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How to Backup & Restore Your WordPress Site with UpdraftPlus

WordPress sites need to have backups in order to be secure. You need an easy way to restore backups if you have automated backups. In this article, we will show you how to easily backup and restore your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus.

Why You Need a Backup & Restore Solution for WordPress?

Research has shown that data loss and downtime costs $1.7 trillion annually to the global economy.

Every website on the internet is vulnerable to security threats and data loss. These are the most common ways that you can lose your data as a website owner.

  • Hackers can hack your website and destroy your data.
  • Your hosting provider can lose your data
  • Your host has the right to terminate your account without notice and to delete all data.

You could lose your website and all of the data you have created over the years in many other situations.

Regular backups of your WordPress site are the best way to guard yourself against these threats.

WordPress doesn’t have a built-in backup system. However, there are several great WordPress backup plugins that allow you to automatically backup and restore your WordPress site.

UpdraftPlus plugin is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins. You can set up automatic backups. You can also use it to restore your WordPress site in the event of an unfortunate event.

Let’s now take a look at UpdraftPlus, which can be used to backup and restore WordPress sites.

Creating WordPress Backup with UpdraftPlus

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the UpdraftPlus plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, you will need to visit Settings >> UpdraftPlus Backups Page to configure plugin settings.

Settings page UpdraftPlus

Click on the Settings tab.

Here you can set up an automated backup schedule and remote storage location for your backups.

UpdraftPlus settings

You must first choose a backup plan for your files. Files can include WordPress themes, plugins, and images, as well as other uploads.

Next, you will need to choose a backup schedule that will protect your WordPress database. WordPress is a database-driven software. The database stores all your posts, pages, comments, and website settings.

The frequency with which you add new content should determine the backup schedule.

You can choose a weekly backup and a weekly backup of your database if you have two blog posts per week.

Next, choose where you want to store your backup files.

Backups should not be saved in the same place as your website. If you lose your website, you’ll also lose access to your backup files.

You should choose remote cloud storage services to store your backups.

UpdraftPlus lets you save your backups on several cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Your backups can be sent to an email address.

Click on the remote service you wish to choose, and then follow the setup instructions.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use Dropbox with UpdraftPlus as your remote backup service.

Click on Dropbox to choose it, then scroll to the bottom and click the Save Changes button.

UpdraftPlus can save your settings. You will still need to grant UpdraftPlus access to your Dropbox account.

Scroll down to Remote Storage Setup Instructions and click the link next to the “Authenticate with Dropbox” option.

Setting up Dropbox as your remote storage service for backups

This link will take to you to Dropbox’s website, where you will need to sign in using your Dropbox email address and password.

After logging in, you will be asked to confirm that UpdraftPlus has access to your Dropbox account.

Allow UpdraftPlus to access Dropbox

UpdraftPlus can only access its folder within the ‘Apps >> UpdraftPlus’ folder. To continue, click on the ‘Allow” button

To complete setup, you will be redirected back to the UpdraftPlus website.

Complete setup

Now you’ll be taken back to WordPress and will see the UpdraftPlus settings pages again. Scroll to the bottom and click the Save Changes button.

Now you can set up a backup plan and a remote location to store your backups.

Creating Manual WordPress Backups with UpdraftPlus

Now you’ll be taken back to WordPress and will see the UpdraftPlus settings pages again. Scroll to the bottom and click the Save Changes button.

Now you can set up a backup plan and a remote location to store your backups.

Creating a manual backup with UpdraftPlus

This will bring up a pop-up with options to select files/database backup and whether you want to send the backup to remote storage.

Manual backup

To continue, click on the “Backup Now” button.

UpdraftPlus will now begin creating backups of your files. The settings page will show the progress.

Backup Progress

It may take some time depending on how large your website is.

UpdraftPlus will automatically start uploading backup files to remote locations.

Restoring Your WordPress Backup with UpdraftPlus

Although creating backups is simple, the most useful aspect of backups is the ability to restore them with equal ease.

UpdraftPlus makes it simple to restore WordPress sites from backups.

If your WordPress site was hacked or you want to start fresh, then first you will need to delete everything and install WordPress again.

Next, you will need to install and activate the UpdraftPlus plugin again on your fresh new WordPress site.

After activation, you will need to visit settings >> UpdraftPlus BackupsClick on the Restore button at the bottom of this page.

This will take you to the backups pages. UpdraftPlus will run a scan of your server to determine if there is an existing backup.

It won’t be able to find backup files because it has deleted everything on your website.

You can manually upload backup files to your computer if you have saved them.

Upload backup files manually

UpdraftPlus can be connected to remote locations (Dropbox or Google Drive). UpdraftPlus can scan remote locations and access your backups.

Click on the Settings tab, then select the remote location where you previously stored your backups.

Reconnect remote storage location

Follow these instructions to authenticate the website using the remote storage service.

To restore your settings, don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

You can now switch to the ‘Existing backups’ tab by clicking on the Rescan remote location’ link.

Remote backups

UpdraftPlus will now search for backups at remote storage locations and display them below.

Click on the restore button to access a backup.

UpdraftPlus will ask you what you want to restore. Select all options, then click the ‘Restore’ button.

Restore options

UpdraftPlus will now retrieve your backup files from a remote location and begin restoring your site using the backup.

Our UpdraftPlus Review

UpdraftPlus, a powerful WordPress backup plugin is an excellent choice for DIY users who wish to have the freedom to select their backup schedules and remote storage locations.

UpdraftPlus Premium is a popular option because it’s free. You can upgrade to UpdraftPlus premium to get premium add-ons like Website Migrator and UpdraftVault. Priority support is also available. Premium options cost $70 per annum.

UpdraftPlus, like many WordPress backup plugins, does not allow you to perform real-time backups.

If you want real-time backups, unlimited storage, and don’t want to pay a third-party storage service like Dropbox, then we recommend using VaultPress instead. This is what WPBeginner uses.

VaultPress’s cost is very high. VaultPress’s real-time backup service for one site is $165 per annum. This is more than double UpdraftPlus premium, which gives you access to two sites. It is also not comparable with the free version.

Final Thoughts

Backups can be used to restore your website in case of an emergency. They cannot protect your website from common security threats such as hacking, malware injection, and the like.

WPBeginner uses Sucuri to protect its site.

It is important to ensure that your WordPress site remains secure. This is it. We hope you found this article helpful in backing up and restoring WordPress sites using UpdraftPlus.

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