You really want to learn how to backup & restore WordPress site with UpdraftPlus? Well, you’re in the right place. We know that backup is extremely vital in every WordPress website now a day, because of its popularity. There are possibilities that you might lose your website data in a blink on an eye. Hacking is one of the main reasons why we need to backup your site. There are also times that you need restore your data from the back-up. Whatever may be the reason.
We consider that finding the best solution to backup a WordPress website can be a tough job because there are hundreds of WordPress backup plugins are in the WordPress plugin directory, yet some are not working fine, as you have expected.
With this comprehensive step-by-step guide, we’ll teach you the easiest method to backup and restore your WordPress site/blog with images to make it easier for you to understand.
Things you need to backup your site:
- Remote Storage – this is where your backup file will be saved (i.e. Dropbox account)
- Your Undivided Attention (for 5 minutes)
Before Getting Started
In this article, we were going to install a high rated WordPress backup plugin called UpdraftPlus WordPress Plugin. Also, this plugin has a capability to restore and migrating a WordPress site.
Ready? So let’s get started!
Step 1: Installing WordPress plugin
First, you need to login into your WordPress admin dashboard. Once logged in, bring your mouse into Plugins and click on the Add New.
Next, you will bring to a plugin page. So let’s go ahead and find the plugin by typing Updraft keyword in the search box.
After that, you will see a list of a plugin that meets your criteria, then look for the Updraftplus WordPress backup plugin by David Anderson and click on the Install button to install the plugin.
Once installed, button install will be replaced with an activate button, then click on the Activate button to use the plugin.
Once activated, you will bring to an installed plugin page, then you will see a success message appears on the top.
If you want a complete guide on how to install WordPress plugin, please head over to this link on how to install WordPress plugin.
Step 2: UpdraftPlus Configuration
Once completed, UpdraftPlus Backup option will now appear in the Setting. So let’s go ahead and move your mouse into Setting and click on the UpdraftPlus Backup like the screen below.
You will bring the UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore page like the screen below.
In the tab menus, click on the Settings tab.
You will see a lot of configuration, don’t bother yourself with that! You don’t need to configure all of them to backup your site. It’s easy, just follow along.
In the first and second option you will see:
Files backup schedule – backup option for WordPress updates and images and modification of your site/blog.
Database backup schedule – backup option for WordPress post, pages, and comments of your site/blog.
You will need to select and set an automatic backup schedule. We recommend weekly for File Backup Schedule and daily for Database Backup Schedule by clicking on the drop-down menu like we did in the screen below.
After that, you need to choose a remote storage to store your WordPress backup file. We recommend the Dropbox because it is the easiest and efficient way to backup WordPress file. So let’s go ahead and click on the Dropbox icon.
Note: You can choose whatever you want but for this tutorial, Dropbox is the efficient and the best way to back-up your WordPress site in no time. You can also choose the Google drive for an alternative.
Scroll down and find include in the files backup option. Make sure plugin, themes, and uploads are all checked. If you want a backup report directly into your email to see the updates, then check on the email option.
Important: You need to login to your Dropbox account for this to work. If you don’t have a Dropbox account, click here and signup.
Almost done! We are done with configuration setting, then click on the Save Changes button to save the changes.
Once saved, Remote Storage Authentication will pop up, click on the popup link that says “Follow this link to authorize access to your Dropbox account“.
Note: Without cloud storage/remote storage like Dropbox, you will not be able to back-up your site.
Step 3: Remote Storage Authentication
Authentication page will now display to allow UpdraftPlus to access your Dropbox folders. Importantly, this is where you saved your WordPress backup file. So let’s go ahead and click on the Allow button.
Lastly, to complete the setup for Dropbox, click on the Complete setup button.
After that, you will see a success message that says “you have authenticated your drop-down account” like the screen below.
Once Completed, the UpdraftPlus plugin will now start back up your site automatically. That’s it! but if you don’t want a scheduled back-up, you can also do it manually. Just follow along.
Backup WordPress Site Manually
Go to the current menu status tab, then click on the Backup Now button.
After that, UpdraftPlus will now pop up with optional checkboxes to choose to backup your file. Leave that as checked a click on Backup Now button.
Restore WordPress Site Manually
You can also restore your site by clicking on the Restore button.
Click on the blue Restore button to a selected restore point under action section.
Congratulation! you have now successfully backup and restore your site automatically without typing any single code. Awesome, right?
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We hope that this tutorial helps you to backup and restore your WordPress website. If you have questions about UpdraftPlus WordPress plugin or anything contact us on our contact form, you can also comment down below and we will answer it just for you.