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WordPress’ Buddy: What’s New With BackupBuddy 5.0

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The WordPress community is buzzing about a newly released update on one of its handy plugins, BackupBuddy. For those new to BackupBuddy, it’s a WordPress plugin that gives developers a quicker and easier way to move their WordPress sites to other hosts or domains. It’s also a useful plugin because when a WordPress website goes down it makes restoration less problematic.

A favorite plugin for developers as it is convenient to use. BackupBuddy 5.0 have developers waiting on the edge of their seats.

The update was released on August 21, 2014, and here are some of the new features that have been the talk of the WordPress community:

  • New backups page. BackupBuddy 5.0’s backups page takes a more active approach regarding the progression of your backups. In the previous version, all you can see is the Status Log tab, which gave somewhat vague status updates on a backup. The new update has an additional Overview tab that provides more details on the backup process and even provides help when needed during an ongoing backup.
  • New remote destinations page. These remote destinations are where you save and manage all your backups. The old page looked simple enough with a Remote Destinations tab, which displayed existing destinations and an option to add a new destination. Its second tab, Recently Transferred Files, as the name suggests displayed newly stored files on certain destinations. It seems easy to view, but the new UI for this page is said to be a lot easier. Your two tabs are now just a My Stash and +Add New tab. Also, both the remote destination files and management options are displayed on the same page, allowing for a more convenient time managing your remote files.
  • New ImportBuddy. ImportBuddy is an additional plugin that comes with BackupBuddy, which is used to restore or import files to a new domain or host. The UI looks a lot less crowded, taking the import process one at a time for easier files restoration. Step 1, for example, now only presents two options (Restore Backup and Advanced Options). This is simpler to follow compared to the previous version that had three tabs (Server, Upload, Stash) with different options. It also has a new feature that allows you to choose whether to restore files, the database, or both during an import process.

So far developers have been giving positive reviews for BackupBuddy 5.0. In fact, here are some of what they’ve been saying about the update:

“Awesome update. The new UI for adding remote destinations is nice, easy database rollback is great too!” – Kian Ann, www.champcode.com

“This plugin is a must. Can’t begin to tell you how many times it’s saved my bacon. With BackupBuddy in place, it gives me the confidence to try just about anything on my sites, whilst all the time knowing I can roll my site back if anything goes wrong and have it up and running in a few minutes. Love the improvements!” – Gordon, www.fluffytech.co.uk

“This is wonderful. Man, I love it. The database rollback works beautifully! And the UI is gorgeous, and the selective file recovery is lovely. You guys have really been working, and keeping ahead of the curve.” – Chris Burbridge, chrisburbridge.com

What’s your say on the latest BackupBuddy update? Do you like it? Or do you think it still needs a little something? If you haven’t tried it out yet, it might be high time that you do! Since from what I’m hearing, BackupBuddy 5.0 has been making a lot of developers happy, and that may include you too!

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