Making a manual backup with UpdraftPlus is super easy.
Before you start, be sure that you have Updraft Plus installed and configured on your website.
There are 3 main steps to this process:
- Initiating the backup
- Preparing backup files
- Downloading backups to your computer
Step 1: Initiate the Backup
First things first, navigate over to Settings -> UpdraftPlus Backups.
See the big “Backup Now” button? Click on that.
In the popup, you can keep these settings as-is. Just click the “Backup Now” button in the bottom right corner.
Your backup will start to run, and you’ll see a progress bar that lets you know how the backup is progressing. If you have a large site with tons of images, this might take a while, so be patient.
Step 2: Prepare the backup files
Once your backup is complete, click on the Existing Backups tab. This will show the most recent backups.
You’ll usually want to download the latest backup to your computer for safekeeping. Before you do that, you need to prepare the files for download.
To do this, you simply click on all of the Backup Data within your most recent backup. Typically, this includes some combination of the following:
The larger your site is, the more files you’ll have. When you click on each piece of data, you’ll see a status bar pop up. As soon as the file is prepared, the bar will show that it’s 100% complete and you will see a “Download to your computer” button available.
Step 3: Download the Files
Now your files are ready for download. Click the “Download to your computer button” underneath each file’s status bar.
Be sure to double check and make sure that you’ve downloaded each file. If you end up needing to restore your site, you’ll need to have all of the files available.
Ta-da! That’s it. I recommend making a manual backup before you make any major changes to your site and before you run maintenance updates.