Wordpress and Linux

Backup your WordPress site

Sometimes accidents happen.

When you are servicing your website you want to make sure that you can undo those problems in a flash.

I hope that by reading this you will be able to undo accidental changes to your site.

This has the added benefit of having the ability to roll back changes to your site for any other reason, such as being hacked or just wanting things the way they were.


There are actually a few ways to do this but we are going (hopefully) to perform this without the need to access files by ftp or hosting.

We will need a plugin on the site to make a backup of the site files and database.  There are several to choose from. I have found that the simplest to use is Updraft Plus.

Once you are logged into your WordPress Website you can go to the Add New Plugin page and type “backups” in the search bar.



Click on the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin. The rest of this instructional will assume the use of Updraft Plus plugin to do backups and restores.

You can find the backup settings in the Settings menu:



Click the Backup Now button.

A box will popup in the middle of the window that has options. They are for files and database. Make sure they are both checked.

Then click the Backup Now button.

You now have a backup of your site. (If you expected it to be more difficult I’m sorry to disappoint you :))

To restore your site to a previous backup point you can use the same plugin. Simply go to the “Existing Backups” tab in the UpdraftPlus backup menus and click blue “Restore” the button next to the backup you wish to restore.

You will get a popup box like the one below. If you are unsure of any of the options then you should leave them checked. Click the “Restore” button.


You have to wait a moment and then press the “Restore” button again.

That’s it! So easy.

Make sure to download your backups every so often so that you have extra insurance.

Backing up your site is a great way to insure that your site is protected from all kinds of problems and that you can always restore it to a previous version or even migrate a copy of your site somewhere else!

So now that there is nothing to worry about, Relax and enjoy your website.


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