backups | BoldGrid

Now that you know how to install the BoldGrid backup plugin and you have learned how to configure automated backups its time to learn how to run a manual backup for your first backup. The BoldGrid backup plugin makes running or restoring a backup anytime fast and easy.

Remember, you should be running backups regularly. It’s important to perform a backup every time you update WordPress core to a new version, update plugins, or before changing site settings. Backups can be ran with the simple click of a button. Keep in mind, running a backup can be resource intensive so we recommend performing regularly scheduled backups for your site during off peak hours.

Steps to manually backing up WordPress

  1. Log into WordPressLog into your WordPress dashboard and go to BoldGrid Backup
  2. Click Backup Site NowClick Backup Site Now
  3. View the backup resultsNow you can view the results under the section Backup Results

How to download, restore, or delete a WordPress backup

  1. Log into WordPressLog into your WordPress dashboard and go to BoldGrid Backup
  2. Look for backup under the heading section archivesUnder the section Backup Archives you can see the backup we ran following the steps above.
  3. Click download to download to your local computerTo download the backup to your local computer click the button Download
  4. To restore the backup of your WordPress site click the restore button
  5. To delete the backup from your server click the button Delete

Now that you know how to run a WordPress backup on demand, you can create a new backup anytime you need one. Just remember, backing up your website before making changes should always be your first step. You’re ready to learn how to restore a previous backup of your WordPress website.

Now that you have  installed the BoldGrid backup plugin  to manage and automate the backup process in your WordPress site, it’s time to review the settings to ensure the process runs when you expect it to. Lets learn how to configure backups for your BoldGrid website.

The settings page in the WordPress Dashboard is where you can decide when the backups run and how many backups are stored on the server. There is also a setting to run a backup prior to updating your WordPress website. This can be extremely handy if you’re not in the habit of running backups yourself. To get started you’ll need to log into your WordPress dashboard.

  1. Backup settingsOnce you are logged into the WordPress dashboard, you’ll need to click on BoldGrid Backup >> Settings in the left-hand menu pane.
  2. Choose what days of the week backups runThe first setting on the page you can configure is the Days of the week you would like the backups to run. Select the days of the week to automatically run backups.
  3. Choose what time backups should runThe next setting you will set in the Time of Day. Keep in mind, running backups can be resource intensive. It’s best to run backups when your website is seeing low traffic. If most of your customers are on the East Coast of the United States, you may want to run the backup in the early hours of the day (as shown in the image).
  4. Choose how many backups to retainChoose the number of backups you wish to store.
  5. Auto backup before updateNow select the radio button for Auto Backup Before Updates. (This is a good idea, especially if you’re not in the habit of running backups before updating WordPress or your Plugins).
  6. Decide when you auto-rollbackThe Auto Rollback function allows the BoldGrid Backup Plugin to rollback to the update last taken prior to performing the updates. This ensures that if the update process fails your site is not damaged in any way.
  7. Set your notifications preferencesNow, set the notifications you would like an email sent to and the conditions which determines when an email is sent. By default, both boxes are checked to let you know when a backup runs and when a restore is performed.
  8. Backup storageThe next field is where you want to store the backups. It comes pre-filled with a folder the plugin created when installing. For most users, this setting will not need to be changed.
  9. Click to save changesWhen you are happy with the settings changes you have made, click Save Changes.

Well done learning how to configure backups with BoldGrid in WordPress. At this point, you have automated the backup process for specific days of the week and a specific time during the day. You’ve also chosen when backups should be ran automatically such as when updates are performed. Lastly, you have set up your email preferences for notifications of backups and restorations. 

From here you can manually perform your first backup in WordPress. 

Obtaining the BoldGrid Backup Plugin is a quick and easy process The free plugin can be downloaded from the WordPress Repository, and you can get the Premium Extension directly from BoldGrid Central.
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Installing the Free BoldGrid Backup Plugin

Installing the BoldGrid Backup plugin is just like any other WordPress plugin. It should be a quick and easy installation as described in the following steps:

  • In the Dashboard, Navigate to Plugins → Add New
  • Select Upload Plugin
  • Browse to the downloaded plugin file and select it
  • Click on Install Now
  • Click on Activate to complete the installation

Congratulations! You now know how to install the BoldGrid Backup Extension. The installation will add a new menu item in your WordPress Dashboard labeled BoldGrid Backup. Next, you may want to learn how to install the Premium Extension for BoldGrid Backup.