WordPress Backup to Dropbox 1.3

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Introducing better logging

Yep thats right, I have overhauled the logging of your backup to get a better insight into what is going on with the vast amount of server configurations, WordPress versions and PHP security settings that exist in the world wide web.

The first thing you will notice is the backup history, within the settings menu, no longer shows verbose information on the backup. Instead, it will now just display the date and time a backup completed. This is because the backup monitor has changed to a backup log and contains a much richer interface and a lot more information on what is happening during the backup.

Here is the new backup log

As you can see the new log now contains an approximation of how complete it is as well as a ist of files that have been uploaded in the log snapshot. The list of uploaded files will only show if one of more have been uploaded to Dropbox. So, bearing that in mind, if you run a backup immediately after your first you should only see your SQL dump files uploaded to Dropbox. Any errors or warnings that are encountered will now show up in this log.

Pro Tip: You can hover over the file name to see when it was last modified on the server.

Executing instant backups

Instant backups can be executed from this screen as per usual. Like scheduled backups, these also use the WordPress quasi cron system which means it could take some time for the backup to kick off. The new backup log will poll every 15 seconds and update the interface.

Please note: You don’t need to stay on this page to execute an instant backup! Just hit ‘Start Backup’, close your laptop and go for a coffee. Your backup will kick off when the next visitor hits your site.

Backup log persistency

You will be able to view the log for the last backup only. Once a new backup starts it will be cleared to make room for the new information.

Accuracy of the percent complete figure

To begin with… not so accurate because its set to 1,500 that is just over the file count of a vanilla WordPress installation. Once you complete your first backup it will be set to the file count of your WordPress installation thus making it become more accurate over time. However, its still only an estimation and should not be taken as gospel.

Whats next

Next thing I will tackle is replacing the PHP Dropbox API with an updated one that takes advantage of Dropbox’s new chunked upload feature. This will greatly reduce the memory footprint required to upload large files to Dropbox. Once I have the new API implemented I am planning to build a restore tool that will allow your to bring your blog back up with the click of a button! Exciting times as I endeavour to get the plugin working for more and more people.

Does the vanilla version of WordPress Backup to Dropbox work flawlessly for you?
Do you want to be able to store multiple zipped versions of your blog?
Or maybe you want to be able to receive an email when your backup completes? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions you should consider purchasing a Premium Extension.
They are super easy to install right from the Premium Extension menu right under the backup log I have just introduced.
Payment is made using PayPal that makes it 100% secure and all extensions come with a 60 day 100% money back guarantee! So you have no reason not to give them a go!

 


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