If you are using WordPress for your website or blog, you need to create a back-up of your website files on a regular basis. Period. NO more excuses! It’s super easy and not as painful as you think. Since I’m a web designer, I have heard all of the horror stories (this really happened):
- I can’t find my website, it’s just gone!
- I got spam on my website, and now it doesn’t work anymore.
- My web designer doesn’t call me back and I cannot find my files (YIKES).
Are you afraid your computer will lose your back-up files? We’ve all been there. You’re going to learn how to quickly back up your blog using the UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration Plugin. I will also show you how to back-up your website to Dropbox (the basic plan is FREE).
Back-up your WordPress website
1. Download the UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration Plugin
2. Login to your WordPress Dashboard and check for updates
- Go to Dashboard > Updates
- If you need to update WordPress, you will do so after the backup
3. Install your Plugin
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Choose the plugin file (you just downloaded)
- Press the Install Now button
- Activate Plugin and hit the Settings link
4. Hit the BACKUP NOW button and Backup your files
5. Sit back and relax…your files are backed up
Back-up your website remotely to Dropbox
I love Dropbox since it’s super easy way for me to store my files remotely and it’s great for sharing larger files. Here’s 3 ways I use Dropbox:
Sharing large files (that are too large to email)
Backing up my website remotely
Storing larger files (takes up less room on my laptop)
Link Dropbox to UpdraftPlus to backup your website remotely
- Under the Updraft plugin, go to Settings > Copying Your Backup To Remote Storage
- In this example, choose Dropbox from thedropdownmenu and Save Changes
- After you have saved your settings (by clicking ‘Save Changes’ below), then come back and click the link to complete authentication with Dropbox (so Dropbox and Updraft are actually connected).
- Allow Updraft and Dropbox to “talk” to each other.
And that’s it!
Backups are saved under DROPBOX > APPS > UpdraftPlus (folder).
Schedule backup intervals
I recommend scheduling backup intervals (either weekly or monthly depending on how often you add content). You want to make sure to include all files in your backup: plugins/themes/uploads/database (I check all the boxes). It’s better to be safe than sorry. If your site goes down tomorrow (yikes!) then you have a complete back-up of all of your files.
Now that your website is properly backed up, you need to update WordPress and plugins (if updates are available). Make sure to log into your website weekly and check for updates. I like adding these tasks to my Google Calendar and repeat them weekly.
Resource List Bonus 🙂
- View the video tutorial on UpdraftPlus plugin
- Other backup tools I’ve used: Backup Buddy, Duplicator
- Remote storage options: Dropbox, Amazon S3
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