Setting up automatic Updraft backups of your website to your preferred cloud server

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Attention: RAM Marketing Clients

Installed on your website is a WordPress backup plugin called UpdraftPlus. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to backup your WordPress site to an external cloud server using UpdraftPlus.

1. Once logged into the WordPress Dashboard, navigate to UpdraftPlus by clicking on Settings and UpdraftPlus Backups then select the Settings tab.

2. From here, you can choose a secure remote storage location. This ensures that your backups are stored safely outside of your WordPress site.

The following are available in the free version:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3 (or compatible)
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • DreamObjects
  • OpenStack Swift
  • FTP
  • Email

Or choose UpdraftPlus Premium (you will need to purchase an UpdraftPlus Premium license to activate these features) and backup to one of the following or more than one location:

  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • SFTP
  • Microsoft Azure
  • WebDAV
  • Google Cloud
  • SCP
  • Backblaze
  • pCloud

Another option is to store your WordPress backups on UpdraftVault. 1GB is included with UpdraftPlus Premium or you can purchase another 5GB off-site storage from just US$7.80 a quarter.

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3. Once selected, each storage option has its own instructions. Follow these and press the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

4. Set up backup reports.  Now, in the Settings tab, scroll down to the Email  section. Check the box that says “Check this box to have a basic report sent to your site’s admin address.

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UpdraftPlus Premium adds a wealth of information to your backup reports. It lists errors, so you don’t need to search through log files, it includes cryptographic checksums so you can verify the integrity of the backed-up files and more. You can also send reports to multiple email addresses or to the syslog.

5. Create and schedule your WordPress backups. At the top of the Settings tab, choose how often you want to back up from a minimum of every 2 hours, to a maximum of every month. You can schedule backups for exact times with if you purchase an UpdraftPlus add-on.

6. Choose a more frequent backup frequency if you regularly update your site with new pages and posts.

7. You can also adjust how many backups are stored at any one time. New backups can then override the old ones.

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8. With your storage location and how often you’d like to back up your site set up, UpdraftPlus will automatically carry out your first site backup. Save your setting changes.

For more information you can watch our video tutorial showing how to backup your site using UpdraftPlus in 1 minute!

Need help? If you encounter any problems. contact me directly or visit the Updraft website »

Important: Backups allow you to recover your website in an emergency. However, they cannot protect your website against common security threats like hacking, malware, and code injection. You need to make sure that your WordPress site is secure to prevent malicious attack.