Using a WordPress Plugin to Backup to Google Drive

 

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Using a WordPress Plugin to Backup to Google Drive

Making regular, secure backups is a crucial issue for every WordPress website. Websites get hacked, plugin or theme updates may break your site, your server may have a hard drive failure, or any number of other risks can happen at any time.

Total Upkeep creates automatic backups of your website, both on a schedule and before you update your plugin, theme, or WordPress itself. The Total Upkeep plugin also protects your backups by connecting WordPress to Google Drive, keeping them safe just in case the unthinkable happens to your website.

What is Google Drive?

Chances are, you already have a Google account. If you have a GMail email address, use an Android phone, or if your business has a GSuite account (formerly known as Google Apps) then congratulations! You already have a Google Drive account.

Google Drive is incredibly affordable. You get 15 Gigabytes of storage space for free, or you can upgrade to 100 Gigabytes for only $20 per year, or 200 Gigabytes for only $30 per year. Plans go up to 10 Terabytes of space. Fun fact— you’d need over 7.5 million floppy disks to store 10 Terabytes.

Google Drive is also very secure. Google maintains a security protocol that checks your IP Address location, browser, operating system, and login activity—  all behind the scenes when you log into your Google account.

And finally, Google Drive is incredibly easy to set up with the Total Upkeep WordPress plugin. Just a few clicks and you’ll be set up to automatically save your backups to Google Drive.

How to Connect Google Drive to WordPress

  1. If you don’t already have it, install the Total Upkeep WordPress Backup Plugin.
  2. Google Drive storage is a premium feature of Total Upkeep. Upgrade to Premium and install the Total Upkeep Premium Extension.
  3. Set up your automatic backup schedule to suit your website’s needs. If you work on your website every day, then you should take backups every couple of days, or even daily.
  4. Navigate to Total Upkeep -> Settings -> Backup Storage.
  5. Click on Authorize next to Google Drive.
  6. You’ll be redirected to sign into your Google Account. Choose the account you want to use to upload your WordPress backups to Google Drive.
  7. Click on Authorize to allow the Total Upkeep plugin to create Google Drive directories, and upload and delete your backups.A screenshot depicting the "Authorize" link for Google Drive
  8. Make sure the box is checked for Google Drive storage.
  9. By default, your latest 5 Backups will upload to Google Drive. Optionally, click update to change the number of backups to retain on Google Drive.

Is this the right backup solution for you?

Google Drive is the easiest cloud storage option for uploading a backup since all you need to do is log into Google to authorize it. You can also use the Total Upkeep plugin to store your backups on an FTP/SFTP server, Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 storage, or DreamHost’s DreamObjects.