How to Backup Your Entire WordPress Website?

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As a website owner, creating a full backup of your website is a critical security step. This simple guide will help you create a full backup of your WordPress website. This backup can be used to restore the last working version of your website.

This article is a guide for customers on Hustly managed WordPress hosting packages, who are using our default performance setup. Users with WordPress setups similar to ours will find this guide useful as well.

As a website owner, creating a full backup of your website is a critical security step. This simple guide will help you create a full backup of your WordPress website. This backup can be used to restore the last working version of your website.

Luckily, if you are on a Hustly managed WordPress hosting plan,we would have preconfigured your WordPress setup for easy backups. You can easily schedule automatic backups of your entire WordPress website, to the cloud storage provider of your choice (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3 and more).

If you are an existing Hustly customer and unable to do this backup yourself, please email support to have your auto backups setup by us at no extra cost.

In order to backup your website, you need to be logged into your WordPress website’s dashboard as an administrator.

Once logged in, go to the installed plugins section of your WordPress dashboard, and find the plugin “UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore”. Once you find the plugin, click on the “Settings” links adjacent to it.

Alternatively, select Settings > UpdraftPlus Backups in your WordPress menu.

Once you are in the plugin’s menu, select the Settings tab at the top.

You will want to schedule both your files and database, and back them up securely to the cloud. Please, always, keep secure local backups of your critical data.

Step 1: Select your backup schedule

For most websites, we recommend a 12 hour backup schedule. If your website is busy or  frequently updated, you may choose a shorter schedule.

Please ensure you select a backup schedule for both your (i) files and your (ii) database.

Step 2: Select cloud storage location for your backups

Select where you will like your backups to be stored, and complete the necessary steps by connecting your cloud storage account with the UpdraftPlus plugin.

 

Please make sure to press the “Save Changes” button at the end.

Once you have set up your storage location, the plugin will automatically create your first backup.

A more detailed guide on how to use the UpdraftPlus plugin can be found on their official website here.

We hope you found this guide useful and are on your way to backing up your website.  Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Kevin

Kevin

WordPress Developer & Analytics Expert.

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