One of our readers asked us about how she can create a complete WordPress Backup for Free without paying for any services or plugin. So in this article we will show the exact steps you need to follow to create a free WordPress backup for your site.
Important: Many WordPress hosting providers offers backup services for WordPress. Do not rely solely on your hosting provider for backups, instead have your own backup for your site.
Creating a backup for your site is the best thing you can do for yourself. Having a complete backup for your site not only secures your site but is also the best defence against any security threats towards your site or if you mistakenly messed up your site.
In the past we have showed you 9 ways you can have your WordPress site backed up and also mentioned about a premium plugin known as BackupBuddy which can help you create complete automatic backups for your site.
Lets Get Started to Create WordPress Backup for Free
First thing you need to do is install and activate wpTimeCapsule plugin. But only activating the plugin is not enough, you need to have an account on their website wpTimecapsule.com and signup for Free Account by filling the form.
If you want to download your backups to your computer for offline use then our tutorial on how to backup WordPress site to computer will satisfy your needs.
As you have already activate the plugin in the first step, you need to visit wpTimeCapsule in your wp-admin and select the cloud storage app tab and select the cloud app that you would like to have your backups saved. Click and sign into your account to connect the app.
Once you are signed in you the next step you need to do is to select your cloud storage, in this case you will be presented with 3 options i.e Dropbox, Google Drive and Amazon S3.
Select your cloud storage and authorize it to allow the plugin to save its data. Once you have granted all the rights you need to schedule the backups. wpTimecapsule start backup process every day at the desired time you have selected. Select the desired time and the time zone city, in case your city is not listed, choose the nearest city or the same city that has the same timezone as you.
After you have scheduled the backup time you need to choose what files and folders you want to backup.
The fourth tab which says Take First Backup is a time consuming process, here is where everything you have selected in the third tab will be backed up to the cloud storage you selected earlier. The backup process is automatically started when you hit the save and Continue button in the previous step.
Restoring the backups is much simpler, every backup creates a unique restore point for you. A popup will appear asking what you want to restore. Once you have selected everything that you want to restore, click the Restore Selected button or Restore site to this point, if you want to restore every file that was backed up to that day. Thats how you restore and backup your WordPress site for free using wpTimecapsule.
That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to create a complete backup for your site for free. You may also be interested to know the 9 Best WordPress Plugins For Backup And Restore and the complete tutorial on creating Automatic Incremental WordPress backups with wpTimeCapsule.