The History of MainWP Backups
When we first started on the journey that has become MainWP, we didn’t even have a backups section in the plugin. It wasn’t until it was suggested by a few users in the Beta that we even thought of adding it.
As first time Plugin developers we jumped at the chance to add something “cool” to the plugin without fully vetting the idea and to this day that decision has eaten up more development and support time than I care to admit. We have spent so much of our resources on backup development and backup support that I feel it has become detrimental to improvements and innovations of MainWP in other areas.
As a wholly bootstrapped small company, we do not have the resources to continue chasing the backup dragon at the expense of other areas of the plugin. The fact is, Chris and I are no longer excited by backups and even though, I think, our Backups have become very good they are never going to be to the level of a plugin that is fully dedicated to backups and that is supported by people who truly love backups.
That is why it has come time for a slight pivot for MainWP and we are going to start turning over backups to the true experts, to the teams that do have the passion, excitement and who enjoy working on backup solutions.
I am very happy to announce that moving forward MainWP will offer a type of “choose your own Backup Solution”. This means we are going to start releasing Extensions that integrate existing WordPress backup plugins into your MainWP Dashboard.
The first in our all new Backup Integration series is the Free MainWP Updraftplus Extension.
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With the MainWP UpdraftPlus Extension you can control the UpdraftPlus Plugin settings for all your child sites directly from your MainWP Dashboard. This includes giving you the ability to create and restore your child site backups and even set Backup schedules directly from your MainWP Dashboard.
We plan to release another 3 Backup Extensions by the middle of next month. These Extension will focus on some of the most popular backup plugins.
Once those Extensions are released we are going to refocus the large portion of our resources that went towards MainWP Backup development to other areas that we want to explore within the system.
Update on 5-28-2015
We released our second Backup plugin integration with the Free BackUpWordPress Extension
Update on 10-26-2015
The third Backup Extension is released supporting BlogVault Incremental Backups
Update on 3-25-2016
Our Fourth Backup integration is with BackWPUp
Update on 8-30-2016
We would love to hear your thoughts, concerns and suggestions.