What’s New In WPCloudDeploy 4.2.0

Version 4.2.0 of WPCloudDeploy is a smallish release. It includes four new features, a bunch of tweaks and the usual minor fixes you’d expect in any new release. The largest feature is a new command-line option backup that provides a ton of flexibility.

New: Advanced Backups

We created a new backup script using RCLONE as the file transfer mechanism. This new script adds a ton of frequently requested backup features. BUT, it can only be run on the command line. At some point in the future we’ll add a UI around it but for now, you’ll need some comfort level with SSH and the command line in order to use it.

New: Power Tab On Servers

You can now power-cycle servers directly on a SERVER screen – no need to go to your cloud providers’ panel.

New: Charts On The Statistics Tab

When you collect statistics on the server Statistics tab, the data is now shown in colorful charts by default:

You can switch back to a text view on each chart to view more detailed data.

New: Reset File Permissions Tool

Over time you might find that the file permissions become inconsistent in your WordPress folders for a particular site. This can happen most often when files are uploaded via sFTP by users with different permissions. You can now reset the permissions to their defaults with one click:

You will be able to access this option under a sites’ TOOLS tab.

Improved: Better Data On Digital Ocean Droplets

When deploying a new WordPress server, you will now see some additional pieces of information next to each droplet’s name:

  • Number of CPUs
  • RAM
  • Cost
  • Data Transfer Allowance

Before, you could infer this data from the name or look it up on the DigitalOcean website. Now it’s just easier to see at a glance right at that point where you need it.

Additionally, you will no longer see sizes that are unavailable.

Other Changes

  • We have increased the default php buffers for new sites.
  • Updated the list of WP versions to include the latest ones.
  • Updated BASH scripts using WP CLI to not load plugins when running most WP CLI commands.
  • Added code to inject the password for a new site directly into the DB since WP-CLI does not like certain characters in the password. The new way still does not accept all special characters but it’s better than before.
  • Added an option in the SETTINGS screen to remove the “local host” nag – sometimes that warning is just a false one (eg: server pilot will always report that the ip address of the site is a local host).
  • Added a warning when permalinks on the WPCD site is set to the default. We can’t use the default permalinks – it must be set to one of the other “pretty” permalink options.
  • Added a few reminders to the CHANGE DOMAIN screen

Fixes

  • When changing domains or cloning a site, we now revert the WP records to use ‘http’ if we’re unable to get an SSL certificate.
  • Prevent logging of sFTP credentials to the database log.
  • Fixed a conflict with WooCommerce – if WC was installed before WPCD, activating WPCD caused a WSOD.
  • We fixed an issue where we were not checking to see if a valid array or object was returned from a function call before using said object/array.

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