Somewhat quietly, BackupBuddy got updated to version 4.0 yesterday. I’ve been using it on both my own sites and my clients’ sites for about a year now and am quite impressed with how useful it is. I’ve been meaning to write a review about it, so keep an eye out for that. But in the meantime, here’s what’s new in 4.0:
New Quick Start screen
Setting up BackupBuddy can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know your way around, and iThemes have done a good job of creating a new Quick Start screen that puts all of the most important settings right in front of you so that you can get your site backed up in just a few minutes and then tweak the rest of the settings later.
I’m quite excited about this feature. Previously, you could restore an entire backup, or download the whole thing, extract it and take a peek at the contents. In version 4.0 however, you can click on “View & restore files” on any given backup and explore the contents, and selectively restore individual files. So if you know you screwed up wp-config.php, you can restore just that file from your latest backup. This is a big enhancement in my opinion.
The settings page has seen a design refresh, taking on a tabbed approach to help organise the mass of settings a little better for you.
The Restore/Migrate page has had a UI refresh, you can get notified if there hasn’t been a backup in a set number of days, you can set manual backups to be sent to remote destinations before even starting the backup and you can customise the “from” email address for system emails from BackupBuddy. These are just a few of the other features that aren’t show-stoppers, but nice tweaks in an ever-improving plugin.