How to Backup Your WordPress Website

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Here I have explained how you will backup your wordPress website automatically. UpdraftPlus is a paid plugin but you can use limited service free of cost and it will be sufficient for an average website.

UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. Very easy to use and fire & forget in nature. Once configuration is done it will take automatic backup and update you through email. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin. Presently two million plus users are actively using this plugin.

You will have multiple option to take your wordpress website backup. You can directly backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email. The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.

How to Backup Your WordPress Website
How to Backup Your WordPress Website


UpdraftPlus plugin is very easy to configure, steps are mentioned below:

  • Login to your WordPress account
  • Add the plugin UpdraftPlus (install and activate)
  • Once activation is done go to the settings and click on the UpdraftPlus backups
  • Now click on the settings and setup “Files backup schedule” & “Database backup schedule”
  • Choose your remote storage and authenticate it and save the changes.
UpdraftPlus configuration
UpdraftPlus configuration

Why you should backup your WordPress website.

WordPress like any CMS can be vulnerable to things such as server crashes, hacking, security flaws, bad plugin or theme updates and insecure web hosts. If anything happened to your website, it would cost you dearly in time, money and reputation.

Whilst other security measures are essential, backups are the ultimate insurance: they mean that, if the worst were to happen, your website (plus all related files and databases) stay safe, and can be restored in no time.

You could always create your own manual backups- but using backup plugin is infinitely quicker, simpler and safer. Life’s busy enough! With UpdraftPlus, you can simply “set and forget”, scheduling in automatic backups to save you time, work and hassle.

Comparison with other backup plugins:

UpdraftPlus is the most highly-rated and popular plugin. Not only it is comprehensive in terms of its features, but it’s aso easy and intuitive to use. And because it has such a vast user base, it’s tried and tested in a whole range of different situations and scenarios.

Unlike many other plugins, UpdraftPlus:

  • Restores, as well as backing up
  • Backs up to more cloud options than any others
  • Allows you to set up automatic backup schedules, for the ultimate in convenience
  • Is faster, using up fewer server resources
  • Has been tested on over 2 million sites

Managing multiple website backups

UpdraftCentral (free, self-hosted)

UpdraftCentral Premium (fully-hosted and “ready-to-go”, cloud version also available)

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