In my last post, I wrote about the 5 plugins that are used the most in the community to backup and restore WordPress websites. Out of the 5, I’d mentioned that my choice of backup tool was Duplicator Pro. Today, let’s take a deeper dive into it and understand how can Duplicator Pro be used to achieve that. By the way, there is also a free version of the plugin that is perfectly usable. The extra features you get out of the Pro are:
- Save the backups on external storage, like AWS, Google Drive and Dropbox. As I’d mentioned in the last post, it’s quite important for the backup strategy to make backups offsite.
- Schedule automatic backups, instead of having to manually backup every time.
- Create a new WordPress installation, in addition to replacing an existing one. The latter is possible with the free version.
If you wish, you could take a look into a detailed comparison between the Free & the Pro plans.
Steps to Backup WordPress website
- Download either the free or Pro version of the plugin.
- Install them on your WordPress website.
- Navigate to the menu item titled “Duplicator (Pro)” on the sidebar
Steps to set up target storage options for your backups
The very first step in the process will be to set up the target location where your backups will be saved. This is just setting up templates for each storage solution. The actual target location for every single backup will be chosen at a later stage. What I’d suggest is to set up all potential backup locations at this stage.
- At the Storage option page, click on the
Add Newbutton at top right.