UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin – WordPress plugin Free download

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UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin


UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over two million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!

Backup into the cloud directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email. The paid version also backs up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, Backblaze B2, SFTP, SCP, and WebDAV.

Don’t risk your backups on anything less

Your WordPress backups are worth the entire investment you’ve made in your website. The day may come when you get hacked, when something goes wrong with an update, your server crashes or your hosting company goes bust – without good backups, you lose everything. Would you entrust all your hard work to a backup plugin with only a few thousand downloads, mixed reviews or no professional support?

Believe us: writing a reliable backup plugin that works consistently across the huge range of WordPress deployments is hard.

UpdraftPlus works. We’ll keep your backups safe.

Why you should backup your website.

WordPress like any CMS can be vulnerable to things such as server crashes, hacking, security flaws, bad plugin or theme updates and insecure web hosts. If anything happened to your website, it would cost you dearly in time, money and reputation.

Whilst other security measures are essential, backups are the ultimate insurance: they mean that, if the worst were to happen, your website (plus all related files and databases) stay safe, and can be restored in no time.

You could always create your own manual backups- but using backup plugin is infinitely quicker, simpler and safer. Life’s busy enough! With UpdraftPlus, you can simply “set and forget”, scheduling in automatic backups to save you time, work and hassle.

How UpdraftPlus compares with other backup plugins:

UpdraftPlus is the most highly-rated and popular plugin out there – and for good reason. Not only is it comprehensive in terms of its features, but it’s aso easy and intuitive to use. And because it has such a vast user base, it’s tried and tested in a whole range of different situations and scenarios.

Unlike many other plugins, UpdraftPlus:

Restores, as well as backing up
Backs up to more cloud options than any others
Allows you to set up automatic backup schedules, for the ultimate in convenience
Is faster, using up fewer server resources
Has been tested on over 1 million sites

On our website, we’ve got a whole page dedicated to how our Premium version compares with the competition here

UpdraftPlus Premium

The free version of UpdraftPlus works just fine, but if you need more features and options you can purchase our Premium version. Here are some of the many features of UpdraftPlus Premium:

Incremental backups
Easily duplicates or migrates websites (with Migrator)
Multisite/multi-network compatible
Backs up non WP files and databases to multiple remote destinations
More storage destinations (e.g. OneDrive, BackBlaze, Azure, SFTP) and multiple destinations
Database encryption
Advanced reporting
Supports WP-CLI
Free dedicated expert support

Find out more on our comparison page. UpdraftPlus Premium is available for purchase here

Managing multiple website backups

We’ve also developed a brilliant new plugin that allows you to backup, update and manage all of your websites remotely from one central location. It’s called UpdraftCentral, and it comes in 2 different forms:

UpdraftCentral (free, self-hosted)
UpdraftCentral Premium (fully-hosted and “ready-to-go”, cloud version also available)

Instantly create a temporary clone of your site (UpdraftClone)

A temporary clone is an instant copy of this website, running on our servers. You don’t need to test or develop on your live site; instead, you can UpdraftClone it, and throw away your clone when done. Learn more about UpdraftClone here.

Easy: Press the buttons… UpdraftClone does the work.
Reliable: Runs on capacity from a leading cloud computing provider.
Secure: One VPS (Virtual Private Server) per clone, shared with nobody.
Fast: Takes just the time needed to create a backup and send it.
Flexible: If you want, test upgrading to a different PHP or WP version.

To create a temporary clone you need: 1) credit in your account and 2) to connect to your account. You can buy UpdraftClone tokens from our shop, here.

Are you multi-lingual? Can you translate?

Are you able to translate UpdraftPlus into another language? Are you ready to help speakers of your language? UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore itself is ready and waiting – the only work needed is the translating. The translation process is easy, and web-based – go here for instructions: https://updraftplus.com/translate/. (Or if you’re an expert WordPress translator already, then just pick out the .pot file from the wp-content/plugins/updraftplus/languages/ directory – if you scan for translatable strings manually, then you need to get these functions: _x(), __(), _e(), _ex(), log_e()).

Many thanks to the existing translators – listed at: https://updraftplus.com/translate/

More premium plugins

If you are in the market for other WordPress premium plugins (especially WooCommerce addons), then try our sister shop, here.

For other useful free plugins see our lead developer’s profile, here.


