How to Backup & Restore WordPress website for free using Updraftplus.

It is imperative to take backup of a WordPress website from time to time to tackle any mishappening with the website. This article discusses creating a manual and automatic backup of a WordPress website and restoring that using the Updraftplus plugin.

The Updraft plugin allows you to take a scheduled backup of your website and save that backup to your cloud service provider.

Updraftplus is a powerful free WordPress website Backup and Restore tool with over 14 million downloads.

Set up of Updraftplus plugin

Installation: To take a scheduled and manual backup of the WordPress website, install the Updraftplus plugin. If you don’t know how to do that, read how to install a WordPress plugin.

After installation and activation, access the Updraftplus plugin by scrolling to Settings> Updraftplus Backup. Next, you’ll be on the Updraftplus plugin’s homepage, where you can access all the features.

  1. Access the UpdraftPlus plugin in Settings and
  2. Click on UpdraftPlus Backups

In the UpdraftPlus plugins Backup/Restore settings, you can check all the options available to take backup and restore the WordPress website.

  1. Backup Section: In this section, you can take a manual backup of your WordPress website. To create a backup file, click on the Backup Now button, and the backup process will begin.
  2. Existing Backup/Restore Section: This section contains all the backup files of your WordPress website.

Set up Automatic WordPress Backup using UpdraftPlus

Automatic backup of the WordPress website can make you feel safe from the fear of losing work due to website breaks, hacks, or other mishaps with the website. The Updraftplus plugin allows you to schedule backups for regular intervals.

The UpdraftPlus allows you to take offsite backup, which means the backup will not save in the website database. You can take the backup to

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Amazon S3
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • DreamObjects
  • OpenStack Swift
  • Updraft Vault
  • Email

The most commonly used platform is Google Drive so that this tutorial article will take our website’s backup on Google Drive.

  1. File Backup Schedule: This setting allows you to set a WordPress backup schedule and the number of backups to retain to the cloud storage.
  2. Database Backup Schedule: Set the backup interval for the database and the total number of databases to retain the Cloud storage.
  3. Choose the remote storage for backup: You can choose the cloud storage where you want to store all the backups of your WordPress website. For this tutorial, we’re selecting Google Drive.
  4. Select the file to include in the backup for WordPress and save changes.

You may think that we haven’t selected any Google Drive account where the backup will be saved. Now in the next step, we’ve to connect the Drive to the UpdraftPlus Backup plugin.

Now you’ve to authorize the UpdraftPlus backup plugin by following the link to store the WordPress backup data to Google drive remotely. This step is essential to create a backup to remote storage.

Select the Drive account where you want to store the WordPress backup data. And tap on Allow to give permissions to upload, delete and edit files in the Google account.

After you grant all permissions to the UpdraftPlus Backup plugin, it will redirect you to the final step to complete schedule backups. Next, you’ve to click on the complete setup button; this will redirect you to the plugin’s dashboard.

Now we successfully configure the plugin to take scheduled backups of our WordPress website. It will automatically take and store the backup file to Cloud Storage.

Manual Backup using Updraftplus Plugin.

The UpdraftPlus plugin can create backups of the WordPress website as per the schedule you defined in its settings. However, you can also take backups manually of the WordPress website anytime you like. For example, you can take a manual backup if no automatic backup after a significant update on your website.

To take the manual action, scroll to UpdraftPlus Plugin’s dashboard, and in the Backup/Restore section, click on the backup Now button.

As you click on backup Now, there will be a pop-up window for backup settings. In this window, you can choose what to include in the backup of the WordPress website.

  1. Backup Now: Go to the UpdraftPlus dashboard and click on the Backup Now button. This button initiates the backup process for your WordPress website. When you click on the button, there will be backup process window will pop up.
  2. Include Database: This option will allow you to take the backup of the database of the WordPress website,
  3. Include Files: You can choose the file that to be included in the WordPress backup; There will be three dots (…) to expand the file settings for backup; these files are
    • Plugin
    • Themes,
    • Uploads,
    • Any other file inside wp-content
  4. Send the backup to the remote server: This option will send the backup file to the remote server or cloud server.
  5. Backup Now: Click on the Backup now button, and the UpdraftPlus will create the WordPress Backup of the selected file for free.

UpdraftPlus will start creating a backup point for your WordPress website when you click on the backup now button. You can check for this backup is completed or not in the existing backup section.

As in the above image, there is one backup available in the existing backups section. Backup data is also visible along with the backup date.

Restore Backup data to WordPress website

After creating backup data using the UpdarftPlus Backup plugin, the next task is to restore the backup data to the WordPress website.

There could be many reasons for your need for the restoration of data.

  • The WordPress website got hacked,
  • If there is some issue with the current database, so you want to restore it to the earlier backup point,
  • Server loss or mistakenly deleted files from the server that cause a break in website,
  • Tweaking with live WordPress website cause some errors, etc

To restore the database, Let’s understand all the options provided to restore the WordPress website.

  1. Upload backup file: You can use this service to create a backup of your website on a cloud service. Suppose you made a backup in Google drive. And somehow, your website got down, and there is no option instead of installing WordPress from scratch. To restore all data from the WordPress backup file, you’ve to install the UpdraftPlus Plugin and connect with the same cloud service. Or you can also download the backup from the cloud server and upload that data.
  2. Rescan local folder: This will rescan the local folder for backup files.
  3. Rescan remote storage: If you made the connection again to the WordPress and no backup is visible. You can rescan to check the backup files.
  4. Backup Data: It will display the type of backup data available with the set of backup files, that is, database, Plugins, Themes, Uploads, and Other data.
  5. Actions: To restore, upload, and delete the database,

The UpdraftPlus backup plugin allows you to backup and restore a WordPress website for free. It also creates a scheduled backup of the complete website.

I hope you like this article on the UpdraftPlus Backup plugin. In case any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask in the comment section provided below.

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar working in the Search Engine Optimization field since 2015. And worked on many successful projects since then. He shares the real-life experience of best SEO practices with his followers on seoneurons.com. You also can learn Advance level SEO for WordPress, Blogger, or any other blogging platform. Stay tuned.

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