Website Backups Made Easy: Exploring UpdraftPlus

Welcome back to the “Plugin Deep Dive” series, where we are exploring some essential tools to make your WordPress journey a smooth one. Today, we’re putting on our digital safety gear and diving into the world of website backups with UpdraftPlus.

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When You Fall Down, Always Get BackUP!

Do you see what I did there? Ok, it’s a mom joke / play on words, but I want to emphasize the importance of having backups. After spending countless hours on anything, the heartbreak of it being destroyed is palpable! Let’s segue to a quick story!

The Atomic Mishap: To Foot Stomp the Necessity of a Backup

When my daughter was in elementary school, she had a science project to create a model of an atom. The fantastic part was that I knew about the project before the day before it was due! So, we set off on the project, bought the supplies at the crafts store, painted the electrons and protons, glued things, tied things with fishing lines – the works! It was a beautiful science-y masterpiece. On the due date, we set off for school – atom in hand. You know what is coming, right? My daughter walked out the door, tripped over air, dropped the atom sending it sailing and breaking into pieces as gravity took over and it hit the ground. It is funny, and we can laugh about it now. But in that moment, how I wished I’d had a backup! Clearly, I gave my daughter my grace and I’d like to think I gave her a little grit as well. We scooped up protons, electrons, and all the rest and off to school we went. She (maybe not so proudly) presented her project and received an excellent grade despite it being in pieces.

Your Website Backups = Your Plan ‘B’

What does this have to do with Website Design, you may be thinking. Great question! As it relates to your website, you CAN create a backup simply. That way when disaster strikes, whether it’s a server hiccup, malware, or just plain human error, your hard work will not be lost forever. With UpdraftPlus, you will have the ability to restore to your last backup, with ease! First, let’s go through a few reasons why backups are essential

Backups Offer a Digital Safety Harness

  1. Protect Your Hard Work: Your website is like a digital baby, and you will want to safeguard it. Regular backups ensure that your content and design are secure, even if disaster strikes.
  2. Guard Against Cyber Threats: Unfortunately, cyber threats are a real part of the digital world. In the event of a cyber-attack, your backup is essential. If your website’s security is compromised, your most recent, clean copy of your website acts as a restore point. This allows you to revert to your pre-attack state with minimal downtime. Your backup also preserves the pre-attack state if a forensic analysis needs to be completed to determine where security was exploited so you can protect against future threats.
  3. Recover > Redo: Without backups, rebuilding can be a nightmare. This could mean anything from content recreation, rebuilding your layout, and investing time and money to get your website (and business) back on track.

Meet UpdraftPlus – Your Website Backups Sidekick

UpdraftPlus is like a superhero sidekick that works behind the scenes to keep you safe. The set up is a breeze so you won’t be spending hours training your sidekick! Within a few minutes, you will have it configured to your liking. That includes the flexibility to have your backup sent to the cloud storage of your preference. And, in case of emergency, you can restore with a simple click. Lastly, you’ll get regular check-ins to explain your backup health. How’s that for grace?

Your Website Backups Game Plan:

If you’re ready to fortify your defenses, here’s your game plan:

  1. Install & Activate: dash to your WordPress dashboard, search for the UpdraftPlus plugin, install and activate it.
  2. Configure It: Follow the setup wizard to configure your backup schedule and storage destination.
  3. Run a backup: This will double as a test to make sure everything is functioning properly.
  4. Relax: UpdraftPlus has the watch, guarding your website so you can think about literally anything else.

Final Thoughts

In the physical and virtual world, having a backup plan is essential. Having a website backup plan is no different than knowing what to do during a tornado, fire, or any other type of disaster. When chaos arises, your backup plan is what keeps you balanced and reassures you that you are prepared and will return to normal operations. So, continue creating, serving, innovating, and bringing your gifts to the world.

Stay tuned for more insights and practical tips in our Plugin Deep Dive series. If you missed the intro, you can catch it here: 5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins along with the follow-on installments on WP-Optimize and Wordfence and Yoast SEO. If you’d like to read more about UpdraftPlus, check out this article. Remember, there are tons of great plugins out there and I’m just covering a few. Feel free to explore and research what works best for you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at hello@paintcreekdigital.com