How to Backup Your WordPress Blog to Cloud Regularly for FREE

If you had been a WordPress blogger and ran a blog for a year, you’d have realized the necessity of regular backups. Yes, I said REGULAR backups. And when you have a considerably larger site, doing that becomes daunting and tedious.

If you’re still underestimating the inevitability of backups,  you should listen to what happened to me.

One day, I just accidentally deleted my entire media library (Yes, entire!).


I was like this
I was like this

I don’t remember how, but I had at least 200 images in that. I had a backup that only contained 100-120 images. I literally spent 5 hours to download the images from the web and upload it to my server. And extra 2 hours to set the featured image for my 40+ posts. That’s too bad, isn’t it?

Do you want something similar happen to you? I hope not. So you should do regular backups of your full site (themes, plugins, uploads and database). Many web hosting providers doesn’t do regular backups for your site.

So you have to backup your site weekly, at least. But it’s literally a tiresome job.

What to do now? Okay, let me come straight to the point. What if someone does the backup job for you without your attention and for free? Doesn’t that sound cool?

Yes, you can do that with a free WordPress plugin just like me. And its name is UpdraftPlus.

What is UpdraftPlus?

UpdraftPlus brings reliable, easy-to-use backups, restores and site copies (clones/migrations) to your WordPress site.

It allows you to backup your site to cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) So you don’t need to make backups and download it to your PC. You can make backups any time you want or set a backup time so that it makes an automatic backup.

How to use UpdraftPlus?

Install UpdraftPlus from WordPress repository and activate it.

Go to Settings > UpdraftPlus.

How to configure the plugin?

This plugin makes everything easier for you.

You can set the file and backup intervals separately. It’s ideal to backup database daily and files weekly like as I did. But it depends. If you update your blog frequently, you should make that setting accordingly.

Backup interval
Backup interval

Exclude the files and folder that you don’t want to backup.

The main feature of this plugin is its ability to upload your backups to cloud straight from your server. You don’t have to download your backups to your PC and upload it to your cloud folder.

Supported cloud sites are

  • Dropbox
  • Amazon S3
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Google Drive
  • Dream Objects

You can also email the backup.

I used Google Drive to backup my files and database because it offers 15 GB data which seemed enough for me.

Read this guide for configuring Google Drive.

So, why am I recommending this plugin to you?

Let me tell you the fact that I neither get paid to post this review nor contacted by UpdraftPlus team. So why should I?

That’s because this plugin deserves a mention. This plugin has saved my blog twice. It saved many hours of work.

That’s it!

Now it’s your turn to tell me how this plugin worked for you. Do you find this post useful? Then please consider clicking the share buttons to share it with your friends. Comment your views about this plugin.

33 Replies to “How to Backup Your WordPress Blog to Cloud Regularly for FREE”

  1. Hi,

    Thank’s for sharing this awesome post with us.This is Mind Blowing Information and very interesting to read.I will definitely keep my eye on your future articles.I will share this post to all bloggers.

    Have a great day!
    Mazid Irshad

  2. Great round ups, really enjoyed your article. I learned and many great insights here. Thanks for sharing your article on How to Back up Your WordPress Blog to Cloud Regularly for FREE.

  3. Hi SRIRAM,
    Really this post is very helpful for me because I lost my entire website data because of issues in Server. when I transfer my website to other server then I realize that I have no backup of my site then I take all my data from Google Cache and
    Thanks SRIRAM for telling us this great plugin.

    I hope this plugin give me good support. Thanks for sharing with us
    Areesha Noor!

  4. Hello,

    Great tutorial how to backup your WordPress blog to cloud regularly for free. I really enjoyed this post and known good plugin as you explain this post.I gonna to configure my blog with Google drive.

    Thanks to share this useful post.

  5. Thanks for this great information, my wordpress site has damaged lots of time and all data was deleted, but i didn’t know about restore and backup, again thanks for this i will always backup my site.

  6. Hi Ram,

    Backup is only one solution through which any one can instantly up his website if he faced any type miss happening into his website like hacking, theme corruption or other.. that’s why regularly update his website website backup. but these day cloud service is most popular this service providing fully independence from backup security.. if you have word-press website then you can used backup plugin which providing best cloud backup services..

    Mohd Arif

  7. Informative post .!!!
    I had experience with loosing my data due to not taking backup. since that incident i have started taking backup for my websites.

    Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  8. Hi Ram,
    I have 2 blogs and was finding some way to backup my data and finally i found this blog. Thank You so much for this post and keep writing and i really like your writing.

  9. well I am using this plugin from 2013 and it seems to like heaven in backup. One time I have lost all my site data but after installing this plugin I have connected this to Google Drive and now it’s rocking the website backup of my website.

  10. Hi Sriram,

    Thanks for your great article on How to Backup Your WordPress Blog to Cloud Regularly for FREEand the backup plugin UpdraftPlus. Yes, I do agree with you need a backup plugin to backup WordPress blog site. It’s a really helpful article for every WordPress site owners.

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