Backing Up your WordPress Website with UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

UpdraftPlus is a free plugin that you can use to backup your wordpress website and keep your precious datat safe. I am sure that I do not have to tell you how important it is to backup your site weekly, or more often if you post a lot.

Why Backup?

There are vulnerabilities with open source software downloads, or possible problems with your hosting provider and their security. Your computer could crash. Hackers might hack you just for something to do, because WP sites are easy to hack.

But not today! Today you will install and activate a free plugin that you will use to backup your website. Go into your back office, choose plugins and then ADD NEW. Search for “backups” and you will see UpdraftPlus at the top. Go ahead and install and activate UpdraftPlus and follow along with this article and we will do a backup!

photo of updraftplus in wordpress menuYou will find your download in your back office dashboard under SETTINGS. Click on UPDRAFTPLUS BACKUPS and then choose the SETTINGS tab, where you will set up your schedule, if you want, or you can choose to backup manually; this will allow you to deactivate the plugin when not in use, if you like to keep plugins at a minimum (which is what I do).

Choose a storage option. I opted for Dropbox since I already have it installed on my computer. I will show you how simple the process is. Choose DROPBOX from the choices and then scroll down and click SAVE CHANGES. This will open a popup telling you that you need to authorize remote storage access to Dropbox, so click the link to be taken to Dropbox and then click the COMPLETE SETUP button. If you are new to Dropbox, you will be asked to allow Dropbox to be your storage, so you can click ALLOW.

Another great option is to choose EMAIL and then you can download the file and save it to where you want like another folder just for backups or maybe a usb device. It is a good idea to have a secondary backup like a usb flash drive on the off chance that your computer crashes (it happens!).

Updraft can backup on the schedule that you created, or you can do it manually. From your dashboard, go to SETTINGS > UPDRAFTPLUS BACKUPS  and choose the CURRENT STATUS tab. Click the button that says BACKUP NOW. You will get a popup window showing you the preselected options of what to backup. Click BACKUP NOW.

It may take a few minutes, but you can watch the progess. Your backup is also being uploaded to your remote location at the same time. You will then you will get a message that your backup was a success and you can see it in the EXISTING BACKUPS tab.

To Restore Your Backup

If you get hacked or want to do a reinstall, you will need to delete everything first and reinstall WordPress and any plugins that you had before. Do your updates first as well. Then reinstall UpdraftPlus and activate it. Go to the SETTINGS in your dashboard and choose UPDRAFTPLUS BACKUPS and choose of backup menu for updraftplus

Updraft will search for existing backups but if you deleted everything there will be nothing to find. Choose UPLOAD BACKUP FILES if you saved files to your computer. Or go to SETTINGS > UPDRAFTPLUS BACKUPS > SETTINGS to choose your remote location, which in this case would be Dropbox.

Follow the instructions to authenicate Dropbox (save changes!) and then go to the EXISTING BACKUPS tab and choose RESCAN REMOTE STORAGE. UpdraftPlus will now look for backups and display the results. Choose the RESTORE button next to the backup. UpdraftPlus will ask you what you want to restore, so select everything and then click the RESTORE button. UpdraftPlus will now collect your files and start the restore process.Ta da!

Final Thoughts…

photo of a hand coming out of a cell phone and giving thumbs upAs you can see, UpdraftPlus is a great free backup resource. If you want more features and options, you can choose to purchase the Pro version, which varies in price from $70 to $145 currently (November 2017), but you get more storage options, plus free upgrades, free support and free storage (1G) to the Updraft vault. This is fairly inexpensive for peace of mind!

Updraft will not protect your website from hackers, but it is great to know that you do not have to lose all of your hard work on the off chance that some negative event happens to you. Your progress is safe if you have a backup!

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20 thoughts on “Backing Up Your Website With UpdraftPlus Plugin”

  1. Hi Irma,

    Great post and great reminder to keep backing up my site. This is a really great review and I love that it has a dropbox component.

    I will thoroughly check this out as it sounds like a really handy app.

    Thank you, Kev

    1. Hi Kevin and thank you for visiting today!

      Yes, I found that being able to save to Dropbox is super handy.

      Irma 🙂

  2. Hey Irma great article! I am going to get this plugin right now for my website and make sure I’m constantly backing it up. I think this will be more useful as my website grows bigger…

    Will bookmark this site for any further advice.

  3. Great article. I totally forgot about the backup of my website until I have read your lost. Easy instructions to follow. I was not aware of Dropbox option.
    Thank you for your article Irma!


  4. This must be a sign. I was just talking to my partner about what would happen if i lost all my info on my site. To be honest I was like ‘its never going to happen’ but then i read this by a strange coincidence. Dont ignore the signs as they say. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Hello Greg and thank you for visiting today!

      That was actually my inspiration for writing this post. I deleted all of my Chrome bookmarks from my netbook, without realizing that it was synced to my desktop! I lost a lot of links to great sites, and it was a wake up call to backup my website. Best of luck with your future backups!

      Irma 🙂

  5. Hello Irma
    Great stuff again. I am backing up my website as I write here. And yess it succeeded.
    Thanks for the new tip.
    A question though, I use pretty links, what happens with those if I have to delete the whole website and plugins, are they gone?
    Hope to hear from you Stefan

    1. Hi Stefan and thank you for visiting today,

      I am not too sure. I would hope that you would not have to delete your whole site, since most problems come from one plugin working against the others. And I believe that if you are making backups, your links would be intact, however do not quote me on that.

      If you ever have problems, it is best to deactivate all of your plugins and then add them back one by one until you find the one causing troubles. This is another good reason to keep your plugins at a minimum, and keep checking your speed etc especially before and after adding a new plugin. I have had to delete many plugins that seemed like a good idea at the time, but they really were either not helpful or interacted badly with plugins I was already using and that I want to keep using.

      Irma 🙂

    1. Hello Norman and thank you for visiting today!

      I hope that it works as well for you as it is for me.

      Irma 🙂

  6. I never considered Updraftplus but I have 10 different plug-ins and I also have some coding plug-ins. Do you think that would that cause some incompatibility issues?

    1. Hello and thank you for visiting today!

      That is always a possibility, and the only way to find out is by disabling all of your plugins and then adding them back one at a time to see which is causing troubles, adding back the most important ones first. Be sure to backup your site beforehand, and check your site after you add each one back, checking for problems. Refresh the page each time as well.
      I only ever have 5 plugins running, and I am always checking with my site manager to see how things are running. And of course there are several WordPress plugins that can check your site for incompatibility issues lol.

      Irma 🙂

  7. This seems to be a worth while plugin and especially if your webhost does not provide backups. I like the fact that they have a dropbox option. There are some website backup plugins that do not and I think they should.

    Thanks for sharing these step by step details. Very easy to follow along.

  8. A timely reminder to backup my website.
    After reading your updraft review I will take a look at this option. Good info Thanks!

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