UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to Dropbox, S3, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).

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Today we are going to talk about a plugin that is used for ..backup, UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin.

UpdraftPlus is considered as World’s highest-ranking and one of the most popular scheduled backup plugin. Today we are going to review this plugin.


The installation of this plugin is really easy. It is just like any other plugin. After installing you will find the dashboard in the Settings option.

On the first page, you will find the big button for Backup Now. They don’t waste any time. Click on it to start the backup process.

While the backup process, it creates a log just like BackupBuddy. So it is easier for the debugging process.

Also, for the restoration of the backup go to the  Existing Backups section.

But the dashboard design/UI can be more attractive.

UpdraftPlus Dashboard
                                                         UpdraftPlus Dashboard

With the  UpdraftPlus clone,  you can create a temporary site to migrate your new updates without the hassle of hosting.

UpdraftPlus Clone
                                                                    UpdraftPlus Clone

You can schedule your backup with UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin. Go to the Settings section and there you will find the option to schedule your file backup and database backup.

Also, for your UpdraftPlus backup location, you can choose from

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Rackspace
  • OneDrive(paid)
  • SFTP(paid)
  • MS Azure(paid)
  • WebDav(paid)
  • Updraft Vault(paid)
  • Google Cloud
  • Email
  • Backblaze

You can send a backup to more than one destination with an add-on.


You can get the site information, export/import settings in the Advanced Tools section.

Advanced Tools
Advanced Tools


Do you need a backup plugin? well, In case data loss happens due to an accident, malicious attack, or other catastrophes, making regular backups can be a lifesaver. And UpdraftPlus has features to cover these kinds of problems. Like,

  • You can easily clone and migrate your WordPress site
  • Along with backup, it can restore as well
  • Database encryption
  • High-Security backup
  • Automated and manual backups
  • UpdraftVault Storage
  • Encrypted transport to cloud storage
  • Backs up non-WP files and databases
  • Multisite compatibility
  • Reports when backup completes.


So, what will be the advantages of using a WordPress backup plugin such as UpDraftPlus? well,

  • You can restore your website from any other backup plugin
  • It will allow you to perform a scheduled, complete and manual backup
  • You can clone your website for testing the updates without the hassle of hosting
  • Backup your data to any remote location
  • Option to restrict users to backup access
  • Option for multilingual site
  • You can schedule your backup according to your preferences
  • Advanced WordPress users can manage UpdraftPlus through WP-CLI.


Nothing in the world has its fair share of disadvantages. UpdraftPlus also has some disadvantages. Like,

  • The schedule defaults to the manual method of backup but the user is expected to schedule backups before starting the process
  • Specification of the backup process so for a new user it is hard to know
  • The plugin will backup everything by default
  • Requires prior understanding before installation
  • You need to install UpdraftPlus and upload all the backup zips inside the wp-content/updraft folder of your new installation and go to the UpdraftPlus dashboard to restore them.

Technical Report


Lines of code 74320
Logical lines of code 55671
Comment lines of code 18600

Object-oriented programming

Classes 521
Interface 2
Methods 2046
Methods by class 3.93
Lack of cohesion of methods 1.59


Average afferent coupling 1.73
Average efferent coupling 2.12
Average instability 0.74
Depth of Inheritance Tree 1.34


Packages 9
Average classes per package 59.67
Average distance 0.21
Average incoming class dependencies 3.11
Average outgoing class dependencies 5.78
Average incoming package dependencies 2.11
Average outgoing package dependencies 2.56


Average Cyclomatic complexity by class 19.89
Average Weighted method count by class 27.89
Average Relative system complexity 187.54
Average Difficulty 7.34


Average bugs by class 0.63
Average defects by class (Kan) 1.16


Critical 0
Error 138
Warning 94
Information 60

Technical Report
Technical Report

Cyclomatic Complexity Chart

Cyclomatic Complexity Chart
Each file is symbolized by a circle. The size of the circle represents the Cyclomatic complexity. The color of the circle represents the Maintainability Index. Large red circles will be probably hard to maintain. Greens are easy to maintain.


They have FAQ to help the users and make their onboarding journey easy.

You are entitled to their support forum if you buy a license for the UpdraftPlus premium plugin. UpdraftPlus support has a quick response time.


The core plugin is free but if you want the exclusive features you can grab the paid ones.


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Final Word

UpdraftPlus has over a million+ active install, making it one of the popular scheduled plugin in WordPress repository. It has all the basic features of a backup plugin and you are getting it free.

Simple, reliable and client-friendly but the UI can be more attractive.

All right sparky!

The plugin scores great on our tests. Everything looks good!.

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  • Minimal impact on memory usage Learn more how we collect the data
  • Minimal impact on pagespeed Learn more how we collect the data
  • No PHP errors, warning, notices Learn more how we collect the data
  • No Javascript issues Learn more how we collect the data
  • Latest PHP 7.4.8 compatible Learn more how we collect the data
  • Latest WordPress 5.8.3 compatible Learn more how we collect the data
  • Optimized database footprint Learn more how we collect the data
  • No activation errors Learn more how we collect the data
  • No resource errors Learn more how we collect the data
  • Frequently updated Learn more how we collect the data
  • No problems were detected during tests.
  • All the plugins are tested on the same server with exactly same configuration via test script that automatically activates and logs the data WP Hive shows.

    • All the scripts run on a VPS with 8 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM.
    • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instances, one site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1. The server is a 8 core CPU with 8GB of RAM.
    • The test sites are hosted on Apache/2 server and they are tested on PHP 7.4.8 & WordPress 5.8.3.
    • The database server is MySQL 8.0.15 and the default PHP memory limit is 256MB.
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    About UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin


    UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over two million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click! Backup into the cloud directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email.....



    Memory Usage

    • Average memory usage is 231.2 KB
    • This is less than 99% plugins

    Page Speed

    • Average page loading time is
      increased by 0.05 s
    • This is faster than 99% plugins

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    Average Change
    + 0.05s
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    + 0.21s
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    + 0.07s
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    + 0.37s
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    Average Change
    + 231.2KB
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    + 1.43KB
    + 30.96KB
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    + 39.06KB
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    + 30.99KB
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