Keeping Your Website Backed Up
All of the sites I build make regular backups of themselves automatically so none of your hard work or data is ever lost.
You can also easily create a manual backup of your site at any time by going to the UpdraftPlus > Backup / Restore link at the top of the page, then hitting the big blue button “Backup Now”.
This is a good idea if you’re planning on making any major changes to your site, or installing new plugins.
You can easily restore a previous version by going to the existing backups section at the bottom of this page and clicking restore next to the saved version you want to return to.
Optional Extra: Backing your site up to Dropbox
Hope for the best, plan for the worst… You don’t need to worry, your site is safe and sound without following this step.
If like me you have a bugout bag packed and ready to go in the basement ready for when the zombies/robots/QAnon take over, you might also want to create an external backup. The easiest way to do this is with dropbox.
Why might you want this?
Your website and it’s backups are all hosted on a server in Germany. This is a warehouse that contains a massive computer. It’s extremely secure, with backups of the backups. But anything is possible; perhaps they get hit by an asteroid, earthquake or a blazing inferno destroying everything. Or they could be attacked by hackers that delete everything (They have excellent protection against this, but still).
A local backup also protects you against me. Perhaps I go crazy, or get blackmailed or kidnapped and forced to delete your site. If you have a backup stored in your dropbox you can easily restore your website in a new hosting with just a couple of clicks, even if I’ve been abducted by aliens.
Paranoid? Maybe! But “better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it”.
In the UpdraftPlus section go to Settings and scroll down to the Remote Storage section. Click on the Dropbox Icon.
Now scroll down and you’ll see this:
Just click the link, log into your dropbox account when the screen appears, and give permission for updraftplus to connect to the account by clicking the button Complete Setup.
After you are returned to your WordPress dashboard, click Save Changes at the bottom of the UpdraftPlus settings page and you’re good to go.
If you get stuck, just drop me a message and I’m here to help!