UpdraftPlus

The world’s most trusted WordPress backup, restore and clone plugin

Hacking, server crashes, dodgy updates or simple user error can ruin your WordPress site.

That’s why you need UpdraftPlus. Keep your WordPress site safe and install now!

UpdraftPlus plugin
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over three million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!
Here we present a summary in which we explain about this plugin and the most important advantages it provides to the user.
We have used several sources in writing this summary, on top of which comes the official website of the developers, as well as the opinions of users on the wordpress.org site, in addition to our personal opinion based on our experience with it.

Introduction to this WordPress plugin

In the ever-evolving digital world, website security and data protection are of paramount importance. Your website is your online identity, and safeguarding it should be a top priority. As a website owner or administrator, losing valuable content and hard work due to unforeseen circumstances can be a nightmare. This is where UpdraftPlus comes into play. In this article, we will explore the advantages and functions of UpdraftPlus, a cutting-edge WordPress add-on that aims to provide comprehensive backup solutions for your website, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Ratings
         

We include here the ​users rating and a summary of their opinions on this plugin, according to the wordpress.org site.

Final rating: 4.8 stars

Rating percentages:
5 stars: 88%
4 stars: 9%
3 stars: 2%
2 stars: 0.5%
1 star: 0.5%
General impression: UpdraftPlus is a highly-regarded backup and restoration plugin for WordPress, offering a reliable and user-friendly solution for safeguarding website data. Users appreciate its ease of use, extensive features, and ability to automate the backup process, making it a top choice for website backups.

Why choose UpdraftPlus?

Easy-to-use

Engage with an easy-to-use interface that allows you to backup and restore with a single click on a schedule that suits you.

Trusted

Not all backup plugins are created equal.  UpdraftPlus is tested in more scenarios, installed on more servers and rated higher than any rival.

Comprehensive

UpdraftPlus is a complete, general-purpose backup and restore plugin with more features and advanced tools than any rival.

What does UpdraftPlus do?

Backup

Performs complete manual or scheduled backups of all your WordPress files, databases, plugins and themes

Set schedules

Backup schedules every 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours, daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly

Restore

Restores backups directly from your WordPress control panel

What are the additional benefits of Premium?

Cloning and migration

Migrator clones your WordPress site and moves it to a new domain or host directly and simply 
Or use UpdraftClone to clone a temporary site to our servers in a matter of seconds

Incremental backups

Allows you to only backup changes to your files (such as a new image) that have been made to your site since the last backup

Fast, personal support

Provides expert help and support from the developers whenever you need it

Pre-update backups

Automatically backs up your website before any updates to plugins, themes and cores

Backup non-WordPress

files and databases
Backup the WP core and non-WP files and databases

Network / multisite

Backup WordPress multisites or networks securely

Backup time and scheduling

Set exact times to create, retain or delete backups

More database options

Encrypt your sensitive databases (e.g. customer information or passwords); Backup external databases and more…

Reporting

Sophisticated reporting and emailing capabilities

Importer

Some backup plugins can’t restore a backup, so Premium allows you to restore backups from other plugins

Lock settings

Lock access to UpdraftPlus via a password so you choose which site users can access backups

Run from WP-CLI

Run optimization commands directly on command-line with detailed output on screen

No ads

Tidy things up for clients and remove all adverts

Backup to remote storage locations:

To avoid server-wide risks, always backup to remote cloud storage.  
UpdraftPlus offers the widest range of remote storage options of any WordPress backup plugin:

Dropbox

Enhance Dropbox with Premium

Google Drive

Enhance Google Drive with Premium

Amazon S3

Enhance Amazon S3 with Premium

Rackspace

Enhance Rackspace with Premium

…And more! Like FTP, Dreamobjects, Openstack Swift and Email…

What additional storage options does Premium have?

