You always want to make sure you have a recent backup of your WordPress website to prepare for the unthinkable. You never want to have the stress of losing a website or having it malfunction and not knowing if you’ll ever be able to get your precious baby back.
Staying up to date with your backups will give you the peace of mind you need.
After testing out many different methods and plugins over the years, UpdraftPlus was the clear winner. I currently use this backup plugin on every new client’s website as well as my own.
If you wanted to try them out, they have a fabulous free version that’s typically sufficient for more users.
Here’s how to get started:
- Go to UpdraftPlus plugin and download the free plugin
- Go to Plugins, Add New
- Drag and drop the .zip Folder and upload
- Activate the newly installed plugin
- While still in your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings and then UpdraftPlus Backups
- (Optional) Click the Premiums/Extensions tab and enter your login credentials
- Next, click the Settings tab and set the desired schedule. I recommend weekly.
- Link to the remote storage location of your choice. I recommend Google Drive.
- Lastly, click on the Back/Restore tab and run your first backup!
When backing up your WordPress website keep these tips in mind:
- After any major changes to your website, run a new backup.
- Store backup files in a remote location, where you can access them if your site and/or host goes down.
- Schedule backups to run automatically to eliminate the possibility of forgetting.
- Check-in on your scheduled backups every once in a while to make sure they’re running as they should.
The links above are an affiliate link, meaning I’ll get a small financial reward if you sign up through my link. However, even if I didn’t get a return, I’d still highly recommend them.