Last week I talked about the two simple things you can do to protect your site.
This week I’m going to show you how to do one of them: backup your site. Let’s get ready for some WordPress security fun!
I’m going to use this tutorial with UpdraftPlus. It’s a free plugin that offers a lot of functionality.
Log in to your WP Dashboard, Click on Plugins > Add New and search for UpdraftPlus in the search box.
It will be the first plugin that shows up in your search results. Click Install Now. Activate Plugin once it’s done installing.
Go back to your Plugin listings and click Settings under the UpdraftPlus plugin. Click on the Settings tab. This is where you determine how often it should backup your site. My rule of thumb is that files and database should be backed up at least once a week. If you have more sensitive material, or want to be extra cautious, do it more often than that. I also suggest keeping the last 2 backups.
Choose a remote location to have your backups sent to. This means that if for some reason, your site is hacked and you’re not able to get into your dashboard, you can still access your backup and FTP the files & database to restore it. I chose Dropbox as my remote location.
Save your changes. Then you’ll have a chance to approve your remote location – follow the steps based on the remote location you choose. Once you save, your first backup will be scheduled within a few minutes.
There you have it! Now you can have a bit more peace knowing that if something happens to your site, you’ll have backup files to help restore it.
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