UpdraftPlus: Easy Solution to Backup and Restore WordPress

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Ferdian Alfianto

Ferdian Alfianto

Ferdian Alfianto is an Internet enthusiast, Mac Lover; likes using Wordpress, experimenting with Linux (especially Debian and Ubuntu), tinkering with pfSense routers, happy experimenting with LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MariaDB, PHP) and Redis. You can contact me here.

UpdraftPlus simplifies the process backup, restore and migrate WordPress based sites. It is the most popular WordPress backup plugin in the world, with over two million active installs currently.

The process of backing up WordPress with UpdraftPlus is easy, just one click away! We can choose the destination of backup storage easily and many choices, there are Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or similar, for example Wasabi or Flash Storage), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and you can also send to email. As for UpdraftPlus Premium (paid version), there are additional storage options, namely Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV. 

Is it important to do a WordPress backup

WordPress, like any other CMS, is prone to problems such as server crashes, hacking, viruses, outdated plugins or themes, and insecure hosting. If this happens to our WordPress site, it will take time and money to recover, as well as lowering the reputation of the WordPress site.

Apart from a good web security system, a good and easy backup system is also needed. If bad things happen above, the WordPress site (site files and database) is still safe, and can be restored anytime, quickly and easily.

We can back up WordPress manually, but with UpdraftPlus the backup process will be made easier. Faster, easier and safer. Divert your attention and time to other things that are more productive, let us leave the backup process to UpdraftPlus.

UpdraftPlus Features

Some of the features UpdraftPlus is:

  • Can do backups, as well as restore
  • Many choices of backup destinations
  • We can schedule backups automatically
  • Fast backup and does not take up too much server resources
  • Not tinned, proven 2 million more WordPress sites use it

As for UpdraftPlus Premium, it has additional features, such as:

  • Incremental backup; UpdraftPlus Premium only performs a full backup once, then it will do a multilevel backup only for changes. This can reduce the server resources used.
  • Easily duplicate or migrate WordPress sites (with the Migrator feature).
  • Compatible with WordPress Multisite.
  • Can back up files and databases of non WordPress sites to multiple backup purposes
  • Additional cloud destination options (such as OneDrive, BackBlaze, Azure, SFTP) and several other destinations.
  • Database encryption
  • Advanced reports
  • WP-CLI supported
  • Direct developer support.

For personal use, UpdraftPlus is more than sufficient to meet our needs to properly backup WordPress.

Goal

This UpdraftPlus tutorial will guide you step by step backing up WordPress to Google Drive and perform a restore if we want to switch hosting or if your WordPress site is damaged.

Requirements

Before starting, of course, we must have a WordPress site that is active and well accessible. Also we need a Gmail account so that we can use Google Drive for UpdraftPlus backup destinations.

Backup Steps

Please login to your WordPress site, navigate to the "Plugins" menu and click "Add New" to start installing UpdraftPlus.

In the search box, enter the word "UpdraftPlus", and click the install button on UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin by UpdraftPlus.com, David Anderson. See the picture below:

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin by UpdraftPlus.com, David Anderson

Don't forget to activate it after installing it, and click "Settings" to start setting up UpdraftPlus.

UpdraftPlus settings

Select Google Drive as the destination to save your WordPress backup, then scroll down and click “Save Changes”. Then it will appear pop-up as below, which contains a link for us to enter a Google account username and password so that UpdraftPlus can send WordPress backups to Google Drive. Click on the link.

Enter your Google account username and password, and then a confirmation screen appears stating that you allow UpdraftPlus to use Google Drive, click the "Allow" button.

Then the UpdraftPlus page will appear like this, click the "Complete Setup" button.

Then we test the backup by doing a full backup, click the "Backup Now" button. Next will appear what options you want to backup.

The first option is that UpdraftPlus will back up the WordPress database, leave it checked unless you don't want to back up the database which of course is not recommended.

The second option is to backup all WordPress files, leave it checked by default. The third option is to ask UpdraftPlus to send the backup file to the destination we previously specified, namely Google Drive. The fourth option, allows the backup file to only be deleted manually, even though in our settings we limit the number of backup files. Leave this option unchecked, we want the backup file to be deleted automatically according to the limit.

Then click the "Backup Now" button to start the backup process. Wait for the backup process to complete. The duration of this process depends on the number of files and the WordPress database. The more files and the bigger the database, the UpdraftPlus will take longer. There will be a confirmation when the backup process is complete.

When the backup process is complete, a backup file will appear in the Existing Backups section. See the example drawn below.

Automatic Backup Settings

Next we will set UpdraftPlus to backup automatically, periodically, according to our settings. For that, we return to the UpdraftPlus settings, click on “Settings”, and on Files backup schedule (schedule file backup) and Databases backups schedule (database backup schedule) select the desired interval, whether daily (Daily) or per week (Weekly) and so on. I recommend choosing daily.
And also how many backup files you want to keep, whether 2 backup files, or 7 backup files, or any other number. I recommend 7 file backups.

Don't forget to scroll down to save the settings.

Restore

If you want to change hosting, the process of moving a WordPress site is very easy using Updraftplus.

The initial process is to install WordPress first, and install UpdraftPlus, the migration process can be done in a matter of minutes. Easy, fast, not complicated.

The Google Drive authentication process is also the same as the above process. After the authentication process is complete, on the Backup / Restore tab, click the "Rescan remote storage“.

After the scan is complete, a list of backup files will appear on Google Drive. Select the date the backup file was restored, and click the "Restore" button.

The next page will display a selection of files that you want to restore. If you want to restore the entire WordPress site, please tick all the options, and click “Next”.

Wait a moment until the download and verification of the backup file is complete, and a notification will appear to confirm the restore process. If everything is ok, click the "Restore" button.

The time for the restore process depends on the size of the backup file. So be patient until the restore process is complete which is marked with a notification as shown below, then click "Return to Updraft configuration".

Delete the old directory by clicking the "Delete Old Directories" button and the restore process is complete!

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