Installing BackupBuddy

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BackupBuddy can be uploaded, activated and used just like any other plugin. While BackupBuddy can back up both Standalone sites and Multisite installations, it is normally activated differently (strong recommended!) on a Multisite network.

  • Remember:
    • STANDALONE SITES are individual WordPress installations that are not part of a Multisite Network.
    • MULTISITE NETWORKS refers to the entire Multisite Network installation. Within a Network there are both individual site admin panels as well as a Network Admin panel which controls the overall network and allows you manage global settings.
    • MULTISITE SITES (or subsites) refer to INDIVIDUAL SITES inside a MULTISITE. This includes the main base site of a network.
    • The term MULTISITE is used loosely by WordPress to refer to EITHER Multisite Networks OR Multisite Sites OR both. We will try to be as specific as possible for any explanations.
  • Detailed info on what Multisite is


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Standalone Sites

Standalone Sites are any WordPress sites where Multisite is NOT activated nor used in any manner.


Upload BackupBuddy on Standalone Site

  • You can upload BackupBuddy on any Standalone (non-Multisite) site just like any other plugin.
    • You can use cPanel to upload the plugin to wp-content/plugins directory and then extract it.
    • You can extract the BackupBuddy zip file on your computer and then uplaod the BackupBuddy folder via FTP to your wp-content/plugins directory.
    • You can use the WordPress --> Plugins --> Add New --> Upload feature to upload the zip file.

Activate BackupBuddy on Standalone Site

  • You can activate BackupBuddy like any other plugin.
    • Visit your WordPress --> Plugins area.
    • Activate BackupBuddy.

BackupBuddy is now installed and ready to use on your Standalone site. Congratulations!

Multisite

Installing BackupBuddy on Multisite is different than installing BackupBuddy on Standalone (non-Multisite) sites.

Upload BackupBuddy on Multisite

  • When it comes to Multisite, you upload BackupBuddy as if it were any other plugin being uploaded to Multisite.
    • You can use cPanel to upload the plugin to wp-content/plugins directory and then extract it.
    • You can extract the BackupBuddy zip file on your computer and then uplaod the BackupBuddy folder via FTP to your wp-content/plugins directory.
    • You can use the WordPress --> Plugins --> Add New --> Upload feature to upload the zip file. This will ONLY work when you're logged in as the Network Administrator on the top Network site.

Activating BackupBuddy on Multisite

  • Activating BackupBuddy on Multisite is different than activating BackupBuddy on Standalone Sites.
  • There is only one official way to install BackupBuddy on a Multisite, which is the NETWORK ACTIVATE method.
    • NETWORK ACTIVATE Method:
      • Log into the main site's Network Admin login area as a Network Administrator.
      • Go to WordPress --> Plugins area.
      • Click the "Network Activate" link under BackupBuddy on the Plugins page.
        • This will enable BackupBuddy for all sites in the Network.
        • This will allow ONLY the TOP NETWORK ADMIN to be able to backup all sites in the Network.
        • Each site admin (the user level below NETWORK ADMIN) can still export and backup their own single sites (if enabled).

Your BackupBuddy is now installed and ready to use. Congratulations!

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