Have you ever worked really hard on something on your computer…..and lost it because you didn’t have a backup of it saved?
The last thing a site owner wants to experience is lost data. Hopefully, losing your data has never happened to you. If it has, I know the agony you go through because have been there.
A WordPress backup will help put your mind at ease if you ever run into this problem.
Creating regular backups is one of the best ways to protect your website. This way, if anything goes wrong with your website in the future, you have recent backups available to restore your website.
What is a WordPress Backup?
A backup is a copy of the database and files that make up your entire website. OR you can simply say a backup is a copy of your site that you can reinstall (restore) should something go wrong, it’s a failsafe, precautionary measure that saves you a lot of undue stress.
Typically, this backup copy is stored somewhere for safe keeping that is easily accessible.
Why Do I Need to Backup my WordPress Site?
Many starters in WordPress think that once WordPress is installed, their site is secure and nothing can happen to it.
Having a backup of both your database and website files means you will always have a copy of the site to revert back should in case something goes wrong.
If you’re looking for a way to back up a WordPress site for free, then Updraftplus is definitely one of the most popular and well-rated options. Not only does it let you manually take a backup, but it can also automatically backup your website to the cloud on a schedule of your choice.
In this post, you’ll learn that backing up your WordPress site is extremely easy. I’ll take you to step by step through the Updraftplus setup procedure and explore the different features and settings available.
I assure you at the end of this post, you’ll know exactly how to backup a WordPress site for free with Updraftplus.
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- Login to WordPress
Login to your WordPress dashboard. If you don’t know how to do that, I have a detailed post with several ways to log in to your WordPress site.
- Display Installed Plugins
From the admin menu on the left, click on the plugins menu option.
- Add New Plugin
Once you click on the plugins menu option, you’ll see a list of all the plugins currently on your WordPress site. Click the Add New button at the top of the screen to add a new plugin.
- Search for the Updraftplus Plugin
Once you’ve clicked the Add New button, you’ll then be shown a list of the available plugins on your WordPress repository.
At the top right-hand corner is a search box. In the search box type in “Updraftplus”
- Installing Updraftplus
Click on the Install Now button to the right of the plugin name. This will download the Updraftplus WordPress backup plugin to your site.
- Activate the Updraftplus Plugin
Once the Updraftplus WordPress backup plugin has downloaded, the Install Now button will turn to Activate button. Click the Activate button to turn the plugin on for your site.
- Select Settings
After the plugin is activated, you’ll be taken bavk to the plugin page with Updraftplus backup plugin now displayed in your list of installed plugins.
A backup wizard may come up here, if so, you can follow the wizard directions or close out and go by the guidelines below:
Under the plugin title are several links; Click the Settings link.
- Setting up Updraftplus to Backup a WordPress site for Free
To setup Updraftplus, select setting >> Updraftplus backups from your WordPress menu.
This will open the Updraftplus Backup page, where you can customize the Updraftplus settings to suit your backup needs.
- Backup Manually
In the main dashboard, Updraftplus lets you manually back up your WordPress website at any time. To do so, simply click on the Backup Now button.
- Configure Scheduled Backups
Once you’ve clicked the Backup Now button in the previous step, a pop up will appear asking a few questions.
To save yourself the stress of remembering to manually backup, Updraftplus lets you create your own automatic backup scheduled backups, select the settings tab on the Updraftplus backup/Restore page.
Here you can choose how often to backup your database and files.
- Every 4, 8 or 12 hours
- Weekly, fortnightly or monthly
Your selection will depend on how often you update your site. For e.g. if you are adding content on a daily basis, then backing up daily will probably be enough for your site. You can also choose how many previous backups to save.
When you are done with your backup schedule settings, remember to click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
- Setup Your Remote Storage Location
Updraftplus integrates with numerous remote storage solutions, so you have a varied choice in backup locations. Select the settings tab again and scroll down the page to choose your Remote Storage.
Next, click on an icon to select the remote storage location that you would like to use. The integration settings for the solution you have chosen will then appear further down the page.
Each storage solution has a different integration process so simply follow the instructions provided. For the sake of this article, I have chosen to back up to Google Drive. To do so, select Save Changes at the bottom of the page. You will now see this popup.
Click on the link in this popup, you will be asked to log into your Google Account. Then click Allow to enable Updraftplus to view and manage the files in your Google drive.
The last step is to select the Complete Setup button to connect the two solutions. All backups will now be stored directly in your Google Drive.
- Restore Backups
There may be times when you need to restore a backup. This is an extremely easy process that takes just a few miuntes.
So to get started, select the Existing Backups tab. Here you can view previous backups.
To restore a backup, click Restore. You can also manually upload files by clicking the Upload backup files link.
Next, you’ll be asked to select which components you would like to restore.
This consists of:
If you want to restore your entire site, you will need to select all five options. That, which I recommend.
Once your file has been retrieved from your remote location, you will need to follow the instructions in the popup.
When completed, a message will display telling you the restore have been successful.
Congratulations!! You just completed a successful WordPress backup on your site and scheduled future backups!
Way to go! Now you can get busy working having not to worry about your website data.
Going Premium with Updraftplus
Updraftplus has a premium version depending on the size of your plan. You’ll be investing between $70 and $195 for a year of service.
Here’s what you’ll get with the premium version:
- Timed Backups – set exact times to backup, rather than just a general schedule.
- Network/ Multisite – Backup WordPress multisite networks
- Cloning and Migration – Updraftplus migratory can clone your WordPress website and migrate it to a new domain with minimum hassle.
- Additional Remote Locations – choose to backup to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Cloud Storage and many more.
- Pre-update Backups – have your website automatically backed up before any updates to WordPress, your themes or any plugins.
- Support at no cost – via forum and email for a year.
Also, Updraftplus is compatible with all versions of WordPress, including the current version.
Need help setting up and updating the back end of your WordPress site? Contact me here; I’d love to talk to you.
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