Getting Started with Backup by Supsystic
Step 1: Installing Backup by Supsystic
In WordPress, navigate to Plugins > Add New. Search for “Backup by Supsystic” and click install. When the installation has completed click “Activate Plugin”. You will have a new admin menu item titled “Backup by Supsystic”.
Installing Backup by Supsystic PRO
In your personal account on the supsystic.com, you will find a unique download link after purchase. After downloading the file (supsystic_backup_pro.zip), navigate to Plugins > Add New > Upload and upload the file. When the installation has completed, click “Activate Plugin”.
After activation the PRO version, you need to enter license key (you can find it in your personal account on our site). To do this follow next steps:
- Go to the Backup by Supsystic in WordPress navigation menu.
- Click License tab on left navigation menu of plugin.
- Enter your email and license key.
- Click “Check” button.
With Backup by Supsystic PRO you have such possibilities as
- Locate backups on remote FTP, SFTP(SCP) or FTPS Server
- Add Secret key for Database backup
- Create Backup Schedules
- Do Database Migration
Step 2: Choosing the storage
On the Backup tab you can set parameters of backup creating. Parameters are divided to the three partitions
- Where to backup;
- What to backup;
- Additional Settings.
Primarily on the Where to backup partition you need to choose the storage where you prefer backups to be stored. With Backup plugin by Supsystic you can backup to:
- Local Storage;
- Google Drive;
- Amazon S3;
- Remote FTP, SFTP(SCP) or FTPS Server.
Learn more about how to work with storages and other backup parameters here.
Step 3: Configuring backup parameters
On the What to backup partition you can choose what exactly you want to backup and how you want to backup:
- Full Backup;
- WordPress Core (all folders and files in the root directory, where WordPress is installed, except the /wp-content folder);
- Plugins folder;
- Themes folder;
- Uploads folder;
- Any folder inside wp-content;
- Database Backup.
Also you can specify the Secret key for DB that will be required when restoring data from a database backup. This will help to protect your data from illegal use.
You can select several items at one time. If you choose a full backup – all checkboxes will be automatically activated (including the database backup).
On the Additional Settings partition you have the ability to specify extra parameters for creating backup:
- Exclude files and folders from the backup.
- Enable email notification – activate checkbox and enter the email address where you want to be notified about how did the backup process passed.
- Specify the warehouse where the data is to be backed up:
- If Use relative path checkbox has been set up, the path will be set against in the root directory, where the WordPress is installed.
- If Use relative path checkbox has been off, the full path to the disk root should be specified in the Warehouse field.
- Use relative path:
- If the checkbox has been set up, then the backup path must be specified in the Warehouse field against the root directory, where the WordPress is installed.
- If the checkbox has been off, then the backup path must be specified in the Warehouse field against the disk root.
Step 4: Creating the backup
After you have selected the cloud storage and have specified all the settings, click Start Backup. Wait while your site is being backed up. It can take a while if your website is large. It depends on your site and hosting how much time will take the process. While plugin is backing up your website, you are not able to create another backup.
When you see the message “Backup complete”, you can check the folder with backup. There you should see the archive with backup, log file and .sql file (sql file will be created only if you set the database backup). All this files will be with the same ID in the name.
On Restore tab will appear a new entry with Database (if you marked Full Backup or Database Backup) and Filesystem backup files. On top will be shown where has been made backup, the ID of backup files, the date and time of the backup. You can restore, download (only if it was backup to FTP server) or delete backup, simply click on the appropriate button. Also here you can view the log file of backup – just clicking Show Backup Log.
Step 5: Restoration from the backup
In order to restore backup of your site you need to go to the Restore tab, select the backup files you want and click Restore button. When you see the message “Done!” – restoration will be completed.
You also can use one or more Restore Presets:
- Safe update – at recovering:
- If the checkbox is set up, the database backup will be performed. This will let the database backup work in the transaction mode, i.e. should there occur any failure during the data base recovery, no data from the data-base backup will be transferred to the data-base. The data-base backup recovery will occur if and only there were no failures during the process.
- If the checkbox is not set up the data-base backup will be performed without transaction mode.
- Force backup – when backup is performed, the labels are usually put at the beginning of the file dump, such as: WordPress version for the backup, WordPress data-base version for the backup, the plugin version for the backup. At recovering:
- If the force has been off, the backup will not be performed, because it will constantly pop up with the message, that the version is incorrect (the version of WordPress, the version of WordPress data-base or the plugin version).
- If the force has been on, there will be no such system check and the recovery will be performed.
If the backup you want to restore is on your computer – upload it to the folder on the server where you store the other backups. By default backup is stored in upsupsystic folder (you can find it in the root website directory, where the WordPress is installed, using this path /wp-content/upsupsystic/). Then files of this backup will appear on the Restore tab and you will be able to restore them.