Dashboard tour: The Backups tab

Updated on October 16th, 2020

On Flywheel, site backups are created nightly and stored for 30 days (or the 30 most recent backups if any manual backups are created). In the Backups tab, you’ll find the last 30 backups as well as statistics about each backup.

Backups include in your WordPress folder, including all uploaded files (/wp-content/uploads), as well as the site’s database. Backups do not include the WordPress core.

Backups Tab Flywheel Site Dashboard Tour


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 recommended?

Creating a new backup manually

You can manually initiate a backup by clicking the + Create A New Backup button.

Downloading a backup to your machine

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, click Download.

Backups tab Flywheel Tour Download Backup

Restoring your site from 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 even more details on restoring backups, see the help article: How do I restore a backup?

Still need help?

If you have any other questions about backups or restores on Flywheel, contact support and we’d be happy to provide more info!

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