UpraftPlus is a free WordPress plugin (there’s also a Premium version) for taking and restoring backups. It’s by far the most popular backup plugin around with over 3 million active installations.
To get started with Updraft Plus is basically a two step process.
– Select how often you want your files and database to be backed up.
– Select Where you want them to be backed up to.
You can make a manual backup, but the strength of UpdraftPlus is in the scheduling, so you’ll want to take advantage of that.
Step 1. To set up your backups using UpdraftPlus, go to Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups from your WordPress menu. This will open the UpdraftPlus settings page.
Step 2. Select the Settings tab along the top.
Step 3. 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 more suitable. The backup is in two parts – the files, and the database. These should both be backed up at the same time.
Step 4. You can also adjust how many of these backups should be stored at one time. Any new backups will then override the older ones, so as not to use too much storage space.
Step 5. Next, 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 integrates with a nubmer of remote storage options, so pick the one that suits you best.
Step 6. Once you have selected a backup location, specific instructions for that service will be displayed. Follow the prompts to finalise your location. You can also select what files are backed up and what files to exclude during backup.
Step 7. You will have to authenticate with the service so that UpdraftPlus can backup to that location.
Step 8. That’s the setup done! Once your service is connected, UpdraftPlus will return you to the Backup/Restore tab, where you can see your scheduled first backup. If you wish, you can also just click on Backup Now to take your first backup.
The backup begins and you can see the progress of the backup. Depending on the size of the site, this will take a few minutes to complete.
You are notified when the backup is completed, and your backup is now listed in the Existing Backups, ready for you to restore if neccesary.
To restore a backup, it’s a simple step of choosing the backup you want to restore, and clicking of the blue Restore button. A dialog appears with restore options, and the restore process begins.
In the event that you can’t get back into WordPress to initiate the Restore porcess, never fear. You can use your saved backups to recreate your site. Please see this detailed article for how to do that.