Backing up your website simply means that you’re saving a copy of your website at a designated date and time. so that if your website crashes or you aren’t happy with some of the recent changes that you’ve made you can restore the backup to recover your old website.
I highly recommend that you take regular backups of your website and here’s why number one updates can go wrong plugins and themes require occasional updates and an update can sometimes cause your website to break number two getting hacked is an unfortunate possibility .
Number three you could miss a payment maybe you got a new card and forgot to update your billing info with your hosting company and now your website is removed .
Number four things just happen random errors and crashes can come out of nowhere and for seemingly no reason. so it’s always a good idea to backup your site .
Step number one is to install the backup plugin. so to do this from your wordpress dashboard just simply go over to plugins and then go to add new now from here we’re gonna go up to the search bar and type in a plug-in called updraftplus
and you’ll see it right here. so now we’re just gonna click on Install Now and then click activate cool .
So now updraftplus is going to walk . So step number two is to take a backup so to take a backup all you have to do is simply click on the backup Now button and then make sure these two boxes are checked and then just click on the backup now cool so now we’re backup is running and it should only take a few seconds. So now it’s done and you can see that backup by simply scrolling down and you can see it right here .
So step number three is to schedule an automatic backup that way you don’t have to do this manually every time I highly recommend this so to do this just go up to settings and then change the files backup schedule from manual to weekly same with the database backup and then just set this to four which basically means that it’ll take one backup every week and it’ll only retain the last four weeks that way you have an entire month worth of backups that you can go back to and
Next we’re just going to choose where we want these backups to go so my favorite to choose is Google Drive.
so just click on Google Drive and then scroll down and you can skip all of these settings and if you’d like you can allow updraft to email you whenever it backup is taken but I don’t like a lot of emails flooding into my inbox every week so I’m gonna go ahead and just click Save Changes so now you have to give up draft permission to go to your
Google Drive account so just go ahead and click on the link and then sign into your Google account and then just click allow and now just click on complete setup to go back to WordPress and every week these backups will accumulate until it hits four and then it will continuously replace all backups with new ones so now you’re probably wondering well how do we use these backups well that brings us to step number four which is to restore a backup so let’s say we goofed up and deleted our homepage and now it looks like this it’s completely missing well we can restore it back to normal by going back to our one draft plug-in scrolling down to our existing backups and then going to an old backup and clicking on restore you make sure you check all these boxes.