WP STAGING Changelog

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3.5.0 Release April 19, 2024

  • New: Tested on WordPress 6.5.2
  • New: Add option to download and restore backup directly from cloud storage providers Google Drive, Amazon S3, OneDrive, FTP, SFTP. #1968
  • New: First release of the standalone WP Staging Restore tool. Add the constant WPSTG_ACTIVATE_RESTORER to wp-config.php if you want to test it. #2435
  • Fix: Generated create table DDL is corrupted during backup creation if table DDL contains multiple constraints with CASCADE, SET NULL, SET DEFAULT, RESTRICT or NO ACTION referentials actions. #3303
  • Fix: Backup Type missing in scheduling options. Resulting in creation of entire multisite backup even for just subsite backup on multisite. #3312
  • Fix: Resolve browser warnings due to invalid HTML syntax. #2490
  • Security: Use more secure implementation to invalidate expired login links. #3270
  • Security: Prevent accessing the system info from unauthenticated users. #3290
  • Security: Check if uploaded backup file is a valid WP Staging backup file before uploading it to the server. #3318 #3273

3.4.3 Release April 08, 2024

  • New: Tested on WordPress 6.5.0
  • Fix: If endurance-page-cache mu-plugin is installed (on Bluehost and Hostgator) a staging site shows white page error then. #3216
  • Fix: Backup retention does not work for backups created on a staging site. #3138
  • Fix: Backup log entries could contain log entries from staging processing under certain circumstances. #3079
  • Fix: Moved tmp directory to wp-content/wp-staging/tmp to fix a cross-device link error on sites hosted on Azure. #3213
  • Fix: Make sure that there are no errors in console after uploading backup to remote storages. #3258
  • Fix: Handle complex table relation syntax on SQL dumper and restorer. #3259
  • Fix: Validate and handle null values before invoking strlen() to ensure compatibility and prevent runtime errors. #3127
  • Fix: Make network cloning more robust by supporting different combination of www prefix. #3230
  • Fix: On some server files were not properly extracted. Using a fallback function now. #3272
  • Fix: Fix condition to check custom destination path for staging site on basic version. #3282
  • Fix: Warning “Indirect modification of overloaded elements” of WP_Hook. #3155
  • UX: Make sure the loading placeholders are rendered properly over all pages. #3207
  • UX: Beautify “license invalid” messages. #3237
  • Enh: Don’t prefix html attribute ‘data’ by ‘wpstg’. #3048
  • Enh: Add pro clone features as inactive items to Actions button in wp staging free version. #3228
  • Enh: Show error message if custom selected destination path for staging site will be same as root of live sites folder. #3204
  • Enh: Show better backup logs and warnings if backup fails. #3263
  • Dev: Add support for retrying failed tests in codeceptione2e suites. This is done to counter test flakiness. #3118
  • Dev: Update outdated code of wpstg uncomment command. #3245
  • Dev: e2e_backup_test make command was not using basic plugin when running basic tests. #3225
  • Dev: Adding improved logging. #3252
  • Dev: Make sure the debug.log is kept clean from unwanted logs when running e2e tests. #3202
  • Dev: Refactor ‘ThirdParty’ namespace changing Framework/Support/ThirdParty to Framework/ThirdParty. #3224

