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How To Backup Your WordPress Website for FREE in Minutes | Two Methods

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You don’t have to spend money or time backing up your WordPress website.

Although there are many premium backup solutions out there for your website, UpdraftPlus is the easiest, most reliable, and most popular way to create a backup for your WordPress website.

In this tutorial, we’re going to share how to backup your WordPress website both manually and automatically (As well as share how you can do this through your cPanel).

Before we dive into this brief guide, let discuss why backing your WordPress website is imperative.

Why is Your WordPress Website Backup Necessary?

Most WordPress users are probably familiar with the importance of backing up their websites.

It’s the unfamiliar users (such as small business owners who might’ve created a new website) who may not truly understand yet how critical backing up their website is.

We are here to change that and equip you with the knowledge and process of backing up your website yourself.

Despite your hosting provider’s promises, their server may go down – and your website with it.

Without a WordPress backup, there’s no recovering it.

At times, when you update a plugin, a theme, or the WordPress core, something may go wrong and, in turn, cause irreversible damage to your site.

The only solution, of course, is a backup.

With new viruses, malware, and other cyber threats looming in the online world, you need to know how to backup your website to retrieve your data if someone hacks your site.

As you may already know, downtime damages the user experience, your online authority, and ranking.

If you are a WordPress website owner, you want to prevent downtime altogether or minimize it when something happens to your website.

Creating a WordPress backup gives you peace of mind knowing that you can restore your website if anything goes wrong (You should always back up your website when making any changes to your website, for example, updating and adding themes and plugins).

Introducing UpdraftPlus for WordPress Backup

With millions of active installations and positive ratings, UpdraftPlus is an incredible free WordPress backup solution.

You can not only manually create website backups, but you can also schedule automatic backups (so you never have to worry about manually backing up your website again).

Apart from that, the UpdraftPlus plugin allows you to store your site’s files and data on secure cloud-based services such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

It’s free and easy to use, and thus this is an ideal method for beginners.

How to Backup Your WordPress Website using UpdraftPlus?

In this guide, we’re going to discuss two methods of creating a WordPress backup.

Method 1: WordPress Backup Plugin (UpdraftPlus)

A backup is essentially a copy of your WordPress website.

To download the required plugin:

To download the required plugin

  • Log in to your WordPress dashboard
  • Click on ‘Plugins’ on the left-hand side menu
  • Select ‘Add New’
  • Type in ‘Updraft’ in the search bar
  • Locate the ‘UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin’ with 3 million + active installations (refer to the screengrab)
  • Click ‘Install Now’ and ‘Activate’

Now, to create the site backup manually:

Now, to create the site backup manually

  • Head over to ‘Settings’ once the plugin is activated
  • Click on ‘Backup Now’ under the ‘Backup/Restore’ tab
  • Ensure that you have the database and files selected before clicking ‘Backup Now’

Your WordPress backup has been created (You can then download the website onto your computer)!

Below, you can observe the existing backups, including the one we just created.

To backup your WordPress website automatically, you can enable Updraft to create regular backups for you instead of going to the backend and doing it manually every time.

Listed below are the series of actions required:

Listed below are the series of actions required

  • Navigate up to ‘Settings’
  • Select the frequency of backup next to ‘Files backup schedule’. We’ve selected ‘fortnightly’ from the drop-down menu
  • Next to ‘Database backup schedule’, select ‘fortnightly’ again
  • You also need to set the number of WordPress backups you want to create automatically (refer to the screengrab)
  • Scroll down to choose cloud-based storage for your files and database. Examples are Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Cloud, and more. We’ll select Google Drive.
  • Hit ‘Save Changes’
  • Click the link on your screen (if you selected Google Drive) and choose the Google account associated with your Drive
  • Click ‘Complete setup’ in the following step

…and that’s it.

Under ‘Existing backups’, you’ll be able to see both your manual and automatic WordPress backups.

How to Restore Your WordPress Website

How to Restore Your WordPress Website To restore your website with a backup, head over to ‘Existing backups’ again.

This time, you’ll need to select ‘Restore’. It’s that simple!

Now, pick the components to restore and click ‘Next’.

When you see the message “The backup archive files have been successfully processed,” hit ‘Restore’.

When your screen reflects the message “Restore successful!”, click ‘Return to UpdraftPlus configuration’.

This brings us to our second method.

Also Read: How To Make A Premium Small Business Website

Method 2: cPanel Method

Method 2_ cPanel Method

How to create a manual backup of your website using cPanel:

  • Log in to your cPanel
  • Under ‘Files’, select ‘Backup Wizard’
  • Click ‘Back Up’ and then ‘Full Backup’
  • Under ‘Backup Destination’, make sure you have ‘Home Directory’ selected
  • Ensure that the correct email address is selected (where you’ll be notified once the backup has been completed)
  • You may choose not to get an email notification (not recommended though)
  • Select ‘Generate Backup’

Depending on your website’s size, the backup can take a few minutes to generate.

Wait for the email notification for confirmation. Now, head back to your cPanel dashboard.

Under ‘Files’, locate ‘Backup’ to view and download your WordPress website.

Click ‘Download a Full Account Backup’ to proceed. However, restoring your website through cPanel is a bit complicated and we recommend hiring a developer to do that for you.

That wraps our two simple methods of creating a WordPress backup!

Also Read: Create a Free Website with WordPress

Taking A WordPress Backup Is Must! (Video Tutorial)

Backing up your WordPress website is a vital security activity for ensuring that your site is protected.

Your website can go down any time due to hackers, server downtimes, malware, and updates.

This makes creating a WordPress backup absolutely crucial.

If you struggled to follow the steps mentioned above, then feel free to watch our video tutorial below.

So, take the time to watch the video tutorial above and let us know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments below.

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