Backup plugins

In this article, we will showcase a couple of known WordPress backup plugins that can help you backup your website and store backups of your sites locally while saving disk space on your WPX hosting plan.

The plugins which we will showcase in the article are All in One WP Migration, Duplicator, and UpdraftPlus.

All backups generated from backup plugins will be stored initially on the server and will be considered part of your overall disk space on the account. To save space, you will need to download the backups locally and then delete them from the settings of the plugin or your files.

Keep in mind that using a backup plugin in general for website restoration or migration is not a guaranteed method that is 100% successful. We do not carry the responsibility for failed backups or restore processes initiated from a plugin.

All in One WP Migration.

This plugin is one of the most well-known in the WordPress repository. It is easy to use and does not require a specific setup or a migration wizard in which you have to fill in technical details.

The plugin has a paid extension that allows you to generate and restore backups without any limitations to their size. The free version of the plugin has the limitation of only creating backups without restoration.

WPX support team can restore backups generated with the All in One WP Migration, so you don’t need the paid version of the plugin.

Installing and activating All in One WP Migration.

You need to install it on your site by navigating to the dashboard and Plugins (1) of your website to Add New (2):

After that, you need to use the search bar (1) to type in the name of the plugin so you can install it (2):

Once you install the plugin, you need to activate it, so you can proceed with creating a backup of your site:

Creating a Backup with All in One WP Migration.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you can go ahead and create a backup of your website.

To do that you will need to navigate to the All in One WP Migration settings (1) and Backups (2) section and from there choose to Create a backup (3):

Once the backup is completed you can go ahead and download it locally on your computer:

To save disk space on your account, you will need to delete any generated backups from the plugin.

To do that you will need to navigate to the plugins settings and backup section and from there choose to Delete the specific backup:

Duplicator.

The second plugin which is well-known is Duplicator and by its name, it is mainly made for duplicating websites for migration purposes.

You can use it for creating a backup which you can store locally on your computer as well.

Installing and activating Duplicator.

To do that, you need to install it on your site by navigating to the dashboard and Plugins (1) of your website to Add New (2):

After that, you need to use the search bar (1) to type in the name of the plugin so you can install it (2):

Once you install the plugin, you need to activate it, so you can proceed with creating a backup of your site:

Creating a backup with Duplicator.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you can go ahead and create a backup of your website.

To do that you will need to navigate to Duplicator settings (1) and Packages (2) section and from there choose to Create New (3):

That will lead you to the different options that the plugin offers before creating the backup.

As an additional option, it allows you to either backup the entire site or just the database without any files.

To do that, you need to choose Archive (1) and from there select if you want the plugin to backup only the database (2) and choose Next (3):

If you simply want a backup of your entire site, then you can just ignore the Archive options and continue with the option Next:

After that, the Duplicator plugin will scan your entire site and check if there are any issues before continuing with a report.

To continue with the actual backup of the site, you need to confirm that you want to proceed (1) and select Build (2):

Once the backup is completed, you can download it locally on your computer by selecting Download Both Files:

To delete the backup after you have downloaded it locally, you need to navigate to the Packages (1) section again, and from there check the mark (2) of the specific backup and choose Delete (3) from the drop-down menu to apply the changes:

Duplicator has a paid extension that allows you to import and restore already created backups automatically. The free version unfortunately does not and you can only do that manually by uploading the files to any other site via FTP/SFTP.

UpdraftPlus.

The last plugin we will showcase is well-known for creating backups of different parts of your website.

The UpdraftPlus plugin creates a backup with different parts to it which you can separately download or restore of your website including plugins, themes, uploads, and database.

Installing and activating UpdraftPlus.

To start the process, you need to install it on your site by navigating to the dashboard and Plugins (1) of your website to Add New (2):

After that, you need to use the search bar (1) to type in the name of the plugin so you can install it (2):

Once you install the plugin, you need to activate it, so you can proceed with creating a backup of your site:

Creating a backup with UpdraftPlus.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you can go ahead and create a backup of your website.

To do that you will need to navigate to Settings (1) and UpdraftPlus Backups (2) section and from there choose Backup Now (3):

After you select the option to backup your website, the plugin will offer three options for you which are connected to creating an archive separately for your files and database or altogether.

There is an extra option that would allow you to only manually delete the plugin backups, however, we recommend leaving it un-checked so that when a limit is hit, the plugin can automatically delete them to free up needed space on your account.

Once you select the type of backup (1) you want, then select Backup Now (2) to start the process:

When the backup is completed you will see it with all the different options including restoring, downloading, and deleting different parts of your website:

These were the main backup plugins you can use to backup your site and store them locally on your computer for additional safety.

Keep in mind that WPX makes daily backups of all your websites so that you can have multiple safety options if something happens.

You can find more information about that here.

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