3.4.2 Skipped

  • New: Tested on WordPress 6.5.0
  • Fix: If endurance-page-cache mu-plugin is installed (on Bluehost and Hostgator) a staging site shows white page error then. #3216
  • Fix: Backup retention does not work for backups created on a staging site. #3138
  • Fix: Backup log entries could contain log entries from staging processing under certain circumstances. #3079
  • Fix: Moved tmp directory to wp-content/wp-staging/tmp to fix a cross-device link error on sites hosted on Azure. #3213
  • Fix: Make sure that there are no errors in console after uploading backup to remote storages. #3258
  • Fix: Handle complex table relation syntax on SQL dumper and restorer. #3259
  • Fix: Validate and handle null values before invoking strlen() to ensure compatibility and prevent runtime errors. #3127
  • Fix: Make network cloning more robust by supporting different combination of www prefix. #3230
  • UX: Make sure the loading placeholders are rendered properly over all pages. #3207
  • UX: Beautify “license invalid” messages. #3237
  • Enh: Don’t prefix html attribute ‘data’ by ‘wpstg’. #3048
  • Enh: Add pro clone features as inactive items to Actions button in wp staging free version. #3228
  • Dev: Add support for retrying failed tests in codeceptione2e suites. This is done to counter test flakiness. #3118
  • Dev: Update outdated code of wpstg uncomment command. #3245
  • Dev: e2e_backup_test make command was not using basic plugin when running basic tests. #3225
  • Dev: Adding improved logging. #3252

3.4.1 Release March 08, 2024

  • Enh: Remove files that were false-positive detected as malicious. #3184
  • Fix: Remove two css files accidentially loaded on the frontpage. #3208
  • Fix: Remove standalone installer – Not ready yet. #3218
  • Fix: Make sure to not encode single and double quotes while downloading log files. #3168

3.4.0 Release March 06, 2024

  • New: Add option to create a new admin user account for your staging site during it’s creation. #3087
  • New: Add option to use non-blocking process for uploading to FTP storage when using FTP extension to upload. #3103
  • New: Add advanced excludes option at WP CLI backup-create command. #3114
  • New: Add ‘Delete Settings’ button within the storage provider interface to facilitate the removal of the cloud provider configuration. #3108
  • New: Add support for Search Replace of urls in content of network subsites. #2960
  • New: Add option on edit staging site page for testing database connection. #3106
  • New: If uploads folder is symlinked exclude it from disk space calculation before creating a staging site. #3092
  • Enh: Update look and feel of backup scheduling modal. #3090
  • Enh: Add page loader for each page of the user interface. #3142
  • Enh: Add new upgrade buttons to header and license page. #3135
  • Enh: Add more information like database name to system information. #3125
  • Enh: Avoid scanning of excluded directories during the push process. #3049
  • Fix: Fatal error on old WordPress 4.4.32 due to using of get_current_network_id(). #3174
  • Fix: Base prefix wrongly replaced for users and usermeta tables in views when creating backup of views in multisite subsite. #3128
  • Fix: Prevent error while directory listing protection due to open_basedir restriction. #3180
  • Fix: Update free version plugin meta description to “Required by WP Staging Pro”. #3171
  • Fix: Remove redundant admin notices for invalid license keys during activation. #3139
  • Security: Fix a potential security error and add better sanitizing for backup title. #3152
  • Fix: Make sure EDD license checks are triggered only once. #3179
  • Fix: Google drive authentication not working properly under all circumstances. #3156
  • Fix: Selected custom tables on a staging site that had a different prefix than the prefix in the wp-config.php could not be pushed anymore. #3170
  • Fix: Prefix for user capabilities was not replaced when creating a backup of network subsite. #3129
  • Fix: The “Prefix” field was empty for listed staging sites if they were created in an external database and the prefix was not specified. #3166
  • Fix: The optimizer setting was shown as disabled, even if it was still active. #3151
  • Fix: Add loading icon beside ‘Refresh License Status’ button and adjusted loading bars on licensing page. #3185
  • Fix: Super (network) admins were not able to login with when network subsite backup was restored on a single site. #3191
  • Fix: Reference Error wpstgPro is not defined during staging site creation on FREE version. #3136
  • Fix: Make sure that backup plugin notice doesn’t overlap Create Staging Site button in UI. #3148
  • Fix: List of active plugins in system info is misleading. #2996
  • Fix: Make sure that mail setting page looks good on all screen resolutions. #3094
  • Fix: Incorrect process modal title for preserving data task. #3130
  • Fix: DRY properties in BackupMetadata and remove error message “trying to hydrate dto errors BackupMetadata::setCurrentNetworkId()” #3199
  • Dev: Update DI52 library to latest version for small performance gain. #3146
  • Dev: Fix missing adminer host on wpstg command. #3120
  • Dev: Load Basic or Pro service provider once other dependencies are loaded. #3160
  • Dev: Populate dev hosts from env variables to add to hosts file. #3122
  • Dev: Add adminer to dev tools for database management. #3112
  • Dev: Fast test fails on GitHub due to the missing of ‘wpstgBackupHeader.txt’ file, checksum needed to be updated each time. #3110
  • Dev: Update Github actions to latest version that uses Node 20 to avoid deprecation message Github CI. #3200

