Backup your WordPress Blog with UpdraftPlus

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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

Screenshot of Install UpdraftPlus

Step 2: Go to settings

Screenshot of Click on 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.

Screenshot of Updraftplus settings

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.

Screenshot of Prompt to enable 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:

Screenshot of allow access to google drive

Step 6: Click allow which will bring you to this screen, where you can complete the setup.

Screenshot of Click complete setup

Step 7: Now you will be prompted to take your first backup, click the Backup Now button.

Screenshot of Prompted to take first backup

Keep the default settings to backup all data and click the backup now button.

Screenshot of Click Backup Now

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.
Screenshot of Backup complete

You can now close the tab that the Backup was running in or navigate away.

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I have over 15 years experience in IT. Over this time: managing server infrastructure, building websites and more. This website is dedicated to helping WordPress bloggers with setting up their blogs and websites; optimizing fast page loading, SEO and social media marketing - such as; Pinterest, Facebook and more.

2 thoughts on “Backup your WordPress Blog with UpdraftPlus”

  1. This tutorial makes it look so easy. Yet it is so important. If you don’t have a backup, it is almost impossible to start over again if something goes wrong. Very helpful, thanks.


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