now I found out that Akeeba backup core is on WordPress, going to give it a try because I already use it on Joomla and it works flawless. Sorry guys, the idea of using add-ons to select other folders won't get in my mind. I just need something that can compact all files and folders along with database and allow me to save it to local disk.

cannot schedule time in the free version
By ,

moreover you can have just one backup istance

Both the plugin and the attitude need some work.
By ,

Sorry, it doesn't work for me. I was backing up to Google Drive and I requested UDP delete backups that were 20 days old or older. Unfortunately, it did not delete the old backups. So in order for me to use it, I had to go into Google Drive every week or so and delete my old backups. I decided to use something more automated.

Also, I don't like the way this Author tenaciously tries to get negative reviews removed. That may be why he has so many 5-star ratings. More importantly, it tells me this Author has no respect for his customers' opinions. Unfortunately, I believe the author's attitude is also part of the customer experience--and I don't like it.

Frustration at its finest
By , for WP 3.8.1

Disclaimer: Things happen to me that do not seem to happen to other people.

WP recommended that I back-up my blog and use Updraft so I did.

I followed the instructions to back-up my blog to Google Drive using Updraft. I followed the instructions as written. Then I got message after message of errors.

I googled the problems and found that this problem happened to some people -- of course I would be one. Murphy's Law in action. Solution? Set up the Google API client and so on. Once again I did exactly as instructed. I cut and posted the client info as instructed. What happened? Errors and it said the client did not exist. What?!?

Then I got an e-mail regarding the activity of my blog and how it affected the number of errors with Updraft. I still don't understand but supposedly a blog that is not active can result in more errors when backing up. WHAT?!?!

Next thing I know Updraft recommends that I use an automated Cron or something like that to automatically go to my blog to increase activity. Sigh! WHy do I need one more thing? WHy cannot this just do the job it was supposed to do and save the data?

If I make an effort to do all that and bang my head on a brick wall a few more times amidst the resulting errors, I am sure that it will then be suggested that I use something else to prevent whatever problem from happening. Seriously, how did this program get so highly rated in the first place? What happened to blogs being easy things to manage?

All of these frustrations are drivin' me crazy and making me NOT want to post on my blog which leads me to a Catch-22 supposedly. See what I mean?

Great plugin, loved it...until I could NOT restore
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I really like UpdraftPlus, except for one crucial thing: it did not warn me ever that I could restore all files EXCEPT my uploads folder.

Works, BUT...
By , for WP 3.5.2

UpdraftPlus worked for me, for a while. Now, everytime you update the plugin, it reverts back to the FREE version, which means you have to uninstall, re-install, re-authorize etc to get it working as a Pro Version, and also if you use the MIGRATOR addon, It becomes annoying after a while. NOW I also found if you bought an add-on, you need to PAY AGAIN after 12 month to "keep it updated" read; "To retain your access, and maintain access to updates (including future features and compatibility with future WordPress releases) and support, please renew." So, ok, it works, but it COSTS too... cheers, Groggo

Not nearly as good as it used to be :(
By , for WP 3.9.1

This plugin used to make backing up my sites so simple! Restoring was somewhat more complicated, but it still warranted five stars. However, the most recent update has made the plugin significantly less useful. The ability to separate backups into folders is gone from the free version, and it's much more difficult to sync it up with Google Drive now. The really sad part about this is that I would happily pay for this plugin to get the previous functionality back if it was a one-time fee. However, it's a yearly fee, and that just isn't acceptable given my busniess model. So I'm looking for a new tool that does what this one used to. Very dissappointing!

Hasn't Worked For Me
By , for WP 3.5

I've tried backing up to Dropbox, and email. Neither has worked. It initializes, but never finishes the backup. Can't seem to figure out why.

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