3.3.3 Release February 05, 2024

  • New: Support for WordPress 6.4.3
  • New: Add filter wpstg.push_excluded_directories to exclude specific folders during push. #3050
  • New: Add ‘Do review link’ to backup success modal after staging site and backup creation. #3085
  • Enh: Reduce number of API calls to wp-staging.com for version number checking. #3091
  • Enh: Add option to use APPEND Mode for uploading backup using FTP from settings UI. #3044
  • Enh: Add loading icon during activation of the free version. #3041
  • Enh: Improve the message when backup has been created with older version of WP Staging. #3033
  • Enh: Make sure the checkbox icon appears at centre on all system. #2920
  • Enh: Make sure that font size and view layout is consistent in staging and reset modal. #3104
  • Fix: Can not update email address for sending error reports. #3109
  • Fix: Deprecation message about dynamic properties thrown by Google Drive Api Model class. Show exact error message when unable to get resume URI for Google Drive backup upload. #3076
  • Fix: Make sure to not check external DB credentials in free version while creating staging site. #3054
  • Fix: Editing the backup schedule sometime re-creates the schedule cron at a wrong time. #3101
  • Fix: Add filter to hide primary key changes message and include primary key details in the system information. #2972
  • Fix: Not all files are sometimes pushed under certain situation. #3082
  • Fix: Scheduled Backups unable to run when a manually created backup exists. #3089
  • Fix: The backup retention number of Google Drive backups isn’t honored. #3063
  • Fix: Handle issues when unable to fetch information for external database during cloning requirements. #3029
  • Fix: Show correct version of WP Staging in backup and staging log files. #3010
  • Fix: Type error when passing multiple parameters using hooks methods. #3064
  • Fix: Reduce height of the delete staging site modal. #3058
  • Tweak: Keep only wp-staging* plugins active during database renaming process on backup restore to avoid conflict. #3095
  • Tweak: Deprecate Filter ‘wpstg.ftpclient.forceUseFtpExtension’ as we already provide alternate option in FTP settings UI. #3053
  • Tweak: Improve success message after push about clearing site and theme cache, which may be required if the front page appears different than expected. #3003
  • Dev: Add initial level logic to support Backup Compression and Restore of Compressed Backups. #2555
  • Dev: Reduce number of manual e2e dispatch call by adding wp cli and cloud storages e2e in full PRO e2e suite and run them in parallel. #3073

3.3.2 Release January 18, 2024

  • Fix: Catch type errors on properties hydration for Backup Metadata and other backup related tasks. #3072

