Since I first started the blog using WordPress, I have been looking for something sensible for backing up the blog data. I can use FileZilla to copy off everything on the blog periodically but that is a process that requires me to do something on a regular basis and it isn’t very convenient. I had set up a plugin that was supposed to back up everything to a Dropbox account but I was never successful in getting too much of it to actually backup properly. It always seemed to be stalled. Consequently, I was concerned that I was vulnerable to a data loss. Given how much effort goes into the backup strategy for my photos and documents, having the blog relatively unprotected didn’t seem to make much sense.
Then I came across an alternative approach. This uses a plugin called UpdraftPlus. I read a detailed article online about how to use this plugin to back up to a Google Drive account. Since I already have one of those that doesn’t currently get used for anything else, I was interested. The base account I have comes with 15 GB of storage so that seemed like plenty to cover what I needed. The full article on how to set everything up is at https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-backup-your-wordpress-site-to-google-drive/ if you want to check it out. It is not the simplest process and the interface appears to have been tweaked since it was written but I got to where I needed to be and have everything setup now. It backs up on a daily basis so I now have a couple of previous backups at any one time should they be needed. If you are wondering about backup strategies yourself, maybe this will be a useful approach to consider.