Post updated 22 February 2023
Knowing where your backups are stored and being confident you can access them is just as important as remembering to back up in the first place.
You should specify your remote backup storage location when setting up your UpdraftPlus backup plugin.
The default location is on your hosting server within a folder called “UpdraftPlus” in the wp-content folder; however, should anything happen with your hosting provider, perhaps a server crash or any loss of service, you may not be able to access your backup files. That’s why we strongly advise you to store your backups remotely from your server so you can access the backups independently.
By storing your WordPress backups separately, you have control and access to your WordPress site and can restore it anytime to wherever you need it.
Remote storage options within ‘free’ UpdraftPlus
- Google Drive
- OpenStack (Swift)
- Rackspace Cloud
- Amazon S3 (or compatible)
- and DreamObjects.
If you have an account for any of these, it’s worth checking what space is available and using it for your WordPress backups.
You can also email your backup files to a specified email address but be aware of the size of those files. Mail servers have size limits, generally between 10 – 20 Mb. Anything larger than this is unlikely to arrive.
FTP is also an option if you can access space on a different server to your website.
UpdraftPlus Premium offers more options, including:
- Microsoft Azure
- Google Cloud
- or WebDAV.
UpdraftPlus Premium also includes 1GB of UpdraftVault storage. UpdraftVault is fully integrated into the plugin, so you can connect and back up in just a few clicks. It’s built on Amazon S3, providing 99.999999% reliability, redundancy, and high scalability.
If you use UpdraftVault, you can access your backups by going to your UpdraftVault page.
Related articles worth reading include:
- How to back up a WordPress Site: a step-by-step guide.
- How do I restore my WordPress site with UpdraftPlus?