How To Backup WordPress Using UpdraftPlus: Free Guide 2021

Last Updated on June 26, 2021 by Steve

If you are a Best WordPress Solutions customer then you have access to UpdraftPlus for free as part of your subscription, which is in my opinion the best WordPress backup plugin.

In this article I discuss the benefits of using a WordPress backup plugin, how to use it to backup your site, how to restore your site from backup if need be,  and how to get it set up properly. Please note that all of Best WordPress Solutions shared hosting accounts are automatically backed up for you. Customers who also purchase WordPress Maintenance Plans from us also have the benefit oh having their WordPress sites backed up automatically by us whether they have shared hosting package, VPS, dedicated server etc.

We back up all WordPress sites outside of WordPress and inside of WordPress giving you the most reliable backup and fast, easy restore if ever needed.

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Why do I need to backup WordPress?

No matter the size of your WordPress website, finding a way to keep it safe from issues such as updates gone wrong, hacking, user error and crashes should be of the utmost importance. If you’ve not set-up regular backups of your site yet, now’s the time to get it done, and it couldn’t be easier with the world’s most trusted WordPress backup plugin, UpdraftPlus.

UpdraftPlus Capabilities

UpdraftPlus allows you to backup your WordPress website and restore it with a single click. It also allows you to:

  • Backup all of your WordPress files, databases, plugins and themes
  • Set backup schedules every 4, 8 or 12 hours, daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly
  • Restore backups directly from your WordPress control panel
  • Store your backups remotely on Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and more

What does ‘backup’ mean?

Put simply, a ‘backup’ makes a copy of the files or data on your site in case the originals are lost or damaged.

A backup of your WordPress website makes a copy of your entire database. It will backup every post, comment and link you have on your site, as well as your plugins, themes and uploads.

Why you need to backup your WordPress site

Backing up your website regularly is an essential part of managing a WordPress website. Your site contains every post, comment and link you’ve ever created, if something were to go wrong, all of that could be lost in an instant.

Without performing vital backups, your site could be at risk from any of the following problems:

Updates gone wrong

WordPress websites are notorious for needing regular updates to plugin files, theme and WordPress itself.

When performing these updates, there’s a small chance your site could be negatively affected by the changes. You could lose vital functionality, your site’s look and feel could change, or the new update could simply be incompatible.

These updates need to be carried out to ensure the safety of your website and generally should be done on a testing site first. To protect your site from updates gone wrong, you should always carry out regular backups and automatic backups before each plugin update.

Your site is vulnerable to hacking

Due to the sheer number of people using WordPress as their content management system (it powers over 35% of all websites across the globe), the platform is the frequent target of hackers and spammers.

You may feel like your site is safe and will not be a target for hackers because as it doesn’t contain sensitive information, but hacks can happen for any of the following reasons:

  • To spread malware
  • Using your site to attack another site
  • Spamming the internet with inappropriate links
  • Just for fun

In order to work, hackers have to find flaws in a system and exploit them to get around security controls. So if you have a weak passwords, don’t update plugins regularly, have weak security on your site, your site could be at risk.

By backing up your site regularly, you can restore your site to its former pre-broken state before the hack took place.

Your hosting company may have server outages

Your site is in pretty good hand with Best WordPress Solutions. We cant speak for the reliability of other hosting providers. This section is important for those few customers of ours who use some of our tools but have hosting elsewhere.

No hosting company is perfect. In fact, you may have experienced your website ‘going down’ from time to time. This downtime (or server outage) can happen for a variety of reasons, including viruses and cyber hacking, traffic overload, hardware failure and more.

While you can’t control your hosting company’s server, you can protect your site if something happens. Many times, when server outages happen, your hosting company will be able to recover the lost files.

However, on some occasions, they will have to revert back to a version of your site that’s a few days old. This could mean you’d lose vital changes to your site such as sales records and new member registrations. The only way to recover these would be through your personal UpdraftPlus site backup.

How to backup your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus

The easiest and quickest way to backup your website is by using a WordPress backup plugin. UpdraftPlus is the world’s most trusted WordPress backup and restore plugin and is simple and easy to set-up.

