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Akeeba Backup for WordPress

Akeeba Backup for WordPress

version 2.0.0 Stable

Released on: Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:36

Release Notes

What's new

Working towards PHP 7.1 compatibility. PHP 7.1 has deprecated the mcrypt encryption library which is used for settings encryption and JPS encrypted backup archives. This version of Akeeba Backup can use either the mcrypt or the OpenSSL extensions of PHP for encryption. One of them must be installed for encryption to work. On the plus side, the OpenSSL extension is much faster, leading to faster backups.

Missing files from the backup on very few servers. This usually occurs when running a backup through CLI / CRON (through the akeeba-backup.php file). In these cases the size of the CLI backup will appear much smaller than the size of a backup taken from the backend of your site. This issue is highly server-specific and affected only very few servers. We made some optimizations to the backup engine which circumvent this issue.

Better detection of third party issues that break Akeeba Backup. This includes CloudFlare's disastrous “Rocket Loader” feature which breaks all JavaScript in your sites; also table corruption due to the database server's fault. Now you will be warned about these issues and given instructions to fix them.

Improvements to Microsoft Azure support. Now using the API version 2015-04-05 which is the latest at the time of this writing. Furthermore, you can store files larged than 64Mb.

Local time zone support in Manage Backups page. You can select whether to see GMT time (like previous versions) or local time for the backup start time in the Manage Backups page. This setting does not affect backup file naming where GMT time is always used (otherwise the naming of your backups would confusingly differ based on who and how is backing up your site).

PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server / Azure SQL Server support in the Core version. The 0.1% of you who don't use MySQL can now use Akeeba Backup Core to backup and restore your site on PostgreSQL or MS SQL Server. Please note that you can not restore to a different database server technology. That is to say that you can not take a backup of a MySQL site and restore it to a PostgreSQL server or vice versa.

Fixed issues with the displayed backup size. When you had enabled the “Process each part immediately” option but not the “Delete archive after processing” option (or when you had chosen the post- processing engine is “No post-processing”) the recorded backup archive size was larger (typically double) the actual backup size. So if you suddenly see the backup size dropping in half after installing this version of Akeeba Backup don't freak out and don't ask for support; just check the actual size of your backups and you'll see they didn't change between the previous version and this one.

Updating Akeeba Backup for WordPress to version 2.0.x

Due to changes in the packaging format and / or issues in the updater, you cannot update automatically from Akeeba Backup for WordPress versions 1.0 through 1.8.2 (inclusive) to version 1.9.0 and beyond. You will have to do that manually.

Heads up! You must NOT uninstall or deactivate the plugin before the update. Doing so may result in loss of your backup settings and / or your backup archives. Instead, here's what to do:

  • Download the ZIP file for Akeeba Backup for WordPress 2.0 and extract it locally. You will see an extracted folder named akeebabackupwp.
  • Upload the files from the extracted akeebabackupwp folder into your site's wp-content/plugins/akeebabackupwp folder, overwriting your existing files, using FTP or SFTP. Please note that the name of the folder on your site may be different than akeebabackupwp, e.g. akeebabackupwpcore, akeebabackupwp (1) or something similar. It depends on how you installed the plugin.
  • Log in to WordPress' wp-admin and access Akeeba Backup for WordPress to automatically complete the update process. There is no message when the process completes. You just see the main page of Akeeba Backup for WordPress (this means the update succeeded).

You will only need to do this once, upgrading to version 1.9 or later for the first time.

PHP 5.3.3 or later or PHP 7 is required

Akeeba Solo and Akeeba Backup for WordPress 1.9 are compatible with PHP 5.3.04 and later versions, including 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and the newest version of PHP, 7.0. We'd like to remind you that most third party software which can be backed up by our software do not support PHP 7 yet. As a result we can't guarantee a trouble-free restoration or tha the restored site will work on PHP 7 as this depends entirely on the software powering your site.

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [LOW] Archive integrity check refused to run when you are using the "No post-processing" option but the "Process each part immediately" option was previously selected in a different post-processing engine
  • [LOW] Reverse Engineering database dump engine must be available in Core version, required for backing up PostgreSQL and MS SQL Server
  • [LOW] Total archive size would be doubled when you are using the "Process each part immediately" option but not the "Delete archive after processing" option (or when the post-processing engine is "No post-processing")
  • [LOW] Warnings from the database dump engine were not propagated to the interface
  • [LOW] Wordpress restoration: Better handling of edge cases in wp-config file
  • [MEDIUM] Cannot download archives from S3 to browser when using the Amazon S3 v4 API

New features

  • ALICE raw output now is always in English
  • Added option to force Site Transfer even if some sanity checks are failing
  • Added warning if CloudFlare Rocket Loader is enabled on the site
  • Added warning if database updates are stuck due to table corruption
  • Sort the log files from newest to oldest in the View Log page (based on the backup ID)
  • Support the newer Microsoft Azure API version 2015-04-05
  • Support uploading files larger than 64Mb to Microsoft Azure
  • View Log after successful backup now takes you to this backup's log file, not the generic View Log page
  • You can now choose whether to display GMT or local time in the Manage Backups page

Miscellaneous changes

  • Improve detection of preferred MySQL driver in the Configuration Wizard

Removed features

  • Removing obsolete Mautic integration

Critical bugs and important changes

  • Missing files from the backup on some servers, especially in CLI mode
  • mcrypt is deprecated in PHP 7.1. Replacing it with OpenSSL.

Release Files

Akeeba Backup CORE for WordPress

akeebabackupwp-2.0.0-core.zip

PHP 5.3 PHP 5.4 PHP 5.5 PHP 5.6 PHP 7.0 WordPress 3.8+

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