3.3.1 Skipped

3.3.0 Release January 14, 2024

  • New: Add backup and restore support for sites hosted on WordPress.com. #2433
  • New: Add input form for backup URL directly migrate a backup to another site. #2752
  • Enh: Allow to re-authenticate if current session expires during creating staging site, backup or push process. #2285
  • Enh: Show all network site host-names in system info. #2953
  • Enh: During PUSH, use temp directory outside of plugins and themes directories to avoid plugin duplication and conflicts in case of a failure. #1595
  • Enh: Refactor and DRY backup cache class. #2991
  • Enh: Show admin message if user has another backup plugin installed and tell how amazing the WP Staging feature is:-) #2966
  • Enh: Add dev filter activation. #2976
  • Enh: Don’t reload all staging sites after creating staging site for smooth user experience. #2940
  • Enh: Show better error message when cloning process stops due to memory exhaustion. #2935
  • Fix: Although all tables were renamed correctly during backup restore, the backup restore log sometimes show incorrect number of tables restored. #2974
  • Fix: Can’t serialize unserialized data that has an instance of a class in the object. Relevant for backup and backup restore. #2981
  • Fix: Make sure to execute backup performance javascript only when creating a backup. #3019
  • Fix: Installing the required free version when installing the pro version might disable all network active plugins on a multisite network. #2997
  • Fix: Improve cleaning up of cache files after pushing and backup. #3021
  • Fix: If only one file is selected for pushing, that file is not copied. #3011
  • Fix: Under rare circumstances a push could miss to copy the last file of a queue. #2901
  • Fix: On Bitnami Hosted WordPress Sites, Plugins and Themes are not replaced during PUSH due to symlinked wp-content folder. #2692
  • Fix: Undefined index of databaseSsl #2995
  • Fix: Notice “Free version required” may show up on network admin page while backup free version is not network activated. #2949
  • Fix: Don’t show “Customized uploads folder notice” when host is flywheel. #2970
  • Fix: Make sure javascript events are only registered when the corresponding element is loaded in the DOM. #3039
  • Dev: Fix reauthentication e2e when creating backup. #3006
  • Dev: Add a windows based docker setup to run all backup and staging e2e and unit tests on a real Windows environment. #2699
  • Dev: Update nodejs docker image for building and compiling assets.#3016

3.2.0 Release December 20, 2023

  • New: Support up to WordPress 6.4.2
  • New: Adding feature to create backup of individual network site in multisite installations. #2795
  • New: Add backup settings in backup logs. #2969
  • Fix: Automatic backup repair if the backup file index is corrupted. #2861
  • Fix: Saves remote storage backup in the database for use when calculating the number of backup to keep on remote storage. #2856
  • Fix: Prevent accessing the content of backup cache files created during cloning and pushing jobs. #2984

3.1.4 Release December 13, 2023

  • New: Add smart exclusion options for backup creation and allow exclusion of cache files, post revisions, spam comments, unused plugins and themes and deactivated plugins with a single click. #2758
  • New: Add ‘Refresh License Status’ button beside ‘Activate License’ and ‘Deactivate License’ button. #2809
  • New: Show modal in free version when there are performance issues after creating backup. #2721
  • New: Add option to upload already created backup to a cloud storage. This feature will be disabled by default. But can be enabled by defining WPSTG_ALLOW_REMOTE_UPLOAD constant to true. #2610
  • Enh: Formatting and cleaning up legacy backup related core/utils code. #2910
  • Enh: Improve the admin notice about the required free version during plugin installation to make it more visually striking. #2885
  • Enh: Add placeholders for pipe and colon characters in file and path names so that they can easily be extracted from backup file index. #2575
  • Enh: Disable the ‘start backup’ button when no storage is selected. #2921
  • Enh: Formatting and clean up for WPStaging PHPCS Sniff code. #2851
  • Fix: Page loading wrapper was overlapping elements on staging page. Add a loading bar below the header menu when switching between staging and backup main tabs. Adjust the delete modal! #2952 #2938
  • Fix: Exclude unused themes filter doesn’t work properly for entire multisite backup. #2927
  • Fix: Urls containing port i.e. example.com:8080 were not correctly replaced during using backup for site migration if destination site has different port. #2919
  • Fix: Due to presence of www prefix in constant DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE on the destination site during backup restore, both source and destination weren’t considered same site for updating subsites related URLs. #2954
  • Fix: Remove Type strictness from custom wp_mail function used in staging site when mail sending is blocked to avoid “Uncaught TypeError”. #2932
  • Fix: Unable to create directory with correct permissions in ABSPATH when ABSPATH has wrong or custom permission i.e. 0170 but ABSPATH is writeable during staging site creation. #2925
  • Fix: Upsell welcome page shows up when pro is installed and free activated. #2939
  • Tweak: Show a proper message on FREE version why the backup cannot be restored if backup has same site url with a different url scheme. #2841
  • Dev: Some e2e tests were still using old checksum file for comparing plugin dist package, which leads to plugin not being latest for those tests. #2916
  • Dev: Add PHPCS rule improvements for return type hint. #2899
  • Dev: Moved backup cloud storage related e2e tests to separate suite and DRY workflows generation for e2e tests. #2951
  • Dev: Don’t run storage related tests on basic e2e backup tests. #2930
  • Dev: Add digitalocean backup dev credentials into dev doc. #2963

