See how to select what gets included in a manual backup when using UpdraftPlus because sometimes you just need a partial backup.
NOTE: Site tech changes all the time. If what you’re seeing in the plugin is different than what is shown here, be sure to look below the video for additional notes and updates.
A transcript is below the video.
Plugins that require database updates
Some plugins require that the database be updated after you update the plugin or make permalink or other changes on your site.
These plugins include Redirection, Yoast SEO, and others.
You’ll want to take a database backup prior to doing those updates.
Or, you may want to include everything but your big Uploads folder that contains all of your image in a backup so that it will run quicker prior to doing updates or making changes to your site.
Select Backup Inclusions
I’m on the Settings page for the free version of the UpdraftPlus backup plugin.
To take a manual backup, simply hit the Backup Now button.
You’ll see a pop up that will allow you to select what you want to include in the backup.
If that’s everything then you’ll want to leave all of the boxes checked.
Only include the database
But if you only want a database backup, then uncheck boxes for the files.
If you are using the paid version of this plugin, you may see more file choices than we have here. Uncheck them too.
Now, if you want to just exclude a few files, say like your large Uploads folder that also contains your images, then click the More ellipsis at the end of the files line.
Then you can uncheck the box for what you don’t want to include.
Careful with excluding the Uploads folder
Keep in mind that some plugins have folders in the wp-content > uploads folder. So, you may not just be excluding your images when you exclude that Uploads folder from the backup.
When you’re finished with all of your settings for this backup, click the Backup Now button.
These settings are temporary and will only apply to this manual backup. They will not affect the settings for your automated backup.
But, the next time you do a manual backup, you may want to double check all of the settings, just in case it saved them from the last time you ran a manual backup, just to be sure.
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That’s all there is to selecting what to include or exclude in your manual UpdraftPlus backups.
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