Are you searching for the Best way to backup WordPress site. Have you ever thought about creating restore points to your WordPress website like you do for Windows computer or Mac? Certainly, it is possible with a free plugin WP Time Capsule. This plugin creates only one backup and it will do the incremental backup to your files. Earlier I was using Updraftsplus plugin, but after listening about this plugin, I have shifted to it. I am very happy with this plugin.
It is must to create a backup of your entire website files and database. You never know what will happen in the future. At any time your website may get down. The reason might be anything like hacking, plugin or theme compatibility issues or any settings. You must have a backup on hand to restore your site to last know good configuration.
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What is the Best way to backup WordPress site?
Many hosting providers like Bluehost or Siteground give you offsite backups for 30 days or 7 days. If you have any issues with your site, you need to contact your hosting provider, they will restore your site to back date. Still, it is not recommended to completely depend on your hosting providers. You must have your website backup in your hand.
If you have a very big website with a lot of images and videos, you must use Vaultpress from jetpack which will give you one month backup with unlimited storage. It is the cheap and best option for big websites.
When you have a small blog you can use your Google drive storage space to store your website backup files. Usually, Google drive gives you free 15GB storage space for a Gmail. If you are using a professional Gmail from G Suite, you will get 30 GB free storage. You can use this space to store your website backup files.
You can also use a free plugin Updraftsplus. Usually, other backup plugins like Updraftplus create the entire backup of your website every day. It consumes your storage space. Suppose, your website backup needs 1GB and you wanted a one-month backup. So other plugins take 30GB of your storage space. They need huge server resources every day while doing the backup of your entire site.
So the Best way to backup WordPress site is by taking Incremental backup by using WP Time Capsule plugin.
What is Incremental Backup?
Incremental means, just doing the backup of modified files only. So with this method, you need only 1GB storage space to store 30 days backup. And it needs fewer server resources because it backs up only modified files. It does not backup entire website.
What is WP Time Capsule?
Now I want to introduce you a free plugin WP Time Capsule to take automatic backup of your WordPress website to your Google drive. It is the best free backup plugin. This plugin uses the Incremental backup method which saves your storage space and server resources. It will not provide you storage space like Vaultpress. You must use Google drive or Dropbox or Amazon S3.
WP Time Capsule takes backup of your entire website during the first backup only. Every day it takes backup of only modified files. When there is no change, it will not do the backup.
Free version Features
Its free version comes with the essential features. You can take your website backup without any tension with the free version.
- Daily automatic backups at the preset time.
- Supports Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3.
- 15 days restore points.
- You can set the backup schedule.
- You can restore the entire site or specific files or database with a click. Restoration is very fast.
- Supports unlimited sites.
- Quick setup. Setting up this plugin is very easy. It hardly needs 5 minutes to setup.
Premium version Features
- Premium version has all free version features and some extra features.
- 30 days restore points.
- You can create staging site to test plugin updates or any updates.
- Automatically backs up your site before manual or auto updates. If any plugin update breaks your website, you need not worry. It automatically backup before updating.
How to Backup WordPress website with WP Time Capsule
First Visit WP Time Capsule website. Create a free account with your Email.
You can add your site from manage sites section in WP time capsule website. OR
Go to your WordPress dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New.
Search with the word WP Time Capsule. Install the plugin and Activate the plugin.
It will ask you to connect to your account. Enter your login details.
You will see plans. If you want you can select premium. Or select Lite.
Select your cloud storage and Click Connect option. I prefer to use Google drive.
After clicking on Connect to Google Drive option, it will ask you to select your Email if you have logged into more than one Email. Select Email. Next Select Allow option in next window.
It will return you to the next step Initial setup in WordPress dashboard.
Just change your Backup Schedule time and Timezone. I recommend you to select the backup time at which your website get low traffic in the day. Because when you have less traffic, your server resource usage is also less and there will be no effect even if your backup process takes some server resources. You can check your less traffic time in Google Analytics.My website gets low traffic between 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM. So I have selected 1:00 am as my backup schedule time. Every day at 1:00 AM WP Time Capsule will back up my website to Google drive.
My website gets low traffic between 1:00 AM to 4:00 AM. So I have selected 1:00 am as my backup schedule time. Every day at 1:00 AM WP Time Capsule will back up my website to Google drive.
If you are a new blogger, I don’t recommend you to select Include/exclude content option. Through this option, you can include or exclude your website files or database tables from backup. You need not change those settings. Because plugin will automatically select required files and deselect not required files from backup.
Click Save and Continue.
Now it will start backing up your website. It will not zip your backup so it takes much time for the first backup. From the second backup onwards, it will spend only a few minutes because it takes backup of only changed files. You will have only one backup at any time in your Google drive. So you save lot of storage space. Make sure you don’t make any changes to the backup folder in Google drive. It will create only restore points.
You can close the window during backup. It will continue the backup process of your website files and database.
If you want to see your backup, Login into your Google drive account. You will see a folder with the name WP Time Capsule. Open the folder, you will see your website name. If you use this plugin on more than one website, you will see all your website folders.
Click on any one of your websites, you will see all your files.
Your database will be saved in the location WP-Content -> Uploads -> tCapsule -> Backups.
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How to Restore your website to backup date?
As I mentioned, this plugin creates restore points. You can restore your website to back date. The free plugin creates 15 days restore points and premium version creates 30 days restore points. It restores your website files and database very quickly.
Go to WPTimeCapsule -> Backups. You will see available restore points.
Select any one of your restore points. Select Restore Site to this restore point.
If you want to see the backed up files, you can select three horizontal lines symbol at left. You will see modified files and database. If you want, you can restore only particular file or folder. I have restored this site. It restored very quickly.
I have restored my site. It restored very quickly.
WP Time Capsule is the best free backup plugin. I am using it on my two blogs. Without any hesitation, you can use it. If you need the automatic backup before updates and 30 days restore points, you must go with its premium version. Instead of going with its premium version, it is better to go with Jetpack premium which gives more features.