How to Backup and Restore with UpdraftPlus

Posted OnJul 22, 2014     CategoryPlugins     Comments2 comments

In the second section of the guide, we will take you through the process of backing up and restoring your website using the settings provided by the UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration WordPress Plugin.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On your Dashboard, scroll down the left-hand sidebar to Plugins and choose Installed Plugins from the dropdown. This will take you to the list of installed plugins, where you will find UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore waiting for you. Click on Settings to be taken to the main Settings page.


Also, you can find the Plugin under Settings on the Left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard. It is under the title UpdraftPlus Backups.


Step 3) On the main Settings page, you will see a Toolbar that holds the four different sections of the plugin. The Current Status section is where you can run Backups and Restore your site. You can also clone/migrate your site if you are transfering domains and want an easy transition process. However, this involved purchasing another plugin.


Step 4) If you have scheduled backups, ran any jobs or received any messages from the last Backup, they will show in the Current Status section.


Step 5) When you click on Backup Now to begin the backup process, a box will appear which gives you the option to exclude any items from the backup – including the database and files. You can also stop the backup being sent to the remote storage of the site. Click on Backup Now when you’re ready to continue.


Step 6) Once the backup is complete, you will be taken to the Existing Backups section as shown below. From here, you can view any backups you have created. If you click on any of the files provided, Updraft Plus will bring up the file so you can save it to your computer or remote storage (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). From here, you can also restore these files, add new ones and delete entire backups.


Step 7) As mentioned previously, you can clone/migrate your files and create a duplicate version of the site, which is handy if you are changing domains or simply starting another similar website elsewhere. You can purchase and install the Migrator Add-On for £19.50. It is worth purchasing if you are definitely planning on creating more similar sites. You can save yourself a huge amount of time.


The next step of the guide will focus on How to Configure the UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration Settings and Debugging.




  1. mike

    Ive ran the backup for my site using this plugin however ive encountered a fatal error after attempting to edit the functions.php file. This error was temporarily fixed and somehow we ended up back with the same issue… long story short the only way i can currently access the site is via http://ftp... My question: is it possible to access the last backup via ftp and then use that backup to restore the site even though its in an error state and im unable to access the admin area?

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