UpdraftPlus: WordPress Backup, Restore and Clone plugin

By on April 11th, 2021

If you have a website on the internet, You are vulnerable to hackers, insecure web-hosts, server crashes, and user errors. If your site goes down, you lose valuable time and money invested in the site, that’s why you need regular backups to keep your site safe and secure. So, just in case something bad happens, you can easily restore the backup and take your site live as soon as possible.

WordPress is the most loved content management system. It also has lots of different plugins for different purposes and for Free! If you are using WordPress, It’s great! You will find a lots of Free plugins that will provide you the backup and restore feature in your WordPress sites.

Updraftplus is the world’s most trusted WordPress Backup and Restore plugin with over 3 million active installations. It allows you to set manual backup schedules with a regular interval of time. You can restore backups directly from your WordPress control panel or upload files to given cloud storage services. It will also help you to restore your site if any problem happens.

Let’s take a look at how to backup and restore your WordPress site in a matter of minutes. In this tutorial, we will show you How to configure UpDraftPlus to create backups and How to restore the existing backups. We will also learn How to store backups in many cloud storages like Google Drive and Dropbox. You can upload your backup to almost all the popular services.

Configure a WordPress Backup With UpDraftPlus

First of all, if you don’t have “UpDraftPlus” plugin in your WordPress site, you have to install it. Here is the quick installation steps to install UpDraftPlus.

  1. Log in to your WordPress using administrator username and password.
  2. Go to “Plugins -> Add New” option from the left sidebar.
  3. Click on the search box and type “UpDraftPlus”.
  4. Find the correct plugin from the search results. The real one has more than 3 million active installations.
  5. Click on the “Install” button to install it.
  6. Click on the “Activate” button to activate it.

That’s all. The plugin is ready to use. Now Let’s see how to actually configure it in the WordPress website. Once the plugin is installed, you will see a new option in top navigation bar just like the following image.

Hover on the option and click on the “Settings” option from the drop-down menu just like the following image.

Access Quick actions in UpDraftPlus

This is where you set up a backup schedule and store your backups on any given remote storage.

Configure schedule and cloud storage in UpDraftPlus

The two most important things in the “Settings” tab are the Files backup schedule and Database backup schedule. Both of these are set manually at the moment. Your backup schedule should be based on How often you update the site or add content to your site.

File backup contains themes, plugins, images, and other uploads while all your posts, pages, website settings and the actual data are stored in the database.

Next thing you need to choose is the remote storage to store your backup files. The reason behind choosing an off-site solution is if you lose your website or lose the access to the server, you will have off-site backups to work with.

UpdraftPlus provides many options to store backup files like Google Drive, Google Cloud, Dropbox, Email, and many more. You can send a backup to more than one destination also. In my opinion, the easiest one to set up is Dropbox. Let’s see how to use Dropbox as your remote backup storage service with UpdraftPlus.

Configure a Remote Location to store Backups

Step 1: First, You need to choose Dropbox as your remote storage and click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the “Settings” page.

Dropbox authentication with UpDraftPlus

It will display a notice with an authentication link as you can see in the above image.

Step 2: The Above-mentioned link redirects you to the Dropbox sign-in page. After signing in, you’ll be asked for permission, simply click on the “Allow” button to start saving your backups in the Dropbox folder.

Authenticate with Dropbox

Step 3: By clicking on the “Allow” button, you get a completion message on your screen with the final stage of the authentication. Just click on the “Complete Setup” button to finish the setup.

Complete Dropbox and UpDraftPlus integration

You‘ll be shown a success message in your WordPress dashboard. You have now set up a backup schedule to store your backups. After successfully authentication with DropBox, let’s take backup with UpdraftPlus.

Taking Backup with UpDraftPlus

Step 1: For taking a backup manually, you have to visit “Settings -> UpdraftPlus backups” and click on the blue-colored “Backup Now” button.

Create a backup manually using UpDraftPlus

Step 2: It will ask you to select an option for a file or/and database backup and whether you want to send it to a remote storage location. Click on the “Backup Now” button to create a zip file and upload it into the remote storage.

Select a type of backup in UpDraftPlus

Step 3: You can see your all files on the dropbox depending upon what options you choose in the above image.

Backups list in Dropbox

So, this is how you can manually create a backup of your WordPress site whenever you want. Now Let’s learn How to restore a specific backup.

Restoring a backup with UpDraftPlus

Creating a backup is a pretty easy process. Now let’s check how to restore a backup using UpdraftPlus.

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Next, you will need to install and activate UpdraftPlus again. For restoring a backup you have to be configured with a dropbox same as we did it before.

Step 1: Go to the “Backup/Restore” page and click on the “Rescan remote storage” link. It will show you backup files to restore from your remote storage.

Restore a backup from Remote Storage

Step 2: Click on the “Restore” button corresponding to the backup you want to restore.

UpdraftPlus will ask you what component you would like to restore. If you want your site complete as before then you need to select all options as described below.

Select restoration level in UpDraftPlus

UpdraftPlus fetch all files from dropbox by clicking on the “Next” button and start restoring your site.

Let’s take a look at features provided by UpdraftPlus that make a popular choice among users.

  • UpdraftPlus Migrator migrates your site to a different server within seconds.
  • Automatically backs up your site before any updates.
  • Backup non-wordpress files and databases.
  • Totally encrypt your sensitive databases like customer information or passwords.
  • Run optimization commands directly on the command line with output on the screen.
  • Sophisticated reporting and emailing capabilities.
  • Design to run environment that runs on WordPress.

So, that’s all about the UpDraftPlus plugin. It simply allows you to manage the simplest yet most effective Backup schedule and storage settings. With UpDraftPlus, you can also migrate your site from one server to another without any issues. It is a very useful and handy tool to have in your WordPress site.

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