Backups & Recovery

Last Updated on Thursday, July 22, 2021 by Ben

Having regular backups of site’s files and databases as part of a WordPress website maintenance plan can prevent total loss of your investment. Downtime is minimised as disaster recovery from a reliable backup structure is fast. The business risk management aspects of website ownership are often overlooked, but what I provide is peace of mind;

  • Full backup and off-site storage of all files and databases
  • Weekly or Monthly database backups, depending on site activity
  • If your site is hosted with us, we can also run weekly Full Site / Cpanel backups
  • Backups stored off-site in secure Cloud Storage
  • Restoration from backup as required

In the event that files are compromised or deleted, we can get your website back online and running properly within a very short space of time.

To reliably backup a WordPress site and provide rapid restoration services, I use the premium version of UpdraftPlus – which is definitely one of the most popular and well-rated backup plugins available. Not only does it allow you to manually take a backup, it can also automatically backup your website to the cloud on a schedule of your choosing, as well as easily restore a backup with just a few clicks.

It works by backing up your website directly into the cloud, to a solution of your choice. The cloud options include…

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • RackSpace Cloud
  • DreamObjects
  • OpenStack Swift
  • Updraft Vault
  • Email

UpdraftPlus’s intuitive interface provides options to schedule automatic backups, backup files, databases, plugins and themes, and restore your backups directly from your WordPress control panel.

Restoring Backups

Should there be a need to restore a backup, this is a surprisingly easy process that takes just a few minutes and a few mouse-clicks to accomplish.

  1. Select the Existing Backups tab where you can view the list of previous backups in local or remote storage.
  2. You can also manually upload files by clicking the Upload backup files link.
  3. Click Restore.

You will be asked to choose which components you would like to restore. These include;

  • Plugins
  • Themes
  • WordPress core
  • Uploads
  • Others
  • Database

The components you select will depend on the current restoration needs – and to restore the entire site, you will need to select all components.

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