Picture this scenario: You get out of bed, have a nice cup of coffee, perhaps some breakfast ready to kickstart the day.

You’re excited for the projects ahead and check your daily website activity. When suddenly, you’re greeted with a website homepage involving acme cure medicine.

Bad news, you have just become a victim of cyber hacking. And a website backup is perhaps the only thing that can save you.

As horrifying as this is to most website owners, it’s also tragically a common issue that plagues everyone at some stage of their internet activity.

With so many exciting things to focus our attention on in our businesses, we for some reason forget that the internet is an open stage full of vulnerabilities and exploits.

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Here at OptimizePress, we’ve spoken to thousands of customers and asked what their number #1 security measure was that they would like assistance with.

In this article, we will highlight a process, which we feel is one of the most important activities to focus on in your business and show you how to begin implementing it immediately. And best of all, with zero budget.

So without further ado, let’s get started…

How to backup and restore WordPress | What is a website backup


In short, a WordPress website backup is the single most valuable insurance policy you can have because it will save you from being in a position where you’ll have nothing to fall back on if your website gets hacked or corrupted. Many things can go wrong on the internet, which we will discuss briefly.

Basically, if you don’t have at least some backup processes in place, then you’re in danger and in a vulnerable and risky position. For a few reasons…

1) Getting hacked is common

There are many enthusiasts who specialise in hacking into vulnerable computer systems for the sake of hacking into them. According to WordPress statistics, 27% of websites are run through its content management system (CMS)

This could spell danger due to WordPress being an open source and accessible to hackers.

2) Updates can go wrong

The reality is, nothing in the digital world runs perfectly. Errors can occur, which can cause massive disruptions to your business.

Not all is doom and gloom, as WordPress is the most popular CMS solution available. There are also many free and premium backup plugins you can install and use, which is easy to set up and get started.

Here is our list of 5 free and premium plugins that we personally recommend…

#1 – BackupBuddy (Paid)

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BackupBuddy is the most popular Premium plugin currently available. You will be able to create hourly, daily, weekly or monthly backups, which you can save remotely through popular services such as Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, Rackspace Cloud, FTP and Stash (their own in-house cloud service).

BackupBuddy is a paid service and requires yearly updates. However, you will be able to use it on unlimited sites.

#2 – VaultPress (Paid)

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VaultPress is a paid solution; offering similar features as BackupBuddy. It requires a small monthly fee for automated real-time cloud backups. If you’re flexible on a budget and require advanced features and a solid support base, then VaultPress may be the solution for you.

#3 – UpdraftPlus (Free/Paid)

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UpdraftPlus is a free backup plugin, and also one of the most popular. It allows you to create complete backups of all of your website content, which you can then store on your computer or at a remote destination.

UpdraftPlus also has a premium version with other useful features for cloning your site and migrating it elsewhere.

#4 – BackWPUp (Free)

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BackWPUp offers similar features as the paid solution but is completely free to use. It also offers automated backups according to your website’s update frequency, which is great for hassle-free backups.

#5 – WP-DB-Backup (Free)

WP-DB-Backup has had over 400,000 active installs, making it one of the most popular backup plugins available. The only limitation, however, is it only backups your database tables and you will need to backup your core website files manually.

If your website is generally static with no frequent updates made to it, this may be a simple and light solution.

How to backup and restore WordPress | Backing up your OptimizePress sites

Having listed 5 of our recommended backup plugins, we will now walk you through how to successfully backup your sites.

Please Note: For this tutorial, we will be using the free version of UpdraftPlus. If you’re using a different plugin, please consult their user documentation.

Step #1 – Install UpdraftPlus

To begin installing the plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard under Plugins >> Add New Plugin and search for ‘UpdraftPlus’ in the search box.

WordPress will go ahead and list UpdraftPlus under the plugin listings. Click on the ‘Install Now’ button to begin installing the software.

How to backup and restore WordPress | Install Updraft Plus

Upon installation, click the ‘Activate’ button to activate the plugin.

Step #2 – Create Your First Backup.

With the plugin activated, head on over to Settings >> UpdraftPlus Backups.

You will be taken to the Updraft main dashboard, ready to begin your first backup.

How to backup and restore WordPress | Updraft Plus Backup and Restore

To begin creating your first backup, click on the blue ‘Backup Now’ button.

A lightbox will appear with checkboxes to confirm what you would like to backup.


How to backup and restore WordPress | Updraft Plus One-Time Backup

Once you’ve confirmed the settings, click the ‘Backup Now’ button to begin the backup process.

You will see the Backup process bar appear, showing you the status of your backup.

To see your list of backups, click on the ‘Existing Backups’ tab.

Step #3 – Restoring Your Website

In case you need to restore your website to an earlier state, you will now be able to easily do this by heading over to the ‘Existing Backups’ tab.

Once you’ve decided which of your backups to restore, click on the blue ‘Restore’ button to begin the restore process.

Another lightbox will appear.

 Confirm which elements of your website to restore by ticking the selections available.

Once you’re happy with the selections, click the ‘Restore’ button to begin the restore process.

We can’t emphasise enough just how important it is to make regular backups of your websites. Depending on how often new content is created, we generally recommend 1-2 full backups per week.

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful. If you have any specific questions about backups that haven’t been covered then please leave your comments below.