How to install UpdraftPlus

Installing UpdraftPlus takes just a minute or two and is as simple as adding any other plugin. To install, follow these steps:

Step One:

In your WordPress dashboard go to Plugins > Add New

Add New Plugin Tab
Add New Plugin

 

Step Two:

Type UpdraftPlus into the search bar

Add New Plugin Type UpdraftPlus In Search Bar
Add New Plugin Type UpdraftPlus In Search Bar

 

Step Three:

Find the UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin and press Install Now and then Activate

Press Install Now and then Activate
Press Install Now Then Activate

How to use UpdraftPlus

Once installed, UpdraftPlus makes setting up your first WordPress backup easy. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Select Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups in your WordPress menu. This will open your UpdraftPlus settings page.
  1. Select the Settings tab at the top.

Here you can schedule how often UpdraftPlus creates a new backup. You can pick whichever schedule suits you and your site. For example, if you regularly update your site with new pages and posts, then a more frequent backup may be required.

You can also adjust how many of these backups should be stored at one time. Any new backups will then override the old ones.

UpdraftPlus Settings Tab
UpdraftPlus Settings Tab

3. Select where you would like your backups to be stored

Scroll down the page and you can choose where you’d like your files to be stored. UpdraftPlus can integrate with numerous remote storage options, so pick the one that suits you best.

UpdraftPlus Remote Storage Options
UpdraftPlus Remote Storage Options

4. Once selected, each storage option will have its own set of instructions. Simply follow these and press the blue Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

UpdraftPlus Storage Option Google Drive
UpdraftPlus Storage Option Google Drive

If you’d like to backup to more than one location or want to customize your backups further, you can do so by upgrading to UpdraftPremium. Or purchase the add-on, Multiple Storage Destinations. UpdraftPremium is available freely to all Best WordPress Solutions customers by the way!

Now that you’ve set up your storage location and how often you’d like to backup your site, UpdraftPlus will automatically carry out your first site backup without you having to do a thing.

UpdraftPlus Backing Up WordPress
UpdraftPlus Backing Up WordPress

 

How to restore your WordPress site from a backup

Now that your site is regularly backed up, you’re safe in the knowledge that you can recover and restore it if something goes wrong. So when the worst does happen, how do you restore your site with UpdraftPlus?

  1. Go to Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups in your WordPress menu. This again will open your UpdraftPlus settings page
  1. Scroll down the page until you reach the Existing Backups section
UpdraftPlus Backup Restore Tab
UpdraftPlus Backup Restore Tab

3. Find the backup you want to restore and press the blue Restore button

4. You’ll then be presented with a popup which will ask you which elements of your database you want to restore. Select the ones that apply and press Restore

UpdraftPlus Restore Backup Popup
UpdraftPlus Restore Backup Popup

 

When your restore is complete, a message will pop up telling you the restore has been successful.

To sum up

If you’re looking to keep your site safe from hacking, updates gone wrong and server crashes, then using a WordPress backup plugin is a must. As the world’s most trusted WordPress backup and restore plugin, UpdraftPlus allows you to do just this for free. All Best WordPress Solutions customers gets UpdraftPLus Premium with all addons free.

By investing in UpdraftPlus Premium, you also get the following added features:

  • The ability to clone your site so you can carry out updates in a testing environment
  • Schedule backups at specific times of the day to take advantage of when fewer people are on your site
  • Multiple storage destinations for extra safety
  • Detailed reports of your backups
  • Password protection for your UpdraftPlus backups to keep other administrators out
  • Automatic backups before updating WordPress core, themes and plugins

We thank all of our current customers. If you are not a current customer maybe we can convince you in subscribing to one of our WordPress hosting packages or WordPress maintenance plans.

Author

  • I have been in the information technology field since I left the United States Army over twenty years ago. Skills and experience include a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems with a Specialization in Databases and a Master's in Computer Information Systems Management.

    I fell in love with WordPress over 10 years ago and spend most of my time designing, building and administering WordPress based sites. I am fluent in multiple programming languages including Python, PHP, SQL, Java and C#.

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