Dec 042013

Backup Restore WordPress Using UpdraftPlus Backups plugin tutorial teaches you how to backup WordPress using UpdraftPlus Backups plugin. This is a very simple and easy to use plugin and setup. It has many advance options as well if you choose to use them.

Last Updated: September 11, 2017

Latest News: I have updated the changelog.



UpdraftPlus Version 1.13.7 Changelog

  • FIX: UpdraftCentral connectivity for various operations restored (regression in 1.13.6)
  • FIX: No error message was being shown when a backup to local storage was missing upon restore
  • COMPATIBILITY: Replace uses of the deprecated (PHP 7.2+) each() function
  • TRANSLATION: Portuguese (Portugal) and Romanian translations are now complete and supplied from, so can be removed from the free plugin zip
  • TWEAK: Fix some wrongly-called translation functions, and pull more known strings into the Premium version
  • TWEAK: Remove the legacy parameter for setting storage upload job status data (only useful for version downgrades of more than 1 release during in-progress backups)
  • TWEAK: Exclude some unnecessary build and unused files from the release zip (reduce disk space and download size)

Remember: David Anderson keeps updating the current plugin even though the release number is not changed. So you might want to update it again if you need too. David also releases development versions which addresses any current issues that are reported in the support forum. The support for this plugin is 10/10

What you need:

UpdraftPlus Backups Restore Tutorials:

  1. Backup And Restore WordPress Using UpdraftPlus Backups
  2. Restore Existing Backups
  3. Settings
  4. Debugging Expert Tools
  5. Troubleshooting

Backup Restore WordPress Using UpdraftPlus Backups Steps

Step 1 ) Install the plugin like you would normally do. Then go to Settings -> UpdraftPlus Backups to configure the plugin. See image below.


Step 2 ) The following image displays all the options in a tab layout, this is much better and easier to follow than the previous version. See image below.

  • Current Status
  • Existing Backups
  • Settings
  • Debugging / Expert Tools


Step 3 ) The following image allows you to select from the following options.

Information: If this is the first time you install this plugin then you will not see much information below until you start creating backups.


  • Backup Now
  • Restore
  • Clone/Migrate

Next scheduled backups

  • Files
  • Database
  • Time now

Last backup job run

  • No backup has been completed

Last log message

  • (Nothing yet logged)

Backups, logs & restoring

  • 0 Se(s) available


Backup Now Feature

Step 4 ) To create a backup, click on Backup Now button from above. It gives you the following options.

  • Don’t include the database in the backup
  • Don’t include any files in the backup
  • Don’t send this backup to remote storage
  • If nothing happens when you attempt to backup click Go here for help
  • Click on Backup Now button


Step 5 ) The following screen shows you the backup in progress.


Click on the following URL Restore Existing Backups to learn more.

I will be updating this tutorial from time to time so keep coming back for the latest. If you have any questions please let me know.


If you want to test your website locally, read the following instructions.

In the following tutorials you will learn how to setup WordPress locally using xampp and install your backup locally to run some testing.

  1. First read the following tutorial Install WordPress locally using Xampp to set up your WordPress locally
  2. Second read the following tutorial Test Your WordPress Site Locally which will show you how to restore BackWPup backup locally for testing and editing.
Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  6 Responses to “Backup Restore WordPress Using UpdraftPlus Backups”

  1. How can the site be restored if you cannot get to the settings page of the plugin?

    • Hi Joe, thank you for your question. If you have no access to the plugin then you have to manually restore your website using cpanel or what ever platform your server is using. Then you have to use phpMyAdmin to restore the database. Here is a link that works in a very similar manner.

      Let me know if the above helps you.

      Kind regards

  2. Hello,

    I stumbled upon your website while trying to look for information on where does this backup plugin store the backup file. I did not configure it to backup to Dropbox etc, I am a first-time user and click the Backup Now button to begin. Interestingly, it doesn’t mention where it backup to. Is it stored on their server or mine?


    • Hi Perrin, thank you for your question. If you did not select an external server then the backup is saved in your server. Check my third tutorial from the menu above, it lets you know more about back ups.

      If you have any more questions please let me know.


  3. thanks great article help me alot

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