This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to use the 3rd party backup service, WP Umbrella, for WordPress websites. WP Umbrella offers a reliable and efficient way to ensure site data is backed up and can be easily restored in case of data loss or website failure. By following these steps, you can set up and manage your backups using WP Umbrella's platform.

Getting Started with WP Umbrella

Before you begin, ensure you have an active subscription to WP Umbrella. If you have not yet signed up, visit WP Umbrella's website to choose a plan that suits your needs.

Step 1: Install WP Umbrella Plugin

  • Log in to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  • Search for “WP Umbrella” in the WordPress plugin repository.
  • Click Install Now on the WP Umbrella plugin.
  • After installation, activate the plugin by clicking Activate.

Step 2: Connect Your Site to WP Umbrella

  • Upon activation, the WP Umbrella setup wizard will launch.
  • You will be prompted to enter your WP Umbrella API Key. You can find this key in your WP Umbrella account dashboard under the API section.
  • Enter the API Key and click Connect. This will link your WordPress site to your WP Umbrella account.

Configuring Backup Settings

Once the site is connected, you can configure your backup settings:

  • Access WP Umbrella’s Dashboard: Go to the WP Umbrella section in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Navigate to the Backups tab.

Here, you can set up your backup preferences:

  • Backup Frequency: Choose how often you want your site to be backed up (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly).
  • Backup Time: Select a time of day that minimizes impact on your site's performance, typically during low-traffic hours.
  • Data Selection: Decide if you want to back up your entire site or specific parts like databases or files.

Performing a Manual Backup

If you need to create a backup manually:

  • Go to the Backups tab in the WP Umbrella dashboard.
  • Click on Create Backup.
  • Choose the components you want to include in the backup.
  • Click Start Backup. The process will begin, and you will see a status update.

Restoring from a Backup

To restore your website from a previously created backup:

  • Navigate to the Backups tab.
  • You will see a list of available backups.
  • Find the backup you want to restore from and click on Restore.
  • Confirm the action. WP Umbrella will begin the restoration process, and your site will be reverted to the state it was in at the time of that backup.

Best Practices for Backups

Regular Backups: Ensure your backup frequency matches the rate of changes made to your site.

Testing Restores: Periodically test restoring from a backup to ensure that your backups are functioning correctly.

Offsite Storage: Ensure backups are stored in a secure, offsite location. WP Umbrella handles this automatically, but it's good to be aware.


Regular backups and proper configuration are key to a sound data recovery strategy. If you encounter any issues or have further questions, WP Umbrella’s support team is available to assist you.