UpdraftPlus is a popular WordPress backup plugin that allows you to easily back up your website and restore it in case of any issues. However, if you need to move your website to a different server, restoring the UpdraftPlus backup can be a bit tricky. In this article, we will guide you through the process of restoring an UpdraftPlus backup on a different server.
Step 1: Download the Backup File
The first step is to download the backup file from your current server. To do this, log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to UpdraftPlus > Settings > Existing Backups. From there, click on the backup you want to restore and select Download Now. This will download a ZIP file containing all the files and databases of your website.
Step 2: Extract the ZIP File
Once you have downloaded the ZIP file, extract it to a folder on your computer. Inside the folder, you will find several subfolders containing different parts of your website, such as wp-content, wp-includes, and wp-config.php.
Step 3: Upload the Files to the New Server
The next step is to upload the extracted files to your new server. You can do this using an FTP client or by logging in to your server’s file manager. Make sure to upload all the files and folders from the extracted ZIP file to the /wp-content folder on your new server.
Step 4: Restore the Database
After uploading the files, you need to restore the database. To do this, log in to your new server’s MySQL console and select the database that you want to restore. Then, run the following command:
mysql -u [username] -p [database_name] < [path/to/backup/file]
Replace [username], [database_name], and [path/to/backup/file] with the appropriate values for your server. This will restore the database to its previous state.
Step 5: Update the Site URL
Finally, you need to update the site URL in your WordPress settings. To do this, log in to your new server’s WordPress dashboard and go to Settings > General. From there, update the Site Address (URL) and WordPress Address (URL) fields with the correct URLs for your new server.
Restoring an UpdraftPlus backup on a different server can be a daunting task, but by following these steps, you can easily move your website to a new server without any issues. Remember to always back up your website regularly to avoid any potential problems in the future.