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 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.
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
- 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.
If you don’t do backups of your site, you’ll have to change your mindset and use this plugin. It makes the whole thing automatic and easy for you.Click to tweet
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