3.1.3 Release November 17, 2023

  • Fix: There was a potential security vulnerability due to which a malicious user could eventually exploit and access the wp staging cache folder. This issue is now fixed. The security issue was found by Thanks to Dmitrii Ignatyev from cleantalk.org. #2908
  • Fix: Siteground related issue: file_put_contents() doesn’t free up resource automatically immediately, which caused error 500 during backup extraction on SiteGround hosting (due to limited resources). #2868
  • Fix: For domain based subsites during backup restore, home and site_url were not adjusted properly automatically. #2857

3.1.2 Release November 14, 2023

  • New: Compatible up to WordPress 6.4.1
  • New: Add latest cloning, pushing, backup and backup restore logs when the user downloads the log files or opens support ticket and share debug information. #2806
  • Fix: Warnings in WordPress 6.4 because WordPress removed property $wpdb->use_mysqli. This could lead to a backup error. #2881
  • Dev: Add missing twentytwentyone theme to multi_tests to make backup tests work. #2888
  • Dev: Add a Sniff rule to check for proper use of esc_html_e. #2875
  • Dev: Use cache and run unit tests in parallel to reduce time taken by fast backup tests. #2862
  • Dev: Fix DB version in DB seed file for multisites backup tests. #2891
  • Dev: Fix issue with WP CLI e2e backup test not running due to missing core plugin. #2896
  • Dev: Add make command to update DB backup seed files. #2893
  • Dev: Make sure that the .gitignore file remains intact and doesn’t get deleted when running ./wpstg changelog:update command. #2873
  • Dev: PHPCS rule for adding a newline after “for, foreach, if” block statements. #2831
  • Dev: Use constants for job type for cloning/pushing process instead of hard coding them. #2850

3.1.1 Release November 07, 2023

  • New: Make WP Staging compatible up to PHP 8.3 RC. #2543
  • New: Add option in settings UI to force use FTP extension over FTP curl method for remote uploading backup using FTP. #2731
  • New: Add constant WP_DEVELOPMENT_MODE with value all to new staging site. WP_DEVELOPMENT_MODE constant was added in WordPress 6.3. #2792
  • New: If the “wpstg_push_excluded_tables” filter is used to exclude tables from the push process, these tables are deactivated in the push table selection. #2776
  • Enh: Make sure pro upgrade button font color can not be overwritten by third party. #2846
  • Fix: Improve design of the “delete staging site” modal. #2843
  • Fix: Existing previously created backup files may be invalid under certain circumstances and can lead to a faulty website after restoration. This is a highly recommended update! Please create a new backup after installing this update to ensure that this potential error does not affect your backup file. #2861
  • Fix: Remove warnings in debug.log that say “WP STAGING: Another instance of WPSTAGING active…”. #2849
  • Dev: Use 7zip instead of zip to achieve better compression ratio to create smaller plugin zip packages. #2854
  • Dev: Make Flywheel e2e tests pass that were failing due to missing file in flywheel structure. #2871
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