One Drive

SFTP

Azure

WebDAV

……And more! Like SCP, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze…

Facts & Questions

Note: All the following questions and answers are taken from the support section of the UpdraftPlus

How does UpdraftPlus compare with other backup plugins?

We’ve put together a list of why UpdraftPlus is the right backup plugin for you: https://updraftplus.com/wordpress-backup-plugin-comparison.

How do I backup a WordPress site?

For a step-by-step guide on how to backup your WordPress site using UpdraftPlus, please follow this link for further detailed information.

Can I use UpdraftPlus to migrate my website to a different address?

This is a common need for site developers, or anyone wanting to maintain two copies of a site (e.g. when moving web host). The answer is “yes”; this is a feature of UpdraftPlus Premium. Just click on the “Clone/Migrate” button in UpdraftPlus, and it’s easy. (You will also be shown a link to fuller online instruction, including screenshots).

Can UpdraftPlus be used to migrate a WooCommerce site?

Yes! WooCommerce is a well-behaved WordPress plugin that stores its database information in the WordPress database, and any uploaded files in the WordPress media library. As such, it does not present any special issues or challenges when migrating. By the way – updraftplus.com itself uses WooCommerce; we’ve even developed a few WooCommerce plugins of our own, which you can see here.

Find out more about migrating WooCommerce with UpdraftPlus.

How do I install UpdraftPlus?

How to install the free version of UpdraftPlus, use the link below:

https://youtu.be/7ReY7Z19h2I

What are the requirements to run UpdraftPlus? Is (something) supported?

WordPress 3.2 and later are officially supported. We have not tried on earlier versions. We know that before 3.0 is definitely broken.

Other than that, we try to support everything that WordPress itself supports – whether Windows, Linux, BSD or something else, all PHP versions supported by WordPress 3.2, etc.

There are no special requirements beyond this. i.e. No special requirements for running on Windows, etc.

Does UpdraftPlus delete all its settings when it is de-installed? (And, how can I?)

UpdraftPlus does not delete its settings, or your backups, when de-installed. This is because some users de-install and re-install and don’t want to have to re-enter their settings when doing so.

If you want to remove all UpdraftPlus’s settings, then there’s a button down in the ‘expert/debugging’ tab.

If you want to remove all of your backups, then either click the “Delete” buttons in the “Existing Backups” tab, or go to your cloud storage (if any) (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) and delete them all there.

How do I backup a WordPress site?

For a step-by-step guide on how to backup your WordPress site using UpdraftPlus, please follow this link for further detailed information. 

https://updraftplus.com/how-to-backup-a-wordpress-site-step-by-step-guide/

Is UpdraftPlus reliable?

Please use the linke below:

https://youtu.be/q39UJK3d61A

What is the largest site that UpdraftPlus can back up?

UpdraftPlus’s architecture imposes no limits upon the size of backups. As long as your server has the disk space available to create a backup, and as long as your web hosting company does not apply any other artificial limits (e.g. does not give you enough outgoing bandwidth to allow your backups to reach their destination in the cloud), then UpdraftPlus can back up anything. It is known to be successfully backing up websites of up to 12 gigabytes (12,288 megabytes), and we’re not aware of any website that won’t back up because of being too big.

Can I use UpdraftPlus to migrate a site to a different address?

Please use the link below:

https://youtu.be/mu1mvAGwnmM

Can UpdraftPlus be used to migrate a WooCommerce site?

WooCommerce is a well-behaved WordPress plugin that stores its database information in the WordPress database, and stores any uploaded files in the WordPress media library. As such, it does not present any special issues or challenges when migrating.

By the way – updraftplus.com itself uses WooCommerce; we’ve even developed a few WooCommerce plugins of our own,...

What are UpdraftPlus’s limits?

