Schedule Backups with Total Upkeep

Total Upkeep includes many capabilities for security and disaster recovery such as backups before auto-updates. Below we cover how to schedule backups to a specified directory.

Schedule Backups

  1. Log into BoldGrid.
  2. Select Settings under Total Upkeep.
  3. Scheduled backup options In the Backup Schedule section, set a scheduler(Cron or WP Cron -if the cron service isn’t on the server), days to backup, and time of day. The backup location, files/folders, and database to backup settings are located in a different location. You will need to set this under Backup Storage.
  4. Backup Storage options If you are on the free version of the plugin, then you will only be able to select the Web Server in Backup Storage. The premium key allows you to use offsite services like Amazon S3. These instructions use the Web Server option for the Backup Storage location. In order to set how many backups you can save and the location of your backups, click on Backup Storage on the Total Upkeep menu to the left of the screen.
  5. Pop-up window with Directory and Retention settings Click on Configure (or update if it has been previously configured). A pop-up window will appear that contains a field where the directory containing the backup file can be set. Select Retention to set the amount of backups to store. Click in the Directory field to change the backup location. Click on the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the number of backup archives you wish to keep. The default number is set to 5. When you’re done with your changes, click on the blue Save changes button. If you have added your
  6. Pop-up window with Directory and Retention settings Once you have saved your changes, you will see the Backup Storage page again. Scroll down and select what you want to backup under Files and Folders and Database. If youu select Custom Backup for the Files and Folders then you will need to select what you want include or exclude. All files are included by two settings (separated by a comma): WPCORE, /wp-content. If you leave out the core installation files, then simply remove WPCORE. If you select Custom Backup for the Database, then you will need to select the tables you want included in the backup. Simply click on the checkboxes to remove a specific table.
  7. When you are finished with setting your Database Storage Files/Folders/Database settings, click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

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Backup Notifications

Total Upkeep Notifications Settings
Total Upkeep Notifications Settings

You can also set up to receive notifications via email. These options can be found in the Settings tab under the Notifications option. A notification can be sent when a backup completes, a restoration is completed, or there is a failed site check. You simply have to provide an email address, then check each option to receive the notification. These notifications are enabled by default. If you make changes to the Notifications section, make sure to click on the blue Save Changes after you’re done with your changes.

To learn more about BoldGrid, check out our BoldGrid Education Center. For more information on security, check out our lists of WordPress backup plugins and security plugins.

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