How do I schedule backups for my files and databases?

Here is an instructional video, or please refer to the text below:

Firstly, log in to your WordPress-Admin dashboard and then once you’re in, navigate to your UpdraftPlus Settings tabs. You’ll see two scheduling options at the top of the page, one is for files, the other for databases.

To schedule backups for your files, select the option for “File Backup Schedules”. When you click, you’ll see a drop-down menu with different scheduling options, for example ‘daily’ or ‘weekly’. Select your preferred option.

You will then be asked to further refine your preference, specifying the exact day and/or time, depending on the option you’ve chosen (i.e. for daily, you specify a time; for weekly, a time and a day; for monthly, you just choose a day). You may find it useful to run through each of the options to assess which one best suits your website.

To schedule backups for your database, select the option for “Database Backup Schedules”. You then click to view the drop-down menu with the various scheduling options, and then further refine your preference.

Note, if you select the same option for your database as for your files, backups of the two will automatically take place simultaneously.

What’s the recommended backup schedule? 

One of the most common schedules is weekly backups for files and daily backups for databases.

How can I ensure that UpdraftPlus doesn’t become congested with old backups? 

UpdraftPlus’ scheduling feature has a number of more advanced options, one of which allows you to select the maximum number of backups you want to retain at any time. Once this limit has been reached, the oldest backup will be deleted automatically.

You can set different limits for your files and databases, and you can also set up an ‘additional retention rule’ which allows you to specify which backups you wish to retain for a longer, and which you wish to delete when your backup limit is reached.