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Dashboard tour: The backups tab

Updated on April 30th, 2019

Rest easy knowing backups are taken nightly and stored up to 30 days (or the 30 most recent backups if any manual backups are created). In the backups tab, you’ll find the backups for the last 30 days as well as statistics about each backup.

Backups Tab Flywheel Site Dashboard Tour

Flywheel backs up your site each and every night, making sure that your important data is safe and secure, and that you can revert to a previous version in the event that you made a change that broke the site, or for any other reason.


Because we back up your files for you, we discourage the use of backup plugins, as they are redundant, take up system resources and disk space, and may cause unforeseen conflicts with our existing backup processes. If you do prefer to run your own backups using a plugin, we strongly recommend storing those backups offsite, to avoid taking up disk space unnecessarily.

For more information, see the help article: What plugins are not allowed?

Making Big Changes?

You can manually initiate a backup by clicking the “+ Create A New Backup” Button.

We back up everything in your WordPress folder, including all uploaded files (/wp-content/uploads). We also back up the site’s database.

Need to download a backup?

Just hover over the ellipsis icon on the right side of the backup you’d like to download. In the drop-down menu that appears, you’ll see the option to create a download of that backup.

Backups tab Flywheel Tour Download Backup

How do I restore a backup?

Just like downloading, simply scroll down the backup you want to restore from. Click the ellipsis icon and select “Restore”. You’ll be presented with a series of fields asking you to confirm that you want to restore your site and allowing you to create a backup of your site as it presently exists. You will be required to enter your Flywheel password to initiate the restore.

Backups tab Flywheel Tour Download Backup Restore

For more details on restoring backups, see the help article: How do I restore a backup?

If you have any other questions about backups or restores on Flywheel, contact support and we’d be happy to answer them.


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