As a contractor of UpdraftPlus, I have decided to do my own review of the plugin. I’m a bit biased, as I worked on both the free and premium versions of Easy Updates Manager, but I thought an overview of the new features would benefit the reader. I will approach this post as an end user, and will not be paid for this overview/review. As a special thank you, if you make it to the end of this post, there is a coupon offer for Easy Updates Manager Premium.
A Brief History of Easy Updates Manager
Easy Updates Manager has a long history. It was originally conceived by Matthew Sparrow and I was graciously brought in to revamp the plugin to work with WordPress multisite and an overhaul of the code.
We saw success in download/install numbers and were acquired by Updraft in January of 2018. Since then, the plugin has been given a bit of a code overhaul, including a new testing suite, and more thorough code reviews.
I was brought on to help bring Easy Updates Manager to a premium state in June. The team behind Easy Updates Manager was gracious and patient with me, especially since I suffer from bipolar disorder. After months of coding/planning, Easy Updates Manager Premium was introduced a the end of October of 2018.
Overview of New Features
With Easy Updates Manager Premium, there are a plethora of new features to try out.
New General Screen
The General Screen still uses React, but it adds a new feature called Notification of Email Updates.
You can see from my settings that I have plugins set to individual updates, and theme updates set to individual.
This feature allows you to disable updates but allows you to receive periodic emails when WordPress updates are disabled.
New and Updated Plugins Screen
The plugins screen is now more intuitive and allows you to save your options inline using Ajax. It will also show you the installation status and recommend removal if the plugin isn’t active.
On Multisite, the plugin will show you which sites the plugin is installed on, so you can determine removal there as well.
It allows you to block plugin updates, as well as automatic updates and will show you a list of plugins that are blocked and plugins that have automatic updates enabled/disabled.
New and Updated Themes Screen
The themes screen is now much more intuitive and allows you to save your options inline. It will also show you the installation status of the theme and recommend removal.
There are still some tweaks needed on this screen to account for child themes. On multisite, it’ll show you which sites have the theme enabled.
Logs have been revamped for more stability. You also have the option to schedule log clearance and log options to external channels.