How to Backup WordPress with FTP and UpdraftPlus

The UpdraftPlus plugin includes tools to backup your site to a remote storage location. As we continue our series on the UpdraftPlus plugin for WordPress, we will now show you how to backup WordPress with FTP. FTP allows you to transfer your backup to another server, which is ideal in case your website’s server has issues and you need to restore your site from a backup.

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Backup WordPress with FTP

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click Settings then UpdraftPlus in the navigation menu.
    UpdraftPlus Settings
  3. Click the Settings tab on the UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore page.
    UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore Settings Tab
  4. Scroll down to the “Choose your remote storage” section and click FTP.
    Remote Storage FTP Settings
  5. An FTP section will then appear, fill in your FTP settings.
    Enter FTP Credentials
  6. Ensure the box next to Passive mode is checked.
    Enable Passive mode
  7. Click the Test FTP Settings button.
    Test FTP Settings
  8. After it finishes testing, you should see a success message pop up. Click the OK button.
    FTP Success Message
  9. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.
    Save Changes
  10. You will then see a message stating “Your settings have been saved.
    Your settings have been saved
  11. Click the Backup/Restore tab, then the Backup Now button to backup your WordPress site to FTP.
    Click Backup Now to start the backup process

Congratulations, now you know how to backup WordPress with FTP! In the next guide, we will show you how to Backup WordPress to Google Drive.

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John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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