Category: web stuff

Easy WordPress Backups

I’ve been testing out Updraftplus, a free WordPress backup plugin that lets the site admin backup everything – posts, pages, media, linked comments – as a compressed file to a cloud storage service.And you can restore a backup with a single click. You do, however, have to install Updraftplus on the new site and activate it.

Updraftplus available in Free and Premium versions that define which services are supported by version. Free Updraftplus backs up to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, Updraft Vault and email. While Premium adds Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV. There’s also a side-by-side feature comparison for the full picture.

So far I’ve tested it with 2 sites and its makes data migration easy at no cost (ideal for a freelance consultant grubbing for every coin). There are other site migration plugins but I’ve never used them. So far I or my developers have been doing it manually aka the hard way of setting up a clone with plugins and custom theme before migrating the database. Which is time-consuming, prone to errors when the developer is distracted and needs all embedded internal media links to be double checked.

WordPress site owners and developers do comment on how you transfer/clone sites, the processes and plugins used, and your experiences.

And here’s an extra: Matt Mullenweg talking at WordCamp Europe 2017 about WordPress in 2017

Firefox Quantum out now

There’s a whole new version of Mozilla Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux. Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad) versions are coming soon. The Windows version is 59. Mac is 57. No Linux so no idea 🙂 But I’ll share one thing: this version is super fast! It’s also not a resource hog like previous versions used to be. And what Google Chrome has, sadly, become. If you’ve been reading my posts I never was much of a Chrome fan as besides the bloat it also like to phone home to share all kinds of private user data with its developers as the default setting. Horrible right? Invasion of personal privacy etcetera etcetera.

If you want the statistics on what’s new and fixed in Firefox Quantum, this Tweet about Firefox Quantum core updates should do it.

Significant changes include a complete recode; the biggest since Firefox 1.0 launched in 2004 (really, has it been that long?). A new engine: Stylo. A new interface called Photon whihc is pretty much like Chrome though. For more on everything new in Firefox Quantum follow this link to the official Mozilla Blog.  My days of re-hashing content are over : Just too busy discovering new stuff.

What I didn’t like though was not being able to access the Mozilla Addons site for a whole day after the new version landed. No idea why but all I got was a blank screen! Mozilla is also strictly enforcing addon coding rules so my favorite multi-thread download managers no longer work. On the plus side is having a faster Internet connection means files arrive faster in a single stream. But faster is always better.

Google Allo / Duo – phone users as guinea pigs

Google Allo is a new messaging client for regular and encrypted (incognito) chats. And includes an ‘Assistant’ who learns your choices and actions to help you better and suggest options. Right now Allo is an English only Preview Edition you can download from the Play Store or App Store (iOS 8 onwards).

The Google Assistant appears on first run. Then helps setup the app and introduce you to the basic actions. 

You can also call the assistant from within Allo by typing ‘@google’  or using this as a prefix to your question. 

  1. The Google Assistant is supposed to learn so it can offer you better suggestions. Now personally I dislike voice actuated interfaces. There’s too much room for error due to accent, stress and ambient noise. For example in my straw test I asked  the Google Assistant “how to change Allo settings” it displayed a page about aloe vera. My next try opened a page about potatoes (aloo in Hindi). Third time I asked “change settings” to see app help.