How to backup and Restore Your WordPress Site with UpdraftPlus

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Backup is very important to every WordPress site and it is the first layer of security for any WordPress site, there are some automated backups but you have to restore the backup very easily that the way are telling by us to you.

So in this article we are going to tell you about backing up and restoring your WordPress site with UpDraftPlus.

Why Backup & Restore Solution are Important for WordPress?

If you give a look to data loss and the experts has shown the result of lost data that’s downtime cost $1.7 trillion each year to the globally economy.

Most of websites on the internet are not safe to data loss and security threats; if you are a website owner you may lose your data because of the following reasons;

  • Your website can get hacked and hackers may destroy your data.
  • Your hosting provider can lose your data
  • Your host reserves the right to terminate your account and delete all your data.

There are many other ways where you could end up losing your website and all the important and valuable data created over the years, so the best way to protect yourself against these threats is to regularly backup your WordPress site.

You might know that WordPress does not come with a built-in backup solution, but there are several great WordPress Backup Plugin that allow you to automatically backup and restore your WordPress site and make it secure.

Here we are introducing Updraft Plus which is one of the best WordPress backup plug-in. It allows you to setup automatic backup schedules and will also help you restore your WordPress site in case something bad happens and that is a threat to you site.

So now just take a look at how to easily backup and restore your WordPress site with the help of UpdraftPlus.

Creating WordPress Backup with UpDraftPlus

So here you will notice our easy steps that can help you in creating WordPress backup with UpDraftPlus, so the first of all you have to install and activate the UpDraftPlus plug-in. After activation you should visit Settings>>UpDraftPlus page for configuring plugin setting.

updraftplus settings

Now you need to click on the setting tab and you will set up an automatic backup schedule and remote location for storing your backups.



First you need to choose a backup schedule for your files in which include your WordPress themes, plug-in, images and other uploads. After that you need to select a backup schedule for your WordPress database. All your posts, comments, website settings, are stored in the database.

Your backup schedule should be based on how often you add new content and data to your website.

For example, if you add two blog posts each week, then you have to select a fortnightly backup of files and weekly backup of database.

Next, you need to choose where to store your backup files, but it is a bad idea to save your backups on the same location as your website.

UpdraftPlus allows you to save your backups to several cloud storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and many others.

How to send your Backups to an Email Address

You can also send your backups to an email address, simply click on a remote service to select it, and you will see setup instructions below.

How to use Dropbox?

Now we will show you how to use Dropbox as your remote backup storage service with UpdraftPlus now click on Dropbox to select it and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “save changes button”.

UpdraftPlus will save your settings, but you still need to give UpdraftPlus access to your Dropbox account.

Scroll down to remote storage setup instructions and click on the link next to ‘Authenticate with Dropbox’ option.


Now here you will be asked to sign in using your Dropbox email and password. After sign in you be asked again if you want to allow UpdraftPlus to access your Dropbox account.

Dropbox account.

UpdraftPlus will have permission to access its own folder in “Apps » UpdraftPlus” folder. Click on ‘Allow’ button to continue.

You will now be taken back to your WordPress site, and you will see the UpDraftPlus settings page again. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Complete setup button.

complete setup

Now here you have setup backup schedule and remote location to store your backups.
Creating Manual WordPress Backups with UpdraftPlus


UpdraftPlus can automatically create backups based on the schedule you selected earlier, but you can also manually create backups whenever you want.

First you need to visit Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups and click on ‘Backup Now’ button. This will come out with options to select files/database backup and whether you want to send the backup to remote storage.

updraftplus settings

Click on the ‘Backup Now’ button for continue.


UpdraftPlus will now start creating backup of your files and database, and you can see the progress on the setting page. This process will take a while and it depends on your website’s size.

creating file backup

UpdraftPlus will start uploading your backup files to the remote location.

Restoring Your WordPress Backup with UpdraftPlus

If you want to create a backup so its very easy but the useful part is the ability of restoring of backups. UpDraftPlus has make it easy for you to restore your WordPress site from any backukup.

If your WordPress site has been hacked or you want to fresh it, then first you will need to delete everything and install WordPress again.

Next, you will need to install and activate the UpDraftPlus plugin again on your fresh new WordPress site.

After activation, you need to visit Settings » UpdraftPlus Backups page and click on Restore button.

Now you will be able to the backups page. UpdraftPlus will scan your server to see if it can find an existing backup in /wp-content/updraft/ folder on your website.

Since you delete everything from your website it will not be able to find the backup files.

If you saved the backup files on your computer, then you can click on ‘Upload backup files’ that is link to manually upload and restore them.


Now click on the Settings tab and then choose the remote location that is used by you to store your backups.


Click on save the changes button. Now you can switch back to ‘Existing Backups’ tab and click on the ‘Rescan remote location’ link.

Rescan remote location

You can now click on the restore button next to a backup.

UpdraftPlus will now ask you what you would like to restore. You need to select all options and then click ‘Restore’ button.

restoring option

Review of UpDraftPlus

You might know that UpdraftPlus is a powerful WordPress backup plugin, and it’s a great option for DIY users who want the flexibility to choose their backup schedule and remote storage location since UpDraftPlus is free and is a popular choice for all the users. If you want real-time backups, unlimited storage, and don’t want to pay a third-party storage service like Dropbox, then  Vault Press is good. The real-time backup plan for one site costs $165 per year which is more than twice UpdraftPlus premium which gets you access for two sites.

Final Instruction

Backups is important to allow you to recover your website in every sort of emergency. They cannot protect your website against common security threats like hacking, malware, code injection, etc, but you have to use Sucuri for protecting the sites. You ought to make sure that your WordPress site is secure.

So that’s all you can take our help and can easily backup and restore your WordPress site with UpDraftPlus through which you can make your WordPress sites more secure.

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