Backing up your data is one of the most important things that you should always be doing no matter where the data is, whether it is on your local desktop or your mobile phone or even and especially on the world wide web. Bad times won’t give you a call before it arrives and so you should have a backup of your stuff so that you can have your things back up and running in no time.
In this article, we are going to show you how to backup your WordPress website/blog to Google drive. The reason why we suggest Google Drive is because you will have access to your information easily from anywhere with just an internet connection. And lucky for you tech guys out there, you can store your backups easily and for free using Google Drive.
We really don’t need to cover this but just as an FYI, we will give you a brief detail on what Google Drive is. Google Drive is free online storage where you can store almost anything depending on the plan you have. Google provides you with a 15-GB of storage for a free plan and it gives you the option to upgrade as well for a price of $1.99 per month for a 100-GB, $9.99 per month for 1-TB and $9.99 per month for 10-TB. We found that the free storage is more than enough to back up a WordPress website/blog, so we do not recommend upgrading your Google Drive plan for now unless you have a lot of videos and images embedded on your website/blog.
How to Access your Google Drive Account
You only need a Google account to access your Google Drive. We will show you a step-by-step procedure on how to access your Google Drive.
- On the web browser, enter https://drive.google.com/
- Login with your Google credentials and walla! you are in!
- Once on the drive, you will find 2 options, Personal and Business (the Personal one is the free storage and the Business one is the Paid storage)
- Click on “Go to Google Drive” under the Personal section.
- Then click on “Go to Google Drive” on the top-right corner of the screen.
You should be good to go to backup or restore any files within that 15-GB free storage limit.
Let us now talk about how to connect your Google Drive to your WordPress Website. 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.
You need to download UpdraftPlus, then go to Plugins on your WordPress dashboard, click on Add New, and search for UpdraftPlus. Click Install and then Activate.
After you have done the above, you will find that UpdraftPlus has been added to your WordPress Dashboard, click on the Settings on the top bar. You would then need to click on UpdraftPlus Backups and then select the Settings tab, then click on Google Drive.
Once you click on the Google Drive button, it will redirect you to the next page where you would need to click on Google Drive on the top and then enter the name of the folder where you would like to keep your files backed up and then click Save. We recommend you click on the Save button no matter whatever changes you do and whether you do it or not.
In the next screen, it will prompt you to select or enter your google credentials or if that is already saved in your browser, it will ask you to select the one you want to use. Click on the Allow button on the next window, which informs Google that UpdraftPlus is requesting permissions.
In the next window, you will see a Complete Setup button which makes your UpdraftPlus connection to Google Drive successful.
With the above steps you have successfully done the following:
- Downloaded UpdraftPlus.
- Set it up on your WordPress website/blog.
- Connecting UpdraftPlus to your Google account
Now its time to start backing up your WordPress website/blog.
How to Backup to Google Drive
In your WordPress admin page, Do the following:
- Click on Settings and you should find a message on the top that says “Success. You have authenticated your Google Drive account“.
- Click on the Backup Now button.
- It will then take you to a screen which reads “Take a New Backup“, Make sure you select the below options:
- Include your database in the backup
- Include your files in the backup
- Send this backup to remote storage
It is solely your decision to select the 4th option which reads “Only allow this backup to be deleted manually” since this depends on the type of storage plan you have selected with Google Drive.
- Click on Backup Now.
It will then start backing up all the options that you have selected and show you as below –
Once the backup is completed successfully, it will display a message, “The backup has finished running”, you may click on the Close button.
Existing WordPress backups
On the Settings page for UpdraftPlus, you will see a tab on the top which says Existing Backups, which shows all the backups that you have made and if it is made under your Google Drive, it will display the Google Drive icon below the backup.
And if you go to https://drive.google.com/
and login with your credentials, it will display all the backups you have made of your WordPress website/blog.
Restoring your WordPress from Google Drive
Restoring your website/blog is the same process as restoring from your server. Follow the below steps to restore your website back.
- On the WordPress admin page, click on UpdraftPlus Backups at the bottom of the screen on the left.
- Click on the Backup/Restore tab.
- You will find a section of the Existing Backups.
- Choose the desired backup date and Click on Restore.
- This is will take you to the next screen which gives you the option to select what components you need to restore, Select all that is required.
- Click Next.
- On the next screen, click on Restore.
- You will then see the third screen which displays that the Restore is successful and you will find a message that reads “Return to UpdraftPlus configuration”.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: This will take you to the next screen, UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore. The most important item here is to always make sure that you click on the button Delete Old Directories.
- When you click on Delete Old Directories, it will remove all your old directories and it will display a list of items that it has deleted.
- You can then click on “Return to UpdraftPlus configuration”.
With the above steps, you have successfully restored your content on your WordPress website/blog.
We really found Google Drive to be an excellent choice to store your WordPress backups remotely and using UpdraftPlus plugin, things just get easier.
We would love to here from you if you have anything more to add here.