Creating and maintaining backups are essential for any website. It helps us to save the online contents in case something goes wrong.
Taking regular backup is not a difficult task for WordPress users. There are a plenty of plugins available to automate the job. They will automatically backup your website files, database at a scheduled time and save them to the chosen destination to retrieve when you need.
Most of us are using Dropbox as the backup destination. But unfortunately, it provides just 2 GB free storage in basic plans. The free limit will exhaust with a few backups. Isn’t it?
However, you can increase Dropbox storage space by performing simple tasks, referring friends or by paying a nominal fee. But it may not be practical for everyone. Read How to Automatically Backup Your WordPress Site to Dropbox.
Google Drive is another cloud storage service we commonly use. It is integrated with various Google products including Google Doc, Google Sheets, Gmail, Google Photos etc and lets you access those services seamlessly across the platforms and devices. The most notable feature of Google storage is that it offers massive 15 GB of free storage to all users. So why can’t you backup your WordPress website or blog to Google Drive?
Google Drive backup plugin
A lot of Dropbox plugins are available in WordPress library. But when talking about free Google Drive backup, their number will be decreased to one- UpdraftPlus. It is the most popular backup plugin for WordPress with 1 million downloads. It lets you backup and restore your site with a single click.
UpdraftPlus is a great option to automatically backup your files, database to the leading cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Rackspace, DreamObjects, FTP, OpenStack Swift and email. The paid version supports Microsoft OneDrive, Backblaze, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure as well.
Backup your WordPress website to Google Drive
Once UpdraftPlus is installed and activated on your blog, visit settings to configure your backup.
Set a schedule for automated backups. It allows you to take backup in – every 4/8/12 hours, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or manually. Decide how many backups you want to keep in the destination storage. Next, you have to choose the remote storage.
Select Google Drive. Scroll down to the bottom to dig deeper into the settings. Here you can include or exclude specific file types from the backup, enable email notification for basic reports etc. Click on Save Changes button. Now you will get a popup box with a link to authorize the plugin to access your Google Drive account.
Choose your account and grant required permissions to access and manage your Google Drive account.
A chocolate color screen will appear as the last step. Hit Complete setup button to finish the process.
That’s it. UpdraftPlus is successfully connected to your Google Drive account. It will automatically backup your site at scheduled intervals to the cloud account and gives you peace of mind.