How to Perform Basic Maintenance on your WordPress Website

In this video, we go over how to perform basic maintenance on your WordPress website.

We cover the two most important aspects:

• Backups
• Software Updates

Watch the video above to follow our step by step process of setting up backups on your WordPress website. It is something that you will only need to do once and then the backups will run automatically based on the settings that you apply. 

If you prefer to read the process, follow these steps.

Follow these steps to setup automatic backups on your website

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Goto to Plugins -> Add New
  3. Search for updraftplus
  4. Click on Install button for UpdraftPlus Backups plugin on the first line of the suggested plugin list.
  5. Click on Activate button.
  6. Goto Settings -> UpdraftPlus (or follow the guided tour).
  7. Goto Settings tab.
  8. Click in the Google option.
  9. Scroll down and Save the settings.
  10. On the popup window, follow the instructions and click on the link provided.
  11. Sign in or select a Google account.
  12. On the next screen click the allow button on the orange screen.
  13. Once back on the dashboard, click the Backup Now button. This will popup a window. Make sure the first 3 checkboxes are checked (Database, Files and Send Backup to Off Site Destination)
  14. Once the backup has complete you will see the 5 backup files that it has created, check to ensure that the Google icon is showing on the list.
  15. Go into the Settings tab of UpdraftPlus
  16. Set the Files backup schedule to Weekly and change the 2 backups to keep, to 4. You can set this to whatever you want.
  17. Set the Database backup schedule to Daily and change the 2 backups to 14. You can set this to whatever you want.
  18. Scroll down and Save the settings.

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