When it comes to security, loosing a website of your dream is just like a bullet in your heart. You never know when someone comes up and snatches all the data out from your website and leaves you with nothing. Or you might even lose it due to your host providers technical issues. So just like our mobile phones, we all should keep our blog back up. Thus we won’t regret much if we even lose our blog because we will be able to restore it.
The World’s Best WordPress Backup Plugin
The best WP plugin for this job is UPDRAFTPLUS, a plugin that will help you to a keep backup to your blog posts, uploads, theme and files just in one simple click. In this post, I’ll show the installation and management procedure of this plugin. We’ve already shown the procedure of installing any plugin on our WordPress plugin installation Guide. You can check that.
N.B: To get the best of this plugin, you should get the premium version. Because in the free one you won’t get some advantages like setting the time for backup, extra cloud space and much more.
PREMIUM FEATURES :
- 1 year of support
- All UpDraftPlus features and add-ons: multiple storage destinations, automatic backup, Rackspace Cloud Files, Google Cloud Storage,
- 1 year 1 GB subscription to UpDraftPlus
- 1-year subscription of downloading and installing all updates.
After one year support, the plugin will work normally as like as a premium plugin. But to get updated versions, you have to renew the subscription. Trust me it’s worthy because nobody wants to lose their hard work.
Installing UpDraftPlus Backup Plugin
It’s just like installing any other plugin from the WordPress plugin dashboard. But It’ll be easier if you just download this plugin from the Download box below and upload it. I’ll guide you through these process with proper steps.
Fast and Direct Way
STEP 1 :
Click the Download button. It will redirect you to the UpDraftPlus download page.
Click on your desired version of the plugin. I’ll again suggest going for the premium one to get all the facilities from this plugin. It’ll cost just between $70-$145.
If you click premium then it will ask you to select what type of license you need. Select personal to get the least cost. Now click on add to cart.
Select billing country and billing currency and click on Update Cart.
Here’s a sample of the bill. Click on Proceed to Checkout.
Now simply Fill up the form of billing information. Select a payment method. You can select between credit/debit card or Paypal. After completing the payment procedure, your premium plugin will be ready to be downloaded. Now download the plugin and follow the next steps.
Go to plugins from WordPress dashboard and click on ADD NEW.
Beside ADD PLUGIN you’ll see an upload plugin option. Click it.
Click on choose file and select the downloaded zip file from your saved directory.
Click on Install Now and Your premium plugin will be installed. Then just follow the management process from down below. It’s all the same for both direct indirect downloads.
Indirect And Lengthy Way
Go to Plugins from your WP dashboard and click on ADD NEW.
On the search box, write ‘UPDRAFTPLUS WORDPRESS BACKUP PLUGIN’. You will see UpDraftPlus will appear along with some other similar plugins. But you should see that UpDraftPlus has 900,000+ active installs and others have somewhat less than 100,000. Click on INSTALL NOW.
After some seconds, the plugin will be installed. Now click on the ACTIVATE button to activate UpDraftPlus.
N.B: Then you have to make it premium manually, Which is the main painful part, so just follow the direct way.
The installation and activation of this plugin are done. It’s time to see the backup and restore process.
How to Backup And Restore Using UpDraftPlus
After clicking on activating, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can start customizing this plugin as your will. Here are the steps that I personally conducted to manage UpDraftPlus.
After clicking on activating, the above page will arrive. Click on settings to start the process.
To back up your blog right away, click on backup now. Your blog will be backed up in seconds. If you want to restore your backups, click on restore, and it’ll show you page where you can find all the backups that you have created.
Just click on restore and your blog will be restored from the last backup you made. You can also delete the unwanted backup or the old backups. Click on delete to do that.
Backup and restore process is also done. But this is a painful job to come again and again to make backups by yourself. You can let UpDraftPlus do this work for you by setting automatic backup. Here are the steps.
Setting Automatic Backup For UpDraftPlus
Click on settings from the dashboard and you’ll see two options. You can select file and database backup schedule. These are some options to choose from. It’s good to keep daily backups. Retain schedule backups means you can set the number of backups you want to keep. Keep it as low as possible to lessen the space usage. Scroll down and save it.
Now select where you want to save the automatic backup. I prefer Dropbox.
Select what you need to keep a backup of. Select all the options to have the perfect backup of your blog. Then scroll down and click on save. You’re done with your automatic backup setting. After saving scroll up and complete the dropbox account linking if you have selected dropbox.
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I hope this post will help you in keeping a backup for your blog. If you have any further questions or any suggestion regarding UpDraftPlus simply comment or send an email directly. I’ll reply as fast as I can. And if this post helped you then help me by sharing this post.