Onder Hassan
Onder Hassan

Onder is a Digital Marketing Specialist here at OptimizePress. In addition to developing content, he also assists with the research and development of deployable marketing strategies. If he’s not doing marketing, you may also find him buried in a marketing textbook.

    25 replies to "5 Plugins To Backup & Restore Your OptimizePress Site"

    • Evlin

      Among these, creating backups of one’s virtual environments, ranks high on the list. Businesses are struggling to backup their virtual environments correctly, committing errors and mistakes in the process—of course, unintentionally—which is causing them to lose valuable data, as well as costing them in terms of time. If you too have made a switch to virtualization recently or provide virtualization related services to other businesses, knowing about the common VM backup mistakes that IT admins make will prevent you from repeating them. It can help you make your backup operations a success. So let’s review these mistakes, one by one… Mistake #1: Backing up through the guest OS Accustomed to performing backups in a traditional way, and failing to realize virtual machines are a completely different beast, companies are often found running backup operations through a guest operating system.

      • Onder Hassan

        Thanks for the valuable info Evlin.
        VM is definitely an advanced concept that i’m sure someone will get involved in at some stage. Knowing how to prevent any issues from occurring in that environment would certainly benefit from knowing how to best prevent it.
        Thank you for reading!

    • DarrenSlater

      I agree about over the air Time Machine. I finally had it with a year”s worth of archive going south and having to start again so I switched to a hard disk that”s directly connected to the machine. A bit more awkward but it works and I just do it once a day on both my Mac Pro and my wife”s MacBook Pro. I too used to use SuperDuper but the author was very slow to make the last few updates so I decided to re-try CCC which initially I found terribly complex to use for a simple clone. CCC is now as easy to use as SD and I”ve been using it for a year to make backups. My system is a simpler version of yours. Daily Time Machine backup of both machines. Daily CCC backup on disk 1 Disk 1 goes in a fire box in the basement and is swapped with disk 2 My basement is my offsite backup. My “disks are 1TB SSDs. All of this is done through USB 3 which is fine. C would be better and someday I”ll get there but for now, 3 works and isn”t too slow except for an initial backup which I haven”t had to do in a long time.

      • Onder Hassan

        That’s very interesting.
        Thank you for the info and feedback Darren.
        Much appreciated.

    • Julian

      thanks for this article. We use the plugin “Duplicator” which works really fine as well.

      You can have a free version or get more with the (paid) pro version.

      Cheers Julian

      • Onder Hassan

        Thank you for the feedback Julian,
        We’re happy that you enjoyed the article.

    • Fabio

      Hi. I need to create a pricing table like this:

      3 plans (3 rows) with different prices for monthly and yearly payment… Is it possible to create this with a “toggle switch” that alternates between MONTHLY and YEARLY plans?


      • Onder Hassan

        Hi Fabio,

        We do have a pricing table that you can use in our elements listings but don’t provide that as an option at present. It is a great idea. Please ensure you send this in as a feature request and our developers will take a look at it.

    • Aboobucker Siddique

      Great post! I was looking for a back-up solution. Right post on right time. Thanks!

      • Onder Hassan

        Thank you Aboobucker,

        You’re very welcome.

    • Tim

      Thanks for the recommendations, Onder!

      • Onder Hassan

        No problem Tim, glad you enjoyed the article!

    • Juliana Zammar

      Hello, what is the plugin used on this page for social buttons?
      I liked them!!!

      • Onder Hassan

        Hi Juliana,

        The social widget comes built-in with our SmartTheme.

        Thank you for your comment.

    • Kevin McClellan

      Great article. I use a VPS with root access and backup full cpanel files daily, and also use the updraft plugin.

      It is important to also store your backup files away from your hosting server.

      With shared hosting you may not have access to the full backups on an automatic basis but you may be able to login through cPanel and download a full site backup occasionally. Some hosts will give you access to the backups but as they are stored on the server I wouldn’t say they would be reliable.

      https://www.siteautobackup.com/ might be something worth looking into if you have cPanel. You wouldn’t be able to restore the site yourself with those backups unless you have root access to the server, but your web host would be able to do that for you if you upload the backup file to your /home directory and then let them know you would like a full restore.

      Personally I use multiple backup systems all running on different days (so as not to over tax the server resources). Just because I have backups doesn’t mean they are good ones, so having multiple backups from different backup sources is also a good way to make sure you do have a good one to use (either that or it is just my OCD kicking in lol).

      • Onder Hassan

        Great info Kev, Thanks for that 🙂

      • Benoit Boulanger

        it’s possible to backup on my PC with filezilla?
        or that way,take many time to do (save/restore) with a big website?

        • Onder Hassan

          You probably could, but it will take a lot longer to do versus using a software plugin.

    • Gus

      In addition to having a backup, having Wordfence works wonders to prevent getting hacked.

      • Onder Hassan

        Thanks for the feedback Gus. Glad you’ve enjoyed the article.

    • Roger

      I’ve been hacked and I did not like it! Is very bad!

      • David Frosdick

        Did you have a backup?

      • Onder Hassan

        Very sorry to hear that Roger. Did you manage t get it sorted?

      • Kev

        Didnt like it ?? I really liked mine though, spent a whole day recovering it #FunTimes

        • Onder Hassan

          haha We’re happy you have it resolved.

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