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GD Press Tools 4.2 Beta #2

It’s very close now. Another batch of bugs is fixed in this version, bringing 4.2 release one step closer. This version includes many cosmetic fixes, few real bugs and few more PHP warnings. Most important fix is the site level backup in the multisite/network environments.

Warning: This is a development version, and its for use only on test environments and I can’t recommend that you use this plugin version on your live websites.

When running Quick Backup in the multisite environment, when on Network admin, everything will work as expected. On site level, full backup will fallback to only site database tables and site owned files. Only network admin can backup everything, and when you create backup tasks that was so, only Quick Backup was a problem.

Other major issue was with installation where wp-content folder is renamed. This now works also. There is only one instance that is not working and will not be supported for now: wp-content moved outside of WP folder. This case causes too many issues for backup procedure. Third major issue was ZipArchive built in PHP class. In some cases this was causing problems with adding files. For now, this method is disabled, and plugin will use only PCLZip class.

Log for backup is improved, additional paths cleanup added for inclusion and exclusions, problem with writable folders is not more visible and plugin will not allow backups to run if the folder is not writable, clear and abort buttons for backup process are now working.

As it was reported, there are some issues with some other plugins that can inject own JavaScript that can break GD Press Tools. Not much to do about it, other than disable problematic plugins. I will publish the list of these plugins once it all gets confirmed. Other than that, plugin is working great, and very stable. I am running Beta #2 on all my sites (not on Dev4Press yet), and I have zero problems with it.

If you still have issue starting backups or creating tasks:  it’s highly recommended that you clean up all the tasks data from the database, and allow plugin to create all that again as it should be. So, go to the Plugin Tools panel, Reset tab, and check ‘Remove everything tasks related option, and click Reset button. Now, you should have Backup working as it should be.  Also, from Cron Scheduler tab remove (clear) these tasks: gdpt_backup_job (old backup job) and gdpt_task_backup (new one).

Still, we need more testing for the following features: backup jobs with emails notifications, custom files backups, multisite installations backup. Leave all bug reports or other information in the comments or in the forum (there is a Beta thread opened in GD Press Tools forum).

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About the author

Milan Petrovic
Milan Petrovic

CEO and Lead developer of Dev4Press Web Development company, working with WordPress since 2008, first as a freelancer, later founding own development company. Author of more than 250 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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