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You will see that on every post, I stress that it is important to backup your WordPress blog. The free plugin that I use is UpdraftPlus. There are other great WordPress plugins for backups, so if you use a different one that is fine too. Some hosts will backup your site for you, but if you know you are making a change that may impact your site, it is good to take your own backup first. Either way, the important part is that you have backups.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install UpdraftPlus, and connect to your Google Drive for off-site backups of your WordPress website.
Step 1: Install and Activate UpdraftPlus
Step 2: Go to settings
Step 3: You will need to Configure where to save your backups, we will select “google drive”, if you know the settings for another option, go ahead and set that up. Google drive is a nice option for off-site backups.
Step 4: Click save settings at the bottom of the screen.
You will be prompted to connect your Google account to save your backups to your Google Drive.
Step 5: Clicking that link will lead to here where Google will confirm that you want to Trust UpdraftPlus with access to save your backup files to your Google Drive:
Step 6: Click allow which will bring you to this screen, where you can complete the setup.
Step 7: Now you will be prompted to take your first backup, click the Backup Now button.
Keep the default settings to backup all data and click the backup now button.
Keep the tab open to wait for the backup to complete, it usually takes a few minutes. You can continue to work in another tab, just do not install or delete other plugins while it is running.
Once the backup completes, click the close button.
You can now close the tab that the Backup was running in or navigate away.