Our mission for this plugin is simple: Every WordPress should backup.
Version 1 of AWB was released in Dec 09. It was a major breakthrough at the time. It was the only WordPress plugin that allowed for automatic backup of your entire WordPress site to an external source, in our case Amazon S3 servers. We’ve been downloaded a few thousand times and have gotten great feedback from the WordPress community. We consider it a fantastic start.
For the last few months, we’ve been working on the next version of the plugin. This new version is fantastic. It brings a few key features that will make the lives of WordPress users much easier.
1. Automatic Restore
The key function of AWB is to help you have peace of mind that your WordPress website is safe and have confidence that when disaster does strike you’ll be able to get back to normal within minutes, not hours, days or weeks.
The plugin was pretty good at doing the backup part of the job but restoring a website still required you to have some technical expertise. We didn’t like that. If our site blows up. We don’t want to think through how to restore. We want to just do it. That’s why we’ve added Simple Restore.
Simple Restore allows you to go from a fresh WordPress install to your backup version in minutes. Here’s a video that shows you how it works:
As you see ion the video, it takes a few clicks and you’re done. We’re really happy with how it turned out and hope you’ll enjoy it as well.
2. Better Database Connectivity
With v1 of AWB, we had a number of people tell us that the plugin wasn’t working for them and the primary source of the problems was the database connectivity. That is no longer the case. We’ve completely revamped the code for connecting with the database, borrowing code from the WP DB Manager plugin, which was partially borrowed from the phpMyAdmin system. We haven’t had any issues with beta testers around database connectivity so we think we’ve got this one handled.
3. Plugin Requirements Panel
WordPress is such a popular content management system that it is used in all kinds of web servers. Due to the complexity of the problem we’re trying to solve and the various types of server systems on the web, we cannot make our plugin work on all servers.
To make it easier to debug what might be going wrong, we’ve added a Plugin Requirements panel. This panel lists out the requirements for getting AWB working and it will tell you which of the requirements are not being met. This will arm you with the information you need to work with your host to get AWB working on your server.
So there you have it. Simple Restore. Better Database Connectivity. A Plugin Requirements panel. That my friends is Automatic WordPress Backup v2.0. Tell us whist you think in the comments below and PLEASE either write a review of the plugin or turn on the credit line in the footer. As i mentioned earlier, our mission for this plugin is simple: Simple, automatic backup for all WordPress websites. We need your support to be able to continuously invest time and money into the development and support of this plugin. Thank you for your support and feedback.
The next task on our to-do list is File-by-File uploading that only uploads files that have been changed. Stay tuned.