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My Experiences Using the Updraftplus WordPress Backup Plugin

I started using the Updraftplus WordPress Backup Plugin in March/April during 2021 as I was using the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin before that.

My Experiences Using the Updraftplus WordPress Backup Plugin

Background

The problem I was experiencing with the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin was restoring the backup file it generates when this was greater than 64M. It has no problems creating the backup file, it is just when I wanted to restore from it when it was greater than 64M that it was problematic.

There are some workarounds.

Workaround One

Although I could buy additional extensions from the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin developers this was not something I was willing to do. I don’t want to add nilly-willy to my operational costs unless I have good technical business reasons to do so.

Fair enough, the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin developers want people to buy additional extensions so that they can continue to work on the plugin. After all, it does cost time and effort to develop a WordPress plugin. And it can cost more time and effort to support it and to update it with new features and to fix bugs.

The freeium version of the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin can be affected by the maximum file size value inside of WordPress, which in turn is related to the webserver that WordPress itself is using.

The freeium version of the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin will happily save your website for you. However if the size of the backup file that it generates is greater than the maximum file size value inside of WordPress, it will not restore successfully.

I believe that if the backup file is greater than 512M, the freeium version of the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin also will not work, no matter what the maximum file size value inside of WordPress is.

At that stage you need a plan B that you know that works. Here’s a post on one way to copy one WordPress website to another that I wrote that may help. Those options are highly technical and dependent on the plugin’s developers not changing existing functionally within the plugin itself.

They are a third party and this is something that could happen, either by accident or by design. So this is not really a long term solution for me. Even with regular testing I would not be really sure that this solution would work for me when it really has to. And I really don’t have the time or interest to do this on an ongoing basis.

Workaround Two

Your web host may be enforcing the the maximum file size value inside of WordPress value to be 64MB. This may be a limitation imposed by the webservers that your web host uses behind the scenes or it may be an artifical limit imposed by them. If the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin generated a file greater than 64MB, you can’t restore it successfully yourself unto a website with this maximum file size value set to 64MB.

At least one web host has a workaround which works.

This involved opening a Hosting Support ticket with your web host. And seeing do they come back with a solution. At least one web host has a solution.

I was able to use this approach with the web host I was using during January/February 2021. And it worked. The size of the backup file generated by the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin was between 64MB and less than 512MB. I was not able to use that file. I simply put that file in a place where my web host could grab it at Dropbox. Then support at my web host was able to use that file and restore successfully from it.

I learned about my workaround five later. Workaround five would have worked without the need for me to involve any hosting support.

Workaround Three

If you are using NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting, know that in March/April 2021, the maximum file size value inside of WordPress value was 512M. The size of the backup file generated by the All-in-One WP Migration WP Plugin was between 64M and less than 512M. I was able to use that file to successfully restore a website. I simply followed the instructions on a related post at the EasyWP website.

Workaround Four

My fourth workaround was to look at other WordPress Plugins that provide save and restore functionally. This was when I came across the UpdraftPlus backup/restore WordPress plugin. This uses chunking technology behind the scenes to overcome file size limits. It also has some other neat functionally which I like.

It is actually quite easy to install and implement this WordPress Plugin. After changing some settings, you should be ready to go. I am of course recommending testing that you are able to restore successfully from a save just to be sure you know what to do and it works for you in the expected manner. This is a third party tool. As such, you should ensure that it does what you need it to do in case you ever have to restore “in anger”. That wouldn’t be a good time to find out that it does not work for whatever reason.

As it happens his example uses the remote storage of a Dropbox account. That is also what I do. However I have my settings to save the files and database daily. And to keep a good number of them just in case. Although his point of keeping 52 weekly database backups is an interesting one.

I also use a free Dropbox account. Its overall limit of 2GB works for me at the present time. Once a file is deleted from Dropbox, Dropbox will allow you to restore that again to your Dropbox account up to thirty days after deletion. Or it did, when I was writing this post.

This effectively means I have access to about 45 days worth of rolling daily backups using the freeium version of this plugin and my free Dropbox account. Not bad.

I kept an eye on the amount of space consumed within my Dropbox account to ensure that there is always space for the process to successful save the new files and to delete any applicable old files. At this stage, I am using about 90% of my Dropbox quota.

I consider it important to have a backup/restore strategy that is independent of what your webhost does or does not do in this regard.

Your website is an asset you have developed over time. When you are starting off and have little content this may not be important. Assuming you add content on a regular basis it becomes more important.

In theory it should be possible to use the UpdraftPlus plugin at EasyWP as it was not on their list of blocked WordPress plugins when I looked. Of course that may change in the future. 🙂

And not least, this approach works for sure at the cPanel Hosting solution provided by Domain Cost Club. I know this for sure. I have been using this here for the last while. With no issues. Long may that continue. 🙂

The freeium version of the UpdraftPlus backup/restore WordPress plugin has a lot of useful functionally that I like. Hopefully this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Here Are Some Recommendations

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here are some recommendations for the next time you are looking for a domain registrar or a webhost that I hope you’ll also find helpful.

Hey you know what? I know about this based on my online experience. You came to my article because I have some knowledge and authority on this subject. I hope that I answered your question for you. But also here let me conveniently point you to some solutions if you want to start or continue your online presence.

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