Can you imagine having to redo the work of days, weeks, or months before due to some unexpected error, accidental deletion, or a failure in the security of your server or your WordPress site?
This has a straightforward solution because, in this article, I will tell you how to backup WordPress sites with the UpdraftPlus backup plugin and restore them.
Imagine you have been working on your blog for a long time and that due to a failure in the security of your WordPress site or an update of your theme or a plugin, you lose all the work done for days or even weeks.
What would you do?
The first thing would be to go to your hosting provider to restore or provide a WordPress backup.
Here is one related article:
But, what if the backups made by your hosting do not solve your problem or are so old that you still lose a lot of work?
For this, some WordPress plugins are responsible for automatically making backups and saving them on the server or sending them to email or the cloud.
Be careful, and this does not mean that you do not have to use a security plugin for your WordPress.
- What is a backup?
- Why is backup so important?
- How to Backup WordPress Site: The best plugin to backup WordPress for free
- How to schedule WordPress backups with UpdraftPlus
- Restore WordPress backups with UpdraftPlus
- Other plugins to backup
What is a backup?
A backup also called a backup copy, is a copy of all the files that make up a blog or a website to recover them in case of suffering any technical problem or even an unexpected attack (which, unfortunately, every day there is more).
As a general rule, when you purchase hosting, your hosting provider offers you free backup daily, weekly or monthly basis.
But some hosting companies do not even offer you this type of service; therefore, it is good that you consider it before purchasing hosting.
After this short explanatory introduction of what a backup is, I will show you step by step how to use and configure UpdraftPlus Backup.
Why is backup so important?
Haven’t I been clear enough yet?
Making WordPress backups is very important to avoid getting your ass up in the air when there is a problem.
Here are just a few examples so you can see how crucial it is to make backups of your WordPress:
- An error in updating the theme that prevents you from viewing your website.
- Wrong update of any plugin or the same WordPress that can spoil other vital functions.
- Loss of information, articles or images due to some malware.
- A hacker attacks your site and has erased the entire data from the website.
- You made a mistake and deleted a necessary file.
And now, yes, let’s go to see how to make a WordPress backup with the Updraftplus plugin.
How to Backup WordPress Site: The best plugin to backup WordPress for free
If you read the article where I talked about the essential plugins for WordPress, you will know an exclusive section for security where I have put three plugins to make backups in WordPress for free.
But if I have to keep one, I will keep this one.
Before, I used the BackWPup plugin, which is not bad because it allows you to automate backups and make backups with everything a WordPress backup should have: all the files and folders of your WordPress + the database.
In addition, these plugins allow you to make backups in the cloud, something very useful if you use dropbox or any other cloud storage system.
So if everyone does the same thing, why do I like this one more?
UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup is the only plugin that allows you to restore backups from the same plugin, which is a decisive advantage.
Like many free plugins, UpdraftPlus also has its paid version. But the free version is more than enough, and it is the one that I use.
The installation is like any other plugin: you search from Plugins> Add New, and put “UpdraftPlus – Backup / Restore”.
Once installed and activated, you will see how to back up the WordPress site and schedule them.
How to schedule WordPress backups with UpdraftPlus
You go to the plugins section of your WordPress and select the UpdraftPlus settings.
You can also access UpdraftPlus settings from the WordPress Settings menu and clicking on UpdraftPlus Backups.
You find five tabs:
- Actual state
- Existing backups
- Advanced Tools
- Premium / extensions
In the current state, you can Backup (make backups) manually by directly giving Backup Now.
It will be very convenient to use this option when you make a big update or modify some important files.
You never know what can happen, so you better not risk it. Have a backup of your WordPress before touching anything important.
But let’s go to the important thing, do it automatically.
Programming is very, very simple.
Go to Settings and select how often you want the time to make backups of the files and the database.
You also have to put the number of copies that are retained. If you put 3, you will save only the last three backup copies; the rest will be erased as new ones are added.
A perfect function to have the latest backups and not fill all the space with backups, right?
As you can see in the image, it is programmed to make backup copies of my WordPress every day, and they are kept 3.
You have to select the external storage of the backups. I recommend Dropbox or Google Drive for how simple it is and because having the data copies in the cloud can be a perfect idea to have them at hand from any device.
Once Google Drive is selected, you will only have to authorize said operation while configuring it.
As you are interested in having a complete backup, leave the rest of the boxes checked below.
You save changes, and voila. You will have already configured UpdrafPlus to make backups in WordPress automatically.
Restore WordPress backups with UpdraftPlus
When you make the backups, you will see that UpdraftPlus separates them according to their content in:
- «Db»: is the complete database of your website.
- «Others»: other important files of your WordPress.
- “Plugins”: an exact copy of every one of your plugins.
- « Themes »: all the themes you have in your WordPress. They are found inside the Themes folder inside the wp-content.
- “Uploads”: every one of the files that you have uploaded to your WordPress as images.
If someday you have a problem, you will only have to select the desired backup, choose to restore the entire backup or only a part (for example, only the content of plugins) and click Restore.
Everything is done from the same plugin, and you will not need to re-upload the backups from your Google Drive or anything like that.
As I already told you, it is easy, simple, and for the whole family.
Other plugins to backup
If you are familiar with WordPress, you will already know that there are thousands of plugins, and from now on, I tell you that those dedicated to making backups are a few.
That is why I have selected those that seem to be an excellent alternative to UpdraftPlus Backup, although I still recommend this plugin as the best.
Akeeba Backup CORE for WordPress
With Akeeba, you have to do your backups manually. The good thing about this is that you can select exactly which files you want to copy and which ones you don’t.
In the end, you can save your files in the cloud in providers like Dropbox, Amazon S3, or Box.com. You have up to 40 different providers at your disposal.
In this case, although it is a free plugin, you will need to pay a monthly fee to access its support service.
BackWPup Free – WordPress Backup Plugin
With more than 500,000 active installations, it is the second most downloaded plugin after UpdraftPlus Backup of those dedicated to making backups.
It is the one that I mentioned at the beginning of the article.
With BackWPup, it is very easy to configure your backups, and you can always store them in an external provider.
With this plugin, you can also schedule your backups at the times that interest you most and retrieve all your information with a single click.
BlogVault Real-time Backup
This plugin makes copies of both your files and your database automatically every day and stores them in Dropbox.
It has a reasonably easy to use control panel, and one of its advantages is that all backups are encrypted to guarantee the security of all your data.
It also puts technical support at your disposal, with which you can contact both by chat, email, and even phone.
WP Database Backup
WP Database Backup allows you to choose between doing your backups automatically or manually. If you decide to do it automatically, you can schedule the exact days and times you are most interested in having these backups.
For example, you can do them every night, so the plugin does not interrupt you while writing?
As you can see, there are many plugins with which to configure backups in WordPress.
As I always tell you when I talk about plugins, it is best if you are the one to test them and stay with the one that works best for you, although I have already decided long ago to use UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration.
All security is low, and I hope you never need to use those backups.
But for the tiny space they occupy and the use they can be, they are very much worth it.
I hope this article has helped you to sleep peacefully by having your WordPress a little more secure.
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