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How to Backup & Restore WordPress

How to Backup & Restore WordPress

Have you ever thought about what would happen if your website got hacked? An update crashed, it or you simply made a mistake you needed to fix? Well, learning how to backup and restore your WordPress website is essential to getting your site back up and running just in case of those eventualities!

With the use of a free plugin “UpdraftPlus“, you can manually or automatically collect backups of your website, to store in the cloud and can then easily restore from that backup in minutes. UpdraftPlus is one of the highest rating and most trusted plugins for backing up your website, within over 14 million downloads worldwide.

UpdraftPlus Plugin WordPress
UpdraftPlus Free WordPress Plugin

Installing UpdraftPlus plugin

In WordPress, go to Plugins and click “Add New“.

Type “Updraft” into the search bar.

Click “Install Now” and Activate.

Backing Up Your WordPress Site

Go to your Updraft plugin and click onto “Settings

UpdraftPlus Plugin Settings

And now we can take our backup, so click onto “Backup Now“.

Creating your backup with Updraft

Tick the boxes to include your database and files in the backup. Click “Back Up Now“.

Your newly created backup will appear under Existing Backups.

Tip: If this is your first back up, ensure the tickbox “Send this backup to remote storage” is unchecked as you have not yet set it up.

Scheduling a WordPress Backup

With UpdraftPlus you can schedule backups to automatically run at certain periods of time. To schedule these; Go to “Settings

scheduling your wordpress backups

From the dropdown you can then set the File/Database backup to schedule in certain periods of time, (hourly, daily, weekly, etc). You can then change the number of backups you would like to retain. It is recommended you store your backup to the cloud/remote storage and you have the ability to store these on the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Select the location where you would like to store your back up and click “Save Changes

You may then be prompted to Allow access and Permission, accept any of these to complete the setup.

Restore WordPress from a Backup

If you need to restore your WordPress site from a backup, UpdraftPlus allows you to do this with the click of a button.

From the Plugin, scroll down to Existing Backups

Select the backup you wish to restore and click onto the “Restore” button.

Restoring your WordPress Website

Tick the boxes beside the components you would like to restore and click onto “Restore

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