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5 New Features in BackupBuddy 3.1.4

Last week we pushed out BackupBuddy 3.1.4 which includes some great new feature updates. Most of these updates were features that were requested by users in our recent BackupBuddy survey, so thanks to everyone that contributed feedback — your suggestions were definitely put to use!

1. Import/Export BackupBuddy settings from one site to another

Now you can easily duplicate settings from one BackupBuddy site to another. BackupBuddy’s new Import/Export Settings feature was our most-requested feature on the survey. This feature is great for quickly setting up additional sites for client work if your BackupBuddy settings usually stay the same from site to site.

To access the Import/Export Settings, visit the Getting Started page within BackupBuddy. You can find the Import/Export Settings button in the Logging & Debugging section:

From here, you can copy the encoded plugin settings in the Export BackupBuddy Settings section to paste into the Import BackupBuddy Settings section on another site running BackupBuddy:

2. Restore/migrate sites using ImportBuddy + backups made to BackupBuddy Stash

With this new feature, you can quickly and easily restore or migrate a site backed up to BackupBuddy Stash during a manual migration or restoration — so no more manually uploading your backup file zips.

After uploading the ImportBuddy script to the destination site location and navigating to the ImportBuddy.php URL, just enter your login and select the backup file from BackupBuddy Stash. ImportBuddy handles downloading the file to the server for you.

To see how easy it is to use ImportBuddy and BackupBuddy Stash, check out this video of Cory performing a full site restore (in just a little over 5 minutes!):

3. View next run time information for individual backup schedules

Your BackupBuddy backup schedules now include information on the next scheduled run time. This information helps to identify that the schedule is set up properly and when to expect it to occur next.

You can view the next run information for your backup schedules on the Scheduling page in the Run Time column:

4. Enable/disable backup schedules

From the Scheduling page, individual backup schedules can now be turned on or off via a checkbox when editing a schedule. This is convenient if you want to temporarily disable but don’t want to delete it.

5. View your WordPress Alternate Cron and HTTP Loopbacks status from the Server Information page.

Two new status lines have been added to the Server Configuration section of the Server Information page: WordPress Alternate Cron and HTTP Loopbacks. Now you can view your WordPress Alternate Cron mode (either enabled or disabled) to verify proper configuration and see whether or not your server has HTTP Loopbacks enabled (which is helpful to know whether or not you need WordPress Alternate Cron enabled):

Have more BackupBuddy feature suggestions?

We’re always working to make BackupBuddy even better, so add your feature suggestions to our BackupBuddy survey.


  1. I love the update! Fantastic new features.

    One suggestion for further updates, though… It would be great if there was an indicator on the page you see whilst the backup is in progress that tells you the size of the previous update. This would be great for watching the progress of my site backing up, and it would also help me see, in a general way, how quickly my site is growing.



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