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Total Upkeep WordPress Backup Plugin

When building a WordPress website, one of the most mission-critical items is backups. The Total Upkeep Plugin allows you to make scheduled or manual backups of your site, store WordPress Backups on Google Drive or Amazon S3, as well as transfer your website to a new host. The Total Upkeep plugin is free, but it has a premium extension that unlocks additional features once added.

What are the differences between Free and Premium?

The main differences are additional features and the ability to save your WordPress backups to remote servers. The table below compares the features of the Total Upkeep plugin with the Premium Features offered to Premium Connect Key users.

FeatureTotal Upkeep FreePremium Extension
Complete WordPress backups at any timexx
Scheduled backups with Cron or WP Cronxx
Preflight Checkxx
Archive option and Ability to retain a specific number of backupsxx
Auto Updates and Rollbackxx
Notifications by emailxx
Backup on Web Server or FTPxx
Custom Files and Folder Backupxx
Custom Database Backupxx
Download and Restore Backupxx
Auto rollback to version of WordPress before updatexx
Option to see files and folders in backupxx
Store WordPress Backups on Amazon S3x
Store WordPress Backups on Google Drivex
One-click individual file restorationsx
History of Changes to the WordPress sitex
Determine recently modified filesx

The Pre Flight Check

To ensure the Total Upkeep Plugin will run on your web server, we include a Pre Flight Check that analyzes your hosting environment, and provides a detailed report about its configuration. This includes general tests, the backup directory and permissions, available compression libraries and cron availability. If your host has an issue with failing one of these checks, this will provide information about what can be done to resolve the problem.

Now that you have a little more information about the Total Upkeep Backup plugin, next you may want to run your first backup or learn more about configuring automatic updates.

Installing the Total Upkeep Backup Plugin

 

Installing the Total Upkeep backup plugin for WordPress 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 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.

Installing the Total Upkeep Premium Extension

If you have a Premium Connect Key, you can also download and install the Premium Extension, which will unlock additional features for the WordPress backup plugin! Premium features include:

Don’t have a Premium Connect Key yet?

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Follow these steps to download the Total Upkeep Premium Extension and install it on your website:

  • Login to BoldGrid Central
  • Select Plugins from the main screen.
  • Download Total Upkeep Premium from the list of available plugins.
  • 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 have now successfully installed the Total Upkeep Premium extension and have access to all of the extra features that it offers!

Troubleshooting

How to Fix the Exceeds Upload_Max_Filesize Error when Installing Total Upkeep

The Total Upkeep WordPress Backup plugin comes in two varieties – free (the default) and a premium add-on that can be loaded once you purchase a subscription for BoldGrid. There may be the occasion when your PHP.INI file is not set correctly or even non-existent in the installation files for your BoldGrid/WordPress installation. This will affect the installation of the Premium version of the Total Upkeep plugin. This is the error that you may see:

Fix Upload Max Filesize Error in php.ini

This can be easily fixed by editing or adding a PHP.INI file into the root of your WordPress installation. Accessing the files may differ depending on your hosting service.

The steps listed below include accessing the file through a cPanel based hosting solution.

How to Access the PHP.INI file Using the cPanel File Manager

  1. Log in to cPanel
  2. Access the File Manager
  3. In the Settings for File Manager, click on Show Hidden Files, then save your change.
  4. In the File Manager, go to the location where you have installed your WordPress site. If you are using a folder for your site, you will need to locate it. Some hosts use the PUBLIC_HTML folder as their default folder for all published website files.
  5. Find the PHP.INI file and then either right-click to pull up the edit option, or go to the top of the File Manager and edit the file. However you access the file, keep in mind that it is a simple text file, so you should be able to edit it with the text editor of your choice.
  6. When you have the file opened in the editor, look for this line:
    upload_max_filesize = 2M

     

    The “M” is for megabytes. Change the numerical value to something larger like 64M or 128M. This will allow you to upload much larger files using WordPress (or any PHP-based application). The error message displayed above is based on a upload max file size of 2M. Since the Total Upkeep Premium plugin is larger than 2M, then the error would occur.

  7. Once you have changed the value, make sure to save the file. You can then re-load the site and the error should be resolved.

The updated cPanel interface may also include a direct editor for the PHP.INI file. If you have that option, simply go into the Editor, select the location (if you have more than 1), and then make the change directly to the “upload_max_filesize” value. Save your or apply your changes. If you are unable to find a PHP.INI file, you may need to set your PHP version with the PHP version editor in your cPanel and then a PHP.INI file would be applied. In some cases, a PHP.INI file may need to be created. If you continue to be unable to locate the file, then contact your hosting technical support team as they may have a default file they can immediately add. It’s best to contact technical support for your hosting service as the settings for PHP.INI may differ depending on your hosting plan.

 

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9 thoughts on “Introduction to the Total Upkeep Backup Plugin

    • Hi MMB-
      By default, Total Upkeep will use your system cron if it’s available to be modified from the plugin. You can also check out the cron commands themselves in the Preflight Check tab, and check the “System crontab available?” section to see if your system cron is available to your site.

      • Thanks Jesse for the quick response
        The preflight information is as below and it says System crontab available to be No

        Cron
        System crontab available? No
        PHP allow_url_fopen enabled? Yes
        Curl SSL enabled? Yes
        Can fetch a remote url via CLI? Yes
        Cron time zone matches server time zone?
        (Test may take up to 25 minutes to complete)
        Cron jobs:
        Method used to read cron: Crontab output to file.
        WP Cron enabled? Yes
        WP Cron jobs:
        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_run_jobs (every-5-minutes starting 2020.11.06 02:09:41 pm UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.07 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.08 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.09 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.10 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.11 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.12 07:00:00 am UTC)

        boldgrid_backup_wp_cron_backup (weekly starting 2020.11.13 07:00:00 am UTC)

        • Hi MMB-
          Since “System crontab” is showing as unavailable, there’s likely something going on with your server environment. This could be a user permission error, for example if your website is owned by one user but Apache runs as a different user. Also note that System Cron is not available on Windows servers.

  1. Is there a limit to the number of websites can you back up with Total Upkeep? Is the answer different for the free version and the premium version?

    • Hi Pea, thank you for your question!

      There are no limits to the number of websites that you can backup with Total Upkeep in the free or premium versions, and you will only be limited by the amount of storage you have available for backups on your server!

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