Once you have installed WordPress on your brand new site, there are some initial things you need to take care of. Among them, setting a regular backup schedule is a very important one.Most people don’t take this step seriously. They think they don’t have that much content and it’s not necessary to perform any backups in the beginning. While that might be true, they never end up creating any backups even after having more than a few posts.
They only realize the importance of keeping regular backups after some unexpected events occur. Situations like server crashes, hacking’s, and other unforeseen catastrophes can easily wipe-out all of your website’s data. And these events are more common than you might think.
The easiest way to get regular backups of your WordPress site is to start using a backup plugin. There are several popular backup plugins for WordPress.
Among them, the UpdraftPlus WordPress backup plugin is noteworthy.
With more than 800,000 active installs, this is definitely one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins out there. In today’s post, I am going to show you how to use UpdraftPlus to create regular backups of your WordPress site.
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What You Will Learn
How To Create A Backup
First of all, download, install and activate the plugin.
Once you do that, you will find the plugin settings at Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups.
As you can see, this page presents the relevant options in an excellent way.
Click the “Backup Now” button to start creating a backup of your website now.
This will open a pop-up window:
The first checkbox allows you to include the database into your backup file. Then, you can choose to include other files like themes, plugins, uploaded files, etc.
After making the necessary changes, click the “Backup Now” button at the bottom. The plugin will show the update process in the “Backups in progress” field.
Depending on your content, it may take a while to complete the backup.
How To Restore From Backups
Once the backup is completed, you will find the backup details in the “Existing Backups” section. UpdraftPlus keeps backups in different folders according to the content type.
That means you can download the database, themes, plugins, uploads, or other files just by clicking on the appropriate button. If you want to save only specific portions of your backup, this feature will be useful for you.
On the right side, you will find some actions – Restore, Delete, and View Log.
Clicking “Restore” opens the following window:
You can choose which backup components you want to restore. Check all boxes if you want to perform a complete restore.
Click the “Restore” button below to start the restoration process.
You can also delete any backup by clicking the “Delete” button.
The Settings Options
You will find the plugin’s settings options at the “Settings” tab:
The first option allows you to choose the backup frequency of your files. The available options include:
- Every 4, 8, or 12 hours
It is also possible to choose the number of backups you want to store. The next option allows you to choose the same things for the database backup.
Then, there is an option to choose a remote storage service for storing your backup files. You can choose any of the available storage services to store the files. The plugin supports all the common services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Rackspace, FTP, email, etc.
Click on the remote storage service you want to use. You will find the necessary instructions for connecting UpdraftPlus with that service underneath.
It is also possible to store the backups on multiple cloud services by purchasing an add-on. The Multiple Storage Destinations add-on allows you to save the backups on as many cloud services as you want.
The next section allows you to define which files you want to include in the backups. If you want to exclude specific files from the backup, there are separate fields for that purpose.
If you want to receive an email notification each time a backup is created and saved, check the ‘Email’ field. This will send notification emails to the admin email address of the website.
There are some additional options available in the “Advanced Tools” section. These options are not necessary for the basic functionalities of the plugin. But if you are an advanced user, you can check them out.
First of all, you will find some technical things about the plugin. You will find the server information, plugin directory, wp-content directory, wp prefix, memory usage data, PHP, MySQL details, etc.
You will also find:
-UpdraftCentral (Remote Control)
UpdraftCentral is an interesting feature of the plugin. It allows you to control the backup options of multiple WordPress websites from one central location.
You can initiate backups, download, delete, and restore any backup file remotely. You will find more information about setting up and using UpdraftCentral at the official FAQ.
As you can guess, this section allows you to export and/or import UpdraftPlus settings to and from other websites.
The export option could be useful for keeping a backup of your preferred options. And the import feature could be handy for replicating another website’s backup settings into your website.
This is the reset section for UpdraftPlus. Click the “Wipe Settings” button to remove all the personalization and restore the default options of the plugin.
There is also a premium version of UpdraftPlus.
It allows you to store your backups on various other cloud services including Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, OneDrive, Copy.com, WebDAV, etc. It also allows you to store the backups on multiple remote locations. As an added bonus, you will get 1GB free space of UpdraftPlus vault.
If you want to copy a website data into another website, UpdraftPlus Premium has the perfect solution for you. Other notable benefits include:
- Detailed reporting
- Automatic backups before updating
- Restoring backups from other plugins
- Multisite support
- Personal support
Learn more about UpdraftPlus Premium here.
Everyone agrees that keeping regular backups is very important. But only a few take backups on a consistent basis. You shouldn’t be one of them.
As you can see, the backup process is fully automatic. You just have to set it up once and the backups will be created and stored automatically. That is not very hard, right?
So, do you create regular backups of your website? If not, why don’t you get started with the steps I have discussed above? Let me know if you need any further help in backing up your WordPress site in the comments below.