Copyright 2011-19 David Anderson

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301  USA

Furthermore, reliance upon any non-English translation is at your own risk. UpdraftPlus can give no guarantees that translations from the original English are accurate.

We recognise and thank the following for code and/or libraries used and/or modified under the terms of their open source licences; see: https://updraftplus.com/acknowledgements/


Main dashboard – screenshots are from UpdraftPlus Premium, so may reference some features that are not part of the free version

Configuring your backups

Take a backup

Restoring from a backup


What exactly does UpdraftPlus do?

Our free version of UpdraftPlus is fully functional: it performs full, manual or scheduled backups of all your WordPress files, databases, plugins and themes, and restores them direct from your WordPress control panel.

It also:
* Backs up to multiple cloud storage options: Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible, e.g. DigitalOcean Spaces), UpdraftPlus Vault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email.
* Can split your website into multiple archives
* Click to Downloads backup archives directly from your WordPress dashboard
* Automatically resumes and retries failed uploads

UpdraftPlus is supported on all current versions of PHP, and is translated in over 16 languages.

Extra features, including full guaranteed support, are available for purchase via our website shop. The full package of add-ons is included in our advanced version of the plugin, UpdraftPremium.

What are the benefits of upgrading to UpdraftPlus Premium?

The free version of UpdraftPlus works just fine, but if you need more features and functionality, including migration and multisite compatibility, you can purchase our Premium version.

Here are some of the key features of UpdraftPlus Premium:

Easily duplicates or migrates websites (using the built-in Migrator)
Backs up non WP files and databases to multiple remote destinations and to more cloud storage options (WebDAV, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Backblaze B2, SFTP/SCP, encrypted FTP)
Restores and migrates backup sets from other backup plugins: BackWPUp, BackupWordPress, Simple Backup, WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Encrypts sensitive databases; has lock access settings
Offers sophisticated reporting and scheduling
Backs up automatically before updates to themes and plugins and cores
Includes 1 GB centralised remote storage (with UpdraftVault)
Free dedicated expert support
Multisite/multi-network compatible

To find out more, why not take a look at our comparison page. UpdraftPremium is available for purchase here.

How do I install UpdraftPlus?

Here are the installation guidelines from our YouTube channel or from our website.

Where are your other FAQs, other than the few found here?

Here: https://updraftplus.com/faqs/ (by keeping them in one place, we make sure they don’t fall out-of-date!).

Is there any way to make managing multiple website backups easier?

Yes! We’ve developed a brilliant new plugin that allows you to backup, update and manage all of your website remotely from one central location. It’s called UpdraftCentral, and it comes in 2 different forms:

UpdraftCentral (free, self-hosted)
UpdraftCentral Premium (fully-hosted by us and “ready-to-go”; self-hosted version also available)

What if I have a problem / need support ?

You can find us in the WordPress support forum for this plugin. However, before you get in touch with problems, please do ensure that you read through all the FAQs and that you’ve updated to the latest release of our plugin. If you’re a paying customer, you should go to our support page, here.

It helps greatly if you can include the backup log and as much other information as possible in your report, for example, the PHP version, your website, the error description, how you got to the page that caused it, any other relevant plugins you have installed, plus any other information that might be of use.

To find the backup log: there are links to download the logs on the UpdraftPlus settings page- or you may be emailed it. Failing that, FTP into the directory wp-content/updraft and look for it there.

If you know how, please send your PHP error logs- just the few lines that appear when you run a backup, often the file called error_log, possibly in your wp-admin directory which you can check via FTP. And if you’re a programmer that can debug and send a patch, that’s even better.

UpdraftPlus runs out of time when it’s trying to backup, after I have left it for some time to give it a good chance. What can I do?

This problem is probably caused by your account being starved of resources by your (cheap) web host provider. This is far from ideal; although UpdraftPlus supports resuming backup runs right from the beginning to avoid everything having to be done at once, it has its limits. The best thing is to choose a more reputable web host. Failing this, try going into the “Expert settings” and reducing the size at which zip files are split. UpdraftPlus is known to successfully backup websites that run into the multiple-gigabytes on web servers that are not resource-starved.

If my site gets hacked and the backups don’t work, is there anything I can do?

Unfortunately not; since this is free software, there’s no warranty and no guarantee. It’s up to you to verify that UpdraftPlus is creating your backups correctly.


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