BackupBuddy 6.3 just dropped today with a new remote destination, Amazon S3 v2, plus a ton of new features and improvements to make it even easier to backup, move, clone or deploy your WordPress sites.
Introducing New, Improved Amazon S3 Support for Your WordPress Backups with Amazon S3 v2
BackupBuddy’s new Amazon S3 v2 remote destination is even better than the existing Amazon S3 destination, as it adds bursting in addition to the already existing chunking (this means even higher reliability against timeouts when sending big files to your Amazon S3 remote destination). It also supports new S3 regions, which can also improve speed and the time of the backup transfer.
If you’re currently using Amazon S3 as your remote storage destination for your BackupBuddy backups, we recommend making the switch to Amazon S3 v2 to take advantage of quicker transfers of your backups to S3 and less memory usage on your server.
Note: To use the new Amazon S3 v2 destination, you’ll need to be running PHP 5.3 or higher. If you’re not sure about your PHP version, you can find this info from the BackupBuddy > Server Tools > Server tab (under the Value column for PHP version). For more information, check out these step-by-step instructions on how to set up Amazon S3 in BackupBuddy.
New “Recent Activity” Settings Page
From the BackupBuddy > Settings menu, check out the new Recent Activity tab. This new page gives you an overview of recent backups that have been made on the site plus more information including the action, title & message, date/time and additional data like serial, type, profile type, schedule, etc.
New in Deployment: Choose Which Plugins to Transfer + Performance Improvements
BackupBuddy’s Deployment feature also has a bunch of improvements such as being able to choose which plugins to transfer in deployment. Prior to v6.3, it just transferred all of the plugins. In addition, Deployment works better now with sites with large amounts of files to transfer. For more information on setting up BackupBuddy’s Deployment, check out How to Set Up a WordPress Staging Site with BackupBuddy Deployment.
There are also many improvements made across several areas of BackupBuddy, many from customer requests since v6.0.
Here’s a recap of everything that’s new in BackupBuddy 6.3:
- New Amazon S3 v2 remote destination
- Supports BURSTING in addition to chunking. Handles variations in server speeds better; uses less memory. Handles server timeouts better: remote sends that time out are now also attempted to be resent once by default to help if the failure was only due to temporary server or network issues.
- Supports new s3 regions previously unsupported due to new authentication method.
- Requires PHP v5.3 or newer to be available.
- Better than previous s3 destination which will become legacy on release from beta.
- Supports WordPress proxy settings.
- Amazon S3 v1
- Improved S3 chunking reliability.
- Rackspace Cloud Files
- Added new option to “Use internal service net” to modify the storage URL to prefix with “snet-” so that external data charges may not apply if site is also hosted within Rackspace.
- Added improved authentication error handling. Now provides more details on why it authentication may have failed.
- Multiple small bug fixes & UI improvements.
- Significantly increased troubleshooting capabilities with enhanced error emails, better logging, and PHP error detection and logging.
- Added new “View Details” option when viewing recently sent files to see more details about the transfer.
- New option under “View recently sent files” to force a retry attempt now for any transfer not marked as a ‘success’.
- Remote Sends will by default attempt to resend a timed out file transfer ONCE if it fails.
- Stash, S3, and S32 destinations now display a progress bar under View Recently Sent Files section of Remote Destinations page when a multipart send is currently in progress.
- More information now provided within Backup Details including time of last update to the status log.
- Better handling of multiple backups running at the same time.
Active plugins listing during backup now lists total count as well.
- Multiple browser performance enhancements.
- You may now selectively choose which plugins to transfer in deployment rather than just all or none.
- Performance improvements for users with large numbers of files.
- Multiple small bug fixes & UI improvements.
- Added indicator displaying the numerical count of tables selected for deployment.
- Added new Quarterly interval.
- Added new Twice Yearly interval.
- Scheduled backup timeout email now notes backup zip filename that reported failure to help match error emails to the backup that failed to send.
- New “Force cancel of all backups & transfers” button to Settings page’s Other tab.
- Added new “Delete ALL temporary files & logs regardless of age” button to Settings: Other tab.
- New option (enabled by default) to attempt to re-send transfers officially detected as ‘timed out’ once per file. An attempt is either the entire file send or a single chunk resend.
- ImportBuddy now migrates custom wp-config.php defines of WP_CONTENT_DIR and WP_CONTENT_URL.
- Options table is no longer required for restoring a database.
- ImportBuddy cookie expiration increased from 1 hour to 24 hours.
- New ‘Recent Activity’ tab on Settings page to help track some recent BackupBuddy activity.
- Better handling of smaller screen sizes for improved usability, especially on mobile or other small devices.
- By default BackupBuddy no longer attempts to increase maximum PHP execution time by overriding it as this typically is blocked by hosts and prevents detecting available execution time. New Advanced Settings option “Attempt to override PHP max execution time” which when enabled results in functionality as before this update.
- BackupBuddy now fully supports renaming and moving the wp-config directory.