If you deploy Dropbox, Google Drive, UpdraftVault, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Backblaze, Google Cloud, Dreamobjects, Generic S3, SFTP, FTP as your cloud backup method, then in theory UpdraftPlus has no limits. At whatever point your web hosting provider cuts UpdraftPlus off, it will resume again from later. UpdraftPlus also splits the backup at a configurable interval (every 400MB), so that there are no issues with maximum allowed sizes for zip files on your system. (i.e. whatever limit the system has, you can configure UpdraftPlus to use something smaller…. in most cases, UpdraftPlus detects this automatically as it runs, so you do not normally need to touch the setting). With email backups, you will likely find that your email provider limits the size allowed for incoming emails.

What format are backups made in? Is it nasty and proprietary?

UpdraftPlus backs up your files into ordinary zip files (the same format that WordPress and its plugins and themes directories use). The database is backed up into an ordinary SQL (text) file.

Therefore you can use UpdraftPlus to restore backups, but do not have to. You do not even need WordPress installed. You can just unzip the zip files, and use your web hosting company’s control panel to import the SQL into your database.

See here for instructions.

https://updraftplus.com/faqs/i-want-to-restore-but-have-either-cannot-or-have-failed-to-do-so-from-the-wp-admin-console/

We are committed, as a fundamental of UpdraftPlus’s design, to retain this situation. UpdraftPlus backups will always be something that you can restore with standard tools. There will be no proprietary lock-in.

How much resources does UpdraftPlus need, and how can I make backups quicker?

Firstly, note that UpdraftPlus does not run any code on the front end of your site. (This can be verified by reading the source code). It checks, whenever loaded, that it is being called on the back-end – and hands back control immediately if not.

By its nature as a backup plugin, UpdraftPlus has to do this:

  • Read every file resource on your website
  • Read every row in every table in your database
  • Run all the accumulated data through a zip-file compressor
  • Write out the results to disk

As such, UpdraftPlus will use plenty of I/O (input/output) resources and CPU. You can’t create a backup without doing those things.

If your website is small – e.g. just made up of some blog posts, and reasonably-sized images, then all this may not amount to much. If, on the other hand, you’ve uploaded lots of large resources (e.g. videos, audio files, or huge images) or if your site is very big and popular (e.g. has vast numbers of comments), then it may amount to more. The impact of the above will be greater if your webserver and database server are on the same physical machine.

UpdraftPlus is designed to only run a single process at a time – i.e. no parallelisation. So, it can only use one CPU core at a time, and there can only ever be one UpdraftPlus process that is reading from disk or writing to disk at once. It will also be subject to any limits you (or your web hosting company) configure via the PHP or operating system configuration. As such, UD’s design means that it uses as low resources at a time as is possible.

Via only running a single process at once, UpdraftPlus is doing all it can from where it sits to limit its own resource usage. There really is no other “internal” solution that can work across the huge variety of hosting and server setups that exist. If you have particular requirements for your server, then you need to configure them at the server level.

If you are the one configuring/running the server, then you should also spend some time on tuning your server, particularly the database – a lot can be done here.

How do I add a Google Drive account to UpdraftPlus?

To configure your account, see here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyNWJ6EvuY

How do I add a DropBox account to UpdraftPlus?

How do I add a Google Drive account to UpdraftPlus?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fBQBTqkyfY

How do I add a Amazon account to UpdraftPlus?

How do I add a Google Drive account to UpdraftPlus?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDOhgxL_DhQ

How do I add a Google Cloud account to UpdraftPlus?

To configure your account, see here. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhRGiZDDDKQ

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Plugin Summary

In conclusion, UpdraftPlus is an indispensable WordPress add-on that offers robust backup solutions to protect your valuable data and content. With its simple and intuitive user interface, powerful features, and seamless integration with various cloud storage services, it caters to the needs of website owners and administrators alike. After delving into the capabilities of UpdraftPlus, it is evident that this add-on not only saves time and effort but also ensures that your website remains secure and recoverable in the event of data loss or a security breach. In my opinion, investing in UpdraftPlus is a wise decision for anyone who is serious about securing their online presence and safeguarding their digital assets.

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