We provide daily automatic WordPress backups, as well as system generated backups for all sites on your account. These backups, along with your manual backups, are available as restore points on the MyKinsta dashboard. Note: WordPress backups cannot be downloaded but can be used at any time. Follow the steps below on how to create a WordPress backup.
WordPress backups can be found on the backup tab of each of your sites and are divided into three different sections:
- Daily: We create a backup automatically every day which are stored for 14 days.
- Manual: You can create up to 5 manual backups. These are recommended when you’re rolling out a change on your live site which perhaps couldn’t be tested on staging. Each manual backup is stored for 14 days and you can see the expiry time attached to each.
- System generated: We create an automatic system backup at certain events (for example, when you restore a backup a system backup is automatically generated). Each system generated backup is stored for 14 days.
New MyKinsta backup UI
How to Create a WordPress Backup
Within backups, click on the “Manual” tab and click on “Backup Now” to manually create an additional backup.
Create WordPress backup
Give your WordPress backup a short identifier. It may only contain letters and numbers (no spaces or special characters). Then click on “Create Backup.”
Name WordPress backup
Different Number of Backups
Depending upon the plan you’re on, the number of backups that are accessible might vary (The total amount includes both automatic and manual backups.).
- Starter through Business 2 plans include 14 days of backups
- Business 3 and Business 4 plans include 20 days of backups
- Enterprise 1 and higher plans include 30 days of backups
Restoring WordPress Backups
You can restore automatic, manual, and system generated backups. To restore your WordPress site or backup simply click the “Restore” button next to the backup you’d like to restore. Depending on how large your site is this may take a couple of minutes. While the restore is in progress you will not be able to access your site in the admin, we’ll show you a friendly reminder of the restoration process.
Once the restore process is complete the admin will refresh automatically and you’ll have access to the site again.
Whenever you restore a backup a new backup is generated which will reflect the state of your website just before you restored it. This is handy if you’d like to undo the restore.
Restoring WordPress Backups to Staging
To restore a WordPress backup to staging simply click the “Restore to staging” button. Depending on how large your site is this may take a couple of minutes. You can then access your staging site, which now has its own environment, completely separate from your live production site.
Important Notes Regarding Backups
Here are a few additional things to be aware of regarding backups at Kinsta.
Disk Space Excluded From Plan Total
To give you as much space as possible, backups are excluded from our reporting when calculating your total disk space usage. Your usage consists of only your live site’s files and database.