How to Use UpdraftPlus to Backup and Restore Your WordPress Site

Any WordPress site’s first layer of security is backups. You must have an easy way to restore the backup if it is needed, in addition to having automated backups. In this article, we’ll show you how to use UpdraftPlus to backup and restore your WordPress site.

Why Do You Need a WordPress Backup and Restore Solution?

According to studies, data loss and downtime cost the global economy $1.7 trillion per year.

These are some common scenarios in which a website owner may lose data: Data loss and security threats affect all websites on the internet.

  • Hackers may destroy your data if your website is hacked.
  • Your data could be lost if your hosting provider fails.
  • Your host has the right to cancel your account and delete all of your information.

There are numerous other scenarios in which you could lose your website and all of the valuable data you’ve accumulated over time.

The best way to protect yourself from these threats is to back up your WordPress site on a regular basis.

However, there are a number of excellent WordPress backup plugins that allow you to backup and restore your WordPress site automatically. WordPress does not have a backup system built-in.

It allows you to create backup schedules that run automatically. It will also assist you in restoring your WordPress site if something goes wrong. One of the best WordPress backup plugins is UpdraftPlus.

After that, let’s look at how to use UpdraftPlus to easily backup and restore your WordPress site.

Using UpdraftPlus to create a WordPress backup

The first step is to download and install the UpdraftPlus plugin. See our step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin for more information.

To configure plugin settings, go to Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups after activating the plugin.

Now you must select the settings tab.

This is where you’ll create an automatic backup schedule and a remote backup storage location.

WordPress themes, plugins, images, and other uploads are among the files. You must first establish a backup schedule for your files.

WordPress is a database-driven content management system. The database stores all of your posts and pages, as well as comments and website settings. Then, for your WordPress database, you must choose a backup schedule.

The frequency with which you add new content to your website should determine your backup schedule.

If you add two blog posts per week, for example, you can choose a fortnightly file backup and a weekly database backup.

The next step is to decide where you’ll keep your backup files.

You will lose access to your backup files if your website is lost. Keeping your backups in the same location as your website is a bad idea.

This is why you should store your backups on a remote cloud storage service.

You can save your backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and a variety of other cloud storage services with UpdraftPlus. You can also email your backups to yourself.

To select a remote service, simply click on it, and setup instructions will appear below.

For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Dropbox with UpdraftPlus as a remote backup storage service.

We’ll select Dropbox by clicking on it, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.

You must, however, grant UpdraftPlus access to your Dropbox account. Your preferences will be saved by UpdraftPlus.

Scroll down to the instructions for setting up remote storage and click the link next to the ‘Authenticate with Dropbox’ option.

You’ll be directed to the Dropbox website, where you’ll be asked to sign in with your Dropbox email address and password.

You’ll be asked if you want to give UpdraftPlus access to your Dropbox account after you log in.

Only UpdraftPlus will have access to its own folder in the “Apps » UpdraftPlus” folder. To proceed, click the ‘Allow’ button.

You will be redirected to the UpdraftPlus website, where you must complete the setup by clicking the ‘Complete Setup’ button.

You’ll be redirected back to your WordPress site, where you’ll find the UpdraftPlus settings page. To save your changes, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.

You’ve now established a backup schedule and a remote storage location for your backups.

Using UpdraftPlus to Create Manual WordPress Backups

UpdraftPlus can create backups for you based on the schedule you set earlier. You can, however, create backups manually whenever you want.

To begin, go to Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups and select the ‘Backup Now’ option.

This will open a pop-up window with options to select files/database backups and whether or not you want the backup to be sent to remote storage. (For more information, see Which WordPress Files Should You Back Up?)

To continue, click the ‘Backup Now’ button.

Your files and database will now be backed up by UpdraftPlus. The progress will be visible on the settings page.

Depending on the size of your website, the process may take some time.

Your backup files will also begin to be uploaded to the remote location by UpdraftPlus.

Using UpdraftPlus to Restore Your WordPress Backup

Backups are simple to create, but the real value comes from the ability to restore them with the same ease.

UpdraftPlus makes restoring your WordPress site from a backup a breeze.

If your WordPress site has been hacked or you simply want to start over, you must first delete everything and reinstall WordPress.

Then, on your brand-new WordPress site, you’ll need to reinstall and activate the UpdraftPlus plugin.

After activation, go to Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups and select Restore from the drop-down menu.

You’ll be taken to the backups page as a result of this. UpdraftPlus will search your server for an existing backup in your website’s /wp-content/updraft/ folder.

However, it will be unable to locate the backup files because you deleted everything from your website.

If you saved the backup files to your computer, you can manually upload and restore them by clicking the ‘Upload backup files’ link.

UpdraftPlus can also be connected to a remote location (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). UpdraftPlus will be able to scan a remote location and use previously saved backups in this manner.

Select the remote location you used earlier to store your backups from the Settings tab.

To authenticate your website with the remote storage service, follow the instructions.

Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.

Return to the ‘Existing Backups’ tab and select the ‘Rescan remote location’ option.

UpdraftPlus will now search the remote storage location for backups and display them below.

You can now restore a backup by clicking the restore button next to it.

You must first select all options before clicking the ‘Restore’ button. UpdraftPlus will now prompt you to choose what you want to restore.

UpdraftPlus will now retrieve your backup files from the remote location and begin restoring your site.

Review of UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is a powerful WordPress backup plugin that’s ideal for users who want complete control over their backup schedule and remote storage location.

The annual fee for the premium option is $70. UpdraftPlus is a popular choice among users because it is free. Upgrade to UpdraftPlus Premium to gain access to premium features like Website Migrator, UpdraftVault, priority support, and more.

UpdraftPlus, like most WordPress backup plugins, does not support real-time backups of your website.

We recommend VaultPress if you want real-time backups, unlimited storage, and don’t want to pay for a third-party storage service like Dropbox. This is what WPBeginner employs.

The cost of VaultPress is a disadvantage. The real-time backup plan for one site costs $165 per year, which is more than twice the price of UpdraftPlus premium, which includes access to two sites, and clearly not comparable to the free version.

Last Thoughts

Backups allow you to restore your website in the event of a disaster. They cannot, however, protect your website from common security threats such as hacking, malware, code injection, and so on.

Sucuri is how we protect our site at WPBeginner (see how Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks).

To improve your WordPress security, follow the steps in our ultimate WordPress security guide. You must ensure that your WordPress site is safe and secure.

That’s all there is to it; we hope this article has made backing up and restoring WordPress sites with UpdraftPlus a breeze.

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    Is it possible to restore a backup to a different site using the Updraftplus backup system?

    You could, but if you’re looking to transfer a website, we recommend reading the following article:

    It’s effective. Dropbox is now synced.

    Thank you very much.

    We’re glad our guide was useful.

    Thank you very much for your help, I used to use DropBox, which connected to my computer automatically. I see that I can do it for $15, but since I already have the space, I’m not sure how I can do it without spending more money. There was an error when I attempted the first backup. Hello there, How do I link my UpDraft account to my OneDrive account? Karen is a woman who has a I’m trying to back up my website to Microsoft OneDrive, where I have a 1 TB storage subscription.

    UpdraftPlus can connect to OneDrive thanks to that addon. If you do not have the premium version of UpdraftPlus, you will have to pay for the connection addon.

    Thank you very much! 2. Can I continue to work on the website while the backup is being made? It’s been about an hour, and the progress bar is only about a fifth of the way up. Is this a common occurrence for backups to take so long? 1. I’m attempting to create a backup for a (relatively) new wordpress website.

    1. No, you should double-check that the page hasn’t timed out due to a hiccup.

    2. Any changes may not be saved, so you should normally wait for the backup to complete.

    I like your suggestion, but nothing compares to Softaculous.

    Thank you for sharing your suggestion.

    Greetings, WPnewbies!

    As a WordPress newbie, I’m not sure where in my FTP I should create such a path (there are so many) or what to call it. I chose the FTP method today, and they were able to locate the server. I have the UpdraftPlus backup plugin and had chosen Dropbox as my backup location until I read your post. Are you able to assist me? Then there’s the white window for ‘extern path’ –’must exist.’ However, each time the backup failed.

    Magda, a resident of Amsterdam

    If you contact UpdraftPlus and let them know about the specific errors you’re having, they should be able to fix the problem with their plugin.

    You guys have literally saved my life. The best is Updraft Plus.

    We’re glad our suggestion was useful.

    I always follow your new updates and find them to be very informative – with updraft, I have no reservations – but recently, when I crashed my webpage and couldn’t log back in, all I could see was a blank screen with an error — though I had a backup through updraft in my DROPBOX, I couldn’t find any necessary article or video on how to retrieve it. Thank you a lot –

    We’re glad our article was of assistance.

    When the updraft plugin takes an automatic backup of my WordPress site, my WordPress site goes down in the middle of the backup. Sir/Madame Please provide me with a solution, sir.

    Hello, Saranash.

    To fix this, we recommend that you increase WordPress memory.

    What’s the best way to get Updraft to only back up to Dropbox? Great plugin, but when I back up to Dropbox, the backups show up on the website diskspace, even though I’ve pointed them to Dropbox.

    Hello, Padraig.

    Please contact Updraft Plus support for a more detailed response to this question.

    Thank you so much for providing this website as a resource. 3) Restore from the location where I saved it. Is it necessary for me to unzip the files I saved? I simply explained how I learned here to be corrected and advised. 1) Make a backup in Drop Box or on my computer. 2) After installing WordPress, configure Updraftlus.

    I can’t seem to locate the updraftplus folder in my Google Drive. I’ve backed up to Google Drive, but how can I see what I’ve backed up to Google Drive?

    Hello, Alok.

    In your Google Drive account, you’ll notice an UpdraftPlus folder. If you can’t, look into your plugin’s settings. It’s possible that it’s not linked to your Google Drive account.

    This was extremely beneficial. Thank you very much.

    I’m not sure how to make it work, but this plugin has been a failure for me so far. I attempted to use this plugin for backup, but I was always greeted with a message stating that the zip file had failed.

    Hello, Claudia.

    If you’d like to try another option, see our list of WordPress backup plugins.

    You’ll have to reinstall all of the plugins and themes.

    Is it possible to use this plugin to move your WordPress site to a new host without having to upload the files to cPanel?

    I also use Updraftplus (which is free). Hello there, My question is whether I can restore everything using updraftplus (free) on the same server and under the same domain name. Thank you. I moved my website to a new server four months ago when I was still using WordPress 4.7, and I’m still using the same version because there is no option to update WordPress in my WP Dashboard.

    Hello, Pradeep.

    Yes, you can create and restore backups of all your content, media, plugins, themes, and core WordPress files using UpdraftPlus. Using an older version of WordPress is risky. To begin, you must update WordPress to the most recent version.

    Has anyone tried this with Amazon Web Services (AWS)? I’m having trouble, and I’m wondering if it’s because of AWS – I’m getting an error message.

    Can I use UpdraftPlus to back up two WordPress sites to Dropbox – or should I leave one on Dropbox and point the other to Googledrive or something else?

    There must be an easy way to accomplish this. But I’d like to move the backups to a different Google Drive account. I realize I could simply uninstall and reinstall the plugin, but that seems like a lot of effort. When the issue is a lack of documentation, I just can’t bring myself to pay $50 for support. It’s a good explanation of how to set up UpdraftPlus. My website is currently operational.

    Hello, Ralph.

    To use a different Google Drive account, simply click the link to authenticate your connection to Google Drive, and then log into the account you want to use on Google’s account authorisation screen. By default, it will select the one to which you are currently logged in, but there is a button to select a different one.

    David is a man of many talents.

    I’d like to get my WordPress website back up and running. Is there a way to get my website back up and running? A+ I have a theme file and a SQL database file.

    Is it necessary to use a backup plugin like Updraftplus when my host already has a backup restore feature for my blog? Please explain to me why I should download yet another plugin, even if it’s a premium one. I’m not particularly tech-savvy, but I do want to ensure that my data is protected.

    Thank you.

    Hello, Suchitra.

    Your host’s backup service isn’t guaranteed. It is preferable to be safe rather than sorry. Yes, you must still back up your website.

    I’m also using Updraft’s free version, which is fantastic, and after reading this article, I’m going to purchase the premium version….this is a fantastic plugin that outperforms the other 7 best backup plugins.

    Quick question: what if I want to back up my files to my Google Drive?

    It’s extremely beneficial. Thank you very much :).

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    Thank you. Please explain why I need to make a change. I’m using Code Guard.

    Thank you very much for the tutorial. I’ve been looking for a backup solution for my blog for a while, and this would be extremely useful.

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